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The 14 Best Hostels in Barcelona (Cheap & Chic) in 2020

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There’s over 100 in the city so the best hostels in Barcelona aren’t immediately obvious.

First of all, the city itself is so flooded by tourists that it permits places with a low price-quality ratio not only to exist but to thrive.

Secondly, with so many dubious review sites and Photoshop magic it’s hard to tell the contenders from the pretenders.

Luckily Barcelona Hacks has you covered.

Index

1 – Barcelona’s best hostels
2 – Barcelona hostel tips
3 – How to book

The Best Hostels in Barcelona

Hostel Sant Jordi Rock Palace

€€€Area: Eixample | Carrer Balmes 75 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia | Check out: 11:00

Modern backpackers will find a home away from home at this stylish rock n’ roll themed hostel known for its fun atmosphere and super modern facilities.

Whether you’re taking a dip in the rooftop swimming pool or chilling in any of the club-themed common areas, if you’re traveling alone and want to meet people this one is a no brainer.

Here you’ll also find one of the best hostels in Barcelona for comfort: the sound-proofed rooms with individual bunk lights and outdoor patios provide for ultimate holiday relaxation.

Another upside of the hostel is that it helps you live the city with organised tours and club nights.

SANT JORDI ROCK PALACE
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Yeah Hostel

€€Area: Eixample | 176 Calle Girona | Metro: Verdaguer | Check out: 12:00

Don’t take my advice: this super-cool hostel took 3rd in Hostelworld’s 2017 ‘Hoscar’ awards.

The comfy beds with privacy curtains and personal USB charge stations are as close to home as a hostel can get. The convenient location finds itself walking distance to La Sagrada Familia churchCasa Batllo, and La Pedrera. Throw in a 9.7 cleanliness rating and we’re good to go.

It’s not a party hostel but social enough with its €10.00 three course dinners and pub crawl.

YEAH HOSTEL
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Itaca Hostel

€€ Area: Gothic Quarter | Carrer de Ripoll 21 | Metro: Jaume I | Check out: 11:00

If you’re looking for something small and quiet in the middle of the chaos this is it.

You’ll be minutes away from the top bars and restaurants of the old town, right by multiple metro lines, and even in striking distance to the beach.

The whole set up is bright and modern and the wooden floors give it a tinge of luxury, if a hostel could ever have that! Make sure you sign up for the continental breakfast as its one of the best.

ITACA HOSTEL
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Hostel One Paralelo

€€-€€€ Area: Poble Sec | Carrer de Salvà 62 | Metro: Poble Sec | Check out: 11:00

Maintaining a 9.2 overall rating on Tripadvisor is a tough chore but readers will tell you it’s no accident that this welcoming place that’s perfect for solo travellers is among Barcelona’s best hostels.

How many other hostels offer breakfast until noon and serve free home cooked dinners? If you’re travelling on a budget you’re also right near Calle Blai and its endless sea of €1.50 pintxo bars.

The nightly events here have had tourists raving about its family atmosphere.

HOSTEL ONE PARALELO
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360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture

€€Area: Eixample | Ronda Sant Pere 56 | Metro: Arc de Triomf | Check out: 11:00

A great option for people looking for a bit of partying but with high cleanliness standards as well.

It’s rare to see a 71 room hostel offer such spacious dorms. This is a great place for meeting people especially during the communal dinners. Instead of offering a free breakfast you have the option to eat or participate in the making of many traditional Spanish dishes like paella.

Here you also get one of the best hostel terraces in Barcelona and even free sangria.

360 HOSTEL ARTS AND CULTURE
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Casa Gracia Hostel

€€€€Area: Gracia | Passeig de Gracia 116 | Metro: Diagonal | Check out: 11:00

This boutique hostel with a hotel feel finds itself at the top of Barcelona’s most picturesque thoroughfare Passeig de Gracia. It’s in great position to walk down the street and check out Barcelona’s best attractions like Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

Inside you’ll find the six-max dorm rooms to be airy and modern, and much more relaxing than the sardine cans of other Barcelona hostels. Throw in a great terrace and super strong wifi and suddenly you’re feeling a little less hostel-like.

If you’re interested in checking out the super bohemian, chainless, local neighbourhood called Gracia then this might be your choice.

CASA GRACIA
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Amistat Beach Hostel

€€Area: Poble Nou | Vallespir 20 | Metro: Poble Nou | Check out: 11:00

I had to include one of the hostels by the beach and why not the one that goes the extra mile? With activities running all day like volleyball, morning beach runs, and paella cooking, this is a great place for culture and health.

The massive kitchen and TV rooms make this place super social, there’s a high cleanliness rating, and there’s even free pasta every night for budget conscious travelers.

Wake up early and walk to the beach to see the sunrise? Check.

AMISTAT BEACH HOSTEL
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Meeting Point Hostels

Area: Sants | Vallespir 20 | Metro: Sants Estacio | Check out: 11:00

For the best of all the cheap hostels in Barcelona look no further than this hostel right behind the main train station Sants Estacio.

The modern facilities here include air conditioning/heating and personal lockers with your own key card.  Even though you’re paying less than basically all the other best hostels in Barcelona, the new beds with their own shelves, reading light, and power socket are no different.

MEETING POINT HOSTEL
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St Christopher’s Barcelona

€€€Area: Ramblas | Carrer de Bergara 3 | Metro: Catalunya | Check out: 11:00

The famous London chain has finally made its way to Barcelona. The beautifully renovated building sits right at the top of the famous La Rambla and is conveniently about 50 meters from the airport Aerobus drop off point.

I stayed there one night while switching apartments and have to say the privacy factor here is huge: each of the spacious bunks gets its own reading light and power socket as well as a set of curtains that’ll help you sleep like a log.

They also have the best hostel bar in Barcelona. Belushi’s is the perfect place to watch Premiership games and American sports while downing cheap drinks and eating quality pub grub. The indoor garden terrace makes it all the better.

The small fee to upgrade to a cooked breakfast is well worth it for the people who openly mock the typical hostel breakfast!

ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOSTEL
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Rodamón Hostel

€€-€€€Area: Eixample | Carrer de Còrsega 302 | Metro: Diagonal | Check out: 11:00

If you’re looking for quality and calm at the same time you’ve found your Barcelona hostel.

This 19th century building has been given a slick modern makeover and lodgers have raved about its massive living room and fleet of comfortable beds with privacy curtains.

Looking for a private room instead of a dorm? The privates here are as close to hotel quality as you can get while skipping out on the excessive prices.

RODAMON HOSTEL
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Hip Karma Hostel

€€Area: Eixample | Ronda de Sant Pere 39 | Metro: Urquinaona | Check out: 11:00

I’ve had the pleasure of staying in this Barcelona hostel and its ultra-modern and sleek Asian interior is something to be seen!

Billing themselves as a luxury hostel (the prices are still good, don’t worry), Hip Karma offers wider than normal beds with privacy curtains and personal sockets. I sat up half the night watching Youtube without running out of battery or disturbing my ‘roommates’ 😉

This is one of the best hostels in Barcelona for couples looking to keep the chaos at a distance. But don’t worry – you’re only a 10 minute walk from the city centre nightlife if you want it!

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Barcelona Central Garden Hostel

€€Area: Eixample | Roger de Lluria 41 | Metro: Girona | Check out: 10:30

What can you say that the title doesn’t already cover? You’ll find a beautiful garden terrace amidst this medium sized hostel’s brand new spacious rooms.

The Flamenco and tapas nights are a great chance to learn about local culture and meet new people – without going overboard. This self-described ‘not party hostel’ doesn’t accept bachelor(ette) parties.

The best part of all? The hostel is both super central and super safe, owing to its location just a ten minute walk from all the action of Plaça de Catalunya.

CENTRAL GARDEN HOSTEL
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Mediterranean Youth Hostel

€€ | Area: Eixample | Carrer Diputació 335 | Metro: Girona | Check out: 10:00

It’s amazing that this Barcelona hostel has found the perfect balance between cleanliness, a family atmosphere, and some nighttime debauchery.

The nightly bar crawls and chef-prepared dinners (make sure you’re there on paella night) allow you to plan your evenings without lifting a finger. It’s also a quick 12 minute metro to the beach, and find itself central but in a quiet area.

All day coffee also doesn’t hurt!

MEDITERRANEAN HOSTEL
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Bed and Bike

€€€Area: Sagrada Familia | Diputación 360 | Metro: Verdaguer | Check out: 10:00

This modern hostel was made for travelers by travelers. The customer service here is second to none and you’ll find it just 900 metres away from the world-famous Sagrada Familia.

Besides the spacious and sunny rooms this hostel can honesty offer you something that no other does – a complimentary bike! When you see the city by bicycle you’ll see the real Barcelona, soak up more sun, and burn off all the calories from all those tapas.

BED AND BIKE HOSTEL
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What to Expect with Barcelona Hostels

Whether you’re looking for value or quality or a party hostel (perhaps all three?) there are a few things to keep in mind before you start your Barcelona holiday.

  • Sometimes cheaper places end up costing more (hidden fees, extra transport etc.).
  • Don’t expect to pay less than €21.00 (low season) or €29.00 (high season) for quality.
  • Sleep is king! Keep an eye on checkout times (most in the list are 11:00 AM).
  • Most check-in times are between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • If you’re booking for stag parties make sure to stagger the bookings (no pun intended!) since large groups are frowned upon.
  • Always consider an Airbnb for higher quality and a similar price.
  • All good Barcelona hostels must be booked in advance.
  • Unless otherwise noted, breakfast is included.

Make sure to check out my article on the best area to stay in Barcelona to ensure you end up staying in a neighbourhood suited to your needs.

Also, if you’re coming as part of a backpacking trip make sure to check my buddy Will’s page on how to dominate Barcelona (and the rest of the world) with just a bag and a few handy tips.

How to Book Your Hostel

I always suggest using Booking.com – the world’s biggest online hotel booking site.

Not only can you reserve your hostel with no money down in only two minutes, but they offer the best prices in the business – and if you find a better one they have a price match guarantee.

For pricing information on any of these Barcelona hostels via Booking click the blue buttons above

Get at Me in the Comments Then

I’m trying to make these articles as informative as possible.

If anything is lacking or you need any specific advice on the best hostels in Barcelona or anything else related to your holiday then don’t be shy!

Also don’t be afraid to join the Barcelona hostel discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

32 comments
  • July 10, 2019 at 5:13 am
    Charlene
    Hi there, love your site. What can you tell me about Hostal Levante Barcelona located in the Gothic Quarter?
    • July 10, 2019 at 5:20 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Charlene, I've got this one rated among my best budget hotels in Barcelona and this is what I've written: Decent and cheap, what more can you ask for from this centrally located hotel near the cruise port? You’ll find this 7.6 rated lodging right in the heart of the Gotico area. If you’re looking for value and basic comfort this is one for you – ideal for single travellers but probably not for couples or anybody looking for a zen retreat (the area is quite busy). Some bathrooms may be shared. To get to this hotel from the airport take the train to Passeig de Gracia and change there for the green line until Liceu. Hope this helps :) Cheers, Ash
  • February 17, 2019 at 2:49 am
    Tammy Calvert
    Hi Ash, I’m planning a family trip traveling with our 2 children (age 20 and 11) next year and what hostels do you recommend for a family of 4, preferably a 4 bedroom dorm and one central to tourist locations. Thank you for your very informative blog site, Thanks Tammy
    • February 18, 2019 at 10:28 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Tammy, Thanks for the kind words :) This is a bit of a unique request and my gut instinct is to say that staying in a half-way decent hostel should usually run you about €20-€25 a head and so you're looking at €80-€100 which is the price of an average hotel. My suggestion would be first to find the area you want to stay (for a family like yours I would say perhaps El Born or Gracia) using my neighbourhood selection guide and then from there click through to booking and sort the listings for 4 people (3 adults and 1 kid) and go from there. I think you'll find the price difference not so high between hostels and hotels. One of the most highly rated for families is Yeah Hostel and using some random dates far in the future it comes out to €103.00 a night for all of you, though it is in low season. Without knowing when you'll be visiting (prices change a lot by month) though I'm afraid I can't comment much further on prices etc. You could also try and Airbnb? There are usually all sorts of set ups to accomodate families. Ash
  • July 26, 2018 at 6:09 am
    Dee
    Hey Ash! Thank you so much for posting all this amazing information. You are clearly super knowledgeable and experienced in regards to EVERYTHING Barcelona. I am a 24 year old female and travelling solo! I will be arriving next week and booked saint Jordi rock for 3 nights. My biggest concern is age group. I know it’s hard to say because you don’t know who books and how old but what’s the average ago? I’m hopinh 25+. I get a long better with those who are older tbh. JUST BEING HONEST. I’m then heading to Madrid and coming back to Barcelona and staying at YEAH!
    • July 26, 2018 at 3:49 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Dee, I'm glad you like the site and I'm happy to help :) Let's see, this is one of the top backpackers hostels in the city so it's gonna be quite young, but at the same time it's not totally cheap so it may weed out some of the really young travelers on tight budgets. To say the average age is about 25 would be accurate, some a bit older, some a bit less. At any rate you shouldn't have problems meeting people and you seem to have a great attitude so surely your trip is going to rock :) Ash
      • July 28, 2018 at 3:06 am
        kim
        hi, merci pour vos info précieuses ,alors j'aimerai demandez si possible qu'elle est le meilleur auberge pour faire des rencontre sympa on est deux jeunes on aimerai recentres des personnes sympa cultivé et surtout cool on hesite entre le toc hostel et le casa garcia merci
        • July 28, 2018 at 5:59 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Hi Kim, I would say the best hostel for meeting people would be St Christopher's or Sant Jordi Rock Palace (I don't know why you say 'toc' hostel? I don't understand, did you mean 'rock'?) Hope this helps! If you need help in French you can go to visitebarcelone.fr btw :) Ash
  • July 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    Aykut
    Hey, I will be on a solo trip at Bcn on August. This will be the first time i will be travelling solo and because that I am a shy person little bit, I want to stay at a hostel where is easy to meet with other people and socialize. Can you make couple of recommandations for me?
    • July 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Aykut, Not to worry, I'm a similar person myself :) Of the list above the best ones would be St Christopher's and Sant Jordi Rock Palace. Both organize lots of pub nights, games, meals etc... you'll meet lots of people! Ash
      • July 13, 2018 at 2:55 pm
        Aykut
        Thank you so much for your answer. I want to ask one more thing. What are your opinions about 360 arts&culture Hostel concidering my situation?
        • July 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          I haven't stayed in it myself but they appear to have pub crawls and dinners as well... if I found a good deal on a bed or it was in a better location for my needs I wouldn't hesitate to book :)
  • May 3, 2018 at 4:13 am
    laura
    Hi, Are these hostels for people staying a short time only? Looking for a social place for a 21 year old for 9 months. Any ideas? Thanks.
    • May 3, 2018 at 8:31 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Laura, Typically hostels (especially the popular ones) only accept guests for stays up to 7 or 14 days. A 9 month stay would be virtually unheard of but that said you're always free to contact the hostels individually with any such requests. I would just arrive in Barcelona and immediately start a search for short term lets on a site like www.idealista.com. It'll be much cheaper than going for a hostel in a similar neighbourhood and the bonus is you won't have to share a room with 5-10 travellers. Ash
  • January 15, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    Janna
    Hello, I'm a 20 year old female and I'll be interning in Barcelona until August. I'm arriving in BCN this week to look at apartments, meet people, etc. (Hopefully moving into an apartment February 1st.) I don't necessarily want to stay in a "party" hostel, but I want a very social hostel that makes it easy to meet people. I really enjoy yoga, but unfortunately Jam Hostel was all booked up. Any thoughts? Thank you!
    • January 15, 2018 at 9:54 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Janna, For something that's super social but also have comfortable and modern rooms and will never feel too intense (especially in January) I recommend St Christopher's... the pub and social activities are there if you need it but it's not the kind of vibe where the noise gets upstairs. It's also super central and in a great place to get to know the city. Let me know how it turns out! :) Ash
  • December 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Matt
    That is an excellent list, I really enjoy Barcelona Central Garden. It always feels like coming home to friends, the lovely staff and especially the lovely owners!!
  • November 27, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    Ana
    Hi, Ash I will be in Barcelona for 5 nights on early march. I am a solo female traveler with 30 something. I prefer small hostells with little luxury or comfort. Still like to party (not everyday and not wild) but dont want stay in 24h party hostel. Maybe a hostel with a social scene. Do you have any recomendations?
    • November 27, 2017 at 8:47 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Ana, As a thirty-something myself I can certainly see what you're getting at ;) If you want a tinge of luxury but with social aspects that aren't too over the top I have to go with Yeah Hostel. The rooms are super nice, modern, and clean and the little details like personal charging cubbies for your mobile are fantastic. The dinners are a great place to meet people and the pub crawl is optional should you need it. If you're looking for a small hostel that's less about social stuff I'd recommend the 6 bed dorms atCasa Gracia. Even though it's not so social you can always check out the events on Meetup.com or Couchsurfing... there are international meetups practically every day of the week! Please let me know if you have any more questions. Ash
      • November 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm
        Ana
        Hi Ash Thanks for the fast reply. Isnt Yeah Hostel too big? I read it somewhere it has 98 rooms. But if you guarantee me it has a cosy vibe, not a hotel one. Where we trully meet people and exchange experience, I will totally trust you. By the way, what you think about Bed and Bike crowd ?
        • November 28, 2017 at 4:12 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Ana, First of all know that for accommodation I am usually just going on word of mouth from my blog readers... since I live in Barcelona I haven't stayed at many places (if I have I'll mention it in the review)... but when I said Yeah feels like home I was referring to the rooms themselves and the mattresses and amount of amenities. It is a hostel of considerable size though it doesn't give the hotel vibe with creepy long hallways. Bed and Bike has less rooms yet still has an open concept design and a large common room. If you want something small and more low key with a bike thrown in this may be your bet. Again, since I live in BCN I unfortunately haven't stayed at many of the accommodations on my lists so you may find more in depth info looking at the customer reviews on Booking. Thank you again for writing and let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
  • October 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm
    Kim
    Hi Ash, I'm staying on my own for a couple of nights in December, and was wondering where you'd recommend for a 30-year-old woman who wants a place to be sociable, but isn't necessarily up for a wild party? I might even prefer a private room, but within a hostel. Thanks in advance!
    • October 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm
      Kim
      I've taken the plunge on Casa Gracia. It looks spot on!
      • October 9, 2017 at 10:26 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi Kim, You couldn't resist eh? Well I'm sure Casa Gracia will be right up your alley. In the absence of many social opportunities there (sometimes you hit dead spots in low season or during the week etc.) my suggestion is to check out the local events on either Couchsurfing or Meetup.com. At any rate I am sure it'll be great. Please let me know if you have any more questions, Ash
  • August 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    Danielle p
    What do you think about Amistat Beach Hostel?
    • August 26, 2017 at 10:12 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Danielle, I haven't had any personal experience with it but I can tell you a few things. Number one, the neighbourhood will be a little bit inconvenient for sightseeing but it'll be awesome if you're more coming for a beach holiday. For me Poble Nou is an up and coming neighbourhood and the main street Rambla del Poble Nou will give you everything you need. Being near there and the beach will be great. And it'll be quiet. It looks modern and trendy and I've heard good things about the hostel chain. I would only hesitate if you wanted something a little more central and walking distance to attractions or a ton of bars... if you're happy to take your time travelling and enjoy the beach or go out to the clubs at the port then it'll be perfect. Let me know if you have any more questions. Ash
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