So you’re gearing up for that dreamy Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona, huh? Trust me, starting your voyage from the vibrant Catalan capital is going to be the cherry on top of your holiday.
But wait! Before you set sail, you’ll probably be looking for just where to stay in Barcelona before a cruise, to help you find that perfect place to rest your head and soak up some of that Barcelona magic.
Now, I live in Spain and have spent oodles of time wandering the bustling lanes and dreamy beach fronts of Barcelona. Stick around, and I’ll share my top picks for the best hotels near Barcelona’s cruise port.
Whether you’re on a luxe spree or on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in and make that pre-cruise stay as unforgettable as the journey itself!
Best hotels near Barcelona Cruise Port
1. Duquesa de Cardona
The Duquesa de Cardona 4* Sup has a rich 19th-century vibe and sits pretty opposite Barcelona’s marina.
It’s also conveniently located on the avenue that leads directly to the Barcelona cruise port, being less than an 8-minute taxi ride from the terminals, so you’ll be incredibly close to the ship when you’re here.
You’re also a short stroll (1969 feet or 600 meters) from the famous Ramblas, as well as other great sights in the city, making it super well located all round. In fact, if you’re looking for where to stay for your first time in Barcelona, this one should definitely be on your shortlist.
But it’s not all about what’s outside this seriously beautiful (and historic!) hotel – in particular, the rooftop is the place to be here! Think panoramic city views, a couple of plunge pools, and a swanky bar to sip your drinks.
And hey, they’ve got a gym to burn off all those vacation calories!
For the foodies, the hotel’s restaurant serves up some really good Mediterranean dishes and in summer, the outdoor snack bar gets lively with tapas, BBQ, and cocktails.
Basically, you really can’t go wrong staying here before setting off on your cruise!
2. Gaudi Hotel
Want to stay a quick stroll from the famous Las Ramblas, while still being a super short drive from Barcelona’s cruise port – all without breaking your budget? Enter the Gaudi Hotel.
With a shared terrace that offers views of the Palau Güell and the city, you’re right in the heart of Barcelona.
This place is strategically located near the Liceu Metro Station. So, wandering around the city’s big shots like the Boqueria Market, which is just down the road, is a breeze.
Oh, and if you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, the Port and Maremagnum Shopping Center are just a 10-minute saunter away.
Plus modern rooms, wooden floors, and cool city views? Check, check, and check!
3. Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL
Staying in the 5-star Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL means you’re treated to some A-list views of Barcelona’s port – plus you’ll literally be able to walk to your cruise ship from here, as it’s easily the closest hotel to Barcelona’s cruise port!
And that’s not even mentioning that you’re just a 5-minute meander from La Rambla here, so you’re perfectly positioned to take advantage of everything that Barcelona has to offer.
Now, if you’re a pool enthusiast, you’ll be thrilled to hear there’s a seasonal rooftop pool waiting for you. They’ve also got a gym to pump up those muscles, and a swanky terrace to, well, chill.
Hungry? The Grand Marina restaurant dishes out Mediterranean meals that’ll make your tastebuds dance. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for some great tunes and exotic cocktails, the lobby bar’s the place to be.
4. Hotel Oasis
For beach lovers, the Hotel Oasis is just a short hop, skip, and jump away from the bars of Barceloneta, sitting at 200 meters (660 feet) away. And if you’re into more cultural vibes, the Santa Maria del Mar Church is a mere 4-minute stroll.
When you’re not out and about, you might want to chill by the hotel’s seasonal terrace and, oh, did I mention there’s a pool? It’s seasonal though, so time your trip right!
Feeling thirsty or peckish? No worries. The hotel’s Oasis café-bar’s got your back, serving up some snazzy cocktails and warm drinks throughout your day.
For a more budget-friendly option, it’s got an incredible array of things on offer, with the location alone making this worthy of an extra star, in my opinion!
5. W Barcelona
The iconic W Barcelona looks like it’s setting sail right next to Barceloneta Beach. Basically, this 5-star hotel is a complete showstopper.
Here, it’s all about lush design and jaw-dropping views over Barcelona. It’s also just down the waterfront from Barcelona’s cruise terminal, so it won’t take you long at all to get to and from your ship when you’re here
Ready to relax? Dive into their infinity pool or chill at the rooftop bar. Of course, as one of the best hotels near Barceloneta beach, you could always head down to the sand to chill out – there’s direct beach access, after all!
Inside, rooms boast avant-garde design with either Mediterranean or city views. And if you’re feeling peckish, hit up their gourmet restaurant, FIRE, or enjoy a rooftop cocktail at NOXE.
For the beach bums, there’s also the SALT Beach Club & Restaurant with tasty burgers.
And if you want to indulge, their spa with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room awaits!
6. Cuatro Naciones
And guess what? It’s just a short walk from the Drassanes Metro Station, making it super convenient for getting around the city. Not to mention that the Barcelona Cathedral, a total must-visit, is only about a 10-minute walk from here.
If your tummy’s rumbling after all that exploring, there’s a bunch of restaurants, bars, and cafes in the Gothic Quarter. Just a heads up, it’s barely a 5-minute walk from Cuatro Naciones. So buen provecho!
7. Hesperia Barcelona Barri Gòtic
Ever dreamt of staying smack dab in the middle of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter? Say hello to Hesperia Barcelona Barri Gòtic, which is a stone’s throw away from the port and a casual walk from Las Ramblas.
Feel like getting some sand between your toes? You’re in luck. Barceloneta Beach is a mere 15-minute saunter away. Pack those flip-flops!
After soaking up the sun, why not dive into the local scene? With a bunch of great bars around the area, you won’t have to wander far.
Plus, if shopping’s your thing or you’re a fan of sea creatures, both Barcelona Aquarium and the Maremagnum Shopping Center are within easy reach.
8. Park Hotel
Looking to be in the heart of all the action? Park Hotel, situated in the snazzy Born district, is your ticket to style and convenience. You’re only a 10-minute footslog from Barceloneta Beach, and, oh look, it’s right across from Estació de França Station!
Morning person? Jumpstart your day with a buffet breakfast in the hotel’s chirpy café.
And if tapas tickle your fancy, then you’re in for a real kick with offerings from the award-winning chef Jordi Cruz at the on-site Ten’s Tapas Restaurant.
Location-wise, you’re hitting the jackpot. Dive into some local culture at Mercat del Born public market and Ciudadela Park (hello, Barcelona Zoo!) just around the corner. And hey, the city center’s a breeze with the Barceloneta Metro Station just 984 feet (300 meters) away.
9. Hotel 54 Barceloneta
Beachfront and design-forward, Hotel 54 Barceloneta is a cozy spot that’ll have you gazing out over the port from its hip terrace. You’re plopped right in the Barceloneta area, so beach vibes are totally guaranteed.
Ready to chow down on some seafood? There are drool-worthy restaurants just a 5-minute wander away.
And guess what? Barceloneta Beach is just a 3-minute walk away. If you want to get a taste of the charming Born district, you can get there in 10.
Oh, and if the metro’s more your speed, Barceloneta Metro Station’s a 7-minute stroll away, making the rest of the city easily accessible.
10. Hotel Santa Marta
If you’re into trendy areas, you’re in luck because Hotel Santa Marta is just a short stroll from the fashionable Born area. Plus, with França Train Station right around the corner, you can whizz around Barcelona with ease.
Dreaming of a sandy siesta? The bars of Barceloneta are just a 5-minute walk away, and if you’re up for a little historical exploration, the Gothic Quarter is also a quick stroll.
The Barcelona cruise terminal isn’t much further away either, making this a comfortable place to rest your head after (or before, if you’re awaiting your departure) those days on the high seas!
11. Casa Lirio
Meet Casa Lirio, located right in the heart of Barcelona. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want breakfast and free WiFi when you’re vacationing? This 2-star hotel’s got you covered.
Some rooms here boast city views from a balcony. Others even have a terrace, perfect for those evening wind-down moments.
And all come with the comfort and basics you’d expect, like a desk for those postcard-writing sessions.
Location-wise? You’re close to several beaches including Sant Miquel and Barceloneta. And if you’re flying in or out, the nearest airport, Barcelona-El Prat, is only 7.5 miles (12 km) away, and they even offer a paid airport shuttle. Super handy!
12. Barcelona Hotel Colonial
Stepping into Barcelona Hotel Colonial feels a bit like a time travel jaunt, thanks to its impressive colonial stone building. You won’t miss the clock tower, trust me.
And it’s a mere 10-minute walk from both the Barcelona Cathedral and Barceloneta Beach! Not to mention being only a 10-minute drive to or from your cruise ship.
Inside, you’re greeted with rooms boasting wooden floors, and let’s just say they’ve ticked the box on creature comforts, including soundproofing. So, you can recharge in peace after all your adventures.
But wait, there’s more. Need some retail therapy? The trendy boutiques of the Born district are a smooth 5-minute walk away.
13. Wittmore Hotel
The fancy 5-star Wittmore Hotel is for adults only, so leave the kiddos with the grandparents.
This place boasts views of a vertical garden and a cozy patio, placing you right in the heartbeat of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. And, yep, you’re just around 1312 feet (400 meters) from the Picasso Museum.
Each room here is more than just a place to sleep. Think comfortable, quiet, and decked out with all those little extras like bathrobes, slippers, and some luxury toiletries.
This means that after a day of exploring (or after a few days of cruising the Med), you can easily relax in style.
Hungry or thirsty? This place has you covered with its on-site bar and restaurant. You can sip and munch on regional dishes and a wide range of wines and cocktails.
But the cherry on top? The rooftop terrace. It’s got a plunge pool, solarium, and a terrace bar to unwind.
Plus, with Plaza Reial and the Cathedral of Barcelona both within walking distance, you won’t be short on sights to see.
14. Residencia Universitaria Campus del Mar
Right, let’s dive into Residencia Universitaria Campus del Mar, and no, you don’t need a student ID to get in – although you’ll still get to take advantage of student-friendly prices!
This place is smack dab in Barcelona’s Barceloneta neighborhood, just 656 ft (200 meters) from the beach.
And guess what? They’ve got a fitness center to help you keep up with those vacation calories.
Each room comes with its own kitchen area, including a microwave and those all-important tea/coffee facilities. And if you’re into a bit of downtime, there’s a library and a games room equipped with snooker and table tennis.
One great perk, if you fancy exploring Barcelona on two wheels, is that they’ve got bicycles up for rent. Plus, they’re pretty close to Ciutadella Park and the Paseo Marítimo, making it a top spot for a bit of sightseeing.
15. Hotel Medinaceli
Next up, we’ve got the Hotel Medinaceli, which, fun fact, is set in the original palace of the Dukes of Hotel Medinaceli. It’s a little piece of history, and it’s only about 656 ft (200 meters) from the famous Las Ramblas.
Now, let’s chat rooms. They’re spacious, bright, and just, well, nice. If you need to cool off after a day of exploring, don’t worry; they’ve got that sorted.
Around the area? Tons of restaurants, bars, and cafés. If you’re into sightseeing, you’re close to landmarks like the Arc de Triomf, Plaça de Catalunya, and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló.
Plus, it’s a mere 10-minute walk from Barcelona’s Estació de França Train Station. Handy for those train adventures!
16. Exe Laietana Palace
Exe Laietana Palace is a 4-star beauty located in a revamped neo-classical building, right beside the city’s old Roman wall. If walls could talk, right?
The rooms are pretty swanky with flat-screen satellite TVs and those fancy hydro-massage showers. And some rooms even give you a peek at that Roman wall.
(If you’re lucky, you might get one with a sloping glass roof. Talk about room goals.)
If you’re keen on exploring, you’re in luck. Barcelona Cathedral is just 1312 ft (400 meters)) away, and that trendy Born district everyone’s talking about? It’s just a short 5-minute walk from the hotel. Basically, after all your cruising the Mediterranean, it’s time to get those walking shoes on!
17. Catalonia Port
Okay, beach lovers, here’s the scoop on the Catalonia Port. This place sits pretty in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, which means you’re smack in the middle of history and culture.
They’ve even got a sun terrace with a seasonal outdoor pool for when you want to take a dip.
The contemporary El Racó del Port restaurant will keep your belly happy with its Mediterranean cuisine, Monday to Saturday. And if you’re in a hurry in the mornings, their buffet breakfast lingers till noon on weekends. So no pressure to wake up early!
Location-wise, you won’t need to lace up those walking shoes too tight. The start of the famous Las Ramblas is just 820 feet (250 meters) away. And if you’re a fan of harbors, Port Vell Harbor isn’t too far off, just 1312 feet (400 meters) – so you’re golden!
18. Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona
The Hotel Ciutadella Barcelona has some incredibly stylish rooms and sits in a super convenient spot, just 960 feet (300 meters) from landmarks like the Santa María del Mar Church and Ciutadella Park.
Now, if you’re the kind who’s into both history and seafood (what a combo!), you’re in for a treat. The historic Born and Gothic districts are super close, and seafood joints are just a short walk along the seaside Passeig de Joan de Borbó. Mouthwatering much?
Ready to hit the beach? Great news: in just 15 minutes, your feet can be in the sand.
And if shopping’s more your jam, Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are less than a mile (1.6km) away!
19. Pierre & Vacances Barcelona Sants
For all you soccer (or football, for the locals) fans out there, the Pierre & Vacances Barcelona Sants is a game changer! This hotel is very near to Barcelona’s Camp Nou, being just a quick 5-minute walk from the stadium.
Each apartment is sleek and bright, and let’s talk about kitchen amenities — you’ve got a fridge, microwave, and even a dishwasher. Perfect for whipping up a snack or two during half-time.
Oh, and for a bit of an extra charge, they’ve got safes to lock away your precious soccer memorabilia.
Lastly, location is king! Situated in the lively Sants area, you’ve got shops, bars, and cafés galore.
Plus, Badal Metro Station is just down the road and connects to Sants Train Station in a jiffy, not to mention the short taxi ride you’ll need to get to the cruise terminal from here.
20. Ramblas Apartments
If you’re looking to have an apartment while you’re in Barcelona rather than a hotel room, it’s time to take a peek at the Ramblas Apartments. These Modernist-style digs sit right on Barcelona’s iconic Ramblas, and they’re a hop, skip, and a jump (or, you know, a casual stroll) from Plaza Reial.
The apartments are air-conditioned with either one or two bedrooms. So whether you’re a solo traveler or bringing a pal, there’s space for everyone.
With full kitchens, you can whip up some quick breakfast before hitting the streets.
Location-wise, you’re in the heart of it all. The Gothic Quarter is your neighbor, which means plenty of restaurants and tapas bars to explore.
Plus, major shopping areas and the port? Just a short walk away.
Oh, and if you’re thinking about the metro, Drassanes station is about 5 minutes from you.
Where to stay in Barcelona before a cruise?
If you’re gearing up for a cruise and need a spot to rest in Barcelona beforehand, Ciutat Vella (Old Town) and Port Vell are good choices. You’ll be in the very heart of the city to let you soak in the local vibe before setting sail, while still being close to the cruise terminal.
Honestly speaking, Barcelona isn’t that big, and most of the areas of the city that are popular for tourists to stay in tend to be within an easy taxi ride of Barcelona’s cruise port. That’s why you don’t really have to be worried about staying directly next to the port, as you’ll be able to get to your ship without any worries.
At the same time, some areas are more convenient than others – especially when it comes to the direction of traffic and ease of accessibility with luggage (i.e. it’s time to avoid those little medieval laneways!). That’s why I’d suggest the following for where to stay in Barcelona before a cruise:
- Ciutat Vella (Old Town): Some parts of the Old Town are definitely more convenient than others, especially to make sure you’re on the “right” side of the road for your taxi to easily get you to your cruise. That’s why my top pick for the best hotel near the Barcelona cruise port is Duquesa de Cardona as, for me, it’s the perfect mix of location, history, food options and a truly beautiful building.
- Port Vell: This area, starting at the Columbus statue and continuing down to Via Laietana, is good for those who want to be that little bit closer to the cruise terminal. It’s also a convenient base for wandering around places like the Gothic Quarter and the Born district. Check out Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL, which is literally within walking distance of the cruise ships – so it’s as close as you can get while still being an incredible hotel.
Unfortunately, when you start looking for hotels that are near the Barcelona cruise terminals, there’s a lot of mis-information on the internet about the best areas to stay. It seems to me that some people just looked at a map, found areas that seem to be near the port and told people to go there.
But that’s not the case in reality, with some of these “close areas” actually making it a bit tricky to get to the port from there. Here are the areas I’d recommend you avoid:
- Montjuic: Sure, it’s visible right from the Moll Adossat Terminals where cruises dock and might seem close on a map, but that can be a bit misleading. Cabs have to take a super circular route from the cruise terminals to get here and it’s also not the most convenient place from which to explore Barcelona.
- Poblesec: Located right at Montjuic’s foot, Poblesec is known for its tapas bars. However, the streets here are often narrow and have an uphill gradient, meaning you might have a bit of an (uphill) walk to the nearest taxi or subway station. Youve also got the risk, depending on your hotel’s location, of having to pass through Raval to get to La Rambla, which I wouldn’t recommend as it can be pretty dodgy. Speaking of which…
- El Raval: El Raval sits between Paral·lel Avenue and La Rambla in the Old Town. The northern part boasts lively cafes and a rich history. However, the southern end, closer to the cruise piers, isn’t as inviting. It’s older with some areas best approached with caution – to put it mildly (that is: you really don’t need to go there).
What’s the best hotel near the Barcelona Cruise Port with a shuttle?
Contrary to popular belief, the premier hotels situated close to the Barcelona cruise port don’t provide dedicated shuttle services to the port. However, there’s no cause for concern. Taxis in the area are both cost-effective and easily available, ensuring that guests can comfortably reach their desired destinations.
Despite the absence of direct hotel shuttles, Barcelona is a city that boasts an efficient transportation system. Visitors can rely on the taxi network, which not only provides timely pickups but also boasts clear meter-based charging systems, minimizing any risk of overcharging.
For example, my preferred option for hotels near the Barcelona cruise terminals, Duquesa de Cardona, is just an 8-minute taxi drive door-to-door. While it doesn’t have a shuttle to the port, you can see here just how convenient it is anyway.
So if your primary criteria for selecting a hotel is shuttle availability, you might want to reconsider. Many top-notch establishments are at your disposal, and the seamless taxi service in the region ensures you’re never far from where you need to be.
What’s the best luxury hotel near Barcelona Cruise Port?
For those looking for luxury close to the Barcelona cruise port, Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL stands out. Located in the historic heart of the city, Ciutat Vella (Old Town), this 5-star establishment is in the World Trade Center building, offering spectacular views of Barcelona’s port.
Moreover, the iconic La Rambla is merely a 5-minute stroll away.
The Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel GL exemplifies design elegance, with rooms that feature wooden flooring and fabrics of warm hues. Every room is furnished with a flat-screen TV equipped with satellite channels and a spacious work desk.
The in-house Grand Marina restaurant is known for its Mediterranean dishes made from seasonal ingredients. Meanwhile, the lobby bar sets the mood with exotic cocktails and live music.
Plus, if you’re an early riser, you can indulge in a lavish breakfast served on the terrace – well, weather permitting.
Wellness enthusiasts can take advantage of the Marina GL’s gym, equipped with a variety of cardiovascular machines and free weights. And if you want a bit of relaxation, massage services are also at your disposal.
What’s the best cheap hotel near Barcelona Cruise Port?
For budget-conscious travelers, Hotel Oasis emerges as a commendable option near the Barcelona cruise port. Around the corner from França Railway Station and a brief 100 meters (330 feet) from the lively Born district, this hotel promises convenience without a hefty price tag.
The rooms are modern, come with air-conditioning, satellite TV, and private bathrooms equipped with hairdryers.
In addition to its affordability, Hotel Oasis is packed with amenities to enhance your stay. During the right seasons, guests can relax at the terrace that houses an outdoor pool.
The Oasis café-bar also remains a popular spot within the hotel, offering an array of hot beverages and cocktails throughout the day.
If you’re keen on exploring the vicinity, the sandy shores and vibrant bars of Barceloneta are a mere 200 meters (660 feet) away. The historic Santa Maria del Mar Church is also within a walking distance, just 4 minutes away.
The hotel’s strategic location near the Barceloneta Metro Station (only 50 meters/160 feet away) and the serene Ciutadella Park (300 meters/980 feet away) is a definite plus.
How far is the cruise port in Barcelona from town?
The cruise port in Barcelona is conveniently located near the city center. Specifically, it’s situated near the southern end of La Rambla, which means it’s only about a 15-20 minute walk or 10-15 minute taxi ride (with traffic) from the heart of town.
Given its proximity, you can easily access major attractions, including the historic Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). Whether you’re interested in historical architecture or boutique shopping, the port’s location provides easy access to both.
Can you walk to the cruise port in Barcelona?
Yes, it’s entirely possible to walk to the cruise port in Barcelona. From areas like La Rambla, it’s a straightforward 15-20 minute walk. It’s a nice route, especially if you’re not in a rush and want to enjoy the surroundings.
However, if you have heavy luggage or several bags, it might be more comfortable to take transport. In particular, taxis are reasonably priced, so I’d suggest doing that instead.
How do you get around Barcelona from the cruise port?
From the cruise port in Barcelona, there are several transportation options to help you get around the city. Buses, taxis, and the metro are readily available. If you’re aiming for specific attractions, the blue PortBus might be your best option.
For those who prefer the metro, the Drassanes station is near the lower end of La Rambla. Alternatively, renting a bike is an option if you’re looking to explore the city at a leisurely pace.
Is it easy to get a taxi from the Barcelona cruise port?
Yes, getting a taxi from the Barcelona cruise port is typically straightforward. There are usually many taxis available to serve passengers. However, during peak seasons or times, there might be a slight wait. Note that all taxis in Barcelona accept card payment.