Best Hostels in BarcelonaThe BEST Hostels in Barcelona? Currently, there is no 5 Star Hostel in the Catalan capital.

But, not to worry, we got you covered.

We handpicked the 3 best hostels in Barcelona. The hostels we handpicked come with swimming pool, incredible cool design and a whole BCN-Experience.

Although we do not share hostel-lists, so many of you kept asking us for the best hostels in Barcelona. We decided to put together some of them.

You can also find the 3 best hostels in Paris here.

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks.

What we cover in this article?

  • 3 top-choices for staying on a budget in Barcelona
  • location map with hostels and sights
  • best things to do
  • accommodation discounts
  • packing list
  • Flights to Barcelona

The 3 Best Hostels in Barcelona

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels here in Barcelona.

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Important: All hostels come with a kitchen, free WiFi, a great location and social vibes. We picked these three hostels as they stand out due to their design, facilities and vibes.

We visited all hostels and know them personally!

Besides hostels, we recommend having a look as well at AirBnb. Although Airbnb is not popular among locals, it can be an option.

With our link you get a €35 discount on AirBnb.

1. Rodamón Hostel

Our #1 choice and recommendation is Rodamón Hostel.

The location is outstanding, since you will be staying on the top of famous Passeig de Gracia, just a short walk from bustling Gracia (perfect for bohemians and nightlife).

It’s also just a 10minutes walk away from Placa Catalunya and the old town with its Las Ramblas.

The accommodation offers free walking tours, free alternative walking tours as well as original tapas tours.

This is pretty cool since we always recommend to join these activities.

The rooms are top-notch, and of course super clean. Hostel Rodamón is perfect for the traveler in style.

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Location:

Perfect! You are next to Gracia, a district known for the nightlife, artsy scene and small boutique shops. Come here for a drink at night with the locals. I especially recommend Placa del Sol to hang out with locals and mingle.

There is also a great tapas bar, just a 5 minutes walk from Casa Rodamon. The name is Nou Candanchu. If you speak Spanish or Catalan, call them before to reserve a table. If not, just come here before ±7:30pm and you should get a table.

From Casa Rodamon it takes you around 15 minutes to walk downtown. In the direct area you’ve plenty of bars and restaurants as well as a direct metro connection to the beach.

Who stays here?

Everyone who loves a cool hostel in style! Casa Rodamon has guests from all over the world: Japan, Germany, USA, UK, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Korea, Argentina, you name it.

Thanks to the lounge, you can mingle and connect with other fellow peeps.

Again, this is i our #1 recommendation!

Recommended for:

  • couples
  • female solo-traveler
  • groups of friends
  • families

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2. Casa Gracia

Casa Gracia is located in an in impressive modernism building, right at the end of Passeig de Gracia. The building will make you wow right away.

It gets even better inside. The design is carefully picked and it feels really like an exclusive hostel.

There are plenty of common areas. From the library, the lounge to terraces. Some of the rooms come as well with ensuite terraces. So, that’s pretty cool!

Book Casa Gracia here

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Location:

Same as Rodámon Hostel, it is located at the end of Passeig de Gracia. This street is the shopping mile with all famous shops and the two famous buildings by Gaudi: Casa Mila and Casa Batllo. From here it takes you 15 min to walk to Las Ramblas and the very downtown.

You are right next to bohemian Gracia district. This is the BETTER district for a night out. This is where students go, artists hang out. Head over to Placa del Solo and have a drink there, it’s especially awesome in summer when everybody just sits with a drink in the hand on the square.

Who stays here?

Here you find a mix of young people from all over the world. This is a great spot for solo-travelers, small groups as well as couples!

You won’t find the cheap backpacker here since Casa Gracia costs a bit more than the cheap hostels you can find all around. This is worth it since it comes with a top location, a cool design and so many events to join.

Recommended for:

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3. YEAH Barcelona

The #3 on our list is YEAH Barcelona.

The rooms are less luxury than Casa Gracia and Rodamon Hostel, yet, they are cool and comfy.

YEAH Hostel is the best option out there for the solo-traveler, in our opinion. It is easy to socialize and the clients here are usually younger. So if this is what you are looking for, go for it.

The location is again great. You can have a good sleep at night, and discover the busy city by day.

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Location:

The YEAH is located near a metro station with access to downtown. You can also take a bus to Placa Catalunya. By walking, it takes you around 15-20 minutes to enter downtown.

The area is more local and fun than busy old town.

You can walk from here to Sagrada Familia, it takes you around 10 minutes.

Who stays here?

YEAH is the perfect hybrid if you enjoy a cool hostel on a cheaper price than the other two accommodations in this list. The average age is young, between 18 and 24. If you are looking for a bit more party and nights out, this is the place to be.

Recommended for:

  • female solo-traveler
  • solo-traveler
  • young traveler

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What about the cheapest hostels in Barcelona?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there. Why? The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2), and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.

Also, some insider knowledge: Many of the very cheap places in Barcelona are illegal, without proper license to run.

However, If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Barcelona.

  1. Open Booking.com with full list of accommodations in Barcelona
  2. Order the listing by price

Booking.com usually offers the best rates as well as deals. We even have a special discount for them to use. Read more below.

Read: 13 hacks to book hostels.

Booking.com usually offers the best rates as well as deals. A cheap and super family-style hostel is Barcelona Central Garden.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Barcelona. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

But, we do have a 15€ discount for your reservation with Booking.com

You can use the promo code with the link above when you make a booking for more than 45€.

You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Barcelona hostels on a map.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

All accommodations are located near a metro stop and bus stop. So you can get to every single sight and old town within no time or even in walking distance.

The blue marked areas in the map are GRACIA and OLD TOWN.

The OLD TOWN is the district you find Las Ramblas and all the narrow, beautiful streets. In Gracia you find the bohemian nightlife we recommend.

10 Best Things To Do in Barcelona

We know Barcelona like no other city in the world. This is our home, this is our home base.

So, we welcome you to join our best things to do in Barcelona. These are the things that I consider you’ve to do when coming over:

  1. Visit Sagrada Familia – but the right way, get the skip the line ticket BEFORE wasting 2 hours in line
  2. Wander Park Güell – and enter, but you’ve to book before getting there
  3. Wander Las Ramblas – that’s free!
  4. Enter La Boqueria Market with its fresh fruits and vegetables. Get a smoothie here
  5. Climb up the Columbus Statue
  6. get lost in el Gotico and El Born
  7. Have an Absinthe in the oldest bar in Barcelona
  8. Visit the Magic Fountain and its show at night
  9. Have a drink in bohemian Gracia district
  10. Head to the beach and slow down

We created a huge list of:

Safety tip for Barcelona

I am really sorry, but we have to include this one here. Barcelona is a SAFE city, but there are many pickpockets. You don’t have to worry about physical abuse (generally speaking!), but you’ve to watch out for your belongings. Especially in the downtown area, you will notice pickpockets.

Keep your belongings near you and you are fine.

Also, do not leave your valuables unattended on the beach or in a bar.

There’s no need to get paranoid, just pay a tiny bit of attention and you’re fine.

Sex in Barcelona Hostel

We wrote a big guide with 4 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.

Read: How to have sex in hostels in Barcelona here.

Here is another hostel sex story from Barcelona. Two friends stayed in a dorm with another guy. He warned them that he’s going to have sex tonight in the dorm. They did not listen.

Read: The Hostel Sex Story from Barcelona.

Flights to Barcelona?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Barcelona. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Barcelona?

We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Barcelona!

Here is an extra 15€ discount for Booking.com.

You will receive the discount when booking any accommodation with Booking.com.

Here you can find

All best-rated hostels in Barcelona

Any questions on booking your hostels? Check out our Guide to Hostels. Also, here you can find all 5 Star Hostels with Hostelgeeks.

Hostel Packing List

Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down
Read the full packing list here.Download Hostel Packing List

FUN Things to do in Barcelona

Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.