There are certain cities out there that you just have to visit at some point in your life, and Barcelona is one of them. With scorching weather, terrific sites and amazing nightlife, it’ll be an unforgettable trip no matter your age.
The capital of Spain’s Catalan region, it is home to some of the most beautiful art and architecture in the world and with a plethora of beaches lining its shores, it’s a tourist destination for everyone. Whether you want to visit the Camp Nou stadium or a variety of museums, this city really has it all- but you need to figure out where you need to stay first.
Staying in a hostel has become a very popular option for travellers in recent years, and we believe Barcelona offers some of the best hostels around. Here’s our top 5 benefits of staying in a hostel in Barcelona, Spain.
A hostel can be very cheap if you know where to look.
A lot of people enjoy staying in 5 star hotels when they visit cities like Barcelona, but we believe hostels can offer a very cheap alternative. Depending on the location and quality of the hostel you choose, you can often get them for really good prices. There’s no point spending large on accommodation if you’re going to spend all day and night exploring the city and its nightlife, so you just need to make sure you find somewhere that suits your needs for a good price.
You get the full experience.
Part of the reason people stay in hostels in the first place is to get to go through the full travel experience. You’ll get to stay with a bunch of other travellers and go through the real backpacker journey. Waking up with others just like yourself is always great fun, and you’ll often even get your breakfast supplied for you. Stumbling into a nice cosy hostel after a night out is always fun, and you can often choose whether to get a single room or to sleep with others.
You can read online reviews when deciding where to stay.
Although this point isn’t unique to staying in hostels, it’s certainly a benefit nonetheless. Before you travel to Barcelona, you’ll be able to look up as many online reviews as you want. This means you can search specifically for hostels that will suit your travel plans and build your trip around this hostel. The reviews you read will be first hand experiences of people who have stayed in hostels in Barcelona, so you’ll be able to get a good idea of what the experience is like before you even go there yourself. You can check out more hostel reviews at many sites, including https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/best-hostels-in-barcelona-spain/.
You can book a hostel where it best suits you.
If you want a relaxing holiday looking at all of the sites, you can find a hostel in a quiet neighbourhood. On the other hand, if you want a lively getaway then you can look for a hostel closer to all the main nightlife in Barcelona.
They’re actually really comfy most of the time.
A lot of people give hostels stick for not being that comfortable, but in cities like Barcelona they need to be up to a certain standard and so you can be pretty sure that whatever hostel you choose will be up to your standards in terms of comfort.
Of course it’s still great to stay in a posh hotel if your budget can stretch to it. But staying in a hostel offers so much flexibility and releases some of your hardearned travel money to spend on other things… such as food, drink, entry to exhibits and attractions.
Do you stay in hostels? What are your reasons for doing so?
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.