Barcelona has some of the best hostels in Europe and there are hostels that cater to multiple travel styles. But with so many hostels, it can be hard to find which one will work best for you. That’s why we created The Savvy Backpacker’s guide to the best hostels in Barcelona based on quality, price, vibe, and other important factors.
Average Price For A Barcelona Hostel
Hostel beds in Barcelona start around €25-€30/night in the summer. The most desirable hostels with the best ratings will cost you closer to €35-€40/night.
Check Hostelworld to get exact prices for your dates.
Quick Facts About Barcelona Hostels
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).
Weekend Rates: As with most popular cities in Europe, it’s common for the hostels in Barcelona to raise their prices on Friday and Saturday nights.
Check The Hostel Vibe: Every hostel has its own unique vibe. Some are homey and welcoming. Some cater to a party crowd. Some are modern. Some feel like a hotel. Read the reviews to see which hostel matches your travel style.
Age Restrictions: Some hostels cater to families and school groups — so book an 18+ hostel if you don’t want to be surrounded by a bunch of middle school kids. Also, family-friendly hostels tend to attract an older crowd so you probably won’t find the typical “backpacker” experience.
Areas/Neighborhoods: Cheaper hostels tend to be located a bit outside the city center. That said, public transport is good so it isn’t much of an issue but it’s something to consider.
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.
Hostel Newbie?: Check out our Guide To Hostels in Europe to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.
Barcelona’s Best Hostels: Our Top Picks
This list of Barcelona’s best hostels is based on overall quality, location, price, and guest reviews. We do encourage you to check out Hostelworld to search through all of Barcelona’s hostels.
How We Rank The Hostels
- Overall Quality: We take a holistic look at the hostel to see the positives and negatives. Our goal is to find amazing hostels that are still affordable.
- Location: Most hostels we list will be centrally located.
- Price: We try to filter out the super-expensive hostels to help find the best price-to-quality ratio.
- Vibe/Atmosphere: Every hostel has a personality. Some are party hostels and some are quiet. We try to note the atmosphere so you can find a place to stay that matches your travel style.
- Past Guest Reviews: Every guest has a different experience so we look at the good and the bad. We suggest you take a few minutes to read prior reviews.
We encourage you to check out Hostelworld to do a bit of searching for yourself.
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
Hostel One Paralelo is consistently rated as 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
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 you might want to look elsewhere.
Hostel One Sants Hostel
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 (i.e. it’s not a “party” hostel).
Rodamon Barcelona Centre Hostel
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.
Rodamon Barcelona Centre also has an excellent all-you-can-eat breakfast for €4.50.
Sant Jordi Alberg Hostel
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.
Sant Jordi Alberg caters to younger travelers (they organize regular pub crawls/nights) so it may not be a great choice if you’re not staying out until 4 am. 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 — a lively atmosphere, comfortable beds, clean showers, plenty of common space to make friends, a fully-equipped kitchen, free walking tours, and an excellent location.
Mediterranean Youth Hostel organizes communal dinners (although not free).
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace Hostel
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 as it has a lively atmosphere.
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 Hostel
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 Hostel
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 Hostel
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.
Like all St Christopher’s Hostels, it is a large hostel so some people said it didn’t have a very social vibe so meeting other travelers might be difficult. The kitchen isn’t very good (it’s basically a microwave and a small fridge) is another thing to consider.
Hostel Packing Advice
Staying in hostels poses a few unique packing challenges so I’m here to help by recommending a few of my must-have items. Check out my Hostel Packing List for the full list but below are the absolute necessities:
- Padlock For Your Hostel Locker: Master Lock 1505D, Master Lock 1535DWD, & Master Lock 1500iD are all affordable options on Amazon.
- Hanging Toiletry Case For Tiny Hostel Bathrooms: AmazonBasics Hanging Travel Toiletry Kit Bag and emissary Large Hanging Toiletry Bag are two cheap options on Amazon.
- Quick Drying Travel Towel: I like the Sea to Summit Drylite Towel & Rainleaf Microfiber Towel because they’re only around $25.
- Eyemasks and Earplugs for Loud Roommates: These Flents Protechs Sleep Ear Plugs are designed for sleep.
- Prepaid SIM Card W/ Mobile Data: Having high-speed mobile data is a requirement these days, so I recommend buying a SIM card before arriving in Europe. Here’s my guide to the best Prepaid SIM Cards for Europe and the Best eSIM Data Plans for Europe.
More Helpful Budget Travel Advice
Here are some helpful links to articles that we think you’ll find interesting if you’re staying in hostels and traveling around Europe on a budget.
- Guide to Hostels in Europe: Tips and advice for finding the best hostels in Europe
- Hostel Etiquette: The unwritten rules about staying in a hostel
- How To Be A Good Hostel Guest: The unwritten rules about staying in
- Backpacking Europe Packing List: What you should (and shouldn’t) pack when traveling to Europe.
- The Best Travel Insurance: Tips for choosing travel insurance.
- The Best Travel Shoes: Finding comfortable and stylish shoes for travel.
- The Best Travel Backpacks: Our favorite backpacks designed for traveling Europe.
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