Barcelona/Sant Martí

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Disseny Hub Barcelona

Much to the dismay of Mickey Mouse aficionados, ''Disseny'' is Catalan for "design", not "Disney". The "Disseny Hub" is a purpose-built structure that will house the amalgamated museums focusing on applied arts and design, including ''Museu de les Arts Decoratives'', ''Museu de Ceràmica'', ''Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària'' and ''Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques''. The new building has an intricate, multi-level structure, with the protruding tower overhanging the Praca de les Glories roundabout.<br>As of December 2013, all of the former museums are closed and their collections are being moved to the new location in Placa Glories. It is projected to open in 2014 when the works are finished.


Large and popular club with several rooms, each one plays a different style of music (pop, retro, house, trance). It is loved by both the visitors and locals. 15 euros will get you in with a free drink. It's worth paying an entry fee. Saturdays at 2AM is the absolute best time to go, and worth the 5 minute and 1/4 mile line to get in. Closes at 6AM.

Torre Agbar

Distinctively-shaped office tower which stands out in the Barcelona skyline. It stands out even more Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when it is lighted in several colours. In 2014 the current tenants will vacate the building to make way for a remodelling into a Grand Hyatt hotel, with a publicly-accessible viewing terrace on one of the top levels.

SEE   —  Av Diagonal, 211

Novotel Barcelona City

The Novotel boasts a brilliant location on the Diagonal, with excellent views of the neighbouring Agbar Tower, especially from its rooftop pool and terrace. Regular rooms are of the usual old Novotel standard, the upscale categories have been renovated and feature a more modern, edgy design with the use of dark colours.

SLEEP   —  Avenida Diagonal 201

Vincci Bit

This unexpectedly stylish hotel is two blocks towards the north from the Diagonal shopping centre. Each floor's corridor is decorated in a different, unusual theme and the cheerful yet tasteful variety of decor makes up for quite small and simple rooms. For thrifty holidaymakers, a Lidl supermarket is around the corner

SLEEP   —  Carrer de Josep Pla 69

El Museu Blau

Museum with a number of exhibitions about the Earth and its natural history. One exhibit covers the origin of life on Earth and how it has evolved. A second exhibit deals with nature and life on Earth today. The third exhibit covers some of the issues relating to humans and their relationship with nature.

Four Points by Sheraton Barcelona Diagonal

The Four Points offers simply furnished yet sunny rooms thanks to their floor-to-ceiling windows, straight on the Diagonal. Despite most Four Points hotels having deteriorated badly as the brand got neglected by Starwood in favour of Aloft, this hotel still maintains its original standard.

SLEEP   —  Diagonal 161

Barcelona Princess

The Princess occupies a tower at the very tip of the Diagonal, boasting great views in all directions and a very metropolitan ambience. The postmodern design mix is enhanced in some rooms appointed with lavishly colourful decorations and patterns by the Spanish apparel brand Desigual.

SLEEP   —  Diagonal 1

Torre d'aigües de Macosa

One of the most unusual landmarks in this otherwise ultra-modern area is this 19th-century (finished in 1882) brick water tower. Standing 62 metres tall, it is now overshadowed by neighbouring residential, office and hotel towers and easy to miss unless you know where to look for it.

Les Glòries

A large shopping centre by the Diagonal, right at the Plaza Glories. Includes a large Carrefour supermarket, a cinema and a number of the usual chain stores, including Zara, H&M and C&A. There is also in. al. a drugstore, optician and a post office.

BUY   —  Diagonal 208

H10 Marina Barcelona

A long shot (five blocks) from the actual marina in the Olympic Port, the H10 is a regular midmarket city hotel with a selection of 235 rooms in different sizes and standards. A rooftop terrace with a pool provides a nice overview of Poblenou.

SLEEP   —  Avenida Bogatell 64-68

Travelodge Barcelona Poblenou

Given the popularity of Spain among British vacationers it is no wonder that Britain's favourite budget lodging chain finally got a pied-a-terre in Barcelona. Just like any other Travelodge, it is as simple as can be, but just as cheap.

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Vincci Maritimo

The other Vincci is just as maritime as any other hotel in Sant Marti, as it is actually close to the Diagonal and not the seaside. It is also less adventurous in style, but nonetheless very pleasantly and contemporarily outfitted.

SLEEP   —  Carrer de Llull 340

Hotel & Spa Villa Olimpic

This hotel with a spa is actually a bit north of the actual Olympic Village. Due to its constrained location within one of the old blocks of Poblenou, the experience there may be less rewarding than in some of the newer hotels.

SLEEP   —  Pallars, 121-125

Catalonia Sagrada Familia

A sister property to the Catalonia Albeniz, it is a simple and slightly aged hotel squeezed into a block a very short distance from the Clot train station. The Sagrada Familia itself is six blocks away towards the southwest.

Catalonia Atenas

One of the three ''Catalonia'' hotels in the area, this one is a tad north from the Clot train station. Rooms are small, fixtures and furniture have their best times behind them but prices are very reasonable.

SLEEP   —  Avenida Meridiana 151

Hotel Front Maritim

The hotel is very aptly named, as it faces the sea directly across the Nova Mar Bella beach. As the property has aged quite badly by the beginning of the 21st century, it offers relatively attractive prices.

Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona

Modern hotel close to the beach and Port Olimpic. Amenities include free Wifi, a solarium with a pool and fitness room. Some rooms are suites with either a study (for business) or a jacuzzi.

SLEEP   —  +34 932 21 82 00 —  Av Icària, 195

Hesperia del Mar

Old-style Spanish vacation hotel (CRT TVs in rooms!) is close to the Mar Bella beach. Do note that the hotel is sideways versus the sea, so not all rooms have the same brilliant views.

SLEEP   —  Espronceda 6

Parc Diagonal Mar

Urban park created from redeveloping industrial land. It covers 14 hectares and includes seven different areas like a children's play area, a lake with sculptures and a central plaza.

Melia Barcelona Sky

Upscale hotel in Poble Nou neighbourhood. Amenities include free high-speed internet, minibars in all rooms, 24 hour access to the gym, pillow-top mattresses and a pillow menu.

Confortel Barcelona

There is nothing really special about the Confortel, apart from really small windows. Rooms are quite sombre and the building is squeezed into one of the blocks at Poblenou.

SLEEP   —  Ramon Turró 196-198

AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott

The AC is basically a part of the Convention Centre, towering over its meeting spaces. It features an unusually contemporary design theme for a Marriott-branded property.

SLEEP   —  Paseo Taulat 278

Hotel SB Diagonal Zero

262 rooms and suites, with many having sea views. Amenities include free Wifi, a fitness room, spa, executive floor and a pool with views from the 17th floor.

ibis Barcelona Plaza Glories 22@

This is a standard ibis hotel, despite its name not really close to the Plaza Glories. Of note is the fact that no twin rooms are offered, only doubles.

SLEEP   —  Ciudad de Granada 99

NH Diagonal Center

The hotel is not really on or near the Diagonal, nor especially central, but all in all offers the usual NH standard in the middle of Sant Marti.

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Tryp Barcelona Condal Mar

In a round modern tower a few blocks north of the Diagonal. Typical Tryp features, including family rooms with foldaway bunk beds.

SLEEP   —  Cristóbal de Moura 138

Olympic Port

It has a large number of restaurants, bars and other establishments. In this wide offer you can find also the Barcelona Casino.

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Holiday Inn Express Barcelona City 22@

A little run down Holiday Inn Express offers some of the cheapest hotel stays in Barcelona with breakfast included.

SLEEP   —  Carrer de Pallars 203

Centro Commercial Diagonal Mar

Another shopping centre at the opposite end of the Diagonal. A similar selection of tennants, including a cinema.

BUY   —  Diagonal 3

Sky Food Bar

Pere IV, Modern atmosphere, Mediterranean style with traditional Catalonian influence with full bar.

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Hotel BestPrice Diagonal

This simple new hotel tries to live up to its name by undercutting competition by a wide margin.

SLEEP   —  Diagonal 70

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

Adjacent to the Congress Centre and facing the Centro Commercial Diagonal Mar.

Dos Cielos

Intimate dining atmosphere with eclectic cuisine. Well worth the visit.

Catalonia Albeniz

A simple and slightly dated hotel right next to the Clot train station.

SLEEP   —  Aragon 591-593

Nova Icària

Next to the Port Olympic, has easy access to restaurants and shopping.

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Silken Diagonal Barcelona

Postmodern extravaganza right next door to the Agbar tower.

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Mar Bella

Mar Bella is considered the nudist beach for Barcelona

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Barcelo Atenea Mar

Right at the Nova Mar Bella beach

Cementiri de l'Est

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Parc del Clot

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Parc de La Pau

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Parc de Poblenou

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Vila Olimpica

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Vila Olimpica

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El Clot-Aragó

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Nova Mar Bella

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About Barcelona/Sant Martí

The Sant Martí district is administratively divided into 10 boroughs, each with a slightly different character. It is fair to say that areas of interest to the tourists are generally south of the Diagonal. The ''barris'' south of Diagonal are (from West to East): * '''El Parc i Llacuna del Poblenou''' - includes the majestic Plaza Glories and buildings along the Diagonal and Meridiana, such as Torre Agbar * '''La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou''' - the former olympic village built for the 1992 Olympic Games * '''El Poblenou''' - the core of the former industrial area of Poblenou, undergoing gradual block-by-block redevelopment as part of the "Area 22@" plan * '''Diagonal Mar i Front Marítim del Poblenou''' - the former industrial areas and slums have undergone large-scale urban redevelopment in the 21st century, becoming a commercial and business hub The barris north of the Diagonal are: * '''El Clot''' - of some interest due to the fact that the ''El Clot-Arago'' station is in this area * '''El Camp de l'Arpa del Clot''' * '''Provençals del Poblenou''' * '''Sant Martí de Provençals''' * '''El Besòs i el Maresme''' - the part on the Besos riverside, which is mostly industrial * '''La Verneda i la Pau'''