Barcelona has a ton of hostels with many receiving excellent ratings. Prices are on the high side so expect to pay around €35/night during the summer for the best hostels in Barcelona. That said, a cheap hostel is around €25/night but they’re not always the nicest places.
We recommend checking Hostel World to see prices for your dates since they’re always changing.
QUICK INFO ABOUT BARCELONA HOSTELS
Average Price For A Bed: As said before, hostels in Barcelona can be a little pricey.
At the low end, hostels start around €24-€26/night in the summer. If you want something high-rated in the city center expect to pay around €35-39/night.
Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.
Traveling in a group? Consider Airbnb (get $35 credit when you use this link) because the per person cost could be cheaper than a hostel — especially if you want a private room.
Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early: Hostel prices are fairly standardized (there are a few outliers) but the quality does vary quite a bit. The best options do get booked up quickly (especially in the summer).
Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: A lot of hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.
New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.
BARCELONA’S BEST HOSTELS
This list of Barcelona’s best hostels is based on overall quality, location, price, and guests’ reviews. We do encourage you to check out HostelWorld to search through all of Barcelona’s hostels.
NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.
Hostel One Paralelo
Hostel One Paralelo is consistently rated one of the best hostels in Barcelona (and Europe for that matter). It’s part of the Hostel One (who also wins awards for being one of the best small chains) so you know their standards are high. The staff is awesome and they organize all kinds of activities (free nightly dinners, drinking games, pub crawls, etc.). There is also a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and multiple common areas.
This is certainly a lively hostel with a fun and welcoming atmosphere. That said, if you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep then this probably shouldn’t be your top choice (or at least book a private room).
Hostel One Ramblas
Hostel One Ramblas is another excellent hostel that’s part of the Hostel One chain of hostels. This hostel gets great reviews all-around — great atmosphere, staff, location, cleanliness, etc. They offer a free dinner every night and a free bar/club crawl. They also have a well-equipped kitchen, laundry, and a rooftop terrace.
This is another lively hostel so you’re bound to make lots of friends and have a great time. That said, if you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep then this probably shouldn’t be your top choice (or at least book a private room).
Hostel One Sants
Yep. Another great Hostel One hostel — Hostel One Sants. You’ll love the free nightly dinners, drinking games, free pub/club crawls, and other events this award-winning hostel offers. The atmosphere is top notch. The staff is amazing. It’s clean. The beds are comfortable. They have laundry and plenty of common areas. Like all Hostel One properties, Sants is lively and can be a party hostel. The Sants is a bit outside the “center” of Barcelona but it’s near two subway stops.
Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia
The Sant Jordi Hostel Gracia is an award-winning hostel that’s located in a very hip part of Barcelona with lots of bars and restaurants. It’s a bit far from most of the city’s sights/touristy stuff but all that is a short subway ride away. The staff is super welcoming and they have a free nightly dinner and pub crawl. The hostel itself is modern, clean, and the beds get great reviews. There is also a kitchen and a rooftop terrace. The atmosphere is lively so expect a bit of noise at night but nothing too crazy.
Rodamon Barcelona Centre
The Rodamon Barcelona Centre is a beautiful hostel in the center of Barcelona. This isn’t a party hostel so it’s a great option if you want a quiet place to chill after a long day of sightseeing — plus the beds are super comfortable and the whole hostel is kept very clean. There’s also a great terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s also an excellent all-you-can-eat breakfast for €4.50.
Sant Jordi Alberg
Sant Jordi Alberg is one of the city’s top party hostels (Barcelona is a party city, after all) so it super popular with travelers — especially solo travelers. They also cater to younger travelers so it may not be a great choice if you’re not staying out until 4 am. That said, they do organize regular pub crawls/nights out and the location is solid. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and they organize a dinner each night.
Mediterranean Youth Hostel
The Mediterranean Youth Hostel is another great all-around hostel. It has everything you want in a place to stay — lively atmosphere, comfortable beds, clean showers, plenty of common space to make friends, fully-equipped kitchen, and free walking tours. They also organize dinners (although not free). The hostel is also in a solid location.
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace has a roof-top swimming pool, a bar, and a guitar collection…. so yeah, this is a fun hostel. Also, don’t be surprised if you experience a few raucous nights. The hostel is clean, has a kitchen, and has laundry facilities. The hostel is located in a nice part of town so you’re near plenty of sights.
Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia
Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia is another highly rated “party hostel” that’s located in a cool part of town. In fact, it’s super close to the famous Sagrada Familia (which is about a 15-minute subway ride to the “center” of town). The friendly staff organizes nightly events — including pub/club crawls. They have a large communal kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, and a chill-out room with a skateboard ramp (kinda weird but still cool).
Kabul Party Hostel Barcelona
The Kabul Party Hostel Barcelona lives up to its party name. There’s a reason this is considered one of Europe’s top party hostels. This is not the place to go to get a good night’s sleep — especially in the 22-bed dorm room. In addition to the free pub crawls, they offer free breakfast, free dinners, and cheap drinks. There’s also a big chill-out area. The facilities aren’t amazing but that’s not why people stay here. As a bonus, this hostel is located in the absolute heart of the city… you can’t get any better.
St Christopher’s Barcelona
St Christopher’s Barcelona is part of the very popular St Christopher’s chain of hostels — which means it’s going to be a solid hostel. They have a bar downstairs so it’s easy to meet people. The hostel is located in a great part of town so you’re close to a lot of the sights. It is a big hostel so some people said it can feel a little cold and the kitchen isn’t very good (it’s basically a microwave and a small fridge).
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