When traveling Europe, Spain in is indeed among the best places to visit. And if you are looking for a place to start and possibly the place to stay, skip Madrid and go to Barcelona right away. While staying in a luxurious accommodation can be tempting, there are so much to do and see in Barcelona that make backpacking and hostels the better way to go, especially when you aspire to get the most out of your pocket money and cards.

Fortunately, Barcelona boasts reliable, modern, affordable and convenient means of public transportation. But the city is also known for walking tours. Some travelers even explore the city in bikes for added fun.

Barcelona can be a pretty expensive place to visit, so you may want to be careful when picking accommodation. But really, if you are looking for a real European adventure in Spain, you can do so without breaking the bank. To help you experience this blithe city, we came up with the best hostels to stay in Barcelona.

Check our also: Best Hostels in Madrid for backpackers to stay in 2019

Generator Barcelona (Best Hostel for Digital Nomads)

HostelWorld (*8.5) Booking.com (*8.4) Map Starts at ($28) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

This property made it to our list because of its strategic and convenient location, with a chance of possibly the best view in Barcelona without spending too much. Generator Barcelona offers its guests a marvelous landscape of the Sagrada Familia, especially from the 7th floor, and easy access to top locations by foot or metro ride.

This hostel is just a 5-minutes stroll from Barcelona’s two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer, within walking distance from the Eixample district where trendy shops, bars, and restaurants are located, and a 15-minute metro ride to the famous Barceloneta Beach.

Guests get free WiFi access, available almost all throughout the hostel, and 24/7 lounge access to relax. There are also available Internet terminals also available for a minimal fee. 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. Affordable but delicious buffets and meals are offered for breakfasts, dinners, and snacks. There are also vending machines within the hostel for midnight cravings.

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Guests can choose from different hostel accommodations. Whether private rooms or dorms, all rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom. All rooms include power outlets, LED reading light, crisp white linen and sheets, lockers for rent, full-length mirrors, table and chair, and clothes hanging unit. Towels and body wash dispensers are included complimentary in Twin rooms only. All bunk beds in dorms have a privacy screen.

Laundry and ironing facilities are also available 24/7 for a minimal fee. A multilingual staff is available round-the-clock.

St. Christopher’s Barcelona (Best Hostel for Budget Travellers)

HostelWorld (*8.8) Booking.com (*8.3) Map Starts at ($18) for 16 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

St Christopher’s – Barcelona is a fresh, modern hostel in central Barcelona. Located at the top end of the famous street of La Rambla and right across Plaça de Catalunya’s official airport transfer drop-off point, this property exudes an envious location –  a few steps away from the city’s finest and most favored tourist attractions.

By foot, guests can have a 20-minute stroll and visit places such as La Boqueria Market, Plaça Reial, and the Picasso Museum. By train, guests can visit La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi apartments, Barceloneta Beach, and Parc Güell. Heads up, guests below 18 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult in a private room.

There are communal refrigerators for cold storage in the hostel and limited self-catering facilities. Continental breakfast buffets are available for a minimal cost. Guests get free, unlimited access to WiFi and great food and drink deals at its in-house party bar, Belushi. Get as much as  25% off their burgers, tapas, and more on their international food menu, and daily drink deals during Barcelona’s Longest Happy Hour. Free daily welcome meeting awaits guests with free sangria and nightly hostel events. Free walking tours are available daily.

This wheelchair-friendly, newly-renovated property offers state-of-the-art amenities like individual charging ports, private curtains, and secure personal lockers on every modern dorm bed. Guests can use their own padlocks or purchase a padlock for €4.

Towels are available for rent in the 24/7 reception. Guests can relax at the property’s huge chill-out room, stay connected at their Internet lounge, have a few games at the pool table and foosball, or enjoy the views at their outdoor terrace.

Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.1) Booking.com (*8.1) Map Starts at ($26) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

For hostels, Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia sets the bar for accommodations in Barcelona. It is a skateboard-themed designer inn with state-of-the-art amenities, prime location, and great services for any backpacker or traveler.

All hostel guests, including the ones who stay at the Sant Jordi Apt. Sagrada Familia, get access to this property’s relaxing common areas. Travelers and backpackers can opt for a 3-bed ensuite or up to 12-bed mixed dorms, making this hostel perfect for everyone who wants to explore urban arts, culture, and lifestyle of Barcelona. Guests also get access to an indoor mini-ramp in this skateboarders’ paradise.

Dorms come furnished with sturdy bunk beds (linens and sheets included), air conditioning, and windows. Each bed has its own headboard cubbies or compartments, reading lamp and charging station, and private lockers. Guests staying at ensuite rooms have their own private toilets and baths, while those staying at non-ensuite dorms can use the hostel’s private showers with separate toilet facilities. Hot water is available 24/7.

This property features a spacious and modern common area equipped with 8 computers with free internet and WiFi, a shared self-catering kitchen, a skate-ramp inspired chill-out area, and a huge TV. This common area is open 24 hours, away from the rooms and dorms so guests can get a good night sleep or socialize.

This hostel also has a large outdoor patio accessible to guests during the day. For those who want to explore the city, Antoni Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral is just a few minutes away. Because there are 2 metro lines a few blocks away from the hostel, guests can easily reach all of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions in under 15 minutes. There are also three night-bus lines that stop within three blocks from the property so sightseeing at night shouldn’t be an issue.

Bilingual staff who speak English and Spanish are available for information and recommendations.

360 Hostel Barcelona

HostelWorld (*9.2) Booking.com (*8.9) Map Starts at ($21) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

360 Hostel Barcelona boasts a central location, just a few blocks away from the central Plaza Cataluña. This property is also within walking distance from the city’s top attractions, bars and boutiques, including the posh Paseo de Gracia Avenue, the historical Gothic, the lively Raval, and the homey Borne neighborhoods.

Depending on the guests budget and privacy preferences, they can choose from 4 different dorm types for their stay. Dorms can have 2, 4, 6, or 8 beds. Two-bed dorms use bunk beds and have access to a private terrace. Linens and sheets are included. All rooms include reading lights,  spacious security lockers, and air-conditioning amenities.

This hostel provides its guests with complimentary 24/7 access to computers with free internet and Wi-Fi. This accommodation is also self-catering and comes with a fully equipped kitchen so guests can prepare and cook their own meals. There is also an airy lounge area with comfortable sofas where guests can meet other backpackers and make new friends. A movie room is available for those who want to stay in.

Recent backpackers who stayed here found the staff extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. Guests can ask 360 Hostel employees for recommendations on where to go and what to see in Barcelona, including restaurants, bars, clubs, and boutiques, and of course, favorite tourist destinations guests shouldn’t miss.

Hostel One Sants

HostelWorld (*9.7) Booking.com (*8.9) Map Starts at ($22) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

Barcelona’s Hostel One Sants pledges to give its guests a second home away from home. This vibrant hostel rests approximately 10 minutes away from the Sants Train and Metro Station by foot. This property is also just a 20-minutes stroll from Barcelona’s popular attractions such as the largest European stadium Camp Nou, the Montjuic hill overlooking Barcelona’s harbor, and Placa España.

Guests get complimentary access to Wifi, can relax at the hostel’s terrace, and eat free dinner during their stay. Dorms at Hostel One Sants are fully air-conditioned and equipped with bunk beds and free-for-use lockers. Sheets and linens are included. Restrooms and bath are shared while towels can be rented. The hostel offers laundry facilities for a minimal fee.

The hostel features a common kitchen open 24 hours a day, with free tea and coffee. Guests can cook their lunch and create cocktails together. For entertainment, guests can stay at a lounge equipped with a TV and a pool table.

One Sants offers its guests free luggage storage until midnight. The bus stop to Barcelona El Prat Airport is approximately 10 minutes away.

Mediterranean Youth Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.0) Booking.com (*8.5) Map Starts at ($22) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

The Mediterranean Youth Hostel made it to our pick because of its location, no curfew policy, guided tours, and amenities. Guests can enjoy quiet and spotless rooms and get the help they need from the hostel’s friendly staff.

The hostel’s central location is within a safe, CCTV-protected residential area and highly accessible to Barcelona’s attractions and tourists spots, day and night. This accommodation is roughly 6 minutes away by foot to popular favorites such as Gaudi works – La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and Casa Mila/La Pedrera, the tree-lined street of La Rambla, the city center aka Plaça Catalunya, and the food and bars of Barri Gòtic. The  Girona metro station is also just a stroll away.

Each Mediterranean dorm in this hostel is equipped with air conditioning, a reading light on every bed, a power socket and free use of a locker. Bathrooms include free toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel) and speakers so guests can enjoy music while freshening up.

For entertainment, guests can enjoy common areas with music to relax and socialize. The hostel is furnished with couches, a reading area, an outdoor terrace, a Cinema Screen with satellite programming, a BluRay player and Dolby sound system. There’s also a game room where guests can play foosball, pool, and PS3 at no cost.

Free WiFi is available all throughout the hostel. At the reception area, guests also get free access to computers and printers.

Their fully-equipped kitchen and dining room are available for use 24/7. Mediterranean dinners are included for a fee. Guests can get tutorials on how to cook Spanish dishes such as paella, Spanish omelet, and tapas. The hostel’s bilingual staff can provide recommendations on where to go best, including free nightly pub crawls and morning walk tours. Laundry facilities are available at the hostel.

HelloBCN Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.7) Booking.com (*8.3) Map Starts at ($19) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (March)

HelloBCN Hostel is perfect for backpackers and travelers who would like to explore Barcelona by foot. Within 20 minutes’ stroll from the hostel are Barri Gòtic, La Rambla, Plaça de Catalunya, Plaça Reial, and Port Vell. The Paral.lel metro station and Barcelona’s two locally-favored The Sala Apolo and Sala Plataforma, are about 2 minutes away.

By metro, the hostel is just a few minutes away from La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Montjuic, and the beach! The property’s 24/7 reception can always give recommendations and free walking tours.

BCN hostel swears to have thought of their guests’ comfort to mind. Within the facility are huge security lockers, served breakfast, provided linens and sheets, free access to WIFI, and the use of the self-catering kitchen. Bath towels are available for rent.

Meet friends at the common room and play Jenga, pool or ping pong. This hostel makes guests’ stay extra special with events and soirees. Recent guests like their unusual electronic bracelet keys because they’re difficult to lose or steal. Guests can enjoy a nice cold beer in their in-house bar open from 7pm daily.

HelloBCN offers guests a variety of private and shared accommodations meant to meet any preference. Natural light is abundant in each room in this hostel, equipped with large windows and heating/air conditioning devices. All room accommodations include free breakfast. Private rooms have en-suite baths, while dorms have shared bathrooms and large lockers. Guests get 24-hour access to the hostel.

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