The Best Hostels in Barcelona
Barcelona has long been a mecca for the backpackers, particularly of the hedonistic type who enjoy lazing on the city's beaches by day before launching themselves full throttle into the dusk 'til dawn nightlife as soon as the sun has gone down. Thankfully the Catalan capital has more than enough hostels to accommodate even the vast swathes of travellers that descend year-round (especially between March and October), and finding a room shouldn't be a problem, provided if you do a bit of advance planning. Beds occupy every barrio of the city, and although you pay a bit more for a pillow right near Las Ramblas or the beach, if your budget is a little smaller you can always opt for some equally comfortable but slightly less central hostels and take advantage of Barcelona's excellent metro and public transport to reach all the main attractions. The good news for travellers is that increased competition has driven the prices of rooms down in the last couple of years, meaning there are bargains to be had. Whilst the big booking engines are handy for comparing prices, it's not a bad idea to make one or two direct enquiries as well - particularly off season - and ask for a little discount.
And if you are looking for cheap accommodation in Barcelona then you can start your search right here, with our favourite recommendations. Take your pick from some of the choicest rooms in the city, such as the excellent Be Mar Hostel in the rebellious Raval district; or the fun and friendly Hello BCN Hostel in the up-and-coming district of Poble Sec, which is just under Montjuic Mountain and still easily within walking distance of the city centre. Slightly further out and more chilled is Nest Hostel, where a pleasant roof terrace helps you escape it all. Meanwhile, arriving in 2012, St. Christopher's Inn wasted no time in securing a central spot just off Placa Catalunya and the Ramblas and, as well as all the perks you've come to expect when backpacking around Europe (free breakfast, WiFI etc!), they've opened up an enormous bar just next door. Hot on its heels in 2013 was Generator Hostel, another pan-European behemoth with all the mod cons, including hotel-style private rooms with ensuite facilities. Generator though set up in Gracia, a hip enclave slightly removed from the tourist maelstrom. Yes, it has its own bar, the Fiesta Major de Gracia, cutely named after the barrio's main festival which takes place just around the corner.
If those teasers have left you still undecided, simply click on the links to read our full write-ups, check the public reviews, and get access to their contact details, location maps and website.
If you are considering apartments or budget hotels for your time in BCN then head to our Sleep section for a full guide to accommodation, or plunge straight into our hotels & apartments directory for an A-Z list of plump pillows. Buenas noches!
If you're looking for more advice on how to make the most of your time in the Catalan capital, you're in the right place already! From the best annual events to these awesome activities, we've got pretty much all the essentials covered... just have a browse or use the search box provided! Meanwhile a reminder of those great places we just mentioned, below...
C/Sant Pau 80
Free internet, free breakfast and free walking tour!
New uber-hostel in the Gracia district
Wave hello to free WiFi, gym and breakfast!
Passatge Regente Mendieta 5
Put your feet up at Nest
C/Poeta Cabanyes 23
Cosy and friendly hostel
Super-central hostel with fantastic bar