Barcelona hostels provide the best accommodation option for young people and budget travellers. There’s a good selection in the city catering for all age groups ranging from dormitory beds to en suite double rooms.
With its beautiful beaches, banging bars and buzzing bistros, the Catalan capital epitomises the term ‘bohemian chic’. And, after spending your days dashing between the Boqueria Markets, unique museums (don’t miss the Museu de la Xocolata – or the ‘Museum of Chocolate’!), tapas dinners and indie nights out, you won’t want your trip to be tarnished by a bad night’s sleep.
On the other hand, when you’re whittling away at holiday savings on 18-hour days in this Catalan city, price will no doubt be a deciding factor in the accommodation stakes.
Luckily, when looking for a youth hostel in Barcelona there’s a good range of cheap accommodation options. What’s more, far from the tacky student residences of yesteryear, these 21st century lodgings maintain all the luxury extras of their hotel counterparts…plus they can be a great place to make new friends and have an awful lot of fun in the process!
Here are our five top picks of hostels and cheap hotels in Catalonia’s capital city.
The Central Garden Hostel One is housed in a 19th century building located in a quiet garden. A perfect spot for sipping a cafe con leche is and people-watching. It is also a mere two minutes from the central Plaça Catalunya, situated between two traditional Spanish restaurants, and surrounded by major Gaudi masterpieces such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia. As for the interior, expect to be greeted with bright and spacious rooms, a comfortable lounge area, fully equipped kitchen, dining room and sunny outdoor terrace.
Hello BCN is located in the very heart of Barcelona just minutes from Las Ramblas, Old Town, Mont Juic and the picturesque beach. A perfect place to meet new friends, it offers a fun and relaxed social base for passionate travellers backpacking through this exhilarating city. Plus, being open 24 hours long and situated a stone’s throw from a range of bars and clubs, you will always have a convenient place to head out with newfound travel buddies. Guests can select between double/twin ensuite rooms or larger dorms, all of which come complete with breakfast, internet, lockers, common room, kitchen, gym and luggage storage.
A charming family-run boutique hostel, complete with fairytale spiral staircase, shabby chic paintings, wicker chairs and a homely open fire place. Hosteria Grau combines the benefit of a central location just of Plaça Catalunya, with a quiet, homely atmosphere not often found in mid-city locales. Guest facilities include car hire, air conditioning, internet, 24-hour reception, ticket booking facilities, a café-bar and 1970s-decorated communal areas that are comfortable and entertaining without being overly kitsch. Private twin and double rooms are available with or without ensuites.
A convenient and cozy hostel that is made all the more homely by its enthusiastic and considerate staff members. Whether you’re travelling alone or with friends, St Jordi Aragó is a great place to make new acquaintances while staying in its dorms of 6 or 8 people. These rooms are supplemented by a huge recently-refurbished common area complete with comfy couches, sound systems, books, DVDs, a guitar and cable TV, in addition to a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility. Just two blocks away from the hostel you will find the main street Passeig de Gràcia with its fancy restaurants, bars and shops in addition to Gaudi’s wonderful masterpieces, the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera.