Set between the Parc de Ciutadella and Barceloneta, this hotel opened in fall 2012 with bargain-priced contemporary design rooms. The location is great for exploring the dining and nightlife of El Born—or spending the day at the beach. Most rooms are compact, but they’re so well-designed that they seem more spacious. Views along the avenue are unremarkable, but ample double-glazed windows ensure that the light gets in and the noise does not. Terrifically friendly and helpful staff make the Ciutadella a very pleasant choice.