My 5 best hostels in Barcelona (2024)

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Are wondering what the best hostels in Barcelona are? Whether you’re looking for value, quality or a party hostel Barcelona has them all.

Here’s a summary of my selection of the best hostels in Barcelona:

Alas, with 150+ hostels, it can be overwhelming to know where to stay in Barcelona.

So, with so many options on hand, how do you find the best hostels in Barcelona?

Easy. Read the list below!

I have created it according to the following criteria:

  • Overall quality. I take a 360º look at the hostel to see the positives and negatives. The idea here is to find superb hostels that are still affordable.
  • Best location. All 5 hostels in my list are centrally located.
  • Good rates. You will find the best price to quality ratio, including prices during high season.
  • Vibe and general atmosphere. Every hostel has a personality. Some are party hostels and some are quiet. So look for a place to stay that matches your travel style.
  • Other guest reviews. I have devoted a lot of time to read prior reviews and analyze at the good and the bad.

My 5 best hostels in Barcelona

Onefam Paralelo

It’s part of the Onefam chain who frequently wins awards, so their quality standards are high. Located at the city’s core, you have easy access to top attractions, vibrant cafes, and the best of the local scene, all within walking distance.

Onefam Paralelo boasts a cinema room with Netflix, three distinct common areas tailored to relaxation, work, or socializing, all complemented by excellent free WiFi. The 24/7 kitchen allows for the convenience of preparing meals anytime, enhancing the homey feel.

What truly sets Onefam Paralelo apart is its exceptional staff, always ready with a smile and eager to assist, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free stay. They also organize all kinds of activities, and they offer breakfast until noon and serve free home cooked dinners.

The nightly parties and bar crawls offer a fantastic way to experience Barcelona’s renowned nightlife. While it’s an energetic hostel, there are also separate common rooms for chilling out and working.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Extremely social hostel with activities going on every day.
  • The staff makes this a place you’ll always remember.
  • Good location, easy connection with major attractions.

Yeah Barcelona Hostel

Located in the busy Gràcia neighborhood (full of restaurants, lively squares, trendy shops and cinemas), this hostel has a youthful vibe and is an excellent option to experience Barcelona’s vibrant culture and socialize. Its central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the city, with Sagrada Familia and the Gracia nightlife just a short walk away.

If you want a tinge of luxury but with social aspects that are not too over the top go with Yeah Hostel.

The hostel stands out with its rooftop pool and nightly events, perfect for meeting new people and having a great time. The rooms are super nice, modern, and clean and the little details like the rooftop swimming pool are fantastic. And as you may have guessed, the dinners are a great place to meet people.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • The staff is awesome, very kind, helpful, friendly and a joy to be around.
  • The beds are extremely comfortable.
  • Common areas are spacious and cozy to relax, work or socialize.

The Central House Barcelona Gracia

Housed in a typical 19th century building just off the Avinguda Diagonal, this more upmarket hostel is surrounded by all the life and buzz of the Eixample neighborhood. Its prime location, a short 10-minute walk from Plaça Catalunya and the historic Las Ramblas, makes exploring Barcelona a breeze.

Featuring a Nordic minimalist and elegant design, this hostel is all about style, romance, and unique local experiences like tapas and free walking tours. While breakfast isn’t complimentary, you can enjoy free tea and coffee throughout the day.

The Central House Barcelona Gracia is definitely not a party hostel so it’s a great option if you want a quiet place to chill after a long day of sightseeing. And… the cherry at the top is a great terrace where you can relax.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Amazing rooftop terrace.
  • Incredibly friendly and accommodating staff.
  • Really fantastic value for money.

Generator Hostel Barcelona

Generator Barcelona stands out as a vibrant and stylish hostel located in the heart of Barcelona’s Gràcia neighborhood, offering a unique blend of modern design and welcoming atmosphere. This dynamic hostel, set in a revamped electricity company building, boasts 740 beds and manages to maintain a cozy vibe.

The hostel is known for its lively social scene, featuring live music, DJ sessions, and yoga on the rooftop terrace. The friendly staff are always on hand to offer local tips and help with tickets.

Accommodations range from contemporary dorms to private rooms, all air-conditioned, with options for women-only dorms and family-friendly private rooms. While there’s no communal kitchen, the on-site bar and restaurant serve up tasty meals and snacks, and the hostel’s app makes ordering in-house meals a breeze.

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Many activities within the hostel throughout the week.
  • The staff always go out of their way to make you feel welcome and informed.
  • Excellent location, literally close to everything.

Primavera Hostel

Located in an early 20th century building, the premises have been renovated and transformed into a dynamic, bright and warm space. The building preserves a hint of its traditional architecture and decoration, but with the design is modern and sleek.

There’s a fully equipped kitchen as well, in case you want to cook your own meals. The staff at Primavera Hostel are awesome too!

3 reasons why you’ll love it:

  • The staff are very welcoming and they will make you feel very at home.
  • Possibility of leaving luggage and using communal space even after checking out.
  • Very well connected from the Verdaguer Metro station.

Map of the top 5 hostels in Barcelona

As always, you have all the information on a specific map of accommodation in Barcelona.

And don’t forget that you can use this map at home and while you’re traveling in Spain. You have all the details on how to do so on the Spain Traveller maps page, where you also have links to all the other maps.

5 tips to book your Barcelona hostel

  • The best area to stay in Barcelona is Eixample. It is easily the best area to stay in Barcelona for sightseeing. Other great areas to stay in Barcelona are
    • El Born. A central and beautiful neighborhood with pedestrian only streets and tasteful street art.
    • El Raval. Home of the best ethnic food in the city and some of the best bars in Europe.
    • Gracia. This pedestrian-only area is full of beautiful squares and lacks of chain restaurants and shops.
  • The average price of the hostels in Barcelona is between 25-40€/night during the high season. Expect to pay around 15-25€/night during the mid and low season.
  • As with most popular cities in Europe, it is common practice for the hostels in Barcelona to raise their prices on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Barcelona can be an expensive destination if you don’t plan ahead. The best options do get booked up quickly (especially during high season). So you should definitely book your Barcelona hostel in advance.
  • Sometimes cheaper places end up costing more (hidden fees, extra transport, and so on) and tend to be on dodgy areas where your safety is not guaranteed. Also, be careful with hostels on streets made up of tourist traps of any kind.

Find the best hostels in Barcelona

If you couldn’t find what you were looking for in my selection above, or you prefer to conduct your own research, use the following search box to look for other hostels in Barcelona.


Do you need more information on Barcelona?

This article is part of a complete guide about Barcelona where you can read all the information you need to plan your trip to this popular destination in Spain.

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1. When to visit Barcelona
2. How many days to spend in Barcelona
3. How to get to Barcelona
4. How to move around Barcelona
5. Barcelona hotels: where to stay in Barcelona
6. What to eat in Barcelona
7. What to do in Barcelona
8. Tips to visit the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
9. How to buy tickets to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
10. Tips to attend a FC Barcelona match
11. How to buy FC Barcelona tickets
12. Day trips from Barcelona

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