We check out some of the best budget beds in the city
By Duncan Rhodes
Barcelona boasts an ever-increasing range of cool hostels for travellers, in every corner of the city. Find one that’s perfect for you.
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 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.
Best Barcelona Hostels
If you are looking for affordable 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.
This team did a brilliant job in securing a central spot just off Plaça Catalunya and the Ramblas and, as well as all the perks you’ve come to expect when backpacking around Europe (WiFI, pod bunks and hot showers etc), they’ve opened up the lively Belushi’s Bar just next door. Book directly with them to get a free breakfast and a few other discounts.
Found in the rebellious Raval district, this is a fun and social place to stay that is close to the nightlife. The owners and the staff are a lot of fun.
A fun and friendly place in the up-and-coming district of Poble Sec, just under Montjuic Mountain, you can access the whole city easily, plus there’s a good pinxto and tapas bar scene right on your doorstep.
Slightly further out and more chilled, Nest has a pleasant roof terrace and is great place if you prefer to escape the tourist madness at the end of the your own day’s sightseeing.
A pan-European behemoth with all the mod cons, including hotel-style private rooms with ensuite facilities, Generator set up in Gracia, a hip enclave slightly removed from the tourist maelstrom.
If those teasers have left you still undecided, simply click on the links to read our full write-ups and check our reader reviews and ratings, or else see all the best hostels on a map.
If you are considering apartments or budget hotels for your time in Barcelona, then head to our Sleep section for a full guide to accommodation. Buenas noches!
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About the Author
Duncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the city’s poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out… and shares all his best tips right here.