The Gothic Quarter is Barcelona’s historic town centre, replete with ancient buildings, some of the city’s finest landmarks and a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops. It’s also one of the city’s most popular places for tourists to stay and offers accommodation ranging from five-star hotels to cheap and cheerful hostels. Here’s our pick of some of the best hostels where you can get a good night’s sleep without breaking the bank.
This backpacker hostel offers rooms with anything from six to 18 beds, with certain rooms reserved exclusively for women. It has all the basic necessities, such as bed linen, wifi, power sockets and personal storage. It also has a licensed bar and a large outdoor terrace, which is ideal for socialising with other guests. The nearest metro station is just two minutes away, and the beach is just a 20-minute walk from the hostel.
A relatively stylish hostel, the Nitzs BCN was entirely refurbished in 2009 and boasts modern rooms furnished with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The hostel is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and is not far from the Port Vell harbour as well as the main sightseeing areas and shopping streets. They have 10 rooms with a shared bathroom that are able to accommodate between one and three people, as well as a number of double bedrooms with their own bathroom.
A child-friendly hostel that is also ideal for small groups of friends travelling together, the Hostal MiMi is conveniently located on Barcelona’s famous La Rambla street. The hotel offers rooms with their own bathroom, as well as more economical options with a shared bathroom. Rooms come with linens and towels for guests to use, as well as a daily cleaning service. The 12pm check-out time means you can enjoy a lie-in on your last day if you like.
Halfway between a budget hotel and a hostel, the Hostal Fernando offers a wide range of accommodation, including triple, double and individual bedrooms, as well as shared dorm rooms for four, six or eight people. All guests get a buffet breakfast included in the price of their stay, and there’s a small bar and restaurant on site as well as a 24-hour reception. This is a great option if you’re not a fan of the typical hostel atmosphere and want something a little more private.
Located just metres away from La Rambla, the Ideal Youth Hostel has everything you need to have a fun, safe time in Barcelona, with 24-hour check-in and free luggage storage on the day of your departure. Getting to and from the hostel is very easy as it is conveniently located close to public transport. There’s an outdoor terrace, lounge area and games to keep guests entertained.
This independently run hostel prides itself on its warm welcome, friendly staff and convivial atmosphere. There are free walking tours organised every evening so that you can explore the city and get tips on what to see and do along the way. On Thursdays there’s even a free sangria night, which is a great way meet fellow guests. The hostel offers double and triple rooms, as well as shared dorm rooms at more affordable prices.
Be warned: if you’re not in a party mood, this isn’t the hostel for you. The Kabul Party Hostel is located on the beautiful Plaça Reial, just off La Rambla in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and close to many of Barcelona’s most popular bars. The free beer on the rooftop terrace, games nights and walking tours are great ways to meet other travellers and set the mood for an epic night out.