Barcelona is one of Spain’s biggest and most interesting cities. It’s a very modern city, but at the same time, it holds close to its historic roots. You’ll find modern buildings next to historic ones, next to fanciful and downright weird creations by the famous architect, Gaudi – don’t miss Parc Güell, or the never completed Sagrada Família, Gaudi’s mind-bending masterpieces.
A walk down the main drag of La Rambla will provide endless entertainment from street performers, kiosk sales people, and the never-ending stream of tourists who amble down the cobblestoned street towards the beach. There’s lots to see here, so you’ll want to find a good hostel in Barcelona to call home for a while.
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Hostel One Paralelo
There are more than one Hostel One’s in Barcelona (confusing, eh?), but the Hostel One Paralelo is relatively new, and has quickly become one of the highest ranked hostels in Barcelona. The dorms have new beds with nice thick mattresses, and there is a fully-equipped kitchen where you can cook up meals on the cheap. The patio is the best place to chill out – they even have a Jacuzzi! Every night, the staff cooks a free dinner (yeah, FREE!), which is shared by everyone, helping to create a great family atmosphere. This is the kind of place where the staff really care, and they usually remember everyone’s name.
This location is near Parallel Metro station, a good central location and walking distance to Plaça d’Espanya and La Rambla.
Located at Paralelo Calle Salvá 62, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. More info here.
Sant Jordi Diagonal Hostel
Like Hostel One, there are actually several Sant Jordi hostels in Barcelona. The Sant Jordi Diagonal Hostel is usually thought to be the best, and it’s located near La Sagrada Familia. The place is small, but it’s got big heart – it was voted as the 10th Best Small Hostel Worldwide by Hostel World customers in 2010. The rooms range from private rooms to eight-bed dorms, all with good mattresses and lockers.
There is a fully equipped kitchen that is open all night, as well as a dining area and a nice chilled out common area with a good collection of movies, games and books. The common area gets the party started, and often, the staff will lead pub crawls or group excursions to local bars, giving you a good taste of Barcelona’s crazy nightlife.
Located at Av Diagonal 436, Entr., 2′, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. More info here.
St Christopher’s Barcelona
St. Christopher’s Hostels can be found all over Europe, and they are pretty much always among the best option in town. They seem to have figured out the formula for a good hostel and they’ve been making innovations on the world of hostling for years. This hostel is located at at Placa de Catalunya, just a couple minutes walk to La Rambla.
The bunk beds have privacy curtains (yeah, seriously!), lights and plugs built in, as well as lockers to keep your stuff safe.
They offer free breakfast, free wifi, and of course, their famous Belushi’s Bar onsite. The common area and the bar are beautiful, spacious, and awesome. St. Christopher’s is perfect for chilling out in the lounge or boozing in the bar and making new friends.