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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: Best seller. Excellent spa. Luxury gay hotel.
The ‘hetero-friendly’ Axel Hotel is the most luxurious ‘gay’ hotel in Barcelona. This recently 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 sqm of fabulous water zones, spa treatments, massages and personal fitness training.
The Axel is just a short walk from the gay bars and clubs in Eixample and is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the historic center of Barcelona. A fabulous choice for gay travellers, although expect to pay a premium price when compared with similar quality hotels in the area.
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Aribau 54, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Near the gay nightlife.
Hotel Cram is located in the heart of Barcelona’s main gay village – just a few minutes’ walk from many of the best bars and clubs.
Behind the hotel’s 1892 façade are modern air-conditioned guest rooms that feature the latest technology including free WiFi and large LCD TV’s. The hotel has an excellent rooftop bar and swimming pool. The hotel’s 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. ILGTA member.
AKO Premium Suites Hotel is located in the heart of the Eixample gay village, just a few steps from many of the best bars. The AKO offers 28 fabulously stylish apartments that each has a double bed plus a double sofa bed enabling up to four to share.
These smart, minimalist-designed, air-conditioned 45 square meter 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. IGLTA member offering a completely gay-friendly service. Recommended.
Villarroel 106, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Great pool & dining. In the gay Eixample district.
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 TV’s, 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: Excellent value. Circuit Festival host hotel. Gay-popular.
NH Calderón is located in the centre of Barcelona, next to Plaza de Catalunya and close to the Eixample gay area. The hotel is popular with gay travellers all year around and earned its gay credentials as being 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.
Valencia 194, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Apartment style. Free snacks, coffee etc. Top-rated.
Splendom Suites is located just steps from many of the best gay bars, clubs and saunas in Eixample, along with other sights and scenic spots in the city.
Calling the accommodation ’suites’ is an understatement. They are huge 70-square-meter stylish apartments with one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, living/dining room, a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen (fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee machine, washing machine, etc.), LCD TV, 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. Great value-for-money alternative to a traditional hotel.
Gran Vía 543-545, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Pool & sun terrace. Good breakfast.
The stylish Soho Hotel features 51 contemporary-styled guest rooms. The rooms are relatively compact (like most hotels in Barcelona) but feature comfortable beds, air conditioning, LCD TV’s and free WiFi. There is a rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace.
The hotel is located on Gran Via, about 10 minutes’ walk from Plaza Catalunya and La Rambla – a good base to explore the city as well as being very close the gay bars and clubs in Eixample.
The Soho offers a pretty good breakfast buffet that includes fresh fruit and juices, pastries, breads, eggs, sausages, etc. A great value for money option. Helpful and friendly front desk.
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Avenida Diagonal 568, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Near the gay nightlife.
The Wilson is a great value-for-money boutique hotel located on Avenida Diagonol on the boundary of the Eixample district. The hotel 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, although the fabulous Barcelona Sauna is just one block away! Plenty of cafés and restaurants close by too. If you don’t mind the walk, then the Wilson offers affordable room compared with some more expensive options close to the centre of town.
Carrer Rosselló 205, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Good value. Stylish and modern. Top-rated.
EMMA Barcelona is a very futuristic-designed hotel that offers a fabulous visual experience, attention to detail yet surprisingly affordable.
Each modern, comfortable guest room features a flat screen TV, satellite channels, free WiFi, a 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 center. Good value-for-money option.
Rambla de Cataluña 27, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Cheap. Steps from Bitch & The Black Room.
A good, low-priced boutique hotel housed in a spectacular 19th century building on a quiet pedestrian street. The designer rooms at the Praktik combine 100-year-old ceilings and floors with modern touches and the latest technology. The 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.
Carrer de Pau Claris 104, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great location. Top-rated.
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: Low cost. Well-rated. Excellent location.
Newly-opened boutique hostel in the centre Eixample district, minutes away from Passeig de Gràcia, La Pedrera and Las Ramblas.
Hostal Boutique Khronos offers free WiFi and a large rooftop terrace where guests can have breakfast and enjoy the views. The rooms feature charming, minimalist design, all of which have private bathroom, flat screen TV and air conditioning.
The hostel’s friendly and helpful staff are happy to give recommendations and information about the city, and pride themselves on being gay and lesbian friendly. There are only 9 rooms, so book early!
Ronda de Sant Pere 22, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Central location. Modern.
Affordable and cool, Hostal Q Barcelona offers modern and comfortable rooms with free WiFi, flat screen TV, air conditioning and private bathroom. There is a communal area where guests 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.
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.
Bergara 8, Dreta de l'Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Great location. Near the gay scene. Fab rooftop bar.
Hotel Pulitzer is set within a historic building that has been innovatively restored to become a classic example of a designer hotel. The stylish, modern guest rooms feature the latest technology (including free WiFi) 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 guests have access to the nearby Holmes Place gym.
The Pulitzer has a great location next to Plaza Catalunya, just a few minutes’ walk from the gay bars & clubs in Eixample and moments from some of Barcelona’s most popular gay saunas.
Carrer Elisabets 11, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Spacious rooms. Near the saunas. Top-rated.
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 of Casa Camper hides one of our favourite boutique hotels in the city. The guest-rooms have a minimalist style but are very comfortable. Each ‘room’ has two areas (a bedroom and lounge) separated by a corridor. Features include two LCD TV’s, a laptop-sized safe, a 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: Modern luxury. Nice rooftop pool.
Built in 1898 and former home of the Philippines Tobacco Company. Today, Hotel 1898 is a modern luxury hotel that retains a sense of its colonial past. The beautifully styled guest rooms and suites feature internet access, LCD TV, mood lighting and air conditioning. The stunning rooftop bar and swimming pool has great views across the city and equally great cocktails. Expect excellent service from friendly staff who really know how to make customers feel special.
Hotel 1898 is located in the middle of La Rambla, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and just a short ten-minute walk from the Eixample gay area.
La Rambla 124 | map
Why this hotel: Good Value. Stylish rooms. Free snacks all day.
Hotel Montecarlo is a relatively small, “no-frills” hotel located on La Rambla, near Plaza Catalunya. The hotel’s contemporary guest rooms feature comfortable beds, an en suite bath and shower, LCD TV, individually controlled air conditioning and free WiFi. The standard internal rooms are windowless. Rooms facing La Rambla feature soundproof windows. The hotel serves a good breakfast buffet and offers free tea, coffee, pastries and fruit all day long, but does not have a restaurant (which is irrelevant in this part of Barcelona). Likewise, the hotel has a rooftop sun terrace with loungers and excellent city views, but no pool.
Location-wise, the Montocarlo is about a 10-minute walk from the Eixample gay village. The management doesn’t like room visits by non-registered guests, so if you anticipate a pickup then you might want to look elsewhere.
Pelai 3, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Excellent location. Value for money. Favorite choice.
Another favourite! Hotel Jazz is a stylish, great value-for-money hotel in an excellent location close to Eixample gay district and the city centre. Plaza Catalunya is just around the corner, and it is less than 2 minutes’ walk to La Rambla.
The hotel offers a choice of modern air-conditioned en-suite rooms and suites. Features include a laptop-sized safe, LCD TV with satellite channels, free WiFi, and a minibar. We particularly like the fabulous rooftop swimming pool, sun terrace and bar offering wonderful views across the city.
Carrer De Pelai 14, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Excellent value. Great service.
Inglaterra Hotel is located just across the street from Hotel Jazz, both of which are situated half way between the gay nightlife in Eixample and the shops and restaurants in La Rambla.
This relatively ‘no-frills’ hotel offers 60 value for money guest rooms, each with a flat screen TV, free WiFi and air conditioning. Some rooms have a private terrace. There is a small rooftop terrace bar with sun loungers and small pool. Like the Jazz Hotel, Inglatarra is just a few moments’ walk from Universitat station, with bus and rail connections to the airport.
Carrer Fontanella 7, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Value for money. New. Near the saunas.
A brand new, design hotel located just 50 metres from Plaza Catalunya, 10 minutes’ walk from the gay village and just a few steps from three of Barcelona’s best gay saunas (Nova Bruc / Cordal / Corinto).
The hotel offers chic, contemporary accommodation from 18m² rooms through to a stunning 40m² suite that has a private terrace and jacuzzi. Every room has a king-sized or twin beds, a modern bathroom, free WiFi, iPod dock, LCD TV and mini-bar. 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 – 2 stops from Barceloneta and its beach.
Rauric 14, El Barri Gotic | map
Why this hotel: Budget choice. Good breakfast.
The recently renovated Hotel California is located in the heart of historic city centre. This very gay-friendly budget hotel offers relatively basic but comfortable air-conditioned rooms. Most of the major tourist attractions in this part of Barcelona can be reached within just a few minutes’ walk. This part of the city 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 Carme 25, El Raval | map
Why this hotel: Cheap. Great breakfast.
Great value-for-money, central hotel just moments away from La Rambla and a short walk from the Eixample gay village.
Hotel Curious has modern, stylish air-conditioned en suite rooms, all of which feature free WiFi and satellite LCD TV. Friendly service, a good breakfast and very cheap!
Carrer Sant Sever 5, El Barri Gotic | map
Why this hotel: Glamour & style. Excellent dining. Well-rated.
Everything about Neri oozes history, culture and glamour. The hotel 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.
The Neri offers 22 beautiful air-conditioned guest rooms that combine the new and the old with style and substance. There is free WiFi, LCD TV’s and an extensive bed linen and pillow menu.
The Neri Restaurant, headed up by Chef Benito Iranzo delivers some of the best flavours in the city (gourmet gays should consider a reservation even if not staying at the hotel).
Located in the Gothic quarter, Plaza Cataluna is about a 10-minute walk and the gay village in Eixample about a 15-minute walk.
Passeig Taulat 231, El Poblenou | map
Why this hotel: Near the beach. Spacious apartments.
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 guests to use. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Poblenou Metro Station from which you can get trains to the city center (including Passeig de Gracia – close to the gay bars in Eixample).
Girona 80, Eixample | map
Why this hotel: Modern apartments. Great location & service.
Superbly stylish, modern apartment style hotel. The 17 suites and apartments feature a huge range of facilities including a flat screen TV, air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, microwave and washing machine. WiFi is free of charge. Larger apartments are available for up to 7 adults to share.