Barcelona is a very expensive city and accommodations can cost you a fortune. There are, on the other hand, budget hostels throughout this bustling and hip cultural capital. Staying in a hostel is an economic option for travelers with an adventurous heart, or young tourists looking to save some money. Here are some of the best hostels in Barcelona :
The Itaca Hostel (Ripoll, 21 08002 Barcelona / +34 933 01 97 51) is the best solution for solo nomads and backpackers. You can find it in the center of the Gothic district near the Cuatro Gats Cafe, home of 20th century bohemians and scholars. Itaca has a friendly hotel management, making Itaca your home-away-from-home. You can also surf the Internet in the lounge. The Itaca has a kitchen for you to use and is a short walk away from a local grocer.
Hostal Gat Raval
Hostal Gat Raval (Calle Joaquin Costa, 44 / +34 93481-6670) is a one-star hostel located at the heart of “Bohemian Barcelona” on Calle Joaquin Costa,44 (map). The area is filled with intellectual cafes, bars, and fabulous sights. This hostel features simple rooms with unique looks and an avant-garde, minimalist touch. Wi-Fi is available and all of its 26 rooms have an air conditioning system and many have balconies.
Living up to its name, Fashion House (Calle Bruc, 3 / +34 637 90 40 44) has some pizzazz. It is located on Calle Bruc, 3 (map) blocks away from Placa Catalunya and 2 blocks away from the Metro. It sits on an artery, which pumps directly into the heart of the city. The hostel’s best feature is a flower-covered patio, an oasis in the bustling city. Fashion House is on a side street, so it is much quieter than most hostels. It is also a great choice if you want to stay longer.
Downtown Paraiso Hostel
You can find the Downtown Paraiso Hostel (Ronda de Sant Pau, 55-57, 08001 Barcelona / +34 933 29 93 78) (map) near Las Ramblas and La Boqueria market. It is a clean, colorful, and funky hostel that offers private double rooms with 4- and 8-person mixed-gender dorms. It offers free Wifi service as well as hot and pressurized showers. Another great feature is the lovely backyard patio, perfect for relaxing when the weather is nice.
Centric Point Hostel
The Centric Point Hostel (Passeig de Gràcia, 33 / +34 932 15 65 38) (map) next to Las Ramblas and Catalunya Square. This 400-bed hostel will give you a great value for your money. It has a bar with nice gazpacho and key card access for security. It also has a huge common room with online PCs for your use. The Centric Point has a very social atmosphere, yet the rooms are still quiet for you to rest and get a good night’s sleep.