Barcelona is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and is the second largest city in Spain. It is also a popular tourist destination. In fact, Barcelona is the 10th most visited city in the world and the 3rd most visited in Europe after London and Paris.
Renowned for it’s Antoni Gaudí designed structures, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, its numerous museums, and home to one of the best beaches in the world, Barcelona attracts millions of visitors annually.
Being such a popular tourist destination, Barcelona has a great many quality hotels, and a well developed tourist infrastructure. However, it is not an inexpensive destination. Hostels in Barcelona are an affordable accommodation option to tourist hotels.
Some Barcelona hostels impose curfews and have daily lock out periods for cleaning. However, this is generally something older hostel operations do. The newer hostels in the city usually don’t inconvenience guests in this way, making them feel more like inexpensive hotels, rather than hostels.
Hostels in Barcelona tend to fall into two general categories, those that are party hostels and those that are not. Again, it is the newer hostels that tend to lean towards a more vibrant atmosphere. Depending upon what you want, care should be taken to make sure the hostel will be accommodating.
Unless you’re driving, you’ll want to find a Barcelona hostel that’s close to public transportation. Most are, but be sure to select one close to a bus, subway or train station.
Barcelona has a great many UNESCO World Heritage sites and museums so being convenient to them is a good plan. Barcelona has wonderful beaches too, so proximity to them may be another criteria to consider when selecting a hostel.
Another criteria for choosing a hostel in Barcelona, or anywhere for that matter, is the price per night. It’s possible to find a bed in a shared dorm room in a Barcelona hostel for as little as US$18 dollars. A private room is more of course, but the cost of a night stay is considerably less than Barcelona hotel rates.
Dining costs can be reduced by staying in a hostel over a hotel as well. Most Barcelona hostels have kitchens and refrigerators for guests to use. Of course, you’re probably not going to want to prepare every meal yourself. So check to ensure that there are cafes, bars and restaurants offering good, affordable meals located near the Barcelona hostel you choose.
Some Barcelona hostels include free bed linens and towels, breakfast, laundry facilities, Internet and Wi-Fi connections, and so on. It’s important to compare not only what the room rate is, but what’s included as well. Staying at a hostel that costs a few extra Euros can end up costing less per night simply because of the included breakfast, and not having to rent linen or towels.
Barcelona welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, so the city’s hostel network is extensive and competitive. Both factors benefit the visitor. There are generally always beds available, and the value received for the price paid for a night stay tends to be excellent.
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