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Eixample is a huge district of tree lined streets that feature some of Barcelona’s most famous modernist buildings.
The area near Plaza Catalunya is home to Barcelona’s gay scene. Our hotel recommendations are close to the main gay venues and the city centre.
Aribau 33, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Gay hotel. Fantastic spa & pool. Great location. Best seller.
The ‘hetero-friendly’ Axel Hotel is certainly the most luxurious ‘gay’ hotel in Barcelona – and perhaps all of Spain. This newly renovated hotel offers 105 chic, modern Mediterranean-styled rooms and a new wine bar. The popular rooftop ‘Sky Bar’ is a destination in its own right and the Wellness Club 33 offers 500 m² of fabulous water zones, spa treatments, massages and personal fitness training.
The Axel is just a short walk from the most popular gay bars and clubs in Eixample and is less than 10 minutes’ walk from Barcelona’s historic city centre. Naturally the concierge has a wealth of knowledge of everything gay about the city. The Axel is fabulous choice for gay visitors, although expect to pay a premium price when compared with similar quality hotels in the area.
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Carrer d'Aribau 54, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Near the gay nightlife. Stylish design. Value for money.
Located in the heart of Barcelona’s main gay village, Hotel Cram just a few minutes’ walk from some of the city’s best gay bars and clubs. Behind the 1892 façade are modern air-conditioned guest rooms that feature the latest technology including free WiFi and large LCD TV.
The hotel has an excellent rooftop bar and swimming pool. The in-house Gaig restaurant is one of the best places to try Catalan cuisine.
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Diputació 195, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great location. Very gay-friendly.
AKO Suites hotel is located in the heart of the Eixample gay village, just a few steps from many of the best gay bars. It offers 28 fabulously stylish apartments, each with a double bed plus a double sofa bed enabling up to four poeple to share.
These smart, minimalist-designed, air-conditioned 45 m² apartments have a lounge area with a flat screen TV and a fully equipped kitchenette (tea/coffee maker, fridge, microwave, kettle, etc). There is a daily cleaning service and free WiFi.
An IGLTA member offering a completely gay-friendly service and popular choice on Travel Gay Europe.
Carrer de Villarroel 106, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Fabulous pool. In the gay district. Popular choice.
Great location right in the heart of the gay Eixample district (just a few steps from cruise bar Open Mind and the 24-hour Sauna Casanova) and within walking distance of many of the most important historical areas in the city.
All the air-conditioned, contemporary-styled rooms feature flat screen satellite TV and free WiFi. Very close to the Urgell metro station. The Acevi Villarroel was the host hotel for the BEARcelona XII Festival.
Rambla Catalunya 26, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Central location. Circuit Festival host hotel. Great value.
The NH Calderón enjoys a convenient location in central Barcelona, next to Plaza de Catalunya and close to the Eixample gay district. The hotel is popular with gay travellers all year around and has earned its gay credentials as being the host hotel for the Barcelona Circuit Festival.
The hotel features a swimming pool, sun terrace and fitness centre. Guests can also take advantage of free WiFi. Plenty of shops and fashion outlets nearby.
Carrer de Valencia 194, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Stylish rooms. Close to the gay scene.
Located just steps away from the gay bars, clubs and gay saunas in Eixample district, along with other sights in Barcelona. Splendom Suites offers huge 70 m² stylish apartments with one or two bedrooms, living/dining area, terrace, fully equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine, washing machine, etc.), LCD TV with satellite channels and free WiFi.
Housekeeping cleans the apartment every day (including the kitchen), and there is a free 24-hour snack corner in the lobby offering Nespresso coffee, juices and pastries. A great-value alternative to a traditional hotel.
Gran Vía 543-545, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Popular choice. Rooftop terrace. Near the gay district.
The contemporary-styled SOHO hotel features 51 designer rooms in superb location on Gran Via, about 10 minutes’ walk from Plaza Catalunya and La Rambla – a good base to explore the city as well as the gay nightlife in Eixample.
Guest rooms are relatively compact (like most hotels in Barcelona) but feature comfortable beds, air conditioning, LCD TV and free WiFi. There is a fabulous rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace.
SOHO offers a pretty good breakfast buffet that includes fresh fruit and juices, pastries, breads, eggs, sausages, etc. A great value for money option. The staff are helpful and friendly.
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Avenida Diagonal 568 | map
Why this hotel: Great value. Near the gay nightlife. Boutique option.
Great value-for-money boutique hotel located on Avenida Diagonol on the boundary of the Eixample district. The Wilson offers a range of contemporary-styled rooms and suites, all of which are soundproof, air-conditioned and have LCD TV (with satellite channels), free WiFi, minibar and safe.
The main gay nightlife area of Eixample is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and there are plenty of cafés and restaurants nearby. If you don’t mind the walk, then the Wilson offers a more affordable room compared with other city centre options.
Carrer del Rosselló 205, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Walk to gay bars & clubs. Modern design. Smart value.
A very futuristic-designed hotel from the Room Mate group, the Emma offers a fabulous visual experience, attention to detail and is yet surprisingly affordable.
Each modern, comfortable guest room features a flat screen TV with satellite channels, free WiFi, minibar and safe. Interior rooms don’t have any windows. If you spend a bit more, then a suite offers more space and a private terrace. Breakfast is served until midday.
Location-wise, Emma is a 10-minute walk to the gay venues in Eixample and the city centre. A good value-for-money option.
Rambla de Cataluña 27, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Stylish design. Close to gay nightlife. Excellent value.
Great-value boutique hotel, housed in a spectacular 19th century building on a quiet pedestrian street. The designer rooms at Praktik Rambla combine 100-year-old ceilings and floors with modern touches and the latest technology.
All air-conditioned rooms have a TV, free WiFi and en suite bathroom with spacious shower. The hotel’s excellent restaurant offers freshly cooked breakfasts and brunches.
Praktik Rambla is in the middle of the shopping district and just a few minutes’ walk from the gay bars and clubs in Eixample and even closer to the popular Sunday gay dance club The Black Room.
Carrer de Girona 80, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Well-equipped rooms. Great facilities. Near the gay scene.
Stylish and modern apartment hotel. The 17 suites and apartments at GIR80 feature a huge range of facilities including flat screen TV, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. WiFi is free of charge. Larger apartments can accommodate up to 7 adults.
Ronda de Sant Pere 22, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Modern rooms. Great location. Near the gay village.
Contemporary & cool Hostal Q offering comfortable rooms with free WiFi, flat screen TV, air conditioning and private bathroom. There is a communal area where you can use the laptops and enjoy free refreshments. The service is professional and friendly.
The Q hostel is in a great central location in Eixample, within walking distance from Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla. A range of restaurants and cafés can be found nearby. Urquinaona metro station provides easy access to other parts of the city.
Calle de Caspe, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Centrally located. Spacious rooms. Excellent value.
The newly opened Hostal Amra has a great location, just a few steps from Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas and is less 10 minute walk to all the Eixample gay nightlife. Sauna BRUC is almost next door.
The stylish guest rooms are surprisingly spacious, air conditioned and have private bathrooms and free WiFi. Some rooms have a balcony with views of the city. There is a cafeteria onsite.
Hostal Amra’s reception is open 24 hours. Luggage storage and bike rental are available. Very gay-friendly and excellent value for money.
Carrer de Pau Claris 104, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Budget option. Centrally located. Smart value.
Excellent value-for-money hostel in the centre of L’Eixample, next block along from Nova Bruc gay sauna and a 5-minute walk from Passeig de Gràcia and Catalunya train stations.
The soundproof rooms at Hostal Barcelona Centro have free WiFi, wooden floors, air conditioning, flat screen TV and either private or shared bathrooms. There is a 24-hour reception as well as a concierge, vending machine and laundry facilities.
Many cafés, bars & restaurants are nearby. La Rambla and Passeig de Gràcia are just two metro stops away.
Calle Mallorca 285, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: New budget hotel. Stylish rooms. Excellent location.
Newly-opened boutique bed and breakfast in the centre of Eixample district, minutes away from Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera and Las Ramblas.
Khronos offers free WiFi and a large rooftop terrace where you can have breakfast and enjoy the views. The rooms feature attractive, minimalist design, each with private bathroom, flat screen TV and air conditioning. Guests have access to a nearby gym.
The hostel’s friendly and helpful staff are happy to give recommendations on the city and pride themselves on being gay- and lesbian-friendly. There are only 9 rooms, so book early!
Plaza de Cataluñya is generally considered to be the city center, and the intersection of the “old historic city” and the newer 19th century Eixample.
To the south is La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona, connecting Plaze de Cataluñya with Port Vell and the beach. The streets off La Rambla are full of boutique shops and cafes. The gay scene in Eixample is a short walk from our recommended hotels.
Carrer de Bergara 8, Dreta de l'Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Great location. Near the gay scene. Fabulous rooftop bar.
Set within a historic building that has been innovatively restored to become a classic example of a designer hotel, the Pulitzer offers stylish, modern guest rooms with the latest technology and luxury touches such as 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, duvets and a selection of goose feather and down pillows.
The hotel has a fabulous rooftop cocktail bar, and you have access to the nearby Holmes Place gym.
Hotel Pulitzer has a great location next to Plaza Catalunya, just a few minutes’ walk from the gay bars and clubs in Eixample and moments from some of Barcelona’s most popular gay saunas.
Carrer Elisabets 11, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Super stylish. Spacious rooms. Near Sauna Corinto.
Ever bought a pair of Camper shoes? Now you can stay at the label’s own hotel. Casa Camper hotel is located in the Raval district, full of art galleries, restaurants and just a 2-minute walk from Plaza Cataluña. The Eixample gay district is a 5-minute walk (although Corinto Sauna is just around the corner).
The gothic, 19th-century exterior hides one of our favourite boutique hotels in the city. Guest rooms have a minimalist style but are very comfortable. Each ‘room’ has two areas (a bedroom and lounge) separated by a corridor, LCD TV, laptop-sized safe, hammock, iPod dock and free WiFi.
Most rates include a full breakfast buffet and as many snacks as you like during the day (sandwiches, soup, pastries, bakery, soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea). Nice touch. Great location, excellent service and utterly cool!
La Rambla 109, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Beautiful facilities. Great location in La Rambla.
Built in 1898 and former home of the Philippines Tobacco Company. Today, H1898 is a modern luxury hotel that retains a sense of its colonial past. The beautifully styled rooms have LCD TV, mood lighting and free WiFi.
The hotel features a stunning indoor pool, a rooftop pool, gym, The rooftop bar offers great views of the city and equally great cocktails. Expect excellent service from friendly staff who really know how to make guests feel special.
The hotel is located in the middle of La Rambla, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and just a short walk from Plaza Catalunya and the Eixample gay village.
Carrer de Sant Sever 5, El Barri Gotic | map
Why this hotel: Beautiful setting. Fabulous bar & terrace. Great location.
A combination of history and style. Hotel Neri is comprised of two buildings, one of which was a Medieval palace. During renovations, archaeologists found a Roman site underneath the hotel and ceramics that are now part of Spanish national heritage.
This top-rated hotel offers 22 beautiful guest rooms that perfectly blend the old with the new. There is free WiFi, LCD TV, air conditioning and an extensive bed linen and pillow menu.
The Neri Restaurant, headed by Chef Benito Iranzo, delivers some of the best dishes in the city (You should consider a reservation even if you’re not staying at the hotel).
Location-wise, the hotel is less than 15 minutes walk from Plaza Catalunya and the Eixample gay village.
La Rambla 124 | map
Why this hotel: Walk to Eixample. All-day free snacks. Value for money.
A charming hotel with no frills, located on La Rambla, near Plaza Catalunya and about a 10-minute walk from the Eixample gay village. Hotel Montecarlo offers 50 guest rooms in a converted 19th century building and a rooftop terrace with view of the city.
Rooms feature LCD TV, individually controlled air conditioning and free WiFi. The standard internal rooms are windowless, and rooms facing La Rambla have soundproof windows. The hotel serves a good breakfast buffet and offers free tea/coffee, pastries and fruit all day long.
Carrer de Pelai 3, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Best seller. Very stylish. Great value & location.
A favourite choice on Travel Gay Europe. The stylish, great-value Hotel Jazz enjoys a convenient location, close to Eixample gay district and the city centre. Plaza Catalunya is just around the corner, and La Rambla is a 2-minute walk away.
Hotel Jazz has a choice of modern rooms and suites, with excellent features including LCD satellite TV, laptop-sized safe, free WiFi and minibar. The hotel has a rooftop swimming pool, with sun terrace and bar, offering wonderful views across the city.
Carrer de Pelai 14, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: In the Golden Triangle. Excellent value. Boutique choice.
This excellent-value, 3-star boutique hotel is located in the ‘Golden Triangle’ (across the street from Hotel Jazz), so you are close to everything. Both the gay nightlife in Eixample and the shops and restaurants in La Rambla are just minutes away.
Hotel Inglaterra offers 60 stylish guest rooms, each with flat screen TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. Some rooms have a private terrace. There is a nice rooftop terrace bar with sun loungers and a small pool.
The nearby Universitat metro station has transport connections to the airport.
Carrer Fontanella 7, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Contemporary design. near Plaza Catalunya & gay scene.
The hotel offers chic, contemporary rooms froma small 18 m² to a stunning 40 m² suite that has a private terrace and jacuzzi. Every room has a king-sized or twin beds, modern bathroom, free WiFi, iPod dock, LCD TV and minibar. Breakfast is available until noon.
Las Ramblas and Passeig de Gracia are just a couple of minutes’ walk. Urquinaona Metro station is 150 metres away – two stops from Barceloneta and its beach.
Carrer Rauric 14, El Barri Gotic | map
Why this hotel: In the heart of Old Town. Great value for money.
The very gay-friendly Hotel California is located in the heart of the historic old town, The Gothic Quarter. The hotel has recently been renovated ant offers relatively basic but comfortable air-conditioned rooms.
Most major tourist attractions can be reached within just a few minutes’ walk. The area has a huge number of cafés and restaurants as well as some fabulous shops. The gay bars and clubs in Eixample are about a 15-minute walk away.
Carrer del Carme 25, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Budget choice. Stylish décor. Close to La Rambla.
Our favourite budget hotel Curious is located just moments away from La Rambla and a short walk from the Eixample gay village. The hotel offers modern, stylishly decorated rooms, all of which feature en suite bathroom, air conditioning, satellite LCD TV and free WiFi.
Friendly service, a good breakfast and very affordable.
Mar Bella is the most gay-popular beach in Barcelona. Officially a nudist beach, as many guys keep their tackle undercover as those who let it all hang out. The beach is the furthest away from Barcelona city center and the Eixample gay nightlife. But if hitting the beach is your priority then hotels in this area could be for you.
Paseo Garcia Faria 37-47, Diagonal Mar i el Front Maritim del Poblenou, | map
Why this hotel: Close to the gay beach. Excellent value.
Located next to the sea front, quite literally just a minute or two walk from the gay Mar Bella beach, Barceló Atenea Mar is an excellent choice for those who want to spend lazy days on the sand. This modern, stylish hotel features comfortable air-conditioned rooms some with excellent sea views. The hotel has a gym, sauna and hot-tub and provides free WiFi access in public areas.
There is a regular bus service from the bus stop just outside the hotel to central Barcelona and the Poble Nou Metro station is a 10 minute walk.
Passeig del Taulat 231, El Poblenou | map
Why this hotel: Near the gay beach. Large space. Great facilities.
These stylish, spacious two-bedroom apartments are ideal for those who want to be close to the very popular Mar Bella nudist beach - perfect for those who like to meet new friends on the beach and be within easy reach of the bedroom!
Each apartment features a balcony, LCD TV, free WiFi and a fully equipped kitchen with oven, dishwasher and washing machine. The apartment block has a pool and sun terrace for guest use. The near by Poblenou metro station provide easy transport links to city centre including Passeig de Gracia – close to the gay bars in Eixample.