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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Barcelona – handpicked. After all, you only need 1 cool hostel! Here’s our huge guide with the best hostels in Spain including a map and beach hostels. Here are Madrid top hostels. Alternatively, if you’re party inclined and you’re planning on visiting Madrid, you can also check out our guide to the Best Party Hostels in Madrid.
Average price for a bed: Quite pricey for European standards, yet a budget option. A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 15€-20€ per night in winter and easily up to 35€ per night or more in summer. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com. Even smarter, you can check Hostelz.com, a hostel price comparison site. They compare all prices at a glance!
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Barcelona Tourism Tax: Travelers staying in Barcelona Hostels pay around 3€ city tax per person per night. This tax is usually not included in the prices.
Social Hostels and meeting people: There are numerous fantastic, social hostels. Among the most social hostel, is Hostel One Sants. They are well known for their social atmopshere and backpacker vibe.
Safety: Unfortunately there’s a lot of pick-pocketing in our home town Barcelona. We included a safety guide below. On the bright side, pickpockets only care about your phone, wallet and valuables, physical abuse is very very rare!
Barca vs. Barcelona: here’s some smart-ass knowledge; The football club is called “FC Barcelona” or “Barca” for short. The city is never ever called BARCA! The nickname of the city of Barcelona is Barna or Barcino. Please do me this favor, locals really can’t stand tourists calling their city “Barca“. Okay okay, enough smart-ass stuff.
The luxury hostel has no free breakfast included, it costs 5.50€.
There is however free tea and coffee all day long. As for breakfast, we recommend bakeries nearby. There are many bars in the area offering a croissant and café con leche for 2€.
For breakfast, we really like Jamaica coffee in Carrer Mallorca 253. A croissant with a café con leche costs around 2€. Check it out, it’s around the corner.
Location of The Central House Hostel: 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 The Central House Hostel . 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 The Central House Hostel it takes you around 15 minutes to walk downtown.
You have the La Pedrera House and Casa Batllo by Gaudi in the famous Passeig de Gracia just a 5 minutes walk away.
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 with style!
The Central House Hostel has guests from all over the world: Japan, Germany, USA, UK, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Korea, Argentina, you name it. No nationality really dominates the scene.
Thanks to the lounge, you can mingle and connect with other fellow peeps.
Again, this is our #1 recommendation!
This is one of the best design hostels in Barcelona for
Same as The Central House Hostel, it is located at the end of Passeig de Gracia. This is a super safe hostel in Barcelona with a safe location!
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 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! It is one of the hostels in Barcelona with private rooms and a top location.
You won’t find the cheap backpacker here since Casa Gracia costs more than the cheap hostels in Barcelona 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.
Casa Gracia is our top hostels in Barcelona for solo-travelers and groups.
The rooms are less luxury than Casa Gracia and The Central House Hostel, yet, they are cool and comfy.
Choose a range of different rooms to stay in.
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. A youth hostel, if you will. Barcelona hostels best place for the youth to stay!
So if this is what you are looking for, go for it. This is more the backpacker-kind of cool hostel.
The location is again great.
You can have a good sleep at night, and discover the busy city by day.
Looking for cheap hostel Barcelona accommodation? Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
It can be tempting to opt for the cheap places to stay in and only look for a Barcelona cheap stay.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location – or seemingly cheap areas to stay in – 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 cheap lodging in Barcelona.
One great way of finding where to stay in Barcelona cheap is to:
Good to know: Not all hostels in Barcelona are social! Many are just cheap accommodations with dorms to sleep in. Make sure you pick a great hostel in Barcelona for solo-traveller; like the ones above!
#1 is Casa Gracia – more luxury
Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel is our top recommendation for solo-travellers looking for the best and also a safe hostel in Barcelona.
It is a luxury gem with an in-house bar, plenty of events, and even karaoke. Easy to connect, easy to have fun – all that in the hostel luxury.
The beds in the dorm rooms do not have curtains though. There is a huge communal equipped kitchen and lots of social areas.
Our 3rd recommendation for best hostels in Barcelona for solo traveler is Pars Tailors Hostel.
It is the best option when you are traveling backpacker style and want a bit of party and international flair. The rooms are simple and there are only shared facilities such as dorms and shared bathrooms. No private rooms.
The glory here comes from its social life. They have a Foosball, pool billiard and a stylish common area.
It is the coolest Hipster Hostel in Barcelona!
Their Paella nights are legend.
The hostel also organizes many events inside and outside the hostel for little money. So if you are in search of where to stay in Barcelona on a budget and you’re more the backpacker kind of traveler, Pars Tailors Hostel is a top choice.
At night, they also host a Pub Crawl. So seriously, Pars Tailors is fantastic!
It is a smaller hostel, very clean, and they even organize trips and activities like Paella Nights. They even organize going together to the Bunker del Carmel for the Sunset – a panorama view over the city.
What we also really like: the rooms are separated from the common area.
So you can either have a drink and listen to music downstairs, or sleep in the upper floors without being bothered.
Hostels really have different characters that will suit you. If you want to party, you should go to Kabul Party Hostel, St. Christophers or Pars Tailors Hostel.
The hostel doesn’t have private rooms but they have mixed dorms.
The staffs are very accommodating and helpful. There’s free dinner every night that the guests help make, which is a great way to socialize with other people.
24-hour front desk
Facilities for disabled guests
Location: Situated in Barcelona city centre, just 10 minutes’ walk from Plaza Catalunya square and the Ramblas. Urquinaona and Tetuan metro stations can be reached in less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hostel.
Modern design hostel that offers dorm rooms for solo travellers and backpackers.
In our opinion, it is not ideal for couples because they do not have private rooms. All dormitories at Mediterranean Youth Hostel Barcelona include air conditioning and individual storage lockers.
The hostel organized some tours and some of them are free. Staffs are helpful and polite!
24-hour front desk
Location: The famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, La Rambla and the bars, clubs and medieval streets of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) are all under 30 minutes away by foot. Girona metro station is around the corner – ride the train to the beach in eight minutes. The city’s buzzing main square, Plaça Catalunya, is nine minutes by bus. The airport train runs every 30 minutes to Passeig de Gracia station – a 10 minute walk from the hostel.
Unique design that you will surely love. This hostel will give you a modern rustic feeling because of their lovely interior.
Pars Teatro Hostel private rooms and dorm rooms that will surely meet your needs. The hostel organises sangría nights, pub crawls and group dinners.
The rooms were clean and well maintained, as were the bathrooms and common areas.
24-hour front desk
Location: Pars Teatro Hostel is located just 5 minutes’ walk from Barcelona’s port and the famous Ramblas. El Raval district and La Sala Apolo nightclub and concert venue are within 5 minutes’ walk of the hostel. You can walk to Parallel Metro Station in 5 minutes and Plaza Espanya is 2 stops away. The multilingual staff can provide information on Barcelona 24 hours a day.
This is one of the Sant Jordi hostels. It has modern facilities, a fun international atmosphere, and a friendly staff. Their theme is a fixed-gear bicycle so guests can experience the character of Barcelona.
Good place to just kick back and relax! It is clean and cosy!
Location:Sant Jordi Hostel is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Sant Pau Metro Station. 15.1 km away from Barcelona El Prat Airport and it is near to a lot of attractions.
The hostel was very nice, clean and well located, walking distance from the city center. Everything was great, from the common dinners to the breakfasts until everybody wakes up. The staff was incredibly friendly and always available for any kind of request, they make you feel home from the first moment, very recommended for solo travelers. I’ll definitely book it again during my next stay in Barcelona. The staffs are incredibly friendly and always available for any kind of request, they make you feel home from the first moment, very recommended for solo travelers.
24-hour front desk
Location: Las Ramblas is 15 minutes’ walk from Hostel One Paralelo and the Barcelona Port is 800 m away. It is less than 1 km away from Montjuich.
Location: Generator Barcelona is located 500 m from the fashionable Passeig de Gracia Avenue. Diagonal and Verdaguer metro stations are within 5 minutes’ walk from Generator Barcelona. The Gràcia district, which has plenty of boutique shops and bars, is only 200 m away.
The good thing about this hostel is their advance security system like the fingertip keys and security camera.
The hostel has private rooms and dorm rooms.
Location: Set in the heart of Barcelona, just 700 m from Plaza Catalunya Square. Metro Universtitat is a 2-minute walk from the property and a 25-minute metro ride will take you to Barceloneta Beach. Sagrada Familia is 10 minutes’ metro ride away.
Airbnb is always an interesting option, right?! It can be cheaper, more comfy even.
Forget searching for Barcelona hotel cheap and boring; Airbnb is a hostel hotel hybrid.
However, please note that renting a full apartment in Airbnb in Barcelona can be illegal. Not for your part as a tourist, but since the owner most likely will not have a proper license to rent.
Anyways, you can also rent a private room in Airbnb. This is not illegal, and can be a fantastic way to meet locals.
When looking for rooms on Airbnb, read the reviews to see if the owners of the place actually socialize and mingle or simply rent out.
Good to know: We even heard of a traveler that did not receive the keys from the owners. He had to call the owner all the time to check if someone was at home so he can get in. One night he went out for a few drinks. And since he didn’t want to disturb, he booked another night in an expensive hotel.
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Neighborhood Guide for Barcelona Hostels
Barcelona is quite big. I want to give you a quick overview of the different districts.
All the hostels we cover in this article are perfectly located to go out and have fun at night and enjoy sights by day.
The four main areas you need to know are colored in the map above.
Downtown Areas (red)
The downtown area is actually the historic part. The part with all the narrow streets. The districts here are:
Gotico is known for shopping, and the lower part near the harbor for bars and tapas bars. El Gotico is also known as Gothic Quarter. There is plenty of hostels in Gothic Quarter Barcelona. However, they are loud at night.
I would stick to the hostels we recommend above to have a quiet night sleep!
El Born is one of my favorite parts of town. For having a drink, I recommend the area around Passeig del Born. Here you can also eat really great tapas at La Luna.
For having a burger, I recommend Pim Pam Burger.
Anyhow, you will find many bars, cocktail bars and tapas places around. Just get lost!
Last but not least, El Raval. This is the “rough” part of town. Here you will find more alternative bars and at the same time more prostitutes and drug dealers, thieves. It is a really interesting place, actually quite safe. Just do not show how much money you have and leave your smartphone in your jacket.
In Raval you find the famous bar Marsella.
This is where Ernest Hemingway had his drinks. It is an Absinthe bar. Come here, it’s pure fun!!
This is the more bohemian part of town. Here you find many small boutique shops, artists, students, expats. Especially Placa del Solo is awesome to hang out at night. People here have a drink on the square, eat tapas.
Casa Gracia and The Central House Hostel are nearby.
Eixample with Sagrada Familia (yellow)
The famous “chess-fields” neighborhood in Barcelona is called Eixample. You will find here the famous Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila ad Casa Batllo.
This neighborhood was built for connecting the old town with the surrounding villages like Gracia. Eixample was planned on the table and it was supposed to be as useful as possible. The idea was to have the space optimized and in case of an emergency the firemen could cross the city within no time.
Anyhow, walk around this area. It’s interesting. A walk from Sagrada Familia to Casa Mila will take you around 20-25 minutes.
Beach Area (green)
We all love beach and Barcelona has a selection to choose from.
The beach area in Barceloneta starts from W Hotel to the Port Olimpic. Here is where most pickpockets are and it is always packed in summer.
A more local beach area is the one behind Port Olimpic, the beach is called Bogatell. Come here, play volleyball with locals or expats, and enjoy a 1€ beer on the beach.
You may already done your research and saw that there is always a long queue for entering Sagrada Familia. The queue can be easily 2 hours long.
Anyways, you cannot book and visit any of the Towers when queuing. This is only possible online!
Therefore: Yes, you can queue and can enter without booking. But I highly recommend climbing up the towers. It is impressive, you have a panoramic view over the city and you see so much more of the Sagrada Familia.
Seriously, once you go up or down the towers, you will notice so many more details.
How to book the towers? You can book the entrance ticket along with your tower visit. There is usually only 1 tower open for visit since they are still working, so this always changes.
Of course you want to visit the famous Park Güell. After all, this is the iconic photo of Barcelona.
However, there is a limited entrance now to see the main area of Park Güell. It is limited by people per entrance, and it is usually sold out for the next 7 days (except these 8am spots nobody wants…).
You can also enter for free when the sun sets and 20 minutes before closing. I personally do not like this. So so soooooo many people do exactly that. So you save 13€ for the ticket but suddenly you have to fight for your iconic photo.
I am really sorry, but we have to include this one here.
I want you to be safe!! Please read this section.
I am not your mommy, but I consider our readers very good friends. And I want my friends to be safe! 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.
Do not leave your valuables unattended on the beach or in a bar.
When you head to the beach, do not leave your belongings back on the towel without someone watching over it. You can ask the group next to you to keep an eye out.
This usually works well, and the other group is usually grateful when you return the favor.
Or, if you go in a group, someone has to stay back on the towels. Make also sure you have your valuables in front of you, and not behind.
Pickpockets are clever here….unfortunately.
My best recommendation would be to leave your valuables at home. Sure, you want to bring your smartphone to take photos, that’s normal.
Then, again, ask your neighbors group to keep an eye or one of you has to stay.
There’s no need to get paranoid, just pay a tiny bit of attention and you’re fine.
As for las Ramblas: Here you will find many pickpockets and scams. Do not fall for it. Do not let anyone “dance” towards you and especially “touch” you.
Remember, you can only get pickpocketed when someone touches you.
A common trick is to pass you a football, and play. Another trick is to pretend they are drunk and start wanting to “sing” with you by hugging you and such.
Another common place to pay more attention is the metro.
When the metro stops and people go in and out, some people push – therefore, there is contact. You won’t notice in this moment when someone opens your backpack and takes out your wallet.
Again: No need to be paranoid. Just don’t be naive! 🙂
We consider the bus is the safest way to travel around in Barcelona.
Please follow my proud tradition: Many many friends of mine visited me in Barcelona, our home. Not a single friend got robbed. I always told them to stay safe and all the safety tips I just gave you. Again, not a single one got robbed or anything.
Please, please please: Follow this proud tradition of mine! 🙂
Sex in Barcelona Hostel
Sex is part of the hostel life, especially when staying at Party hostels. There is no need to pretend it is not. That is not to say, hostels are only about sex – NOT AT ALL!
We wrote a big guide with 5 dos and donts of having sex in Hostels.
Especially rule #5 is important to remember. Otherwise you may end up being a porn-star. Because: hostels have cameras!
Well, we have provided you best hostels Barcelona has to offer so we are sure that you already have your favorite hostel in mind! Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Check it out backpackers in Barcelona!
What are the best hostels in Barcelona for solo travellers?
The best hostels in Barcelona for Solo-Travellers are:
Casa Gracia is best for groups and solo-travellers in luxury version
YEAH Hostel is best for young solo-travellers and backpacker
Yes, Barcelona hostels are safe. However, be aware that there is lots of pickpocketing in Barcelona. This goes for all touristic areas in the city as well as the beach.
It is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Barcelona. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms. Please read our tips on how to stay safe in Barcelona.
How much are hostels in Barcelona?
According to Hostelz.com, a hostel in Barcelona costs $20 per night in winter and up to $40 per night in summer. Prices vary depending on season.
What's the best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Barcelona?
The best neighborhoods in Barcelona are Gothic Quarter, El Born and Gracia. This way you are very central and near the main sights like Sagrada Familia.
Where should I stay in Barcelona for the first time?
Gothic Quarter and Placa Calatunya is the best place for first-time visitors. The best hostel for first-timers is Casa Gracia and St Christopher's Inn.
Where should you not stay in Barcelona?
The areas around Hospitalet and San Andreu de Besos are a bit sketchy. Please always pay attention to pickpockets. This is a common problem.
What is Barcelona best known for?
Barcelona is utterly beautiful. It’s one of a few must-see cities with its own identity. It is known for a lot of things but we have listed the top sights to visit for you..
Visit Sagrada Familia - but the right way, get the skip the line ticket BEFORE wasting 2 hours in line
Wander Park Güell - and enter, but you've to book before getting there
Wander Las Ramblas - that's free!
Enter La Boqueria Market with its fresh fruits and vegetables. Get a smoothie here
Climb up the Columbus Statue (for a small entrance fee)
What are the best hostels in Barcelona near Camp Nou?
Hostels One Sants is the best hostel in Barcelona near Camp Nou. Make sure you book ahead of time when there is a football match taking place.
Flights to Barcelona?
Barcelona has fantastic connections all over Europe. You can even fly to the Canary Islands from here cheaply. We scored a flight for 15€ to Fuerteventura from Barcelona.
There’s three airports in and near Barcelona:
Barcelona El Prat (The City Airport)
Girona, 100km North of Barcelona at the Costa Brava
Reus, 100km South of Barcelona
From all 3 airports you have good connection to the city center, there’s always buses. If you can, then chose El Prat as your arrival airport, it’s much easier, faster and cheaper to get to the center from there.
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
Alright, we now covered our hometown, Barcelona. Yet, there are more epic destinations around Spain and Europe. Here’s our huge guide with the best hostels in Spain – including a map and beach hostels.
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Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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