The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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El Jardí

“A great value, just off Las Ramblas, with a terrace café—just don’t expect anything fancy.”—George Semler, author, Barcelonawalks. In one of the Barri Gòtic’s most picturesque locations, opposite the church of Santa Maria del Pi. About40clean, simply furnished rooms; ask for one with a balcony overlooking the square. Plaça Sant Josep Oriol 1; tel. 34 93 301 5900. www.hoteljardi-barcelona.com

GatRaval

“Grunge green decor in a hip hostel amid the student scene of Barcelona’s edgiest inner-city playground.”—Damien Simonis, author, Lonely Planet Barcelona. The 24 rooms, some with private baths, are decorated with paintings by Barcelona artists. A hostel with character. Drawback: the neighborhood—and the building—are a bit gritty. Carrer de Joaquín Costa 44; tel. 34 93 481 6670. www.gataccommodation.com

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Paral.lel

“Central without being in a tourist area. The place can make you feel at home in at least five languages.”—Matthew Tree, Anglo-Catalan writer. The 66 rooms are small but much more comfortable than its two-star designation would suggest. Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes 5-7; tel. 34 93 329 1104. http://www.hotelparalel.com/

Continental Palacete

Restored 19th-century mansion, with original cupolas, gilt curlicues, and marble; 19 rooms. Keeps rates down with unusual service shortcuts: no restaurant, but free 24-hour breakfast-snacks-fruit-drinks buffet. Rooms are small, but location is super-central. Rambla de Catalunya 30; tel. 34 93 445 7657. www.hotelcontinental.com

Banys Orientals

“Cool blue hues in compact boutique rooms within earshot of the Santa Maria del Mar.”—Damien Simonis. Hardwood floors, billowy white curtains, some rooms with black four-poster beds; 56 rooms. Two nearby buildings exclusively for suites, some with lofts. The Picasso Museum is only steps away. Carrer del’Argenteria 37; tel. 34 93 268 8460. www.hotelbanysorientals.com

Hostal L’Antic Espai

“Impeccably run B&B…completely unlike the minimalist style you usually associate Barcelona with.”—Sarah Andrews, author, City Walks: Barcelona. High ceilings and chandeliers, Louis XIV-style brocaded chairs, bedsteads, and armoires; 10 rooms. Charming little glassed-in terrace for breakfasts. Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 660; tel. 34 93 304 1945. www.anticespai.com

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Chic & Basic Born

“Minimal lines and subtle lighting in a grand renovated building between the Ciutadella park and nightlife chaos of the Born.”—Damien Simonis. Pick any decor here you like—as long as it’s white. Serene minimalism, wired and wireless Internet; 31 rooms. The Born is a once depressed neighborhood in the throes of gentrification: close to the Barri Gòtic, close to the port. Carrer de la Princesa 50; tel. 34 93 295 4652. www.chicandbasic.com

Hotel 54 Barceloneta

Boutique hotel (28 rooms) opened in 2007 in the newly hip working-class barrio adjoining the port. Two minutes from the beach. Best rooms have ocean view. Suite Royal, the hotel’s elegant little bar, plays blues and soul from the 1960s and ’70s. Passeig de Joande Borbó, 54; tel. 34 93 225 0054. www.hotel54barceloneta.com

Colón

Joan Miró would stay here exclusively when he came to Barcelona; in the 1960s and ’70s the grande dame of the city’s hotels—across the square from the cathedral—also hosted Hemingway, Sartre, Somerset Maugham. Room decor in comfy floral prints, spot-on service; 145 rooms. Book far enough ahead to guarantee a cathedral view. Avingudade la Catedral 7; tel. 34 93 301 1404. www.hotelcolon.es

Granados 83

“A breeze of New York-style factory chic along a tree- and restaurant-lined uptown lane just three and a half blocks from Gaudí’s ‘La Pedrera.’”—Damien Simonis. Design highlighted with collection of Hindu and Buddhist art; 77 spacious rooms with hardwood floors, Philippe Starck and Saarinen furniture. On L’Eixample’s prettiest and least touristy streets. Carrer d’Enric Granados 83; tel. 34 93 492 9670. http://www.derbyhotels.com/en/hotel-granados-83/

Duquesa de Cardona

“Overlooks the port from a comfortable 16th-century town house sleekly converted into a modern hotel.”—George Semler. Room decor’s simple and traditional, in beige and white and dark wood; be sure to get one with a harbor view. A short walk to Las Ramblas and Barri Gòtic; 40 rooms. Passeig de Colom 12; tel. 34 93 268 9090. www.hduquesadecardona.com

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Majestic

Elegance in the classical European tradition, on L’Eixample’s fashionable central artery: uniformed doorman, entry flanked by marble statuary; 307 rooms. Bonus here is celebrity chef Fermí Puig’s Michelin-starred Drolma restaurant, and his general management of the food service. Passeig de Gràcia 68; tel. 34 93 488 1717. www.hotelmajestic.es

Hotel Miramar Barcelona

“Fits the definition of ‘urban retreat’—away from the buzz of the city yet only a few minutes by cab from the center.”—Sarah Andrews. Built for the 1929 World’s Fair in private gardens on Montjuïc, reopened in 2006. Seventy-five huge rooms with walk-in showers, balconies—some with hot tubs—with great views of the city and the port. Swim at night in the heated and fiber optic-lighted pool. Plaça de Carles Ibañez 3; tel. 34 93 281 1600. www.hotelmiramarbarcelona.com

Neri

“Boutique hotel in a restored 18th-century palace in the heart of the Barri Gòtic.”—George Semler. Sun terrace with great view of the Catedral de Barcelona, restaurant overlooking the secluded Plaça Sant Felip Neri in the medieval Jewish quarter; 22 rooms. Carrer Sant Sever 5; tel. 34 93 304 0655. www.hotelneri.com

Claris

“Combines mid-city chic and splendor with a personal touch.”—George Semler. Rooftop terrace and pool with panoramic city views. The 124 rooms are light, airy, clean-line contemporary, with touches of antiquity in artwork and furnishings. Carrer de Pau Claris 150; tel. 34 93 487 6262. www.derbyhotels.com

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