Booking a hotel when you’re flying across an ocean can be difficult and frustrating. However, if you use your points and do a little homework, it’s free and easy. The Barcelona hotels below range from 5,000 points per night to 60,000 points per night depending on the amount of extravagance you’re willing to pay for. Some hotels include features like rooftop pools and bars while others are pet friendly and have free Wi-Fi.
Depending on what you love in a vacation, be it bars, local culture, beaches, or shopping, there’s a hotel that will fit your best vacation dreams. Barcelona is a great European city to visit with a lot going on and if you book your trip at the right time, you can really save on points and costs. Additionally, some of the hotels qualify for more than one points program. Some points totals are lower if you go with one program over the other so make sure to look into which one is the cheapest before you book. Although there are a lot of great hotels in Barcelona, the list below contains the best hotel options for every type of traveler’s budget and various amenities that allow you to pick and choose what’s important for your next vacation.
1. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona (Visa Signature Hotel and AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts Property, $395 per night)
The Mandarin Oriental is one of the top luxury hotels located in the middle of Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia. The award-winning spa, top amenities, and innovative interior design by well-known designer Patricia Urquiola make this hotel a must for those looking to travel in style. Floor-to-ceiling windows, Wi-Fi, five high-end and award-winning restaurants, and a rooftop pool can also be enjoyed at the Mandarin Oriental.
Additionally, this hotel sometimes runs special offers including daily dining and spa credits, which allow you to enjoy your European vacation to the fullest. For some cards, you can book the trip with cash and use a purchase eraser later with miles. If you book through trip advisor and use your credit card to earn the dining and spa credits, you can use points later to wipe out the entire cost of the trip. Some cards have limits on this though and you need to use the purchase eraser within a certain number of days of booking
Although the hotel can charge a premium in per night cost, by using Visa Signature credit card points, you can avoid the dent in your wallet. Below is a list of several Visa Signature cards that you can use for this award. If you don’t have a Visa Signature card, you can use American Express points also.
Visa Signature cards where points can be used for this award:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire
- Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature
- US Bank FlexPerks
- Marriott Rewards and Rewards Premier cards
- Southwest card
- Alaska Airlines card
- Hawaiian Airlines card
- Capital One Venture
- Citi Hilton HHonors and HHonors Reserve
- Hyatt card
- British Airways card
2. Gran Hotel La Florida (AMEX points, $185 per night)
As a historical landmark, the Gran Hotel La Florida is perfect for those who like upscale hotels but like the classic architecture of the 1920s. The views from this hilltop hotel are gorgeous and the staff and restaurants are top notch. Amenities like an on-site spa, babysitting service, and exquisite pool shine here and the room rates aren’t too extravagant for most budgets. For this hotel, use AMEX points and the room rate vary quite a lot depending on the time of the year; from $185 at the lowest to over $1,000 at the highest. If you book at the right time of the year, you can really save on points and enjoy a high-end vacation.
3. Le Meridien Barcelona (Starwood SPG points, 16,000 points per night)
If you’re a traveler that loves great location, Le Meridien in Barcelona is where you should stay. Nestled on Las Ramblas, this hotel is close to all the local eateries and attractions while still sporting a spa, renovated rooms designed by Isabel Lopez, and exceptional city views. Both the spa and restaurant have areas that allow guests to view Barcelona while dining or enjoying relaxing activities. The culture really seeps into this hotel and within walking distance there are tons of fun culinary experiences and local main attractions. For the traveler who wants to soak up all the flavor of the country they’re visiting, Le Meridien is a great option. For those who love to take their furry friends on vacation, this hotel is also pet friendly.
Additionally, for only 16,000 points a night, it’s a steal compared with some prices for top rated hotels. Rates can reach over $800 per night depending on the season but if you use Starwood SPG points, you can save cash and points.
4. W Barcelona (Starwood SPG points 20,000 per night)
Using your points to stay on the beach in Barcelona is simple when you stay at the W Barcelona. For 20,000 Starwood SPG points, you can enjoy upscale rooms, the Bliss spa, close proximity to the city center, and modern touches like iPod docking stations and mood lighting. Designed by famous architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona includes 473 high-end rooms with views of the Mediterranean and the city. Several bars and restaurants are on the property, each with their own flare, and a luxurious pool. With the only beachfront access of any hotel in Barcelona, if you want a beach vacation where you can still immerse yourself in the culture, pick the W Barcelona; and the points per night isn’t too shabby either.
5. Hotel Murmuri Barcelona (Visa Signature Hotel, $166 per night, see Visa Signature card list for what card to use for this reward)
Friendly and helpful staff makes any visit at the Hotel Murmuri Barcelona easy and comfortable while the location stuns. Although the rooms at this boutique hotel are smaller than what is typical, the design is cozy yet contemporary and the Wi-Fi is free. Michelin-rated restaurants surround this hotel for great local cuisine and many local attractions are within walking distance. Shuttle service is also provided for guests if they wish to travel somewhere farther away. Hotel Murmuri Barcelona only has 53 rooms but their rates are reasonable throughout the year. As a Visa Signature Hotel, you can use your credit card points to book this hotel. Room rates start at $166 per night and the award points rates vary but are reasonable.
6. Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton) (Ritz Carlton points, 60,000 per night, also AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts Property)
When you stay at a Ritz Carlton, the service is always an impeccable, standout feature and the Hotel Arts Barcelona is no exception. The large rooms, wonderful spa, beach access, and pet friendly policy are why this hotel is a great pick if you’re planning on visiting Barcelona. There are also great views of both the beach and the city at this hotel and there are excellent local restaurants with fresh authentic foods within walking distance. Exposed steel and blue glass cover this modern hotel and if you’re willing to shell out the points for a first class experience, this is a great option. The points total is a little high at 60,000 Ritz Carlton points per night, but you are staying at a top-end hotel. Sometimes you can reduce the price by utilizing AMEX points but it depends.
7. Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona (Hilton HHonors points 60,000 per night)
Another pricey option is the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona at 60,000 HHonors points per night. The Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is a 10-minute walk to the beach and rooms include sea and city views. There is a lovely outdoor pool, great amenities, and some rooms include a kitchenette. LED TVs and a mini bar accompany most rooms and the modern designs are both high-end and comfortable. However, parking runs guests over $40 per day and the Wi-Fi isn’t free. The on-site restaurant indulges local cuisine serving both Mediterranean and Catalan foods. For those who love to shop, the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona is located next to the largest shopping center in Barcelona as well as close to historical centers. Although the price is expensive, you do get a lot of amenities and a great location near the beach and city for the points.
8. Hotel Indigo Barcelona (IHG Rewards Club points 30,000 per night)
Looking to save on points but still grab a great location and stay? The Hotel Indigo Barcelona only costs 30,000 IHG Rewards Club points and is within walking distance of the Barcelona’s main plaza. Free Wi-Fi, shopping, wonderful restaurants, and a robust amount of tourist attractions make this hotel a great purchase. Hotel Indigo Barcelona also has a wonderful staff that’s willing to go out of their way to help guests; always a plus when visiting a foreign country. Guests rave about the great breakfast options where there’s always an option for everyone and the beds are perfect for resting after a long day of walking around the city. If you don’t want to spend a lot of points but still want to have a five star experience, choose the Hotel Indigo Barcelona for a boutique feel with great amenities.
9. Holiday Inn Express Barcelona (IHG Rewards Club points, 5,000 per night with point breaks)
Catch this award at the right time and you’ll be on your way to an essentially free European vacation. The Holiday Inn Express Barcelona has a free breakfast and is within reasonable distances from the beach, Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas, and Barcelona’s stadium Camp Nou. You won’t see the plush upgrades in this hotel that you would at the Ritz, but this is a wonderful way to enjoy Europe on 5,000 points per night with point breaks. The service is great, the rooms are modern and well furnished, and the beds are very comfortable. If you’re looking to travel to Spain without forking over all your points, try the Holiday Inn Express Barcelona.
10. Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona (AMEX points, $230 per night)
A rooftop pool, exceptional amenities such as the MajecticSpa, and ideal location make the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona a top choice. For only $230 per night or a various amount of AMEX points depending on the season, you can enjoy the top shopping, cultural experiences, Antoni Gaudi monuments, local cuisine, and brand new renovated rooms. The “Majestic Breakfast Experience” comes from the creations of chef Nandu Jubany and includes wines and classic Catalan foods. The pool and rooftop terrace also give those photo-lovers a chance to take in the landscape of Barcelona from above. Shuttle service is also available for those looking to visit places farther out and the staff is helpful, friendly, and accommodating. If you’re the type of traveler who loves to walk out the front door and see hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants, and things to do, the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona will exceed your expectations.
Traveling to a foreign country shouldn’t be a troublesome experience and when you use points, it’s easy to go on an expensive vacation for free. Barcelona offers tons of great amenities, a lively culture, mouthwatering foods, and great hotels to stay at with points. Use your points wisely though and make sure you’re traveling during good times of the year. Some of the amenities at the hotels are seasonal and not available all year round; pools included. For those who want to go to Spain on the cheap, there are options with small point totals and those who are looking for a luxurious vacation can splurge on high-end hotels with plush furniture and staff that anticipates your every need. Resting, relaxing, and adventuring in Barcelona is simple when you use your points to stay for free.
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