When we first booked our hotels for our Barcelona trip, we decided to stay in a different area of town due to the proximity of the tourist circus , a previous bad experience at a Barcelo hotel in Turkey and the bad reputation of the Raval district. However, we decided to stay there for a couple of nights after our Garrotxa excursion (lovely!).
To our surprise Raval was the most enjoyable and energetic area for us in Barcelona, it felt more happening, and having libraries, schools, and the CCCB (Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture) a couple of blocks from the hotel certainly helped. Located about three blocks away from the main Ramblas ultra touristic area, the hotel itself is comfortable and the rooms compact and practical. While the service was average, the overall package proved a good value in terms of location, design, and ease.
A friend looking for a nice, yet not over the top expensive hotel, stayed for a week in April 2015 and found it about the same as we did. A ‘Blog-Worthy’ home base in a wonderful part of the world!
Barceló Raval Hotel
(34) 93 – 320 1490
Rambla del Raval, 17-21 Raval District, 08001 Barcelona, Spain