I will be going to Barcelona from April 4 -7. I am looking for a place to stay. I am going with a friend and meeting up with family from the states who will be there during the same time. I would like to stay in a hotel or apartment. I have looked online but I don't know what is good and not good.
Have you decided on a particular part of barcelona yet? Try the below link for hotels on the ramblas, I found it very good as it acually maps the hotels for you (some websites can be very misleading when stating how close hotels are to the ramblas), and catagorises into star grades.
There are some fabulous hotels here but if you aren't interested in staying directly on the the ramblas, you could try somewere near the olympic port, or Port Vell, which is only minutes from the ramblas but also on the other side has the beach and the Mare Magnum shopping centre (which is huge and has everything - excellent for shopping!) and lots of bars and nightclubs close by. If you would like to tell me what kind of amenities you are looking for I might be able to help some more.
I have been living in Barcelone and I would prefer to lodge in the eixample, a better quartier than Las Ramblas, and only 10-20 minutes walking from Las Ramblas.
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You can stay anywhere which is 6-7 stops away from Plaça Catalunya metro stop. If you stay further than this from the city centre, the advice becomes a bit difficult to give unless you specify a zone in particular.