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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Super stylish design

    Central location

    Babysitting available

  • Kids will love

    Their own room

    Exploring the city

    Your home cooking

  • Don’t expect

    Hotel services

    In-house restaurant

    A spacious lift


For holidays with children in family-friendly Barcelona, the self-catering apartments of DestinationBCN are a perfect base for exploring the Catalan capital. Their heart-of-the-city location makes it easy to get almost anywhere within minutes, and their sleek style and superbly equipped kitchens make staying in a pleasure.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking DestinationBCN with us:

A plate of crunchy chocolate-covered galettes, seasonal fruit and a bottle of water on arrival


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including DestinationBCN – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Destination BCN hotel – Barcelona – Spain

Need To Know


14 one- and two-bedroom apartments.


10am, but flexible, depending on availability. Check-in is from 2pm; late arrivals can be arranged for €30 after 9pm or €50 after midnight.


Double rooms from £214.56 (€240), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.72 per person per night on check-in.

More details

A €66 fee for final cleaning is charged on arrival. DestinationBCN does not offer breakfast. Children Cots for under-3s are €7 a night, and extra beds can be added to some apartments (€35 a night ).


Housekeeping and catering services are available should you want to devote more time to, well, not doing that. Just ask DestinationBCN staff in advance or on arrival, and they'll arrange it.

At the hotel

Gardens, courtyard,  film and music library, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV with satellite, free WiFi, DVD and CD player, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, kitchen with washer-dryer, dishwasher, oven and grill.

Our favourite rooms

Each apartment is unique, but all are lovely. Apartment Principal is the best option for big families – it can sleep up to six, with two on fold-out beds. The stylish Paso Doble suite could be the perfect hideaway for families with a teen or two in too; it has two huge bedrooms, each with its own private Juliet balcony, and a generous living space with a floor-to-ceiling bay window giving great views of the Barcelona backstreets. If you’re a larger group, perhaps two families travelling together, some apartments interconnect to create three-bedroom, three-bathroom super stays (the largest combination is Ghost and Finn).


Don't be too alarmed if you exit the lift on the wrong floor and find yourself in an office – it’s a quirk of the planning regulations that one floor of the building needs to remain office space. Still, it's handy if you need to send a fax or make photocopies...

Book ahead

If you'd like the fridge stocked with something specific, ask in advance.

Food and drink

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Destination BCN hotel – Barcelona – Spain


Although there is no restaurant at DestinationBCN, there is a fantastic food market, La Boqueria, just a 10-minutes walk away, and enough speciality delicatessens in the area to encourage use of the fully fitted kitchen. You can also arrange for a chef to come and cater for you.

Family fare

You can cook your mini diners anything they fancy in your apartment’s kitchen, from universal Catalan favourite patatas bravas or something more adventurous to take advantage of your day’s shopping expedition. Highchairs are available on request.

Hotel Bar

There’s no bar in the building, but you’re never far from a tavern in this town. Feel free to fill the fridge with some Mestre Mas Via cava from the local market, too.

Last orders

The glory of self-catering is that you can eat whenever you like, from early-evening tea for the mini Smiths to late-night supper for Mr and Mrs.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The best seat in the house is… your very own kitchen table.

  • Room service

    None, as such, but you can arrange catering and deliveries with DestinationBCN staff.


    Your fridge can be packed with special requests before you arrive; tell DestinationBCN what you’re after when you book.


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Destination BCN hotel – Barcelona – Spain

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including DestinationBCN – has been selected and approved by parents.


Babysitters are available for €15 an hour (minimum 3 hours); book a day in advance.


Nothing’s laid on, but you can certainly bring your own baby monitor to use in your apartment.

What's there already?

For babies

• Travel cot • Cot bedlinen

For toddlers

• Picture books • U-rated DVDs • Highchairs

For older children

• Picture books • U-rated DVDs


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Destination BCN hotel – Barcelona – Spain

Things to do

This isn’t the sort of place that has a kids club or a menu of family activities – rather, it’s your home from home bang in the middle of the Catalan capital. Head out and explore family-friendly Barcelona.

Hotel activities

If it’s a rare rainy day (or you just feel like lounging about and enjoying your exquisitely decorated apartment) you’ll find a selection of books and DVDs at your disposal, including U-rated films.

Sunny days

The hotel's concierge has a full arsenal of family-friendly activities to help make the most of your stay. A picnic in Park Güell, gastronomy tours sampling Barcelona's sweetest treats and even kayaking can all be arranged. Each tour can be tailored to your family's interests, so let the kids take the reins for a day.  

Local Guide

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Destination BCN hotel – Barcelona – Spain
Smith tip

Book a babysitter for Gimlet on Calle Santaló, one of the buzziest bars in Barcelona and is known for its Manhattan-rivalling cocktails. Its art deco design has a modern twist but is an old-timey nod to the speakeasies of yesteryear.

Don't miss…

To get a taste of the city’s sensational seafood, head to Botafumeiro on Carrer Gran de Gràcia. In the wee hours of each morning, the dedicated team is haggling at the seafood markets of Catalonia to make sure they bring back the freshest fish.

You’ll find tons of tips for where to eat on a handy print-out in your flat – one of the perks of staying with DestinationBCN is that despite being cosily coccooned in your own independent apartment, you’ve got a team of expert locals constantly keeping an ear out for the hottest spots in town. They also work with their favourite partners in town to organise tailored experiences for families; they’ll be happy to help you sort everything from child-sized bike rentals – tour operators Cruising Barcelona (+34 93 518 75 33, have front and rear child seats, and even flowery bike baskets to hire – and perfect picnics to top tennis courts and the best beaches.

Frilly anenomes, eels shot through with neon and squirmy octopi will delight little ones at L'Aquarium de Barcelona (+34 93 221 74 74,, and they'll find furred and feathered critters at Barcelona Zoo (+34 90 245 75 45) – a 25-minute walk from the hotel. Gaudi's fairy-tale buildings will captivate with their otherworldly sculptures and colourful façades; Casa Batlló is a 12-minute walk away and Sagrada Familia is a 30-minute walk away.

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11 Ronda Universitat, Barcelona, 08007
Hotel setting

Perched near Plaça de Catalunya

Getting There

Set in the centre of Barcelona, seconds from Eixample, DestinationBCN is perfectly positioned for exploring all the city has to offer.


The closest airport is Barcelona El Prat (, at just 11km from the city. Being the second biggest airport in Spain it is served by most major airlines such as easyJet (, British Airways ( and KLM ( from across the UK and mainland Europe. There are also three flights arriving daily from New York. You can hop in a cab outside arrivals for around €20. Buses to the city centre run every 15 minutes; a ticket costs about €3.


The 18-minute train journey from airport to Passeig de Gracia (10 minutes walk to the hotel) costs around €3; trains run every half an hour. Spain also has a reasonably priced national network but book ahead as trains get busy (


Navigating Barcelona’s one-way system can be tricky, as can parking, but follow signs to Plaça de Catalunya, the city’s main square. The suites are located just off the square on Ronda Universitat. You can hail cabs from anywhere on the street, or ask the DestinationBCN concierge to order a car for you.

Parent travel tip

If you want to minimise travelling time, make sure you’re flying to Barcelona–El Prat (BCN) and not the further away Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO), where some low-cost airlines land, which is at least an hour’s drive away.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including DestinationBCN – has been selected and approved by parents.

Smith & Family

As super-stylish city breaks with kids go, you can’t really beat Barcelona – the sun is almost always shining on the beautiful, plentiful beaches; getting around on foot and by Metro couldn’t be easier; and who needs a kids’ menu when tapas is bite-sized already?

And, if you’re an independent family seeking a sleek and self-contained HQ from which to explore the city, DestinationBCN is just the place. Anne and Miklós, the design duo behind these luxury-packed but family-friendly apartments in the heart of Barcelona, have spent the last few years creating the sort of city-centre hideaways you want to move into forever and never leave. Each is unique but all are elegant, comfortable and filled with delightful things; each has a fully equipped kitchen almost guaranteed to be as nice as – if not better than – the one you cook in back at home (and with Barcelona’ world-famous La Boqueria nearby, you won’t be lacking ingredients).

By Smith & Family

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about DestinationBCN in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The location, the design, the terrace, great facilities (proper hairdryer, iron etc). Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

There's no room service or daily cleaning or turn-down service. The fact that you can't properly sit down and eat a meal in the Naoko apartment was annoying to me - the stools at the breakfast bar were too high to actually be able to sit at the table.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved


Don’t expect

:ate check out.

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The design, the location, and the spacious layout. Locally, Quimet i Quimet does the best tapas in town at incredibly good prices. Arrive as soon as it opens, and enjoy your meal with a glass of aged vermouth.

Don’t expect

Any kind of food or room service.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Lovely apartments, fantastically equipped - no need to buy toilet rolls, washing powder etc. Great location too!

Rating: 10/10 stars