Marina View is one of the top 10 hotels in the journal 'The Guardian'

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Barcelona resident Sally Davies picks guesthouses that offer a little more than the rest - from stunning views and central locations to stylish decor and original modernists.

A very dear place, overlooking the Port Vell and in an unbeatable location, a stone's throwaway from La Rambla. There are two basic types of room, and with an extra 10 you can buy a lot more space (ask for the captain's cabin, Maremagnum room or Columbus room - the latter is especially recommended, with windows on two streets). While the decor will not win any design awards, it is warm and welcoming, and all rooms have features such as mini bar, kettle, tea and coffee. As the Pensió is also home to the owners, they do not publish the full address, but will provide details on the confirmation.