Hotels in Barcelona City Centre

Guide and handpicked selection of Hotels in Barcelona Spain City Centre

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When we talk about the centre of Barcelona we are actually talking about all the districts around La Rambla or Las Ramblas, that long avenue that crosses the city from the sea. It is the historical heart of Barcelona. Downtown Barcelona is called Ciutat Vella. It is the old town and its districts such as the Eixample, El Raval, El Born, El Gótico (Gothic quarter) and the Barceloneta. In this town, residing in the centre offers many advantages for a tourist such as being able to discover almost all the attractions by foot. For us it is the ideal area to be during vacation in Barcelona. And you will see that even if you are very demanding on the quality and categories of hotels, there is no shortage of low prices!

Our quick guide to the best hotels in Barcelona's city centre to help you book the most attractive hotel for your holiday:

What are the advantages of staying in Barcelona's city centre?

Barcelona is a very wide city, but the most popular tourist areas are located - fortunately - in the centre of the Catalan capital. A relatively small centre when you imagine that a radius of one kilometre around the Plaça de Catalunya allows you to visit the whole old town and monuments such as Casa Batlló , Casa Mila - Pedrera, Picasso Museum and many others.

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Staying in this central area offers the advantage of:

  • To discover the main historic districts short walk and therefore many monuments and museums listed in the map at the bottom of the page.
  • To be next to metro station and bus network to easily visit the other parts of the city.
  • To easily find the stops of the three lines of the tourist bus which is another great way to visit the city.
  • To be at the point of departure and arrival of the AEROBÚS shuttle bus that connects Barcelona's El Prat Airport with Barcelona's centre every 5 minutes, 365 days a year, in about 35 minutes.
  • To be few minutes walk to the most beautiful shops of the famous Passeig de Gràcia  as well as close to El Born and its small shops of young trendy designers. Great for all-round shopping.
  • To enjoy a drink at the Boqueria Market or to discover hundreds of tapas bars or restaurants of all types and of course the many nightlife activities...  
  • The nearest beach is not very far either. When you are told that a hotel barcelona center is the best for you to simply enjoy this city to the utmost without wasting time!

The only disadvantages of residing in the centre of Barcelona are mainly due to the distance from some of the city's iconic monuments. Always using the Plaza de Catalunya as a starting point:

  • Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família is located 2.6km away.
  • Antoni Gaudí's Güell Park is far away: 4km.
  • The Camp Nou, The FC Barcelona stadium is 4km away by foot.

Allow 30 minutes of public transport or bicycle and 20 minutes by taxi for these 3 journeys.

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Best 4-star Hotels in Barcelona City Center

These are 4-star luxury hotels Barcelona city centre that we deeply recommend. We guarantee you will be totally satisfied if staying at any of these 4 star hotels. Among the facilities: swimming pool, spa, roof top terrace with breathtaking views of the city, multiple restaurants and bars. And of course a faultless service for the best possible experience. 

  • Catalonia Catedral

    Catalonia Catedral ★★★★

    New and centrally located

    Warm welcome by professional staff is your first impression arriving at this 4 star hotel. A just renovated modernist building, Catalonia Catedral Hotel is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona (Barri Gotic). The hotel is by the Cathedral, Plaça Sant Jaume and the unavoidable shopping street of Portal de l’Àngel. After a day of shopping or cultural visits you will need nothing else that your new room with big shower. You can also enjoy a drink in the lobby bar or the international cuisine in the hotel restaurant even though we recommend other restaurants in Barcelona.

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  • Sixtytwo Hotel

    Sixtytwo Hotel ★★★★

    Elegant, warm and animated.

    On a nice 19th entury building, the Sixtytwo hotel is located in Paseo de Gracia in between the Casa Batllo and the Casa Milà. Difficult to ameliorate for Gaudi enthusiast. Also difficult to be in a better centered location in Barcelona, right on the best shops of the city can be found. It catches our attention de zen and warm atmosphere. The cocktail bar has good ambiance at evenings. Generous breakfast and nice employees. We like and recommend it.

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  • Hotel Pulitzer

    Hotel Pulitzer ★★★★

    We love it!

    Hard to be more centric, two steps from the Ramblas and the Plaça de Catalunya. 91 rooms decorated by Lazaro Rosa, all black and white, marble and leather with sophisticated lightning. Not very large but well distributed. We appreciate this hotel for the atmosphere: à la mode bar, meeting site for locals on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and during summer time the “Bar du Ciel” (Heaven’s bar) animated by local DJ’s to profit of a magnificent view of Barcelona. We love it!

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  • Catalonia Port

    Catalonia Port ★★★★

    Clean and modern decoration

    At the port, in the Gothic quarter not far from Las Ramblas, this new and little 41 room hotel is very pleasant. Clean and modern decoration, large and silent rooms with large beds, a roof pool and solarium. We appreciate the friendly and efficient personnel, and we love its strategic location to visit the city without too long walks...

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Hotels in Barcelona city centre with swimming pool ?

#1 Hotel Sir Victor

Spa hotels in Barcelona city centre ?

#2 Mandarin Oriental

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3-star Barcelona Hotels near City Centre

On a lower budget, we have chosen the following 3-star hotels for our special recommendations. We know you will enjoy the quality of these best cheap hotels in Barcelona city centre.

  • Room Mate Pau

    Room Mate Pau ★★★

    Impressive design for this 3 *

    The chain of hotels Room Mate has an excellent reputation. Room Mate Pau is the perfect example of that. One three stars marvelously located well in city centre - close to Plaza Catalunya - which will enable you to discover Barcelona by walking. We love the ultramodern wooden decoration with white and gray surfaces and some beautiful objects where one feels immediately at ease. 

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  • Andante Hotel

    Andante Hotel ★★★

    Rooftop pool and great services!

    134 rooms right in city centre area. The Andante is modern, very comfortable and practical. A new generation of hotel, hard to criticized due to its overall quality. One retains especially in this hotel a superb swimming pool terrace with a stunning view over the city. A great 3 stars and definitively a good quality/situation/price choice.

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  • Musik Boutique Hotel

    Musik Boutique Hotel ★★★

    Awesome, central, modern!

    In the centre, not far from the Market Santa Caterina that we adore, Musik Boutique hotel is another example of these new 3 stars of great quality. The rooms decorated with modernity are very comfortable. The stress is laid on the quality of the services and the councils like to give you the good addresses or the things to do in Barcelona the very same day. Good breakfast. Perfectly located in the old city, this hotel is very a wise choice.

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  • Chic & Basic Ramblas

    Chic & Basic Ramblas ★★★

    The Ramblas with a vintage atmosphere

    This time the hotel chain Chic & Basic, which we greatly appreciate, has created a vintage atmosphere from the 60s and is located just off the Ramblas.  With a young and colorful decoration with a big sense of humor, and above all thought to be pleasant with nice rooms, air conditioned and quiet. We love the bicycle hire, free wifi and private parking ..

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Best Hostels in Barcelona city centre

If you have a tight budget, we can also recommend you great youth hostels in the city centre. We have visited them, talked to customers and we keep our own rankings for our recommendations. 

  • Don Moustache Boutique Hostel

    Don Moustache Boutique Hostel ★★

    A cool name for a charming hostal

    30 rooms and dormitories decorated with simplicity but a lot of taste. Small terraces for certain rooms, a lounge really sympathetic, free wifi for all. Bon Moustache Hostel is the bargain not to miss of the moment. Two steps away of the Plaça de Catalunya, you are next the main tourist places of Barcelona. Just book it!

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  • Hostal BCN Ramblas

    Hostal BCN Ramblas ★★

    When hostal meets design..

    A perfect guest house of 11 rooms just opposite the famous market Boqueria. You are in the centre of the city, just next major’s attractions. Hostal BCN Ramblas strikes especially by the quality of its recent decoration: roomy rooms, fresh and useful. Knowing that you will find private bathrooms, wifi, TV and 24/24 reception, you should not hesitate too long!

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Tips to find cheap Hotels near Barcelona City Centre

Hotel prices are very fluctuating in Barcelona. The price of the same room can double or even triple depending on the season and the events taking place in the city. It takes some method to look for good deals, discounts and ultimately enjoy an economic stay in a city that now offers overnight stays at the rates of all other major Spanish and European cities, ie too expensive for us.

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Hotels in the centre of Barcelona are very popular. That's normal, that's where the city's main attractions are located. However, finding accommodation is not a challenge, you just have to follow these few tips:


  • Take advantage of the discounts that hotels inevitably offer. Hotels keepers in Barcelona are constantly competing for the best offers to sell their rooms. A competition that is favourable to tourists. The reservation site that we propose displays, very clearly and in real time, the discounts offered by hotels: take advantage of them!
  • Once your stay date has been indicated, use the column on the left to tick the two selections "Barcelona Centre" and "All offers". An "opportunity of the day" button will then appear in orange, i.e. the hotels offering an exceptional quality/price ratio for the dates you have chosen. The "Privilege Offer" button is also displayed for hotels that offer discounts of up to 50%. When we tell you that competition is good!
  • Here is the link to follow to make this search: Best Hotel Offers Barcelona Centre

 Book a barcelona city centre hotel either well in advance of your stay or at last minute!

 To find the best price, there are two strategies.


  • Either book your room well in advance of your trip: 3 months before your stay is the right time to take advantage of substantial discounts. Hoteliers want to fill their hotels in advance. They are then at the right price for their category and their neighbourhood.
  • However a last-minute reservation is also a good trick. In this case the hoteliers race to sell their last rooms. Prices are revised downwards. It's more risky for you but nothing beats a short stay in the Catalan capital on a whim and a little luck!

In this case indicate your date and number of nights of stay then tick in the left column "Barcelona Centre" and "Lowest rate first" above the list of hotels.
It is not rare to find 1 star hotels at less than 40€ per night and 4 star hotels well below 100€ per room in high season.
Are you looking for a Barcelona center hotel but want to know the difference between Hotel, Hostel, Hostal and Youth Hostel?

There are several types of accommodation in Barcelona.

  • The most structured are hotels. They meet European standards, classified according to their service category and room size. There are 5 categories ranging from 1 star hotel to 5 star hotel (formerly Palace). The most starry have suites, luxury and prestige rooms, sports halls, massage, wellness, solarium, terrace with swimming pool, restaurants, bars, service and reception 24/24…

The "not classified" category is more confusing and requires a little explanation.

  • Hostals are found in those categories. A hostal in Barcelona is an establishment offering the same services as a hotel without having the name. From a lower category it offers rooms smaller than one star, each room is private and the cleaning service is also daily. It is often a good deal, its prices being very affordable.
  • Finally a hostel in Barcelona is actually a youth hostel. Here the rooms are not private, they are rather beds in dormitories or in collective rooms. Some hostels offer private rooms but this is not the general rule. It is therefore not advisable to confuse hostal and hostel. Youth hostels are often very friendly and lively in Barcelona.  Meeting places more and more in the air of the time and decorated with taste. An excellent solution for stays at reasonable costs especially for young travellers and backpackers.

Hotel Prices in Barcelona Centre
From 1 to 5 stars the prices are very varied. If the former offer rooms for less than 40 euros per night, prices rise as quickly as the stars.
A 3 star will be between 80 and 120 euros in the middle of July
A 4 stars in the center of Barcelona in July between 100 and 140€.

Youth hostel prices in Barcelona Centre.
Youth hostels are the most economical way to stay in Barcelona.
Count between 25 and 35€ per night per person in July in a youth hostel in the historic districts of the city.
A price which falls to about fifteen euros in November for example.

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Hotel Barcelona City Centre: More tips!

Preferably breakfast included

Prefer hotels that offer rooms that include breakfast. When this is not the case, the hotels do not fail to make you pay this service at a high price. Rarely less than fifteen euros: it is often good but indigestible! Our advice if breakfast is not included in the room price: go to the local café - preferably frequented by Catalans, have a coffee and a "bocadillo de jamon" the local croissant for 4 or 5 euros all included!



Parking possible !

Attention it is complicated and very expensive to park a car in the city centre of Barcelona, or even impossible in the historic district. The parking lot in Barcelona is a real rip-off. If you come by car, you must choose a hotel that has a car park or an agreement with a car park nearby included in the price of the room. Another tip is to book your car park in advance with our online car park reservation service, the prices are cheaper than once on site because they too prefer to fill their car parks in advance. Count about twenty euros per 24 hours in the center.



Prefer the less tourist seasons.

As everywhere in Spain, the occupancy rate of Barcelona hotels depends on holiday dates. The most interesting months to stay at low prices in the center as everywhere in town are the months of November, January and early February. In this case no beach but a cultural, gastronomic and always festive stay. December is a fake friend, the city is very appreciated for the holidays: Christmas and New Year's Day. It is mild in winter in Catalonia, in our Barcelona Weather page a table of average annual temperatures will convince you!



Visit Barcelona in August!

Catalans are like everyone else, they abandon their city in August because it can get very hot in this month of summer holidays. The city is deserted, many shops close, some restaurants also but all cultural attractions remain open. It's our favorite month, it's all a little off. Hotels know this and play the card of massive discounts to convince you to come. Don't hesitate either!



Watch out for big events in the city.

Barcelona is a city of congresses and trade fairs. Some of them fill the city and empty the hotels. Room prices skyrocket. For this reason alone, it is not advisable to come there for tourism at the same time. The best known fair is "The Mobile World Congress", at the end of February each year. To be avoided at all costs. To choose your date of stay according to these events: The calendar of the main trade fairs in this page.

Map of Barcelona city centre hotels and main points of interest.

A hotel in the centre of Barcelona allows you to visit all these monuments on foot:

As you can see on this map the places to visit are countless. Picasso Museum, Music Palace, Güell Palace, Macba, Casa Milà - Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Barcelona Cathedral. A magical district where it is necessary above all to stroll to discover the soul of the city, its alleys, its markets as that of la Boqueria, its tapas bars, its shops and a few minutes on foot its beaches! Have a nice stay!



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    Camp Nou Tour

    Camp Nou Tour

    Visit the FC Barcelona stadium

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    Aerobus Tickets
    From€ 9.75

    Aerobus Tickets

    Transfers from airport to centre and back

    The Aerobus is a shuttle bus that takes you from El Prat Airport to city centre in 35 minutes. One departure every 5 minutes. 365 days a year! Online tickets, tips and infos!

    Book now
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    Discover the city at your own pace!

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  1. @viktorBT - (6 Dec 2018 - 10:06)

    Hola viktorBT,
    I suppose you are talking about Hotel DO Plaça Reial G.L. Could not be more in the city center. Down Las Ramblas, on a beautiful square called, Plaça Reial - Royal Plaza - in the Barri Gòtic . Great at night, next to the Port and beach.. 11 minutes walking to Picasso Museum and 2km from La Pedrera.. Great choice!
    More info on this page :


  2. Hotel DO Plaza - viktorBT (6 Dec 2018 - 09:16)

    Could you tell me if Hotel DO Plaça is in Barcelona city centre?

  3. Looking for Barcelona hotels near city centre - merco (22 Jun 2018 - 11:08)

    A good one is Gaudi Hotel a cheap 3 star hotel we enjoyed very much lately! Barcelona is really cool place to visit!

  4. Rodamon Hostel is cool - liqa (15 Jun 2018 - 10:52)

    Rodamón is a real cool hostel,up Eixample but still in city centre, 10 minutes from casa Batllo.. we loved it..

  5. hotel in Barcelona centre - eleanore (3 May 2018 - 08:18)

    the best hotel in city-center according to you?

  6. Catalonia Port is really cool - peterw (31 Jan 2018 - 11:42)

    A superb hotel, well located with very nice rooms. we loved it and will be back this year. Just booked again ;-)

  7. barcelona - peter (24 Jun 2017 - 10:10)

    hello.hw re u

  8. Musik hotel - Sandra (15 Feb 2017 - 08:38)

    Good choice, thank you! Musik Hotel is a really nice place in city centre, nice staff and really good bed (important for me ;-).

  9. @Dalia - wonder M (16 Oct 2016 - 10:06)

    Just try Ca La Maria Barcelona. We booked this hostel for our last trip in Barcelona in september. Lovely place, calm, great situation in the centre. Maria was very helpfull with us. A place with a soul not like all thoses very-design-modern-hotels for tourist !

  10. Hotel in the city centre - Dalia from Lituania (7 Oct 2016 - 09:40)

    First time in Barcelona. I'm looking for an hotel for my boy friend and I in the city centre but not a tourist trap. We will be there during 4 days in november. Can you help me ?

  11. Hotel Raval - Stef (21 Apr 2016 - 09:38)

    Looking for an hotel in the Raval, any advice ?

  12. Hotel Raval - Stef (21 Apr 2016 - 09:38)

    Looking for an hotel in the Raval, any advice ?

  13. barcelona hotel - prince (19 Dec 2015 - 10:12)

    oohaaa wat a wonderful city, go barcelona go

  14. Yurbban - visitor (14 Dec 2015 - 09:44)

    Love the Yurbban Trafalgar, a great new hotel in city centre.. go go

  15. Neri!! - wito Brad (10 May 2015 - 10:16)

    Great, cool, love it. Very well located, old building, nice staff. Another way to stay in Barcelona.

  16. Hotel - Peggy (3 Nov 2014 - 08:45)

    Hotel Sixtytwo highly recommended. We stayed in September 2014 and the location and service was exceptional. Comfortable, quiet with space and a small balcony overlooking the boulevard.

  17. Hotel - Peggy (3 Nov 2014 - 08:45)

    Hotel Sixtytwo highly recommended. We stayed in September 2014 and the location and service was exceptional. Comfortable, quiet with space and a small balcony overlooking the boulevard.

  18. Expo hotel - Gery (11 Aug 2014 - 09:00)

    Forget this Hotel. Problems, problems, problems. Very loud, old an rooms, chaos

  19. Hotel Universitat - Pauline (16 Jun 2014 - 10:30)

    Great position in city centre near everything lovely breakfast to set you up for the day just an amazing stay

  20. bon moustache - hgood (5 Jun 2014 - 11:00)

    good hotel, funny name, good location.. loved it!

  21. bon moustache - hgood (5 Jun 2014 - 11:00)

    good hotel, funny name, good location.. loved it!

  22. room mate - for me (27 May 2014 - 09:45)

    Room mate is really cool.. I will return there next time... Thank you folks.

  23. andante - helena (9 May 2014 - 08:00)

    Andante hotel is not expensive and really nice.. Ramblas is the best area to be in Barcelona

  24. Catalonia port is best quality / price - dave (5 May 2014 - 09:30)

    Of course Neri is really cool... but really expensive to.. Better choice with Catalonia Port , great location, great pool and service and better price.

  25. Neri is really classy - Brige (17 Apr 2014 - 10:30)

    Love the hotel Neri. The total class!

  26. room mate are top - jm G (2 Apr 2014 - 08:30)

    Love room mate group.. all theirs hotels are really cool and not even in Barcelona, I remember one in Madrid that was really well located and hype..

  27. go Neri - alexander (19 Mar 2014 - 09:30)

    Right.. Neri is just the best one in cuty centre. Beautiful hotel, perfect location, great staff. forget your car and just walk around, you are in the hstorical area of Barcelona!

  28. l can see nw. - issa umar (17 Feb 2014 - 08:30)

    yes l can nw see dt what my father usually used to says abt the best hotel in barcelona. By god great l would be there next week. Thnks

  29. Neri will be my best souvenir ever - travel (6 Feb 2014 - 09:00)

    Great hotel, beautiful room, nice staff and the most coolest location in the city. Loved it

  30. nothing like this area - Boba (16 Dec 2013 - 10:30)

    Nothing like city centre for being in Barcelona. Forget car and cab just find hotel there and walk around. You will love it!

  31. city center - fami (5 Dec 2013 - 09:30)

    Right, the city centre is perfect to discover Barcelona which is easy to visit by walking. Find your hotel in this area is really the best thing to do. We were next to Sants station.. Not far but not in the centre. Next timeI'll choose in this area. best!!

  32. Musik one - Antonio (7 Nov 2013 - 08:45)

    Like in a coocon, splendid design, perfect service. I love Musik Boutique Hotel perfectly located..

  33. group booking - heike (15 Apr 2013 - 08:15)

    hi guys, can any one recommend me nice and cheap hotel in Barcelona near to city centre. I am from Hong Kong and going to organize a trip to Barcelona with 40 participants! Thank you!

  34. you bet - sol (30 Jan 2013 - 01:00)

    you bet it's better to be in this city centre area. Of course you can do all just by walking. To be another part of the city is coll but less than there.

  35. Neri is the best - traveler Barcelona (21 Jan 2013 - 11:45)

    In city centre of Barcelona I'll go always to the same hotel: The Neri. For me it's the perfection, can't change my mind or try another one. I just love this little and real cool hotel.

  36. un petit faible pour cet hôtel Ohla - bcn (19 Nov 2012 - 08:30)

    Le ohla est superbement bien situé pour visiter la ville. Il est surtout admirablement bien décoré et sympathique dès le premier coup d'oeil.. Bref une bonne pioche sur les Ramblas

  37. Hotel Gran Ducat a Barcellona - Giovanni Di Pilato (19 Sep 2012 - 18:00)

    ottima posizione per qualsiasi destinazione (anche a piedi)
    encomiabile pulizia (i bagni hanno anche il bidet, cosa rara all'estero)
    personale molto disponibile (specie Maria che capisce anche l'italiano)
    colazione (da noi non provata) effettuabile in vari locali a fianco dell'hotel (anche con yogurth e frutta)
    stanze non particolarmente grandi e con vedute in gran parte su cavedi interni
    il rumore (tanto temuto da altri) della sottostante metro appena percepiti (per questo noi avevamo chiesto il 5° piano)
    prezzi non certo elevati e complessivamente pienamente accettabili
    hotel a nostro parere senz'altro da consigliare

  38. dans le centre - mlv (13 Jun 2012 - 10:00)

    Il faut absolument prendre un hôtel dans le centre de Barcelone. Tout est ensuite très facile pour se déplacer à pieds, pour visiter, etc.

  39. le Neri! - gianca (3 Jun 2012 - 11:00)

    Le Neri est absolument parfait. Bien situé, magnifiquement décoré, personnel sympa. Il est important de bien tomber quand on découvre une ville. Une bonne "pioche".

  40. Barcelona Catedral is great - eddy (12 May 2012 - 12:00)

    love the Barcelona Catedral hotel, very good location in city center and fun rooftop perfect for sun and relax

  41. Hesperia Ramblas - frank (11 Apr 2012 - 16:45)

    Hesperia Ramblas is amaizing. Small but super design and perfectly located. We had a real good deal for our stay in Barcelona.

  42. Oui au Catalonia Port - bibi (4 Apr 2012 - 20:00)

    En effet le Catalonia Port est tip top. Une bonne adresse pas trop chère et super bien située. Ne pas hésiter!

  43. Hotel 1898 just perfect - Far (1 Apr 2012 - 19:00)

    just tried Hotel 1898 .. a perfection right in the middle of La Rambla. great terrace and bar. loved it!

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