Whether you’re in Barcelona for the amazing nightlife and music festivals, the incredible food scene or the Modernist marvels of Antoni Gaudí, saving your pennies at these budget-friendly hostels is an ideal way to explore the city.
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A design-led hostel and hotel located near the world-renowned Sagrada Família, and even closer to the trendy Gràcia neighbourhood, Generator Hostel Barcelona is a seven-storey urban lodging offering stylish accommodation at budget-friendly prices. The dorm rooms include lock-up storage, a privacy screen around each bed and a bedside lamp for reading. There are also private rooms on the upper floors, some with a terrace and ocean views. In the communal areas, you’ll find a trendy chill-out lounge, a rooftop terrace and an in-house bar and restaurant inspired by the city’s popular Festa Major de Gràcia street party.
Casa Gracia is part hostel and part hotel, with dorms that can fit up to six people, typical hotel-style private rooms and even apartments. Plus, each room has an en-suite bathroom. Casa Gracia also has all the communal spaces and fun activities you would expect in a hostel and then some, including multiple common rooms, a library, open kitchen, dining rooms and a terrace where it hosts weekly yoga. The basement is a renovated old bank and civil war bunker space that now hosts live music, stand-up comedy, monologues, folk performances and electronic dance nights. Casa Gracia also offers various tours and tips for exploring Barcelona.
Located in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Poble Sec, Hostel One Paralelo is the perfect option for solo travellers (or groups) looking to meet new friends and share experiences in Barcelona. Guests get a free home-cooked meal every night, which everyone eats together in the communal living area. There are also lots of activities organised for guests, security round the clock, free Wi-Fi and a sunny terrace to make the most of the city’s fabulous weather.
Located just off the Plaça de Catalunya in the very heart of Barcelona, St Christopher’s Inn is a buzzing hostel with a fun and friendly atmosphere. Every dorm guest gets their own ‘pod’ bed, meaning they have their own plug, USB socket, reading lamp and secure under-bed storage for added intimacy and comfort. Plus, guests get 25 percent off the stylish Belushi’s bar and restaurant located downstairs, which is a great place to socialise with other guests and take part in events such as cocktail masterclasses and beer-pong competitions.
If you’re looking to party, Kabul Party Hostel is the perfect place for you. Located on the bustling Plaça Reial, just off La Rambla in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, this hostel is steps away from some of Barcelona’s most popular bars. It also hosts and plans a variety of events, including pub crawls, allowing travellers to meet like-minded people and setting the mood for an epic night out. All guests get a complimentary breakfast.
The Pars Teatro Hostel lies in the neighbourhood of Poble Sec, within walking distance of the many theatres and cabarets that line the vibrant Avinguda del Paral·lel. Housed in a renovated period building boasting stylish original features, the hostel has a unique vintage theatrical theme, with costumes, set pieces and other objects scattered throughout the rooms. Ideal for travel-happy millennials looking to meet people on their trip, the hostel organises a range of events and activities to help guests make the most of their stay. Free dinners and free walking tours are some of the additional perks.
Located on Carrer Nou de la Rambla, Be Sound Hostel is just minutes away from some of Barcelona’s best nightclubs. While it prides itself on its fun, party atmosphere, it’s a great place to relax after a night out on the electric Avinguda del Paral·lel or La Rambla, as the hostel lies midway between these two streets. Some local flavour is thrown into the mix with daily tapas tastings and occasional flamenco shows. Some other perks at this hostel include a common room, a sunny outdoor terrace and free internet access and Wi-Fi.
Named after Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia, the Rock Palace offers guests a rock’n’roll holiday on a shoestring budget. From a rooftop swimming pool to a music room with guitars, the hostel provides everything guests need to feel like rock stars during their stay. Practical amenities include free Wi-Fi, a large kitchen area, laundry service, secure lockers and luggage storage. The hostel is close to both Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer d’Enric Granados, a charming pedestrian area full of restaurants and little bars.
Located in the busy Gràcia neighbourhood (full of restaurants, lively squares, trendy shops and cinemas), Yeah Hostel Barcelona has a youthful vibe and is an excellent option for solo travellers. Inside the hostel, the beds are practical and comfy, while the large private rooms offer lots of storage space. It also has a rooftop swimming pool and is within walking distance of some top attractions, including Gaudí’s Casa Battló.
Pitching itself as an urban oasis in the centre of Barcelona, the family-run Barcelona Central Garden hostel is very much what it says on the packet. Offering a much more relaxed, cosy atmosphere than some of the party-focussed hostels, this is a great place for travellers looking for a safe, clean space to make their home away from home. The relaxed vibe attracts people of all ages, families and couples. The friendly staff are always around to offer advice, and the hostel provides a fully equipped kitchen with complimentary tea and coffee at any time of the day.
As Barcelona’s premier urban green youth hostel, Sleep Green Hostel holds an EU Ecolabel for its dedication to promoting sustainable tourism and protecting the environment. In addition to utilising energy-saving equipment, the hostel uses biodegradable cleaning products and 100 percent renewable energy. The knowledgeable staff can provide guests with green travel tips, helping them make the most of their time in Barcelona while watching their carbon footprint. The rooms here are modern, comfortable and extremely affordable.
Another green and laid-back hostel, Garden House Hostel is located in the quiet Horta neighbourhood – a bit more towards the upper, mountainside of the city, but still well connected to the downtown area by the L3 metro line. Set in a colourful townhouse, the hostel features a large terrace and garden, which are the perfect places to relax and enjoy a glass of wine or soak up some sun on the loungers. It also has a fully equipped kitchen for those who prefer to cook.
Across the road from the University of Barcelona is the Alternative Creative Youth Hostel (ACYH), known for its friendly and helpful service. The staff are happy to provide recommendations on what to see and do in the city – including lesser-known gems. The ACYH aims to provide accommodation for travellers who want to relax and experience the city’s culture rather than go to parties. It also has security screening round the clock and free lockers so that guests can feel happy and safe during their stay.
If you prefer active tourism and want to discover Barcelona by bike, then look no further than Bed and Bike Barcelona, which provides accommodation in a clean, contemporary environment, a bike rental service and a spacious common area and kitchen. The hostel is close to Arc de Triomf and Estació del Nord in a reasonably central but much quieter area. Some evenings, the hostel hosts special events, such as pizza nights.
Right by the central Plaça de la Universitat, TOC Hostel Barcelona has shared dorms, suites for four people and private rooms, so it’s an excellent choice for couples or groups of friends travelling together. The hostel features a terrace pool and a sun deck where you can lounge with a mojito in hand. Free Wi-Fi, safes in private rooms, washing machines, computers for guest use, a shared kitchen and a bar are some of the additional perks.