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Barcelona is the perfect combination of everything that anyone could want on a city break; a bustling of modern, urban life dotted with traditional outdoor markets, restaurants and shops, an identity deeply ingrained in its 2000 year long history, and the chance to kick back on the beach and enjoy the sun, sea, and sand along with the other visitors and friendly locals.

As Spain’s second largest city, after Madrid, Barcelona enjoys a huge number of visitors every year who are attracted to its location on the Mediterranean coast and its reputation for a young and vibrant nightlife. This number sky rocketed after the city played host to the 1992 Olympics, which put it on the map as one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. With such vast quantity and variety of attractions and entertainment and a guaranteed pleasant stay at any one of the Secret Hotels scattered across the city, Barcelona is bound to be a trip you won’t stop talking about for years to come!

There are several distinct districts that make up the large metropolis, each one offering a different experience, with an individual host of activities and places of interest. Ciutat Vella forms the base for core centre of the town and is where the majority of the museums, old churches, markets, shops and eateries are found. This district itself is divided into smaller neighborhoods, including the Barri Gotic; a series of narrow, graffiti-clad streets lined with pseudo-medieval architecture, boutique clothes stores and hippy cafés, La Rambla; the famous tree-lined avenue busy with street performers, caricature artists and stalls selling pet turtles, rabbits and parakeets, El Raval and El Born. The latter is a trendy, pedestrian-ruled corner or the city that is packed with artisan bakeries, interior design shops and fine-dining destinations and which is usually less affected by the throng of tourist coaches and tours.

Aside from the ‘Old City’, other districts include Eixample, which is an area known for its significant art-nouveau architecture such as La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló all of which are great Gaudi masterpieces. The northern district of Gràcia enjoys a young, cosmopolitan vibe with open, shady plazas and restaurants serving cuisine from all over the globe. Sants-Montjuïc is the area centred on Plaça Espanya where trade fairs, exhibitions and cultural institutes all gather at the foot of the Montjuïc hill. The top of the hill can be reached either on foot or by a ride on the cable cars from the harbor, and offers stunning views over the city’s skyline, especially at the Miramar viewpoint. Other attractions include the Poble Espanyol, a faux village filled with replicas of typical buildings and houses from all over Spain. For art enthusiasts, there are also a number of fantastic modern art museums, including work from Tapiès, Picasso, and Miró. So whatever your mood or taste, there really is something to suit everyone and with such a huge number of activities on offer, no two days will feel the same!

To enhance your trip further, make sure you allow Secret Hotels to provide you with the ideal accommodation during your stay that tailors to your exact needs and budget. Whether you’re travelling alone on business, with friends, family or loved ones, there is a hotel to suit; so browse the hand-picked list of the best options in the city and book today to ensure you don’t miss fantastic deals and discounts. Shh! The names of the hotels listed are all kept secret until after you’ve booked because they don’t want the other guests to know they’re giving away the same rooms for a fraction of the price! Head over to any of the Secret Hotel providers; Hotwire Secret Hot Rate,, LowCostHolidays and Expedia and start planning your trip to magical Barcelona today!

Wonderful savings in the heart of Barcelona – 4 star – Barcelona

Situated in the Eixample region of the city, this Top Secret Hotel provides guests with stunning bedrooms in a prime location! The property offers parking on request for those arriving in their own vehicle, and is fully air-conditioned in the warmer months for your comfort. Wi-Fi is also available in the lobby area, and for your leisure there is a stunning outdoor swimming pool.

Bedrooms are beautifully decorated in a modern and contemporary style, with large comfortable beds making sure you get a great night’s sleep. Each bedroom is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries for your convenience. For your entertainment there is a state of the art television in the living area of the room, and high-speed Internet access and a radio are also provided. The main feature of the room is the stunning kitchen area, which includes a fridge/freezer, microwave oven, and an excellent kitchen range allowing you to make your own meals from the comfort of your room if you don’t fancy dining out. Rooms also include a washing machine and tumble dryer, allowing you to do your laundry with ease. Snap up these wonderful savings in the heart of Barcelona today!

One of Barcelona’s most visited landmarks is the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia, a stunning gothic cathedral that was built in 1448. Also known as Barcelona Cathedral, the building is widely recognised for its gargoyles that sit on the roof of the building, and the vast interior is split into 2 chapels. Visitors can see a cross from the 1571 Battle of Lepanto, with legend stating that the cross managed to move itself from being hit by an Ottoman cannonball. A number of saints are buried in the cathedral, as well as past Counts and bishops. The cathedral cloisters are home to 13 geese, and morning visits are free of charge.

Nightlife in Barcelona provides a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, with a number of themed bars across the city centre full of drinkers and clubbers. Caribbean Club is widely known as one of the city’s top cocktail bars, providing an excellent menu of drinks that is great value for money, despite its close location to the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas. The décor inside adds to the vibrant atmosphere, and the bar staff are very welcoming to tourists and are more than happy to make drinks to cater to your tastes.


Unforgettable holiday in a convenient location – 3 star – Barcelona

Don’t miss out on this great deal for an unforgettable holiday!

You won’t even want to leave the fantastic rooms in this hotel! Not only does each room come complete with a large comfortable bed, but there’s even a television available for guests to watch their favourite shows! The rooms are also perfect for those who like to stay connected – the high speed internet connection in each room allows guests to keep in touch with friends or even finish off some work away from the office. The rooms also provide all of the standard features you’d expect from a top quality hotel, including a mini-bar, telephone and en-suite bathroom. Don’t worry about the room staying tidy either, with the great daily housekeeping service that the hotel provides.

The hotel is to the same high quality as the room, with all the facilities and services guests could need. If you’re in Barcelona on business, why not take advantage of the fantastic business centre, right in the hotel! The centre pulls out all of the stops, and includes conference rooms and meeting rooms (with overhead projectors), digital lines, a fax service and even flipcharts, all perfect for giving business presentations. The reception in the hotel is open 24 hours a day, and the great staff are always on hand and ready to help should there be any problems. For an unforgettable holiday in a convenient location, look no further!

For a great family day out, nothing beats the fantastic Barcelona Zoo in the Parc de la Ciutadella! Visitors can marvel at the amazing array of exotic creatures, from Komodo dragons and java sparrows in the ‘Land of Dragons’, to the Cuban crocodile and deadly Boa constrictor in the Terrarium – there’s something for everyone. If visiting the zoo, it’s also worth watching one of the coveted dolphin shows, that’s been described by visitors as one of the most spectacular animal shows you’ll ever see. The zoo also caters for birthdays and large groups, making it an ideal place to host an event.

For the best burgers in Barcelona, take a trip to B Burger on Carrer d’Arago. This great restaurant offers scrumptious barbeque, tapas and its trademark burgers. The restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest and finest ingredients, enhancing the taste of the already delicious food up on offer at this restaurant. There’s something for everyone on the menu (and who doesn’t like burgers?), making this great restaurant the ideal place for a family meal.

Book now to secure your room at this top-notch hotel!

Cool hotel with outdoor pool overlooking Tibidabo – 4 star – Barcelona

This fantastic 4 star Top Secret Hotel is the ideal place to stay for those looking for a taste of luxury whilst visiting the beautiful European city.

Rooms are designed in a modern and contemporary style, and guests can expect no less than the best facilities and amenities to be provided. Your very own flat screen LCD TV complete with cable television means that you’ll never be bored, even if you decide to have a cosy evening in! Guests can also find luxury complimentary toiletries in their en-suite bathroom, and a hairdryer is also provided so you can save space in your suitcase. Free internet access is another perk of using this hotel, ideal for keeping up with friends back home, or to get a bit of work done at the in-room work desk. There’s also the option to treat yourself to a night cap or a midday treat from the mini bar.

This cool hotel with outdoor pool overlooking Tibidabo makes a great base for your holiday to Barcelona. The hotel is situated in a luxurious residential area, only short distances away from the main attractions that the city centre has to offer, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds! High quality services here include a laundry service and room service, ideal for enjoying breakfast in bed. Guests can also enjoy strolling through the excellent hotel gardens, or have a relaxing drink on the terrace.

Whilst in this beautiful city of art and culture, be sure to visit the magnificent Guell Palace, Antonio Gaudi’s first major building in the city. This is one of the many amazing buildings that makes up the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Works of Antonio Gaudi’. Here visitors can marvel at the amazing and unusual architecture of the mansion, such as the forges iron works arranged in intricate patterns on the iron gates, and beautiful mosaics right the way up to the towers, where visitors can enjoy stunning views across the city.

Another one of Gaudi’s masterpiece houses not to miss out on is the Casa Batlló, located right in the heart of Barcelona. This building is known as the Casa del ossos, translating to ‘house of bones’ by locals, due to its unusual skeletal quality. One of the most fascinating features of the architecture is the roof terrace, with a stunning design in the style of a dragon’s back. With so many amazing spaces and such a unique design, this beautiful house will keep anyone entertained for a good few hours, whether interested in art and architecture or not!

Modern elegance right in the heart of the city – 4 star – Barcelona

Experience modern elegance right in the heart of the city when you book this incredible secret hotel! This charming 4 star Top Secret Hotel in a beautiful, fully renovated, historic building is situated right in the heart of Barcelona, offering both a fantastic location and high quality facilities.

This unique boutique hotel has only 40 rooms, meaning that guests can expect a fantastic service alongside a homely feeling. Rooms include all the facilities you could ask for, and are even complete with a balcony, offering amazing views across the city. The flat screen LCD TV complete with pay TV and cable television is ideal for keeping entertained in the evenings, or for watching with a cup of tea in the mornings. Guests can also enjoy the use of a high speed internet connection, with free internet access, as well as their own private en-suite including complimentary toiletries.

The hotel staff are friendly and attentive, offering fantastic services, with reception open 24 hours a day. Other services guests can expect here include laundry, room service, and even a currency exchange. The car rental desk is perfect for those wanting to explore further out of the city, or for a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle, visit the cosy hotel reading room.

With so much to do and see in Barcelona, you, your partner, children or friends will never get bored- you’ll want to come back for more! Take a trip to visit the amazing Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Musica Catalana). Visitors can take a tour with an expert of the magnificent concert hall, built by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908. The stunning architecture and beautiful stained glass windows earned the building an award from the Barcelona City Council in 1909, as it was declared the best building built in the previous year. It was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Even before you enter the concert hall, guests can marvel at the amazing façade, with red brick and iron, multicoloured glazed tile pieces in floral designs around the colonnades, and stained glass.

To enjoy some of the best tapas and Mediterranean cuisine in Barcelona, visit the Bamboral restaurant on Carrer Santalo. Here you can choose from a selection of cold and hot tapas, giving you the option to try a little bit of everything in one meal. Some of the most popular dishes include scallops with pork jowls and rossinyols mushrooms, as well as the delicious porcini creamy rice.


Design neo-classical building in the Gothic area – 4 star – Barcelona

This 4 star Top Secret Hotel located in the gothic area of Barcelona is a great place to stay when visiting this wonderful city.

Experience a design neo-classical building in the Gothic area for a fraction of the price. Guests can enjoy staying in stylish and spacious rooms, complete with fantastic facilities such as the large plasma screen TV and the free high speed internet access. Luxurious bathrobes and a hairdryer are also provided upon request for all guests, so there’s no need to pack your own! Daily housekeeping and a turndown service ensures your stay here is as comfortable as possible, and the hotel even provides a city map to help you to make the most of your visit!

The fully air conditioned hotel prides itself on excellent facilities and services, and staff are friendly and always available to help, with 24 hour reception and concierge. The hotel also offers a laundry service, as well as a PC for all guests to use at any time, perfect for planning which sights to see each day. After a busy day of exploring Barcelona, many guests take a trip to the hotel lobby bar, where you can enjoy a large variety of drinks.

This fantastic location of the hotel means that guests can easily enjoy all of the sights of the historic gothic area of Barcelona, right on their doorstep! Many of these fascinating buildings lining the streets date back to medieval times, and some to the Roman settlement here. Many little charming side streets here are home to small jewellery shops and quirky little shops, selling cheap and interesting items, perfect to take back as souvenirs or gifts for friends. This is a beautiful environment just to stroll around- there’s no need to plan your day in advance as you’ll be sure to come across some interesting and exciting attractions here.

Nearby you can find the interesting Picasso Museum, housing one of the most extensive collections of work in the world by the artist, with more than 3,500 works to be found here. Some of the most famous works to be found here include his first major pieces, ‘The First Communion’ (1896) and ‘Science and Charity’ (1897). Even the architecture of this museum is a sight to be marvelled at, dating back to the 13th and 14th century, making it one of many iconic historic buildings in the city.

With so much to do and see, you’re sure to have a fantastic time in this beautiful city!

Modern boutique hotel right on Barcelona?s Rambla – 4 star – Barcelona

This gorgeous modern boutique hotel right on Barcelona’s Rambla is situated in the prime location for your visit to Barcelona, and offers a high quality experience that you’ll never forget!

The contemporary and elegantly designed rooms provide all guests with a cosy yet spacious environment, helping to enhance their experience of visiting the amazing city of Barcelona! Air conditioning throughout the hotel ensures guests’ utmost comfort at all times, as well as services such as the daily housekeeping. Guests can enjoy the use of high speed internet access in their rooms, provided completely free of charge! The handy mini bar means that you can enjoy a quick snack or relaxing drink at any time of the day for your convenience, and the hotel even provides a city map to help you plan your days out in the city. Staff are friendly and attentive, helping to make your stay here as enjoyable as possible, and provide guests with a range of high quality services. Reception is open for 24 hours per day, so your queries can always be answered, no matter what the time is!

This excellent location on the Rambla means that guests of this hotel are right in the centre of the excitement of Barcelona. This famous pedestrian street is often described as a tree-lined mall, with many beautiful shops and cafes, popular with tourists. Here the street is alive with fascinating street performers and kiosks selling newspapers, flowers, and souvenirs. This street is also home to the famous mosaic design in the pavement by Joan Miró, designed to reflect the history of the Rambla, meaning watercourse in both Catalan and Spanish. Here visitors can also enjoy Mercet de la Boqueria, the city’s most iconic street market, offering a large and diverse range of goods, and dating all the way back to 1217. Even if you’re not here to buy, it’s worth a visit to marvel at the amazing colours of the displays of fruit and veg, and the unusal foodstuffs that can be found here.

Make sure you also visit the wonderful Guell Palace during your trip to Barcelona. This stunning mansion built by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí boasts unique and interesting architecture, unlike any building you’ll have seen before, with intricate patterned iron gates and fascinating archways, windows and towers. Guests can also enjoy stunning views from the rooftop all the way across the amazing city.


Modern and design hotel close to the airport – 4 star – Barcelona

Enjoy your stay in the vibrant and cultural city of Barcelona with this amazing deal in a fantastic 4 star Top Secret Hotel, ‘Modern and design hotel close to the airport’.

Rooms are modern and spacious, and provide guests with all the amenities expected for a hotel of this standard. Guests can enjoy the use of their very own in-room television, perfect for a relaxing evening in after a busy day exploring the city. There’s even a mini bar provided for all guests to use, so you can enjoy a midday snack or perhaps a nice night cap in the evening. Guests can also find luxury complimentary toiletries in their own private en-suite bathroom, where there is a bath as well as a shower, giving guests a perfect opportunity to unwind. The hotel also provides guests with a hairdryer, so you can save room in your suitcase! Air conditioning throughout the hotel means that guests’ comfort is always ensured.

One of the main sights here in Barcelona not to be missed out on is the famous and iconic Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Drawing in hundreds of visitors per day, this truly is one of the most beautiful and popular things to see in the city. The celebrated architect Antonio Gaudi designed the Cathedral, and although it is still under construction, it’s been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The breathtaking architecture combines a gothic and art nouveau style, with so many intricate details that you’ll never get tired of marveling at the sights to be seen here. One of the most intriguing and interesting details of the church is that since work began, it has been built entirely from donations.

Another famous Gaudí building in the heart of Barcelona is the Casa Batllo. Here visitors can enter and take a tour of the truly amazing building, with an informative audio guide included in the price, allowing visitors to enjoy the true value of the building. The stunning architecture and style is described as Modernism or Art Nouveau, although it cannot be compared to any other buildings, and is truly unique. Known as the Casa dels ossos, meaning the house of bones, by locals, the interesting skeletal like design sets it apart from other architecture, and makes it a top sight in Barcelona.

Ultra-modern hotel, metres from the sea – 4 star – Barcelona

With a fantastic location just seconds away from beautiful coastline, this contemporary Top Secret Hotel is ideal for those looking for a relaxing break to Barcelona!

The property provides guests with a number of efficient services at the reception, including a car rental desk for those that wish to hire a car during their stay. There are parking spaces available if you have your own transport, and the property also provides a luxury limousine service for those that fancy travelling in style! Other services at reception include laundry facilities and a free daily newspaper for your convenience.

Rooms, at this ultra-modern hotel, metres from the sea, are spacious and comfortable, providing guests with excellent modern facilities to allow you to relax in style. Each room is fully air-conditioned and is fitted with a luxurious en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries and a hair dryer to save you packing your own. For your entertainment there is a state of the art cable television in the main bedroom area, and a free mini-bar so you can enjoy a refreshing drink whilst watching your favourite shows. For your leisure the property offers a number of excellent facilities for guests to use. Enjoy a soothing massage, take a dip in the beautiful outdoor swimming pool, or hit the gym before a relaxing sauna session!

One of the top attractions in Barcelona for both locals and tourists is to visit some of the stunning art and cultural museums that are located around the city. Antoni Gaudi’s work can be seen across Barcelona in the form of a number of famous buildings, including the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. Spending over 40 years working on the project, the church includes a stunning crypt and Nativity façade, and Gaudi himself is buried underneath the nave of the church. The Sagrada Familia sees over 5million tourists entering the building every year, and the small entrance fee grants you access to see the stunning interior, including the beautiful central columns. For fans of architecture or religious buildings, this is a must-visit!

Dining in Barcelona is an absolute delight, with a host of restaurants serving a range of cuisines as well as more traditional Catalan food. Pinxtos are the Basque equivalent of tapas, and are particularly popular in the city, and Euskal Etxea is regarded as one of the top places to go to try some of the best pinxtos around, including chicken tempura with saffron mayonnaise. Tapas bars are also easy to find around the city, each providing a traditional Catalan atmosphere and are particularly popular in the summer evenings.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Barcelona!

Elegance and very nice location! – 4 star – Barcelona

With a fantastic location and beautifully designed bedrooms, this Top Secret Hotel provides guests with a host of amazing facilities to make your stay in Barcelona one to remember.

Bedrooms are fully air-conditioned and provide guests with a range of modern comforts to allow you to relax in style. Each room is equipped with a state of the art cable television, a CD player, high-speed Internet connection and your very own mini-bar! Bedrooms are also fitted with a stylish private bathroom, complete with a bathtub, shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries for your convenience.

The property provides a number of services at the reception desk, including currency exchange, car hire facilities and an efficient laundry service for guests to use. Parking is available on-site for those arriving by car, and Wi-Fi access is also available in the lobby area. For your leisure the property has a superb outdoor swimming pool, as well as a sauna and solarium so you can really pamper yourself! Guests who are visiting Barcelona on business are welcome to use the excellent business services on offer, including meeting rooms, presentation facilities and a banqueting centre for larger groups. Experience elegance and a very nice location when you book this fantastic secret hotel!

Barcelona was the home of the most famous Cubist artist of all time, Pablo Picasso, during his early life, and the city has its very own Museu Picasso dedicated to his works during his time spent here. Opened in 1963, the museum is now spread across 5 adjoining palaces, housing over 3,800 pieces including portraits of Picasso’s close friend Jaume Sabartès, and ceramics donated by Picasso’s widow. Although the museum does not house more of the artists’ most famous works, it provides a great insight into his earlier pieces and his time in Barcelona, and is well worth visiting for art-lovers.

The Gothic Quarter of the city is one of the most popular parts of Barcelona, due to its picturesque narrow streets and buildings that date back to Medieval times. Enjoy wandering around and taking in the vibrant atmosphere the area provides, and make sure you visit some of the local shops and have a bite to eat in one of the fantastic traditional Catalan restaurants that can be found here. In the evenings the area really comes to life, with bars and restaurants full of customers after their afternoon siestas eager to fill up with delicious tapas and paella whilst drinking their favourite local beer or wine.

Have a lovely time in Barcelona!

Boutique hotel in the authentic Barcelona – 4 star – Barcelona

With a stunning interior design and located in the heart of historic Barcelona, this Top Secret Hotel offers guests luxurious facilities in a prime location!

The property is fully air-conditioned and offers guests a comfortable and relaxing environment. At the reception desk you can access services including car hire facilities and make theatre reservations, and there is free Wi-Fi access in the lobby area. For your leisure, bicycles are also available to rent at reception, providing a great way to explore the city and keep fit at the same time!

Rooms at, ‘Boutique hotel in the authentic Barcelona’ are designed in a contemporary style, offering guests plenty of space to relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring all that Barcelona has to offer. Each bedroom is fitted with a stunning en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, make-up mirror and a large washbasin for your convenience. For your entertainment needs each bedroom provides guests with a plasma television, high speed Internet access free of charge, and a radio/CD player. Bedrooms also include a kitchen area for your convenience, which includes a fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven and kettle – so if you don’t fancy eating out you can make yourself a meal from the comfort of your room!

Barcelona is home to a number of iconic churches, with the Eglesia de Santa Maria del Mar (St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral) widely recognised as one of the most important religious centres in the city. Built in the 1300s, the vast building can be overwhelming due to its size, but still manages to maintain a sense of beauty and tranquillity, even in the busiest tourist times. The church is also located close to one of many squares dotted around the local area, where you can enjoy traditional Catalan dishes or tapas, washed down with a local beer or wine.

Elsewhere in the city you can find the Ciutat Vella (Old City), steeped in history and culture, and was once the home of several Kings. With narrow streets, beautiful Gothic buildings and vibrant bars and restaurants, the Old City is a great spot to wander around and take in the sights and sounds before enjoying a delicious evening meal at one of the many restaurants that line the streets, which in traditional Spanish style are open until the early hours of the morning. A major benefit of the area is its pedestrianised setting, allowing you to walk around with ease. Be sure to bring your camera!

Have a wonderful time in Barcelona!