Category Archives: Barcelona


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.


Elegant property right in the city centre – 4 star – Barcelona

This elegant property, right in the city centre near the famous Ramblas area, provides guests with fantastic bedrooms in a superb location!

The reception desk is open 24 hours a day, with the friendly staff happy to provide any assistance during your stay, or if you would like some advice on the best places to visit in Barcelona. At reception you will find services including currency exchange, car hire and a luggage room, and airport and car transfers can also be arranged here. Guests can also arrange to have laundry and dry cleaning services at reception, and there is a gift shop should you wish to purchase any souvenirs. In the lobby there is a comfortable bar and lounge area, and guests can also pick up a free daily newspaper from here, as well as access the Internet free of charge.

Bedrooms are beautifully decorated and provide guests with a range of modern comforts to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Each room is fitted with a stunning en-suite bathroom, which is equipped with amenities including complimentary toiletries, a make-up mirror, a hairdryer, and Jacuzzi-style bath so you can really relax in style. Guests can enjoy a drink from the private mini-bar, and complimentary Internet access is also available from bedrooms. For your entertainment there is a superb television with a number of cable channels, and guests can also utilise the excellent room service option.

One of the most iconic sights in Barcelona that is popular with locals and tourists all year round is La Rambla. This pedestrianised boulevard is home to a vast number of kiosks, cafes, restaurants and souvenir stores, and the area is also known to host street performers including musicians and mime artists. The name takes its name from raml, meaning ‘seasonal stream’ in Arabic, as the boulevard used to have a stream that ran down what is now the famous strip. Now divided into 5 sections, the Rambla is a popular spot for young Catalans during the evening, as well as tourists enjoying the buzzing atmosphere and superb restaurants. The boulevard is also the meeting point for FC Barcelona fans when the team win a trophy, turning La Rambla into a sea of purple and blue. La Rambla is also home to a fountain that is alleged to stem from the spring water of Canaletes, and it is believed anyone who drinks from the fountain will return to Barcelona in the future!

We hope you have a fantastic time in Barcelona!

Unbeatable prices at best quality service!!! – 4 star – Barcelona

With superb facilities, a top location and beautiful bedrooms, this 4 star Top Secret Hotel provides guests with excellent value for money! Don’t miss these unbeatable prices at best quality service!

Rooms are designed in a modern style and offer guests a great space to relax and unwind in style. Each bedroom is equipped with a flat screen LCD television, as well as high-speed Internet access free of charge and a well-stocked mini-bar. Your elegant en-suite bathroom provides guests with privacy and convenience, and is stocked with complimentary toiletries as well as additional items such as a hairdryer and make-up mirror. Rooms also include coffee and tea facilities, a spacious work desk, and a city map so you won’t get lost when you are out and about!

The reception desk in the lobby is open 24 hours a day, and provides guests with a number of efficient services to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Guests can utilise the excellent laundry and dry cleaning services here, as well as arrange city tours and spa treatments with the friendly staff. Additional services include airport transfers, room service, banqueting facilities, and parking permits are available for those with their own vehicles. The property has its very own library, and for guests visiting Barcelona on business there are a number of excellent facilities on site for you to use, including spacious conference and meeting rooms.

If you have a sweet tooth and fancy learning about one of the world’s favourite treats, visit the Museu de la Xocolata on Placa de Pons i Clerch. Open 7 days a week, this haven for chocoholics takes you through a mouth-watering journey of the history of chocolate making, and features many opportunities to try a free sample! The displays are shown in various languages, and guided tours are available and highly recommended to make the most of your visit. A great day out for all the family!

Nightlife in Barcelona is very diverse, with a large number of venues catering to various tastes and each with their own unique charm. La Cigale provides its visitors with delicious cocktails at great prices, and often features spoken word artists performing their work in this cosy and comfortable atmosphere. Kick back and relax as you watch a Charlie Chaplin classic on the big screen upstairs, and the kitchen serve up delicious wok-fried dishes that go great with the cocktail selection.


Great deal near Barcelona-Sants train station – 4 star – Barcelona

Located in the Sants-Montjuic area of the city, this beautiful Top Secret Hotel offers guests excellent facilities, whether you are visiting for business or leisure.

This property is a great deal near Barcelona-Sants train station, and comes fully air-conditioned, providing guests with a number of services at the 24-hour reception desk. The friendly staff can arrange city tours for guests to enjoy, as well as provide advice on things to do and see in the city. Parking is available for those with their own mode of transport, and there is a luggage room and safety deposit box at reception for your convenience if you are bringing any valuables. Guests can enjoy a drink in the comfortable lobby bar, and other leisure facilities include a state of the art gym, a massage parlour, and a sauna.

Bedrooms are designed in a contemporary style, and are fully air-conditioned for your comfort during the warmer months. Each bedroom is fitted with a stylish en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer so you don’t have to worry about packing your own! Rooms also include a well-stocked mini-bar, free high-speed Internet access, and a state of the art television with a range of cable channels.

Barcelona is the proud home of the Palau Music Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music), a stunning concert hall with amazing acoustics that dates back to 1908. The ceiling is made of beautiful stained glass, making the whole room light up when the sun comes through. The interior is decorated in an intricately detailed style, making it easy to see why the building is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building has a variety of performances throughout the year, ranging from large orchestras to smaller jazz groups, as well as world music ensembles.

A great way to enjoy traditional Spanish culture in the evenings is to see a Flamenco dance show, which are full of colour and energy and provide an evening of fantastic entertainment. Shows are on across the city in various venues, with many locations offering a deal of dinner with a show, so if you are looking for something a little different to an ordinary evening meal a Flamenco show may be exactly what you are looking for. Ticket prices vary depending on the venue, with child tickets often being significantly cheaper and providing a great way to keep the kids entertained for an evening!


Great hotel close to Plaza de Espana!! – 4 star – Barcelona

Situated in the Sants-Montjuic area of the city, this 4 star Top Secret hotel offers guests comfortable and spacious bedrooms in a superb location.

Rooms are fully air-conditioned and provide guests with a number of modern comforts to make your stay as relaxing as possible. Guests can kick back and relax in front of the stunning television provided in your room, and you can enjoy a drink from your very own private mini-bar. High-speed Internet is also provided, and the daily housekeeping staff make sure you can return from a day of exploring the city to a beautifully clean room. Bedrooms are also fitted with a luxurious en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer for your convenience.

This great hotel, close to Plaza de Espana, has a 24-hour reception desk, with the friendly and helpful staff more than happy to assist you during your stay, and have excellent knowledge of the local area and where the best places to visit are located. At reception you can find services including laundry and dry cleaning facilities, postal and fax services, and there is also free Internet in the lobby area for guests to use. Banqueting facilities can be arranged for larger groups, and there is a comfortable club lounge area for guests to enjoy as well. Parking is available for those visiting with their own form of transport, and the reception area provides guests with a free daily newspaper for your convenience.

Located on the hill of El Carmel in the Gracia district of the city you will find the spectacular Park Guell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Designed to be a place of relaxation and peace, the park’s focal point is the main terrace, which includes a bench designed like a sea serpent. The park also contains a former home of Antoni Gaudi, who lived in what is now the Gaudi House Museum between 1906 to 1926. The park itself is home to a variety of wildlife, including Hummingbird hawk moths and the Short-toed eagle, so keep your eyes peeled and see if you can spot them during your visit!

In the Montjuic region of the city stands the Magic Fountain, which was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition. Light and music performances are on show during the evenings, providing a spectacular sight and a wonderful way to end an evening out. Music accompaniments range from themes from The Godfather and Gladiator, as well as ‘Barcelona’ by Freddie Mercury.

Have a fantastic time!

In the city center with outdoor pool and jacuzzi – 4 star – Barcelona

Stay in the city center with outdoor pool and jacuzzi for an incredible discount!

The rooms in this hotel are sure to satisfy guests, with every feature holiday goers look for and more! Kick back and relax with the cosy comfortable beds, and the great cable TV in each room at no extra cost. Rooms in this hotel are perfect for those who need to work – each room is fully equipped with a work desk, free high speed internet connection, and a safe with a notepad plug! The rooms also have all the features you’d expect: an en-suite bathroom with a bath/shower, washbasin and complimentary toiletries, as well as a mini-bar in the main area.

Guests will also be pleasantly surprised by the excellent facilities and services that the hotel has to offer. For a drink in the evenings, guests can visit the hotel’s very own bar in the lobby, and there’s even a terrace area for guests to use. Guests worried about checking out with luggage need not fret – the hotel also provides a luggage room wherein guests can securely place their belongings before they leave for their flights. The reception in the lobby is open 24 hours a day, and the friendly staff are always available to help should guests have any queries.

Barcelona being one of the main cultural capitals of the world, there’s never a shortage of things to do. We recommend visiting the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, an awe-inspiring holy church on Sardenya Street. This amazing piece of architecture was built by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, known for his individual and distinctive style that really come into play with this amazing building. The great neo-gothic style of the building truly makes the church a sight to behold, and the Basilica draws hundreds of visitors every day. For a full experience of the magnificent church, it’s worth picking up an audio guide, or booking a tour from a tourist information centre.

For a traditional Spanish dining experience, visit La Forquilla on Pere IV. This fantastic restaurant serves fine traditional Spanish cuisine with a unique twist. We highly recommend you try the delicious ‘Oysters with Cava Foam’, for some of the best oysters you’ll ever taste. Each dish is prepared using only the freshest and finest ingredients, and the staff are welcoming and provide an excellent service. This top-notch restaurant is perfect for entertaining clients or for a romantic evening out.

Don’t miss out on this great value hotel for a break you’ll never forget.

Sumptuous with amazing views over Barcelona – 5 star – Barcelona

With luxury facilities and stunning views of the city, this Top Secret Hotel provides amazing value for money for a break to Barcelona you will never forget!

The property offers guests a number of services at the 24-hour reception, with the friendly staff happy to assist you with any advice you may need during your stay on things to do in the local area. At reception guests can pick up a free daily newspaper, and there are laundry and dry cleaning facilities should you need to do any during your stay. Parking is available for those arriving by car on request, and for international travellers there is a currency exchange service at reception. For your leisure there are banqueting facilities available, as well as a relaxing lobby bar area serving a number of beers, wines and spirits. Other leisure facilities include a fantastic fitness centre, which includes an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium, and massage parlour.

This sumptuous hotel also boasts amazing views over Barcelona. Rooms are fully air-conditioned and are designed in a contemporary style, providing guests with luxurious modern comforts and plenty of space to relax. Each bedroom is fitted with a stunning en-suite bathroom, which includes complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, a hydroshower and bath, and bathrobes. For your entertainment each room has a plasma television and a CD player in the living area, and high-speed Internet access is also provided. For your convenience there is a private mini-bar in bedrooms, and there is an efficient room service option as well.

For a superb dining experience in Barcelona, Restaurante Lasarte pride themselves on their hospitality and menu to provide their customers with an elegant fine-dining experience you will never forget. Providing a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, this 2-star Michelin restaurant serves a range of delicious dishes from Western cuisines, including a fantastic 9-course taster menu that is a firm favourite. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu, and are happy to provide advice on what to order and which wines accompany your choice of main best.

Barcelona’s Museu de la Ciencia (Science Museum) is regarded as one of the best in Europe, and a great day out for those with children – or science enthusiasts themselves! Providing a range of interactive displays allowing you to get involved, the museum includes exhibitions such as a planetarium and an Amazonian habitat, making the museum fun and engaging for all ages. A great place to visit, particularly if the sun isn’t out!


Good deal in the city centre with rooftop pool – 4 star – Barcelona

Don’t miss out on this great hotel right in the centre of Barcelona!

Rooms in this hotel are the perfect home away from home. Guests can sink into large comfortable beds, and even switch on the provided air conditioning free of charge! Rooms and spacious and stylish, and there’s even daily housekeeping provided by the hotel to make sure they stay spotless. Take advantage of the min-bar in each room, as well as your very own private terrace. If you’re a business or social type, then the high speed internet in each room is perfect – finish off work, or even share photos with friends. If you are a business type, don’t forget the great work desks that are also provided.

The hotel’s great facilities and services make this excellent 4 star hotel a cut above the rest. The leisure facilities this hotel provides are really top notch – as well as a solarium, there’s even an outdoor swimming pool located right on the roof of the hotel, perfect for those sweltering days in sunny Spain. There’s also some fantastic business facilities that really can’t be missed if you’re visiting with work. Why not take advantage of the Business centre right in the hotel, including a range of facilities including conference rooms and meeting rooms. For a good deal in the city centre with rooftop pool, look no further!

When visiting this beautiful city, guests enjoy wandering through the fantastic Gothic Quarter between Las Ramblas & Via Laiteana. This part of the city contains brilliant buildings that date as far back as roman and medieval times, with a look so authentic that visitors feel a part of Spain’s own rich cultural history. Get lost in the beautiful surroundings, grab a bite to eat in one of the restaurants, or even shop for souvenirs. The classic old world charm of this area in Barcelona is sure to be a hit with any audience, and is a great cost-free way to spend a day out in the city.

If you’re looking for a good place to enjoy a breakfast or brunch, then the Chulapio Bar a Crepes at Ample 12 is the place to go. This warm, off the beaten path French restaurant is perfect if you fancy a change from the typical Spanish food. The restaurant caters brilliantly to those eating breakfast, and offers delicious continental foods specialising in both sweet and savoury crepes. This small restaurant makes up what it lacks in size and appearance with its delicious food and warm, friendly atmosphere.

Book now to secure a room at this fantastic hotel!

Comfortable and contemporary hotel in Badalona – 4 star – Barcelona

Enjoy a great stay at this comfortable and contemporary hotel in Badalona. The unbeatable rooms in this hotel are sure to impress guests. The rooms are spacious and well designed, not to mention the large comfortable beds in each room, sure to provide a great night’s sleep. With such comfortable beds, it’s easy to sleep all day; that’s probably why each room can order its own wake-up call direct from reception. There’s also a great Plasma TV screen in each room for entertaining guests – being away from home doesn’t mean you have to miss your favourite shows! For extra piece of mind, there’s also a daily housekeeping service to keep your room is spotless throughout your stay.

You can expect the same level of quality from the hotel itself – the facilities and services in the hotel cover everything a holiday-goer could possibly need. When checking out, there’s no need to worry about your belongings – it’s all taken care of with the hotel’s great luggage room and there are even safety deposit boxes for any valuables. Don’t forget the great business facilities in the hotel either. There’s a great business centre right in the hotel that offers virtually every service required for business events – from conference rooms, to projectors, to audio equipment, you won’t be disappointed.

If somehow you find yourself at a loss of things to do in this fascinating city, we recommend you visit Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (or MNAC for short), located at the national palace in Barcelona in Parc de Montjuic. This national art museum is among the best in the world, and contains a diverse and encyclopaedic collection of art, ranging from the Gothic art that this city is famous for, to today’s modernist art. Uniquely, the museum also houses Romanesque art pieces, and contains the biggest and oldest collection of Romanesque art in Europe. If only to sweeten the deal, the museum also offers free admission for under 16s, making it a perfect family day out.

If you fancy a bite to eat in the evenings, check out the great Pakta Restaurant at Lleida 5. This authentic Japanese/Peruvian fine-dining restaurant will be sure to provide diners with a unique restaurant experience among the many Spanish restaurants in Barcelona. The oriental and modern vibe of this restaurant, when coupled with the great service, food and atmosphere really set this restaurant apart from the rest. If you’re feeling ambitious, we recommend you try the caviar and sweetcorn for an interesting yet delicious taste.


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!