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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
  • August 22, 2017 at 11:21 am
    Kanav
    Hi. The information on your website/blog looks extremely helpful. Ill visiting Barcelona in September for the first time. Plan to spend 6-7 days. Would you recommend to stay in one hostel for the entire stay or split it between 2 hostels. If yes, then which 2 hostels should i look at?
    • August 24, 2017 at 7:36 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kanav, Thanks for the kind words on the blog, makes my work worthwhile Let's see. Personally I would prefer staying in only one hostel unless it was so bad I needed a change. Hopefully that won't apply with these beauties! Checkkng out at 10 am and then lugging my suitcases to another to check in at 1 pm is just an unnecessary hassle. If you let me know your age and what you're looking to get out of your holiday (peace and quiet vs. party for example) I could help you choose one? Let me know! Ash
      • August 24, 2017 at 9:50 am
        Kanav
        Thanks for reverting. So as per your list of recommended hostels, i booked the Sant Jordi Rock Hostel. Im gonna be staying there for 6 nights in the second week of September. What transportation/travel passes should i buy? Or any other passes/tickets for any major attractions/places i should purchase beforehand.
        • August 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Kanav, First off good on you for booking one of the sickest hostels in all of Europe! I am sure you won't regret it :) In six days I imagine you've got a lot to see so the best pass I'll recommend is the Barcelona City Pass. It includes tickets to Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and the Bus Turistic. Three things any tourist must see in the city. On top of this it gives you 20% off virtually any attraction in the city from Casa Batllo to Flamenco to tapas tours etc. It also allows you to skip lines. It also gives you 20% off the Hola Bcn discount transport card (you'll be able to select any combination of days or skip it altogether which gives you more flexibility). I would suggest using this as it's the cheapest all-inclusive transport pass on the market. Anyway, if you're looking to save money, skip lines, and have the convenience of booking everything online from home than the City Pass is the one. I'll leave you the link below: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-city-pass/ Please let me know if you have any more questions, Ash
  • June 28, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    Kat Mendoza
    Hello, what are your thoughts on Yeah Barcelona Hostel? I will be taking a trip by myself in November and I've already began my research. I'm using your website as my guide. Thank you!
    • June 29, 2017 at 9:36 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Kat, Funny you mention that, I was intending to add Yeah to the list but haven't got around to it. I've heard many good things and the awards speak for themselves. It's more geared to the 25-30 crowd than 18-22 and the meals and bar crawls make it a great place to meet people without going full on party hostel. You can't ask for a better location from a sightseeing standpoint and the beds are also second to none. Quality all around apparently. Anyway, let me know if you have any more questions because I'm here to help. Cheers, Ash
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