If you would like to find a beach hotel in Barcelona you can choose between two areas on the beach. The first one is Port Vell, which offers a nice variety of hotels, however, it is not the best place for a beach vacation. Though hotels in Port Vell are located on beach, this is not a swimming beach and tourists do not have the option to swim or to sunbathe, they can admire the beach and go for a sail but that is it. If you would like to be close to the swimming beach, we suggest to look for accommodation in the north part of Barcelona, from the northern part of Barceloneta to Avinguda Diagonal. In this area you will find numerous hotels and apartments (for additional information – Hotels near La Barceloneta, Hotels near Avinguda Diagonal and Hotels in Barcelona).
Beach hotels in Barcelona are a little bit far from the city center, some of them are close to a metro station (which are not always accessible) but not all of them (for additional information – Public Transportation in Barcelona and Accessibility in Barcelona).
Actually, most of the tourists who come to Barcelona do not spend most of their holiday on the beach. Therefore, we recommend that during your vacation in Barcelona stay in a hotel near the center and if you want to enjoy also the sea you can reserve a beach hotel for 1 or 2 days.
If you are on a beach vacation, accommodation outside Barcelona would be more suitable for you than hotels in the city. There are many possibilities, for example the area of Costa Brava or Costa Blanca and many other beaches areas in Catalonia.
Since summer is a quite crowded period in Barcelona and the number of beach hotels in the city is limited – it is strongly recommended to reserve your hotel at least 2 or 3 months prior to your trip.