Q – It isn’t that we’re cheap, but I suppose you could say we’re thrifty. We know the Meridian and the Hotel Arts are two of the best hotels in Barcelona, but we’re looking for something smaller and, if at all possible, under $350 a night. We love that we know who is giving advice on this site and we trust you to set us straight. We’re from Oregon, my wife is a lawyer and I’m a school teacher. We’re doing two weeks in Spain in May with five nights in Barcelona. Any help would be appreciated. But we don;t want dives so if we have to spend more we’ll understand.

A – No, what you want is realistic. Try the 22-room Neri Hotel and Restaurant. It’s a stylish 18th Century Palace in the Bari Gotic Quarter. Be a little careful, walking the area at night. This is a small, quiet hideaway. Certain iconic movie types  like to stay here so don’t be surprised if Woody Allen is checking in just ahead of you.

The Ohia Hotel is a 74-room boutique hotel in the commercial district. But it is a well-known secret that this hotel features a Michelin-star restaurant called Sauc and the property has a really mellow rooftop pool frequented by smart fashionistas.

Rates at both of these properties will start at just around $300 USD.