We have found many fantastic hostels from Madrid to Barcelona, from Valencia to the Canary Islands. Oh you will be amazed.
Are these the best Hostels in Spain?
Claro que sí!
The quality of hostels in Spain varies a lot. You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places like Urban Jungle Hostel in Malaga and Casa Gracia Hostel in Barcelona.
In this list we included only the top hostels in Spain; from 5 Star Hostels to Backpacker places, beach hostels in Spain and (of course) Party Hostels.
All hostels on this list are great – and handpicked!
Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style.
At the end of this guide we also included a big map with all hostels in Spain in it.
Here we also give you an idea for a great itinerary when backpacking Spain.
On top, we share our tips on how to book hostels, and how to get around Spain.
List of cities with the Best Hostels in Spain
Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.
The most visited places in Spain are Barcelona and Madrid, because they have a big airport. We recommend you to include at least 2 more destinations if you want to experience the diversified culture.
Every region in Spain is different from each other. Therefore, choose your places depending on your time/ interests or weather.
All the destinations we cover in this guide:
- Costa Brava
- Mallorca – Island
- Canary Islands: Gran Canaria
- San Sebastian
More topics we cover:
- Spain backpacking itinerary and how to get around
Make sure you check our map with the recommended itinerary for backpacking Spain. We also share tips for traveling in Spain alone and a handful of hostels in Spain near the beach.
Shortcut to Best Hostels in Spain
In case you do not want to scroll all the way through this giant guide, here’s the shortcut for you.
Either way, I recommend to keep scrolling. You will be amazed by these budget accommodations we reviewed for you.
- Best hostel in Barcelona: Rodamón Hostel
- Best hostel in Costa Brava – Mana Mana Hostel
- Best hostel in Mallorca: Hostel Fleming
- Best hostel in Valencia: Cantagua Hostel
- Best hostel in Alicante: Hostel Olé
- Best hostel in Cartagena: LoopInn Hostel
- Best hostel in Granada: The Lemon Rock
- Best hostel in Málaga: Urban Jungle Boutique Hostel
- Best hostel in Córdoba: Bed And Be Hostel
- Best hostel in Sevilla: The Nomad Hostel
- Best hostels in Tarifa: La Cocotera
- Best hostel in Cádiz: Casa Caracol Hostel
- Best hostel in Canary Islands: Avocado Hostel
- Best hostel in Salamanca: Erasmus Home
- Best hostel in Pontevedra: Slow City hostel
- Best hostel in Bilbao: Poshtel Bilbao
- Best hostel in San Sebastian: Koba Hostel
- Best hostel in Zaragoza: Albergue Zaragoza Hostel
- Best hostel in Madrid: The Hat
Best Hostels in Barcelona
The #1 destination in Spain is Barcelona.
The Mediterranean pearl has it all:
- epic hostels.
If you only make it to one city in Spain, make it Barcelona.
Here are the 3 best hostels in Barcelona:
- Rodamón Hostel – best for couples and families
- Casa Gracia – best for solo-travelers and groups
- YEAH Barcelona – best for backpackers
Find our detailed guide on best hostels in Barcelona here.
Read: our guide to fun things to do in Barcelona
1. Rodamón Hostel (Barcelona)
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).
We love this place for being a cute boutique hostel with a big terrace, neat private rooms and dorms alike. Especially the privacy curtains and solid bunk beds made it a great hostel.
If you have never ever stayed in a hostel, this is a perfect hostel to give it a try.
2. Casa Gracia (Barcelona)
The most famous hostel in Barcelona. Casa Gracia is well known for its gorgeous rooms, the spacious common areas, bars and events. It is much bigger than Rodamon Hostel.
If you are into bigger hostels with a perfectly charming environment, this is your spot.
As for the location, it is also at the end of Passeig de Gracia, making it perfect to visit Gracia neighborhood.
You have a metro station right in front. You will be at Las Ramblas in 10 minutes!
3. YEAH Hostel Barcelona (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 young solo-traveler looking for backpacker vibes, in our opinion.
It is easy to socialize and the clients here are usually younger. A youth hostel, if you will. 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. The Sagrada Familia is just a few blocks away, in 5-10 minutes walking distance.
Best Hostels at Costa Brava: Mana Mana Hostel
Between France and Barcelona you find the one and only Costa Brava.
A long stretch of cliffs and natural virgin beaches.
We love to come here to unwind, soak in the the sun, enjoy the beaches obviously and even visit the famous Dali Museum around the corner in Figuerres.
There is a wonderful hostel for you to check out if interested in the Costa Brava.
Mana Mana Hostel in Tossa de Mar (Costa Brava)
Tossa de Mar is tiny, picturesque village on the coast of the sea.
Especially in summer season the beach is packed and the city a vibrant destination to visit.
Tossa de Mar is your perfect place to conquer Costa Brava.
I stayed at Mana Mana Hostel, right in the heart of Tossa de Mar, just 2 minutes from the beach. Our first beach hostel in Spain on this list.
Make sure you check out their roof top terrace. It is the soul of the accommodation. Sometimes, the hostel organizes BBQs here and live music.
You can get to Tossa de Mar by public bus from Barcelona. Please bare in mind, Mana Mana only opens in summer.
Best Hostels in Mallorca Island
Mallorca is one of the most stunning Spanish islands in the Mediterranean sea.
With incredible blue crystal water and white sand beaches, I do recommend you to explore also the “Serra de Tramuntana” and go a bit off the beaten path.
Secret Tip: Go to Deià and have lunch directly at the beach at Ca’n Lluc . It is not the cheapest restaurant on the island, but totally worth it.
- Best hostel in Palma de Mallorca fo couples – Hostel Fleming
- Best hostel in Palma de Mallorca for solo-travelers – We Hostel
- Best Hostel in Sóller – Hostel Soller
We also wrote a big guide on best hostels in Ibiza. Remember, Ibiza can be a hard core party island.
Best hostels in Palma de Mallorca: Hostel Fleming and We Hostel
1. Hostel Fleming
Tiles, high ceilings and beautiful decoration are not the only good things about staying at this hostel.
Hostel Fleming is close to the main station and well connected by public transport to the city center.
Perfect if you are arriving from the airport and want to move around the island with public transportation.
Note: don’t miss their terrace. It is a great spot for chilling after a long beachy day.
2. We Hostel Palma
With a cozy and beautiful rooftop terrace, it will be hard to leave this hostel.
Go explore Palma and make sure you go the amazing beaches near the capital. I marked my 2 favorite and most stunning beaches on the map below.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostel in Sóller: Hostel Soller
Located in one of the most beautiful and sunny cities in the north part of the island, Sóller, this comfortable and stylish hostel will blow up your mind.
The design is just 100% Mallorquí (from Mallorca), like a traditional house.
Hostel Sóller is tasteful decorated and clean. Furthermore, they have a big equipped kitchen where the staff likes to host family dinners.
The best way to go to Soller from the airport is by car, but it is also possible to go by local bus.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Valencia
After Madrid and Barcelona, we cover the 3rd biggest city in Spain: Valencia.
The smaller version of Valencia is home of the world famous Paella. When you plan to taste this yummy rice dish, do it here in Valencia.
The best hostels in Valencia are:
- Cantagua Hostel – best hostel for female solo-travelers
- Home Youth Hostel – best hostel for backpackers
- Valencia Lounge Hostel – best option for couples
- Red Nest Hostel – best party hostel in Valencia
Update: Here’s our guide to 61 FUN Things to do in Valencia.
1. Cantagua Hostel – best for female solo-travelers
Cantagua Hostel comes with a beautiful interior design, super cool dorms, and a chill out vibe you will enjoy.
The staff is on top of the game, and the location is in Eixample, directly at Russafa. If you have read our introduction, we have mentioned Russafa and City Center are the best neighborhoods to stay in Valencia.
Cantagua Hostel is fantastic for its vibes, its cleanliness, location, and design.
2. Home Youth Hostel (best hostel for backpackers)
Are you a backpacker? Then you will enjoy Home Youth Hostel.
Home Youth Hostel is the typical backpacker hostel we all love. It has this warm home-feeling, super friendly staff, it’s clean, and fun.
The hostel organize a free dinner every night so that the guests can meet and get to know each other. Seriously, there is no better way to start a night, right?
3. Valencia Lounge Hostel (best for couples)
Neo-classical, geometrical design with a new understanding of reception.
The team reinvented the understanding of a receptionist‘s work and included smart technology to achieve a deeper hostel experience.
Valencia Lounge only offers private rooms, no dorms here. It is a small, intimate boutique hostel.
With only 11 rooms, the hostel caters for the millennial traveler looking for a unique, tranquil experience.
Location? It is right in the centre of Valencia’s old town.
4. Party Hostel in Valencia: Red Nest Hostel
More the party type of traveler? then you will enjoy the Red Nest Hostel. It is more the party hostel in Valencia.
The quirky design of the room is as fun as the vibes here.
The hostel organizes its own family dinners. Keep an eye on the black board so you don’t miss it.
This is the perfect start for a fun night out in Valencia.
Oh, and of course the billiard pool is worth a mention.
Best Hostels in Alicante
Just a bit more than 150km south of Valencia you are in Alicante. Yet another fun city on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.
Here is the best hostels in Alicante for your stop:
- Hola Hostel – best hostel for couples
- The Market Hostel – best hostel for digital nomads
- Hostel Olé – best hostel for solo travelers
- Best party Hostel: X Hostel
1. Hola Hostel Alicante
Listed as a hostel, Hola Hostel is more a stylish bread and breakfast.
The newest kid in town comes in a super stylish design. The hostel is located inside a big flat, so it really feels like living like a local.
You won’t find any dorms here, only single rooms and double rooms. It is a great hostel for couples visiting Alicante.
However, please note some rooms do not have a window. I personally do not like this.
Compare prices at: Booking.com
2. The Market Hostel (Alicante)
Opened in late 2018, The Market Hostel is a brand new place to enjoy a quiet and yet stylish, fun place.
The pods in the dorms are though-and-through: A comfy mattress, power socket and light.
And every bed in a dorm has its own privacy curtain. That is a big plus!
The Market Hostel is a top choice for anyone looking for a stylish, friendly place.
3. Hostel Olé (Alicante)
Hostel Ole Alicante will do everything in their power to provide that home-away-from-home feeling.
But that isn’t to say new experience and excitement is lost. At Hostel Ole in Alicante you can join tours or explore at your leisure; the staff are eager to help either way.
If the party animal in you enjoys a good pub crawl, then join Hostel Ole in their very own crawl offered twice weekly.
The nightlife of Alicante is there for the taking; alternatively, enjoy a quiet drink back at the hostel.
You may have also heard of the ever-popular Free Tours in Europe?
Well, Hostel Olé offers a short presentation of the city delivered by a prepared guide.
4. Party Hostel in Alicante: X Hostel
Probably the craziest Party hostel in Spain: X Hostel!
We have even seen people with a tattoo of this hostel on their butt…no kidding!
X Hostel is the best party hostel in Alicante, and it only needs a few more words:
- roof top terrace
- fun and social
- drinking games
- summer boat tours
Best Hostels in Cartagena, Spain: LoopInn Hostel
After visiting Cartagena I can confidently say, it is one of the best places to soak in the Spanish culture.
LoopInn Hostel Cartagena is the place to stay during your trip.
This new hostel is just 15 minutes walk to the city center, perfect to go party but also be able to sleep. Enjoy their rooftop terrace, or slide from the cafeteria to the common area.
Why to visit Cartagena? Cheap tapas, nice beaches around, sun almost all year round, happy and welcoming people and one of the best places to experience nightlife with locals.
No matter what age you are, Cartagena has a nightlife you can fit in.
You will see many young people around the city, as it is a university city, as well as grown-ups enjoying music and wine at the different bars.
The nightlife is concentrated in the city center, so it is great for all visitors.
It is fairly easy that your dinner extends to some drinks and then… well, you might end up watching the sunrise if you join the crowd.
As Cartagena is not really a touristy place, they are quite new on the hostel game, but there is one hostel which is playing it right!
Note: there are not lot of options to eat around the hostel. If you don’t plan to cook you could go to the city center to have dinner or download the free app just-eat and order take away.
Best Hostels in Granada
Granada is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.
Well known for the incredible palace “The Alhambra” and the FREE tapas culture, it is easy to get hooked to its artsy vibes.
Download our secret guide for Granada
We found many great places to sleep in Granada:
- The Lemon Rock – best hostels for couples and music lovers
- Eco Hostel – best hostel for solo travelers
- Hostel Makuto – best backpacker hostel
Note: if you want to visit The Alhambra, make sure you buy your tickets in advance. At least purchase them 2 months before your arrival.
1. The Lemon Rock (Granada)
If you want cool vibes, stay at The Lemon Rock.
The old saying “music brings us together” couldn’t be more true than at the Lemon Rock Hostel.
You’ll notice how critical music is to the soul of the Lemon hostel as soon as you step foot inside the front door.
There are records lining the walls to the right of the front desk and Lemon Rock Granada guitar picks available for purchase to the left.
2. Eco Hostel (Granada)
This design hostel with an Eco mind set is a great option if you are traveling solo around Spain.
With many activities to join, Eco Hostel has also nice areas to calm and chill. They do have a café on site, with special deals and fresh products.
3. Makuto Backpackers House (Granada)
One of the first hostels in Granada. Makuto Backpackers is the place to chill out, know other backpackers and join the groove.
It is nothing glamorous or luxurious in the design, but the vibes are really authentic.
Best Hostels in Málaga
Málaga is full of hostels and we have to admit, there is more than one stunning hostel in the lively, fun city!
That is why, we include here best hostels in Malaga depending on the type of traveler.
- Urban Jungle Boutique Hostel – best hostel for female solo travelers
- Lights Hostel – best hostels for solo travelers
- Alcazaba Premium Hostel – best hostel for couples
Read our complete guide to best hostels in Malaga, Spain
1. Urban Jungle Boutique Hostel in Malaga (5 Star Hostel)
Let’s kick off the best hostels in Malaga with seriously the TOP one: Urban Jungle Hostel!
This hostel will redefine everything you think you know about hostels:
Super stylish, friendly, social, hipster.
If you are looking for us, we most likely hanging out in the sun at the roof top terrace.
To us, Urban Jungle is the best hostel in Malaga for all types:
- Solo-Travellers (male and female)
Smart to know: Urban Jungle has the cheapest price on their official website urbanjunglehostel.com.
Say Hi from Hostelgeeks when you stay here =)
2. The Lights Hostel, Malaga
Located in an historical building, offering a clean- lined design.
The Lights Hostel has bright rooms furnished with large comfy beds, private curtains and reading lights. Join free sangria nights, home-made dinners and lots of other fun activities upon the roof top terrace.
It is located in the sunny city center of Malaga, next to the main market, just a 15 min walk to the beach, bus and train stations.
This hostel is a top choice for solo-travelers.
- Dorm beds start from 12€/ night
- Private rooms start from 25€/ night
3. Alcazaba Premium Hostel, Malaga
A young and modern accommodation in the centre of Málaga, at premium level. Alcazaba Premium Hostel combines high-end standard with quality rooms, design, and facilities, all on a budget.
The hostel is home to the well-known Baltik restaurant and the “Terraza de la Alcazaba“ rooftop terrace, with amazing views. Both are very popular with locals.
Located in the very heart of Málaga, within walking distance of every point of interest in the city.
Nearby you can find the famous Picasso Museum (really recommended!), Roman Theater, the entrance to the Alcazaba and the brand new Málaga Museum.
And of course, there are many recommended tapas places around.
We recommend Alcazaba Premium Hostel for couples and families.
- Dorm beds start from 15€/ night
- Private rooms start from 37,50€/ night
Best Hostels in Cordoba, Spain
Cordoba, the cute city between Seville and Granada, has not only the best free tapas in Spain, but also a couple of stunning hostels.
Important: Do not get confused with the Cordoba in Argentina.
The best hostels in Córdoba are:
1. Bed and Be Cordoba
Charming boutique hostel with a gorgeous, spacious roof top terrace. Try some sushi made by the most famous sushi-chef in town, and dance on the roof top terrace to the guitar sounds of local bands.
What about the location? Bed And Be is really downtown! Just 10 min to the train station, the river and La Mesquita.
We totally recommend this hostel for solo-travelers backpacking Spain.
It is the perfect location to explore the city. We recommend to rent a bike.
- Dorm beds start from 15€ per night
- Private rooms start from 19€ per night
2. OptionBe, Cordoba
OptionBe Hostel is the little brother of Bed And Be, welcoming you to a lovely house in the historic centre of Córdoba.
We especially enjoy the daily activities like walking tours and bike tours, and the breakfast, available all day long. OptionBe has a very cool patio and TV room, and their amazing roof top terrace comes with a great surprise.
It is located in a quiet street in the historic centre. All the main attractions are very close, as Córdoba is small and very walk-able. We recommend visiting the Cathedral-Mosque, it is one-of-a-kind!
This place is a great hostel for solo-female travelers and couples.
- Dorm beds start from 16€ per night
- Private rooms start from 25€ per night
Best Hostels in Sevilla
In this fun, colorful Spanish city, home to the traditional dance “Sevillanas” and heart of one of the most popular partys in Spain “El Rocio”, we found 3 stunning hostels.
Good to know: in Spanish the cities name is Sevilla – with an A. In English it is with an E.
Did you know we do have a secret city Guide for Seville?
It is full with the best recommendations, as one of Anna’s best friends lived there for 20 years.
Download the Sevilla city guide for free here.
The best hostels in Sevilla are:
- La Banda Rooftop Hostel – best hostel for solo travelers
- TOC Hostel – best hostel for groups of friends
- The Nomad Hostel – best hostel for couples
1. La Banda Rooftop Hostel
Designed for social travelers. La Banda design is influenced by trendy London bars and boutique music festivals.
The hostel reception is packed with original touches and homemade furniture that make it hard to get out and see the city!
The hostel tried to design the hostel in a way that brings people together. To top it off you can expect a soundtrack of great tunes playing day and night, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the vibes – on the roof top terrace of course.
La Banda Rooftop is right in the heart of the city. Seville’s city center is quite small, and you can walk around easily or get a bike. Here you are in good hands and get a top location.
- Dorm beds start from 19€/ night
- Private rooms not available
2. TOC Sevilla
TOC Seville is a small, boutique-style hostel. It is well-known for its beautiful interior as well as exterior, and it’s the perfect accommodation for the romantic couple on a budget.
Come here, enjoy the city during the day, and slow down at TOC Sevilla. It is certainly a cosy, chill hostel with a deep design touch.
Located in the city center, near the main touristic attractions including the cathedral, and Real Alcazar de Seville.
TOC Seville is really DOWNTOWN! You will love the location as you are in walking distance to the major spots of Sevilla.
Make sure you book early, cause the hostel fills up quickly.
- Dorm beds start from 22€/ night
- Private rooms start from 33,50€/ night
3. The Nomad Hostel
The Nomad Hostel in Seville is truly a great hostel, recommended for solo-travelers, couples and families alike.
Opened in August 2014, the Nomad Hostel captured the hearts of travelers and backpackers right away. The accommodation offers a warm social environment to slow down, have a rest, and connect with other travelers. If you’d like, you can get some drinks at the hostel bar, and join the hostel events or the free tour around the Andalusian capital.
And speaking of being social, the hostel also organizes different events at their roof top terrace. This charming and homely place is a great choice to actively support the “Slow Travel Movement”, and their staff love to pay attention to creating an eco-friendly environment.
What about the location? The Nomad is in a quiet street in new town, just 5 min from the river and cathedral. We loved the restaurant on the right corner of The Nomad, it is super delicious, highly recommended for lunch!
Also, ask the staff if they have a discount for them. Once in a while guests receive a discount or free drink. Thanks, Nomads!
- Dorm beds start from 16€/ night
- Private rooms start from 36€/ night
Best Hostels in Tarifa: La Cocotera and Ohana Hostel
Tarifa is a wind paradise and it is a popular destination for kite-surfers. It has always been a popular destination in Spain due to the great beaches and the possibility to practice lots of water sports.
Hostels are upcoming and we have to admit, there is more than one stunning hostel in the city!
I would recommend to stay in the old town. That way, you will have everything nearby. Even the beach is in walking distance.
The best hostels in Tarifa are:
- La Cocotera – best hostel for digital nomads and long term travelers
- Ohana Hostel – best hostels for solo traveler
1. La Cocotera
This small cozy hostel is a real hidden gem in Tarifa. Marina (co-founders) and all the whole team are really kind, (even the cleaning lady who does not speak English but will welcome you with a real warm smile).
The team will help you to make your time in Tarifa even more magical.
Ask them for their favorite beaches and places.
Marina recommended to us Bologna beach and the ruins. I can say it is a magical place.
Can’t wait to come back!
Compare prices at: Booking.com
Best hostels in Cadiz: Casa Caracol
Heart, soul and history.
It is a one off creation that draws you in and makes you feel special, at home. Casa Caracol Hostel has evolved from the crazy party days of its beginnings down a once forgotten back street in the centre of the maize of the old town.
The laid back vibe is still there and the years have served only to make the place more beautiful.
The events are highly recommended: Roof top BBQs, nightly meals, activities and day trips to remote beaches provide a unique way of getting to know your fellow travelers and the fantastic staff.
Located in a quiet side street in the bustling centre of new bars and restaurants and a 5 minute walk from the bus, train and maritime stations. It is a short walk to the surf beach – ready?
- Dorm beds start from 13,50€/ night
- Private rooms start from 15€/ night
Best Hostels on Canary Islands
Okay, enough from the main part of Spain, let us hop over to the incredible Canary Islands. There is some amazing hostels in Gran Canaria.
Obviously, there is some cool beach Hostels in Spain too.
Let us have a look:
Best Hostels in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Avocado Hostel
Located on the coastal line of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) you will find this cute hostel with a cool name: Avocado Hostel.
The rooms are well-equipped and your bed comes with a curtain to offer you more privacy.
It has a fully equipped kitchen and many other facilities. Even a place to store your board or hang a wet-suit to dry!
Indulge in the blue sky and the nearby ocean – on the top floor terrace! It might be the most pleasant space in the hostel.
The owner (and surf lover) Alejandro will make you feel at home.
Do you have any questions or doubt about the island?
Approach him and get your answer. He knows the island very well!
- Dorm beds start from 16€/ night
- Private rooms start from 35€/ night
Hi Tide in Gran Canaria
Great surfer hostel!
Enjoy the city and sea views from the terrace, join sport activities or just enjoy the beautiful urban beach next door. HiTide Hostel has bright and open spaces that will make you feel at home.
What about the location? With the first step outside the hostel, you are already at the beach! Surrounded by bars, restaurants, clubs and surf schools.
- Dorm beds start from 16€/ night
- Private rooms start from 35€/ night
Best Hostels in Salamanca: Erasmus Home
Salamanca is a popular place for Erasmus students.
It is not the typical travelers destinations here in Spain, but this is where the magic is. You can explore a real Spanish city with not many tourists. I personally love this!
Erasmus Home is the name of the best hostel in Salamanca.
You cannot stay more central than here, you are directly in the historical center of Salamanca.
From the interior it is a simple, clean and neat hostel with a big heart.
Depending on the season, you will meet more travelers here. If no one is really in the hostel, don’t worry.
Just go downstairs to the Erasmus bar. It is a popular bar for locals, students and, you guessed it, Erasmus students.
A quiet hostel with the charm of its own city.
Stay here, you will enjoy it!
Best Hostels in Pontevedra: Slow City Hostel
Located in an attractive 100 year old family house with a restored interior design in the 20’s original spirit.
Slow City hostel is bright and spacious, equipped with light design furniture and nice decór.
There is bike storage available, so greatly recommended for biker and pilgrims alike.
Where do you find Slow City Hostel? Downtown, right at the historical Portuguese way to Saint James tomb in Santiago de Compostela.
- Dorm beds start from 17,50€/ night
- Private rooms start from 20€/ night
Compare prices at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Bilbao: Poshtel and Quartier Bilbao
Basque Country, up in the North. Oh get ready for a unique culture and lots of yummy Pintxos.
Lucky enough, there are two fantastic hostels here.
The best hostels in Bilbao are:
1. Poshtel Bilbao – Premium Hostel
For me, this is the best hostel in Bilbao. An absolute Poshtel with an on-site restaurant and bar, simple but cosy dorms and a great ambiance. The bar is popular among both locals and travelers.
Oh and while you are here, please have a pintxo on me; they are soooo tasty.
(if you do enjoy a Pintxo here, drop us an instagram photo and tag us with @hostelgeeks)
You will be staying in the very heart of the city center, just a 3 minutes walk away from the famous sight Guggenheim Museum.
Only downside: the beds in the dorms do not have privacy curtains.
2. Quartier Bilbao Hostel
Quartier Bilbao is famous for its cosy vibes and its breakfast. The location is not to beat, you are directly in the old quarter where you find literally everything.
Do not tell your mom, but there is a really good tattoo artists nearby…
Only downside again: the beds in the dorms do not have privacy curtains, same as Poshtel.
Best Hostels in San Sebastian
Next to Bilbao you will find the famous San Sebastian. If you are not into Pintxos and Surfing until now, you will be! There are 3 amazing hostels in San Sebastian I want to share with you.
- Koba Hostel – best hostel for solo travelers
- Koisi Hostel – best hostel for families
- Surfing Etxea – best hostel for surf lovers
1. Koba Hostel San Sebastian
For me, Koba Hostel is the coolest hostel in San Sebastian.
Sparkling clean, cool dorms and a chill out area to hang out, watch movies on the projector or sports events. There is also the occasional live music which makes it even more fun.
WiFi is only available in the common area; on purpose.
The hostel wants to encourage everybody to come out to the common area and socialize.
I actually appreciate that. Yet I can understand when some travelers might be annoyed by this.
If the dorms would come with privacy curtains for each bed, it would be perfect. Oh I know, I am a negative Nancy sometimes…
2. Koisi Hostel San Sebastian
Moving on to Koisi Hostel in the district of El Antiguo, near Ondarreta Beach and Mount Igeldo.
What I really enjoy about Koisi Hostel are:
- the super spacious dorms
- the neat and hip private rooms (perfect for groups!!)
- the terrace to hang out
Again no privacy curtains. I can’t understand why a hostel skips these…but okay.
3. Surfing Etxea Hostel, San Sebastian
This is the best hostel in San Sebastian for surfers.
The hostel is dedicated to a certain type of traveler, the active traveler with kind of the same mind set. It is easy to connect. Obviously the hostel offers surf lessons, and they even rent boards.
If you are wondering, how far you have to carry your surf board to the beach, it is not even 3 minutes. Take that!
You can do paddle surf as well as surfing.
At night you can enjoy a cold drink at the hostel bar. I mean you deserve it after a long day of surfing.
Best Hostels in Zaragoza: Albergue Zaragoza Hostel
Zaragoza is a budget destination, as it is a student’s city.
The student’s vibes are all around the city, as well as their pubs and nightclubs. Don’t miss the nightlife if you stop by!
Even though Zaragoza has no sea neither ocean, if you are traveling from Madrid to Barcelona or from Barcelona to Madrid by bus it is a very convenient stop.
Furthermore, on 12th October, they have a big city party, “Fiestas del Pilar”.
A must do thing if you are in Zaragoza is to try their Squid sandwich. I know, it does not sound appealing… but give it a try. Many Spaniards go to Zaragoza just to try it.
The only hostel in the city is Alberge La Posada del Comendador.
It is a basic hostel, but it comes with a fair price. The main central station (Estación Delicias) is around 30 min. by foot.
Best Hostels in Madrid
Over to Madrid. The capital of Spain is also an AMAZING place to visit, do not skip it.
Great food, fun nightlife, world famous museums and wonderful hostels to enjoy.
Here is the list of the best hostels in Madrid:
Read the full guide to best hostels in Madrid.
Here we cover as well the coolest things to do.
1. The Hat Madrid
One of the coolest hostels in Madrid, and our #1 recommendation with probably the coolest name: The Hat Madrid!
Enjoy a design-led hostel hip vibes and literally on top of all this: Their roof-top terrace.
This is the best place to mingle, have a cocktail, enjoy a concert once in a while. On a daily basis you can enjoy the sunsets from here.
It does not matter which room type you choose. Both dorms and private rooms absolutely rock. A splurge worth it either way!
2. MOLA Hostel (Madrid)
Mola Hostel is a new player in town and got high ratings right away.
There is good reason for that:
it’s luxurious, cool, and comes with high quality facilities.
We especially like the design of the rooms. The dorms come with cool and solid bunk beds and the chosen colors for the different rooms and floors add a nice warmth. Any questions on what to do in Madrid? Then don’t be shy and ask for help at the reception from sunrise to sunset – 24 hours.
There is also free WiFi in every single corner.
3. Sungate One (Madrid)
The last option of this list of the 3 best hostels in Madrid is a more backpacker type place.
Sungate One is a smaller, more intimate hostel. It is super easy to connect, and you can feel the family, friendly, social vibes here.
If you prefer a small hostel in Madrid, then go with Sungate One. The team behind is what makes the difference here. It is the kind of backpacker-type hostel that made hostels so comfy and homey.
The team always create a family atmosphere, including everyone.
Put on a Map: Best Hostels in Spain
Okay, let us have a look on a map.
Personally, I love maps. It helps me plan everything really easily.
You will find ALL the BEST Hostels in Spain. We even included an itinerary for you.
This itinerary is perfect if you land in Barcelona and depart from Madrid (or vice versa).
Please zoom in to Spain and area to have a closer look.
Add as many stops as possible, Spain is awesome (and cheap).
How to get around Spain?
When backpacking Spain, you will need transport.
The transport options are:
- Public Bus
- Rental Cars
- Hitch Hiking
Spain is actually really well connected by bus. On my first backpacking Spain trip I only took buses from A to B.
The buses are really affordable, and it is really straight forward. You can check always the bus schedules online, and everything is super easy and reliable.
In summer, you can also count on Air Conditioning in the buses. Perfect.
Just pack a jacket for the bus when the AC is running. You can end up with a really bad cold; I was sick for 2 weeks after my bus ride from Sevilla to Madrid.
On Alsa.com you can find the schedules for buses around the country.
Personally, I love trains more. And trains in Spain are awesome, fast and reliable too. However, the disadvantage to buses is that they are more expensive. Yet, they are faster. It is really up to you, but it is worth it to compare.
Make sure you check the train stations carefully. Destinations like Barcelona and Valencia have more than one main train station. I almost missed my train in Valencia because I mixed up the train stations.
Renfe is the official train company in Spain. Check out their website for prices on Renfe.com
It is really convenient to buy tickets online. And as far as I know, there is no difference in online and offline prices. You can use your credit card for buying your ticket.
Again, everything is very straight forward and simple.
As always in Europe, make sure you watch your belongings on all train and bus stations around Spain. There are some pickpockets around, so do not be naive and leave your stuff laying around.
Renting a car is another option. It is the most expensive option here on this list. However, it is the most flexible and easiest way to get around.
In the big cities, having a car can be a pain due to reduced parking spots. And parking can be really expensive, on top of that.
If you are only going to bigger cities, I would recommend taking the bus or train. If you would love to explore the coast line, a car is the epic option.
I use Rental Cars to find deals.
When renting a car in Spain and Europe in general, make sure you read the terms and conditions. Pay extra attention to the fees.
Hitch Hiking or Bla Bla Car
Hitch hiking is very safe and understood in Spain and Portugal too.
It is mostly done by young people and foreigners, even-though it is forbidden by law.
I do not have a ton of experience with hitch hiking, so here is a guide to hitch hiking in Spain.
A very cheap and faster alternative to hitch hiking is Bla Bla Car.
Bla Bla Car is a car-sharing platform.
How does it work? For instance, Maria is driving from Barcelona to Madrid. She puts her itinerary on BlaBlaCar and says she is leaving Monday morning 10am and she has space for 3 more people.
The ride costs 35€. You can create profile on BlaBlaCar and send a request to Maria.
She then decides if she takes you with her to Madrid. I did this a ton of times, it is very common around Europe.
It is safe, cheap and can be interesting since you get in touch with many different types of people.
Check out BlaBlaCar here.
How to book Hostels in Spain?
In every destination guide, hostel review and also in this guide to the coolest hostels in Spain we give you the options to book your hostel (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).
We give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:
Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use to score the cheapest prices)
If you are new to hostels, we highly recommend to read through quickly.
We know so many hostels in Europe, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world.
We have been traveling non-stop since 2007, discovering coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Spanish Hostels.
And not just that.
We also created a big guide to Hostels in Europe.
We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.
Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries