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Most gay travelers opt for hotels in Barcelona’s city center around the gayborhood of Eixample. From here you can walk to most of Barcelona’s gay nightlife and also the city’s main tourist sites.
Accommodation in Barcelona corresponds to standard European prices, meaning it is relatively pricey for Spain. Hotels near Passeig de Gracia and the waterfront will tend to be more expensive and luxurious, perfect if you are looking to treat yourself. Budget and mid-range options are plentiful across all areas of the city, most of them comfortable and well-designed. Cheaper hostels and hotels are grouped in peripheral areas like Poble Sec and Gracia, but are easily reached from the city center through the Metro and bus systems.
All accommodation is gay-friendly in Barcelona, and gay visitors will be unlikely to raise any eyebrows.
The most famous and most booked gay hotel (HetroFriendly) is Axel Hotel in Gaixample, which is part of an international chain of gay hotels with locations in Berlin, Madrid, and Ibiza. It has all the comfort of a modern, design-led chain hotel, as well as a rooftop pool and bar which have become gay hotspots in themselves. They have a second location nearby called Two Hotel, with the same comforts.
Barcelona’s main gay area is in the neighborhood known as the Eixample, given the affection nickname Gaixample.
The Gaixample area is rich in gay nightlife, with dozens of bars, clubs, saunas, and shops to choose from. You have hardcore fetish cruising bars, low-key pubs, dancey clubs, and everything in between – in short, this area is the reason why Barcelona is rated as one of Europe’s best gay cities.
Gaixample also happens to be very close to most of Barcelona’s main sights, such as Gaudi’s architecture, the Ramblas, and the old town. This makes it a favorite area for gay travelers, however, it’s not the only option. El Raval, a slightly sketchy neighborhood that sits behind the Ramblas, is slowly becoming a trendy and edgy place for Barcelona nightlife, including gay options. However, few tourists choose to stay here as it remains overall not the best area in the city.
Many gay visitors also take advantage of Barcelona’s city beaches (and in particular its gay nudist beaches) and stay closer to the sea. The W Barcelona and the Pullman Barcelona Skipper Hotel are two popular luxury hotels sitting right on the beachfront.
♥ Stunning sea views from most areas of the hotel (and most rooms)
♥ Three rooftop and infinity pools
♥ Varied, stylish, and buzzing bars and restaurants
♥ One of the best honeymoon beachfront hotels in Barcelona
Gay-favorite hotel chain W Hotels always prides itself on its cutting-edge design, fun and fresh facilities, and exceptional service. W Barcelona is, of course, no different. The hotel is designed by famous architect Ricardo Bofill, who has created the unique sail-shaped building that sits iconically at the very edge of Barcelona’s seafront. Unsurprisingly W Barcelona is one of the most booked luxury gay-friendly hotels in Barcelona.
Inside, the rooms are designed to highlight the exceptional location. Because of the hotel’s position, large windows look onto the sea from almost every room, and the color scheme is considered to match beautifully with the vivid blue of the Mediterranean. Even the smallest room, the Cozy, features a stunning floor-to-ceiling window with exceptional views, and it just gets more luxurious the further up you go in the room categories (the Presidential suite includes a balcony jacuzzi and your own sun loungers).
W Barcelona also shines in its drinking and dining. The in-house restaurant, Bravo24, is led by a Michelin-star winning Catalan chef, SALT beach club offers delicious food and cocktails with your feet in the sand, and Eclipse club lets you party in style without ever leaving your hotel. WET Deck, a rooftop poolside bar that is somewhat of a signature of W Hotels, is a great place to relax during the day and party at night.
The FIT Fitness Center will be a particular draw for gym addicts, featuring 300 square metres of state-of-the-art equipment directly overlooking the sea. For pool lovers, the hotel features not one, not two, but three swimming pools: two outdoor pools and one relaxing indoor one. There is also dedicated hotel access to Platja San Sebastia, a popular local beach with gay sunbathers.
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace is an awesome party hostel in the heart of Gaixample. All of the area’s gay bars, clubs, shops, and saunas are within a 15-minute walk. However, if you can’t be bothered walking that long, BELIEVE Club is just 2 minutes down the road, and both Arena clubs are just a little bit further.
The hotel itself is relatively new, and it shows. Everything is modern, stylish, and carefully designed, from the rooms to the common areas. The rooms are all dorm-style, ranging from 2-person to 10-person, which means there is something for every size of a group. All beds come with a security locker, individual reading light, charging point, and a headboard cubby for your stuff.
The rooftop pool is, of course, the main attraction. During the summer, all hotel guests drink, splash, and mingle on the terrace, which features great views of the city. The downstairs bar is always busy and all the common areas revolve around a rock’n’roll theme, honoring iconic venues and clubs. There is something going on almost every night, from communal meals, to drinking games and bar crawls with free entry to nearby clubs. The guest kitchen is huge and fully-equipped, so you can always make your own meals.
H10 Metropolitan has an excellent location on Rambla de Cataluña, exactly where most tourists want to be in the city. The central square is a few steps away, and there are two metro stations within close walking distance (Universitat, L1 and 2, and Urquinaona, L1 and 4). Popular Sunday night club and cruise night, The Black Room @ Club City Hall, is just across the street, and both Arena clubs are just 5 minutes away. Most of the Gaixample’s nightlife is also walking distance.
The hotel itself maintains the high standard of H10 hotels in the city. It is relatively new (opened in 2014) and has been carefully decorated by a local designer to reflect the history and culture of the city. Indeed, the decor blends cutting-edge contemporary design with modernist and art deco motifs, creating a result that is uniquely Barcelona. The rooms are bright and spacious, all featuring comforts like Rituals amenities, Nespresso coffee machine, bathrobe and slippers, and an incredible shower.
There are two pools, one on the swanky 6th-floor terrace and one in the delightful Eden Terrace downstairs – the latter features a beautiful vertical garden and a small cocktail bar. There are basic gym facilities for those who want to squeeze in a workout, and an excellent buffet breakfast.
H10 Metropolitan has earned several awards, including Best City Hotel in Spain 2016 by Conde Nast Traveler and a 2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. It is also one of the best-rated 4-star hotels in Barcelona on Booking.com and a popular option with gay travelers.
This gay-favorite hotel in the Eixample is a 10-minute walk from most of the bars, clubs, and shops of the Gaixample. It is also a quick 2-minute walk to Provença train and metro station (lines 7 and 6), and a 10 minutes to Barcelona must-sees like Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, and Rambla de Cataluña.
As the name implies, the hotel is dedicated to contemporary art, with original pieces decorating every space, including some by world-famous Catalan artists like Joan Miró and Miquel Barceló. The result is creative, colorful, and energizing – fans of art will particularly appreciate the fact that each floor is dedicated to a particular artist, with every room featuring nods to their unique styles. In order to highlight the art, the rest of the decor remains soothingly neutral.
The rooms are compact but extremely comfortable, with some of them featuring a furnished balcony overlooking classic Eixample architecture. There is a complimentary Nespresso machine in every room as well as both hot and cold air conditioning.
The gay-friendly hotel also includes a modern art-themed restaurant, a sleek and stylish lobby bar, a stunning outdoor bar with plunge pool, and L’Olivera Terrace, an exceptionally pleasant courtyard with a century-old olive tree at its center.
This gay-friendly luxury hotel in Barcelona was voted “Best Urban Hotel in Barcelona” by Conde Nast Traveler, is within the top 10 hotels in the entire city on TripAdvisor, and has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. So, why is it consistently ranked as one of the best 5-star hotels in the city?
Well, simply put, everything is well done. The rooms are beautifully designed in neutral tones with rich materials, managing to be luxurious and unassuming at the same time. Large windows allow Barcelona’s almost constant sunshine to illuminate everything in cheerful, natural light, with some rooms even offering a gorgeous private balcony on the top floor.
The hotel facilities are equally beautifully designed and perfectly executed. There is a restaurant and cocktail bar, a rooftop bar in the summer, and the Despacio Spa, which includes a stunning black marble “experience pool” as well as high-end celebrity treatments and packages. The gym is well-equipped and open 24h to guests of the hotel.
The hotel is located at the edge of the Eixample, which means that most of Barcelona’s gay bars, clubs, and shops are about 20 minutes away. If that seems like too much for you (and if leather is your thing), there is a fetish cruising bar, New CHAPS, just around the block. Diagonal metro station (Lines 3 and 5) is under 5 minutes away, conveniently connecting you to the rest of the city. Due to it’s location, H10 The One Barcelona is one of the most booked luxury gay hotels in Barcelona.
This is the premium gay hotel in Barcelona, part of the extremely popular European chain of gay Axel hotels. This “hetero-friendly” option is, of course, located in the Gaixample, just around the corner from various gay hotspots including ATAME, Gingin Gay Bar, Punto BCN, La Chapelle, and Priscilla Cafe. However, it is also a gay destination in itself, with rooftop Sky Bar especially being a popular party spot for gay locals and visitors alike.
Axel Hotels always pride themselves in their impeccable taste and design. Axel Barcelona reflects this with elegant rooms that put comfort as their central focus. The suites are particularly attractive, with extra-large beds, iPod station, and a private furnished terrace and solarium. The hotel also knows exactly what its core demographic wants in terms of facilities: the gym is large and extremely well-equipped, and the adjacent Wellness club is the ideal way to wind down after a workout (or a particularly heavy night of partying).
One of the best things about staying at an Axel Hotel is the friendly and knowledgeable staff. They are the best people to ask about all things gay happening in the city, and are perfectly positioned to help you make your most of gay Barcelona.
Axel Hotel Barcelona has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is (obviously) one of the most popular hotels in Barcelona for gay visitors. Axel Barcelona is the most booked gay hotel in Barcelona.
TWO Hotel Barcelona is the second location by “hetero-friendly” chain Axel in the city. The gay nightlife of the Gaixample is just a 15-minute walk away, and there are two very popular cruising clubs, Boyberry and Club Black Hole, a few steps away. This location is also closer to the old town and to El Raval, Barcelona’s edgier gayborhood,
TWO Hotel Barcelona by Axel offers various room styles and sizes, including single rooms for the discerning solo traveler and superior rooms offering stunning floor-to-ceiling corner windows with city views. This new gay hotel in Barcelona is slightly more modern than its counterpart, featuring sleek contemporary design throughout – the rooms are decorated in shades of grey, black, and beige for a cool, understated vibe.
Like its big brother Axel Barcelona, there is a Sky Bar with outdoor pool and loungers (in this case, bright pink ones), a wellness suite, and a gym. However, the latter is smaller and more basic at TWO Hotel. Rates for the two hotels are very similar, with Axel Barcelona usually being marginally more expensive.
However, both hotels offer exceptional gay service, high-end comfort, and a great central location: it’s just up to you to decide what vibe you prefer.
Hotel Soho offers exceptional value for money, with excellent 3-star amenities in a perfect location for gay nightlife. The hotel is right in the middle of Gaixample, with most of Barcelona’s gay bars within a 10-minute walk. Some especially nearby venues include Museum Bar, People Lounge, Boys Bar BCN, Sauna Casanova, El Cangrejo, and Versailles.
Urgell metro station (L1) is practically outside the hotel door, providing easy connections to Montjuic, the beaches, and Sagrada Familia. There is an Aerobus (the bus connection to El Prat Airport) a couple of blocks away).
The hotel has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and prides itself in being gay-friendly – it is very popular with gay travelers. The rooms are on the compact side, but are extremely pleasant and cozy, with simple modern decor and luxurious beds. Both the showers and bathtubs are also excellent. Some of the rooms feature large wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, making them exceptionally bright and airy, and some have their own private furnished terrace.
Hotel Soho has an awesome pool and terrace area, especially for a 3-star. This space, open only during the summer, is the best place to meet fellow gay travelers staying at the hotel, and also offers lovely views of the city.
The Barcelona EDITION is a brand-new hotel in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, offering high-class luxury accommodation for discerning guests. Featuring luxurious rooms, decorated in rich leathers, plush fabrics, and high-quality wood and marble, the tone is classic and impeccably tasteful, but with a contemporary edge.
All the rooms are spacious and comfortable but go for one within the Superior, Deluxe, or Loft category for stunning views of Barcelona and your very own cozy window nook. Or, even better, splurge on one of their suites, some of which feature large private terraces from which to view the city.
The drinking and dining options at the hotel are exceptional, including an in-house Cabaret with food, cocktails, and entertainment, a snug speakeasy-style lounge bar, a stylish lobby bar, and a rooftop bar and restaurant. The roof offers spectacular views of the city and is also home to the hotel’s outdoor saltwater pool.
The gay-friendly Barcelona EDITION is very centrally located in the picturesque Gothic Quarter, walking distance Plaza de Cataluña, the Cathedral, the Ramblas, and Gaudi’s houses in the city center. One of the city’s modern gay saunas, Sauna Condal, is just 5 minutes away, and most of the Gaixample nightlife can be reached within a 20-minute walk.
This NH Collection hotel is located on Rambla de Cataluña, one of the city’s most famous streets. This is one of the best locations in town for sightseeing, shopping, and gay nightlife: within a 15-minute walk, you can reach Gaudi’s townhouses, Plaza de Cataluña, the old cathedral, the Boqueria food market, and most of the gay bars and clubs of Gaixample. Both ARENA gay clubs are just 3 minutes down the road.
The hotel has been recently renovated, meaning everything is looking shiny and new. The rooms are decorated simply but beautifully, with pristine whites accentuated with pops of bright color. All the rooms are spacious, and many feature lovely views of the city. The Premium rooms and suites with a terrace are particularly pleasant: you get a full terrace space with seating and sun loungers, not just a balcony.
The rooftop pool is a popular spot for guests to mingle, and becomes particularly fun when gay visitors abound in the summer months. It features stunning 360° views of the city as well as loungers, umbrellas, and a bar. There is a small gym available to hotel guests, with basic workout equipment.
NH Collection hotels always shine with their Guest Relations team, a group of staff dedicated entirely to helping you enjoy Barcelona. They can help you with reservations, tours, insider local tips and even local gay knowledge.