With well over 100 hostels in Barcelona it can be a real pain in the neck deciding where to stay.
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 Barcelonahacks has you covered.
Here’s a list of the best youth hostels in Barcelona straight from the horse’s mouth. All of these have either been stayed at by myself or tested by blog readers.
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 €19 (low season) or €27 (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.
The Best Hostels in Barcelona
Hostel Sant Jordi Rock Palace
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.
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 Sagrada Familia, Casa 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.
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.
360 Hostel Barcelona Arts & Culture
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.
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.
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.
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.
St Christopher’s Barcelona
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!
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.
Hip Karma Hostel
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!
Barcelona Central Garden Hostel
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.
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.
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
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