The Best Hostels in Barcelona

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Looking for the best hostels in Barcelona? Well you aren’t alone!

Barcelona, city of Gaudi, is visited by millions of backpackers and vacationers each year. Barcelona (BCN) has rapidly grown in popularity recently, much to the surprise of … nobody. This historic city is home to numerous sights, attractions, beaches, food, wine, and nightlife. It possess an electric, yet somehow laid-back, ambiance that we have found to be completely unique.

In order to accommodate 8 million annual visitors there are hundreds of hotels, hostels, and short term apartment rentals in Barcelona. So, with so many options on hand, how do you find the best hostels for backpackers and budget travelers in Barcelona? Easy. Read the list below! We spent weeks in BCN over the last few years, and did a lot of leg work to pick out some of the best hostels in Barcelona in order to save you, our dear reader, some time.

A word of caution before we get to our list of hostels. Backpackers traveling in Barcelona during high season hoping to find dorm beds for under 15 euro will be highly disappointed. Indeed, during peak months (May – September) prices for accommodations rise sharply (and to be honest they were sort of high anyway). Expect to pay a minimum of $25 a night for a dorm anywhere near the center of the city.

Those traveling in larger groups are advised to look into renting an Airbnb style apartment during Barcelona’s high season which might actually be more affordable then the cost of 4 or more dorm beds.

Check out our Barcelona on a Budget guide for some tips on saving money in BCN, and for a nifty list of prices you can expect to find around town for such things as groceries and transportation.

Almost make sure to take a look of this list of top things to do in Barcelona when traveling on a budget for some helpful suggestions on what to see and do when money is a little tight.

Best Hostels in Barcelona

St. Christopher’s Inn, Barcelona

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St Christopher’s Inn is right in the middle of it all, located at the top of Las Ramblas and half a block from the Placa de Catalunya. This large hostel offers everything a young backpacker or budget travelers might need, including free continental breakfast, kitchen, lockers, free WiFi, a 24-hour reception, an onsite bar and restaurant, and a common room and Internet lounge. It’s a great choice for those looking for a hostel big on socializing but might not be the most clean or quiet hostel you will find in Barcelona.

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Generator Hostel Barcelona

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The Generator Hostel Barcelona is located just a block from Ave Diagonal and Las Ramblas just a short walk from Place Catalunya and right in the center of Barcelona. Guests have a wide selection of rooms to choose from, including twins rooms and shared dorms. The hostel even has fantastic female-only dorm rooms that include hairdryers, super soft pillows and duvets, en-suite bathrooms with super-power showers, bunks with privacy boards, dressing tables, and full length mirrors.

The Generator offers all guess fast and free WiFi, a 24-hour lounge to relax and socialize with other guests in, events with live music, DJ’s, art collaborations, and more, a 24-hour reception, and prepared food throughout most of the day and evening. This adds up to unquestionably make Generator one of the best hostels in Barcelona.

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Kabul Hostel

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Is this the best party hostel in Barcelona? It very well might be.

Kabul Hostel is located right around the corner from the thrumming party street of Las Ramblas, which is pretty much ideal if you are looking to party in Barcelona. It’s also closer to the beach than most of the other hostels listed in this article.

Kabul, an all dorm hostel, plays hosts to a younger crowd, and styles itself as a party hostel. This won’t be the cleanest hostel you can find in Barcelona. On the other hand, it might be the one that gives you your wildest hangover. Kabul thoughtfully provides a free pasta dinner to give visitors a solid alcohol absorbing foundation for a night of drinking.

The hostel has a nice rooftop terrace for socializing, a lively bar, a game room with pool, chess, and foosball tables, a lounge room, and a common room, and a terrace/solarium. Guests can also enjoy free breakfast, magnetic key operated security lockers, luggage storage, and WiFi.

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Barcelona Central Garden

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What makes the Central Garden one of the best hostels in Barcelona?

Located a few minutes walk from the Placa de Catalunya, Casa Batllò, and La Rambla de Catalunya, the Barcelona Central Garden refers to itself as an oasis in the center of BCN. And it very well might be just that. This tranquil hostel is a great fit for backpackers and budget travelers looking to stay in cozy family run establishment, and not a large wild party hostel.

The hostel has private budget rooms for 2 people, mixed and female only dorms, private hotel style rooms. There is a fully equipped kitchen, complimentary coffee & tea 24/hours, a friendly multilingual staff and a 24-hour reception, free storage, free WiFi, irons and hairdryers, free walking tours and activities, and even board games and books on loan. All that makes for a great hostel, in our book.

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Hostel One Paralelo

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Hostel One Paralelo is the best option for solo travelers in Barcelona who would like to meet other people. The guys running this place but a heavy emphasis on community, and it really shows. The hostel brings everyone together with free nightly (and communal) dinners, and organizes bespoke group outings in the evenings.

Additionally, guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen, sun patio, terrace, Jacuzzi, free WiFi, lockers, luggage storage, fully equipped kitchen, and complimentary coffee and tea. All of that adds up to make this not only one of the best hostels in Barcelona, but also one of the friendliest.

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Budget Hotels in Barcelona

We recommend the following two establishments for those looking to stay in budget to mid range hotels while visiting Barcelona.

Praktik Garden

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If your  budget allows you to spend around $125 a night on a hotel room in Barcelona, this is the hotel you should go with. Super clean, comfortable, well designed, and aesthetically pleasing, the Praktik Garden might very well be the best budget hotel in Barcelona. Friendly staff, comfortable beds, and a great location make this hotel an extremely safe bet.

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Hotel Jazz

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Hotel Jazz in Barcelona is one of the better mid-range hotels in the city. We can’t really call it a budget hotel, since high season prices can start at around $180 a room.  However this hotel is worth the price if you aren’t traveling on a tight budget. A personable and smiling staff, spacious (and comfortable) rooms, and a rooftop with swimming pool with restaurant really make this place a winner. Jazz is so close to the center that it might as well be on top of it.

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2 thoughts on “The Best Hostels in Barcelona

  1. Many thanks for this guide. I’m planning to travel to Barcelona in three months, and finding a good hostel, obviously, is an important thing to do. Thanks a lot! 😉

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