My 5 best hostels in Barcelona

How to find the best hostels in Barcelona? Whether you are looking for value, quality or a party hostel Barcelona has them all.

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.

Here is a summary of my selection:


My 5 best hostels in Barcelona

Hostel One Paralelo: It is part of the Hostel One chain who frequently wins awards, so their quality standards are high.

The staff is awesome, they organize all kinds of activities and they offer breakfast until noon and serve free home cooked dinners. While it is an energetic hostel, there are also separate common rooms for chilling out and working.

That said, if you are looking for a peaceful night’s sleep then this probably should not be your top choice.

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.

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

Rodamón Barcelona Hostel: 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.

Featuring a Nordic minimalist and elegant design, there is a great terrace to relax on.

This is definitely not a party hostel so it is a great option if you want a quiet place to chill after a long day of sightseeing.

Generator Hostel Barcelona: The hostel is actually a combination hotel and hostel, with the hotel wing having its own elevator. The hostel section has both shared dorm rooms and private rooms, while the hotel has private singles and doubles.

Located in the Gracia neighborhood, it offers contemporary design features and quality amenities. However, there are no available food preparation facilities, and external food and drinks are prohibited to promote the hostel’s own café and restaurant in the building.

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 is a fully equipped kitchen as well, in case you want to cook your own meals. The staff here are awesome too!


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 are 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.


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If you could not 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.

Here is a complete summary of all the guide:

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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