Barcelona is a very baby-friendly city and is a perfect destination for your first family vacation to Europe with your baby. Barcelona was our first trip as new parents, taking our 3-month old daughter. We had such a great time visiting Barcelona with a baby, that it inspired us to create our Baby Can Travel blog.
Now that you’ve decided to visit Barcelona with a baby, we’ll help you find one of the best Barcelona hotels for families with a baby in one of the best neighborhoods.
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Where to Stay in Barcelona with a Baby
The best location for your baby-friendly hotel in Barcelona depends on your priorities for your family vacation. Here are two recommended neighborhoods for your family trip to Barcelona with your baby:
1. Gothic Quarter
If your family is visiting Barcelona to see the sights or visit the beach, your best bet will be to stay within the Gothic Quarter, which has it all for travelling parents. Most of the best things to do in Barcelona with a baby are in the Gothic Quarter and can be easily reached by walking with a stroller.
The Gothic Quarter has tons of baby-friendly restaurants, amenities, pharmacies and grocery stores. One area within the Gothic Quarter to consider avoiding for your family hotel is the popular pedestrian street La Rambla as it may be a little loud for a baby trying to sleep.
Browse vacation home rentals and baby-friendly Barcelona hotels in the Gothic Quarter.
If your family is visiting Barcelona with your baby primarily for shopping, your best bet will be to stay in Eixample. Although it is home to La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona’s top attraction), Eixample is an upscale Barcelona neighbourhood which features less tourist attractions but features more high-end shopping and restaurants.
Browse vacation home rentals and baby-friendly Barcelona hotels in Eixample.
Family-Friendly Barcelona Hotels
Finding a good baby-friendly Barcelona hotel for your family vacation takes time, which we know you don’t have a lot of right now. Over our years of traveling with a baby, we have developed a very reliable system for picking the best baby-friendly hotels.
To help you find a great baby-friendly hotel in Barcelona, we have used our system to recommend six family-friendly Barcelona hotels over a variety of price ranges. Unless otherwise mentioned, each of these Barcelona hotels:
- Rank in the top 10% of Barcelona hotels on Tripadvisor.
- Have a guest rating of 9+ out of 10 on Booking.com.
- Have air conditioning, complimentary cribs and wifi.
- Have soundproofed walls, which is a huge benefit for new parents who worry about their baby crying and waking other hotel guests in the middle of the night!
Top 6 Baby-Friendly Barcelona Hotels
1. Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
The Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is a baby-friendly hotel in the heart of Barcelona. Overlooking the port and just a few minutes’ walk to the beach, this luxury Barcelona hotel is in a superb location.
Enjoy basking in the Mediterranean sun on the extensive solarium terrace, where you can let your baby explore while enjoying a magnificent, panoramic view of the harbor. Their gastronomic selection includes tapas, barbecues, fresh local products and a professional cocktail bar.
Recently renovated, the 59 guestrooms are furnished in a Moderniste style with marble baths, large Turkish towels, minibars, bathrobes and slippers, and complimentary high-speed Internet access.
Parents will appreciate many baby-friendly features of the Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, including soundproofed rooms along with blackout window shades, which will help your baby sleep better on vacation. This top Barcelona hotel also offers special rooms just for families.
2. Duquesa Suites
A unique renovation transformed a stately Eighteenth-century home into a luxurious family-friendly hotel in Barcelona with 20 fully equipped rooms and modern facilities, so guests can enjoy an unforgettable stay in Barcelona.
The Duquesa Suites Barcelona enjoys a privileged location in front of Barcelona’s Old Port. You’ll appreciate its proximity to the Mediterranean, the Gothic district and its shops, history and monuments.
Along with a rooftop terrace, the Duquesa Suites has a seasonal outdoor rooftop pool and concierge services. All 20 apartments have free Wi-Fi, sofa beds, flat-screen TVs, and coffee makers.
The baby-friendly features of the Duquesa Suites include kitchenettes with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves. For a fee, the hotel also offers onsite laundry facilities and babysitting services.
3. Olivia Balmes Hotel
The Olivia Balmes Hotel is an oasis in the heart of central Barcelona. This 4-star baby-friendly Barcelona hotel is located in the Eixample district (one of our recommended neighborhoods) and features free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool & terrace, gym and a restaurant. All 128 rooms come with LED TVs, minibars, rainfall showerheads and 24-hour room service.
The baby-friendly features of the Olivia Balmes Hotel include soundproofed walls which will allow you to relax, even when your baby is crying. Complimentary cribs are available upon request.
4. Suites Avenue
Suites Avenue has become an architectural icon and a benchmark for luxury stays in the heart of Barcelona. This baby-friendly hotel in Barcelona boasts a superb location with spectacular frontal views of Gaudí’s Modernist La Pedrera building.
Personalized attention and an unsurpassable range of exclusive services are available: gym, sauna, rooftop swimming pools, communal terrace, parking and a museum that showcases unique pieces of Hindu and Buddhist art.
The baby-friendly features of Suites Avenue include full kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and dishwashers. The soundproofed walls will allow you to relax and not worry about disturbing other guests when your baby is crying.
Families will love that the suites come with a washer and dryer to allow you to clean your children’s clothes mid-trip. Complimentary cribs are available upon request.
Want a romantic dinner out? Babysitting services are available upon request (surcharge).
5. Hotel Granvia
Hotel Granvia is a baby-friendly hotel surrounded by some of Barcelona’s most emblematic and historical landmarks, like Casa Batlló, Palau Robert, Casa Fargas and Casa Ametller.
The newly renovated Hotel Granvía is home to a special gem inside… a spacious and cozy terrace. Here you’ll find an oasis of peace and tranquility, right at the heart of Barcelona. The space will take you by surprise the moment you enter it.
The baby-friendly features of Hotel Granvia include soundproofed rooms and the ability to get connecting rooms. One child under 2 can stay for free if they use existing bedding.
6. Hotel Constanza
We stayed at the Hotel Constanza during our trip to Barcelona with our baby. Turns out this Barcelona hotel doesn’t quite meet our current stringent criteria for picking the best baby-friendly hotels – how embarrassing… ha-ha!
All kidding aside, despite not having a clue how to pick a baby-friendly hotel in Barcelona, we made a pretty good choice with the Hotel Constanza. We enjoyed its central location in Eixample, just a few blocks from Plaça de Catalunya, allowing us to walk nearly everywhere with our stroller.
The baby-friendly features of Hotel Constanza include family rooms, complimentary cribs upon request and balconies for parents to escape to while baby sleeps.
Didn’t find a hotel that you love? Don’t worry, as Booking.com has an excellent filter for finding family-friendly hotels in Barcelona. You’re bound to find a Barcelona hotel you love there…
Baby-Friendly Barcelona Vacation Home Rentals
Barcelona was our first trip with a baby, so we blindly did as we always do on vacation – we rented a hotel room. Everything went great with our baby in our Barcelona hotel, but as we traveled more with our baby we discovered the advantages of staying in vacation home rentals with our baby.
Airbnb and VRBO rentals have many family-friendly features, especially for parents traveling with a baby. The biggest advantage is having separate bedrooms, which allows you to keep your bedroom lights on while your baby gets to sleep in a separate, quiet, dark room. When looking for a baby-friendly Airbnb, other amenities to look for include a full kitchen and in-suite laundry facilities.
Before you go, check out our post on the safest way to get your baby from the Barcelona airport to your hotel.
Essential Baby Gear for Hotel Stays
As you plan your trip to Barcelona with a baby, take a moment to consider the gear you need to travel with a baby. To help make your stay at your baby-friendly Barcelona hotel as successful as possible, you may wish to consider the following:
SlumberPod Privacy Pod
One of the hardest things about staying in a hotel room with a baby is sharing a room. When it’s time for your baby to nap or go to sleep for the night, most parents will need to sit silently in the dark until it’s safe to turn on a light. If your baby can see or hear you, it makes it significantly harder for your baby to get a good sleep (and good sleep is essential to a happy, cooperative baby on your family trip).
The SlumberPod Privacy Pod is the perfect solution to this challenge. The SlumberPod is a large, bottomless canopy that fits over your baby’s travel crib or your toddlers travel cot. It’s made of a stretchy, black fabric that is breathable while still creating a dark blackout baby sleep pod. Your baby will sleep significantly better with a SlumberPod Privacy Pod, even if you are in the same room.
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A Travel White Noise Machine
The SlumberPod solves the problem of making it dark enough for your baby to sleep in the same hotel room as you. A travel-friendly white noise machine or app will help solve the issue of your baby not being familiar with all the noises in your Barcelona hotel room.
If you use your white noise machine at home prior to your family trip, bringing it with you will mimic your baby’s at home sleep environment. Check out our list of the best white noise machines for travel.
Baby Travel Essentials
When staying in a Barcelona hotel with a baby, the combination of a SlumberPod and a white noise machine is an effective combination for a well-rested baby. To help make your family trip to Barcelona as successful as possible, you should consider looking at your other baby travel gear needs. Our list of must-have baby travel essentials covers the best baby travel gear for sleeping, for getting around, for eating and the all-important baby airplane travel gear.
We hope this list of the best baby-friendly hotels in Barcelona helps you have the best-ever family vacation to Spain!