Travel to Barcelona
While accommodations in Barcelona are easy to spot, finding a room can be more difficult. During the busier travel months (June-September or December), just wandering up and down Las Ramblas looking for a place to stay can quickly turn into a frustrating experience. If you want to stay in the touristy areas Barri Gotic or Las Ramblas make reservations weeks, or even months, in advance. Consider staying outside the tourist hub of the Ciutat Vella; there are plenty of great hostels in I’Eixample and Gracia that will have more vacancies.
Hostels in Spain are generally not of the dorm variety, but rather a private, basic room, with or without a private bathroom. Because heat and electricity are expensive in Spain, travelers should not assume that rooms have AC, TV, or phone unless specified; most come with fans only in the summer and some places do not have heat in the winter.
LOWER BARRI GOTIC
Hostal Levante, Baixada de San Miguel 2 (933 17 95 65; www.hostallevante.com).
Liceu. The best deal in Barri Gotic. Singles ‚30; doubles ‚50-60. MCV.
Pension Fernando, C. Ferran 31 (fax 933 01 79 93; www.barcelona-on-line.es fernando). M: Liceu. Fills from walk-in requests. Dorms with lockers. In summer dorms ‚19, with bath ‚20; doubles ‚4558; triples with bath ‚68. MCV.
Hostal Benidorm, Las Ramblas 37 (s933 02 20 54). M: Drassanes. The best value on Las Ramblas, with phones and complete baths in each of the very clean rooms, balconies overlooking Las Ramblas, and excellent prices. Singles ‚30; doubles ‚45-53; triples ‚65; quads ‚75; quints ‚85-90.
Casa de Huespedes Mari-Luz, C. Palau 4 (fax 933 17 34 63; firstname.lastname@example.org). M: Liceu. Tidy 4- to 6-person dorm rooms and a few comfortable doubles. Reservations require a credit card. In summer dorms ‚16; doubles ‚41. Offseason reduced prices. MCV.
Hostal Avinyo, C. Avinyo 42 (933 18 79 45; www.hostalavinyo.com). M: Drassanes. Rooms with couches, high ceilings, fans, safes, and stained-glass windows. Singles ‚22; doubles ‚34, with bath ‚47; triples ‚4866.
Albergue de Juventud Kabul, PI. Reial 17 (933 18 51 90; www.kabul-hostel.com). M: Liceu. Legendary among backpackers; squeezes in up to 200 frat boys at a time. Key deposit ‚10. Laundry ‚2.50. No reservations. Dorms ‚20.
Hotel ToledanoHostal Residencia Capitol, Las Ramblas 138 (933 01 08 72; www.hoteltoledano.com). M: Catalunya. Rooms come with cable TV and phones. 4th-floor hotel, with bath: singles ‚35; doubles ‚57; triples ‚72; quads ‚81. 5th-floor hostal: singles ‚28; doubles ‚39; triples ‚51; quads ‚58. AmExMCV.
California Hotel, C. Rauric 14 (933 17 77 66). M: Liceu. Enjoy one of the 31 clean, sparkling rooms, all with TV, phone, full bath, and AC. Convenient location. Singles ‚52; doubles ‚82; triples ‚102. AmExMCV. O
Hostal Parisien, Las Ramblas 114 (933 01 62 83). M: Liceu. Well-kept rooms keep young guests happy. Quiet hours after midnight. Prices vary, but generally singles ‚30; doubles with bath ‚54; triples with bath ‚57.
UPPER BARRI GOTIC
Between C. Fontanella and C. Ferran, accommodations are pricier but more serene than in the lower Barri Gotic. Early reservations are obligatory in summer.
The nearest Metro stop is Catalunya, unless otherwise specified.
Hostal-Residencia Rembrandt, C. Portaferrissa 23 (fax 933 18 10 11; email@example.com). M: Liceu. Biggest rooms in the area; ask for a balcony. Fans ‚2 per night. Singles ‚25, with bath ‚35; doubles ‚4250; triples ‚6065. MCV.
Hostal Plaza, C. Fontanella 18 (fax 933 01 01 39; www.plazahostal.com). Savvy, super-friendly Texan owners; fun, brightly painted rooms with wicker furniture; and great location. Laundry ‚9. Internet ‚1 per 15min. Singles ‚60, with bath ‚75; doubles ‚6575; triples ‚8696. 10% discount Nov. and Feb. AmExMCV.
Hostal Campi, C. Canuda 4 (sfax 933 01 35 45; firstname.lastname@example.org). A great bargain with large balconies. Call ahead to resene 9am-8pm. Prices vary, but generally doubles ‚42, with bath ‚49; triples ‚5868.
Hotel Lloret, Las Ramblas 125 (933 17 33 66). M: Catalunya. New rooms include large bathrooms, tasteful furniture, AC, heat, TV, and phone. Worth the cost. Singles ‚45-48; doubles ‚75-81; triples ‚89-95; quads ‚105. AmExMCV.
Hostal Malda, C. Pi 5 (933 17 30 02), inside a shopping center. M: Liceu. Keeps rooms occupied year-round by offering quality rooms at an unbeatable price. Reservations recommended. Singles ‚13; doubles ‚26; triples with shower ‚36. Cash only. O Hostal Residencia Lausanne, Av. Portal de I’Angel 24 (933 02 11 39). M: Catalunya. Small hostel includes a posh lounge with TV and vending machines. Doubles ‚48, with bath ‚65. Cash only.
Pension Dali, C. Boqueria 12 (s933 18 55 90; email@example.com). M: Liceu. Designed as a religious house by Domenech i Montaner and originally run by a friend of Dali. All rooms have TVs. In the high season, doubles ‚47, with bath ‚53; triples with bath ‚75; quads with bath ‚85. MCV.
Mare Nostrum, Las Ramblas 67 (933 18 53 40; fax 934 12 30 69). M: Liceu. The swankiest hotel on the strip. All rooms have AC and satellite TV. Breakfast included. Singles ‚57, with bath ‚72; doubles ‚6676; triples ‚88100; quads ‚99114.
13 Hostal de Ribagorza, C. Trafalgar 39 (fax 933 19 19 68). M: Urquinaona. Rooms in a Modernist building complete with marble staircase and tile floors. TVs, fans, and homey decorations. During high season, doubles ‚38-50.
Pension Ciutadella, C. Comerg 33. (933 19 62 03). M: Barceloneta. Small hostel with spacious rooms, each with fan, TV, and balcony. Family feel. Doubles only. Nov.-Feb. ‚36, with bath ‚40; June-Sept. ‚36-40, with bath ‚50.
Hostal Nuevo Colon, Av. Marques de I’Argentera 19 (933 19 50 77; www.hostalnue-vocolon.com). M: Barceloneta. Modern rooms and a common area with TV. Singles ‚35; doubles ‚48, with bath ‚62. 6-person apartments with kitchen ‚150 per day. Gothic Point Youth Hostel, C. Vigatans 5 (932 68 78 08; firstname.lastname@example.org). M: Jaume I. Lobby area with free Internet access and large TV. 150 beds in rooms with A C. Breakfast included. In high season dorms ‚20; off-season ‚17. AmExMCV.
Be careful in the areas near the port and farther from Las Ramblas.
18 Pension L’lsard, C. Tallers 82 (fax 933 02 51 83). M: Universitat. A clean find with enough closet space for even the worst over-packer. Singles ‚20; doubles ‚36, with bath ‚52; triples ‚52.
IS Ideal Youth Hostel, C. la Unio 12 (933 42 61 77; www.idealhostel.com). M: Liceu. One of the best deals in the city. Breakfast included. Free Internet access in the swanky lobby area. Sheets ‚2.50. Laundry ‚4. Dorms ‚16.
Hostal Opera, C. de Sant Pau 20 (933 18 82 01; email@example.com). M: Liceu. Recently renovated rooms feel like new. Bath, telephone, and AC in every room. Internet access in the common room. Singles ‚35; doubles ‚55; triples ‚80. MCV. Hotel Peninsular, C. de Sant Pau 34 (933 02 31 38). M: Liceu. This building is now one of the sights on the Ruta del Modemisme. Rooms come with telephones and AC. Breakfast included. Singles ‚30, with bath ‚50; doubles ‚5070. MCV. Barcelona Mar Youth Hostel, C. de Sant Pau 80 (933 24 85 30; www.youthos-tel.com). M: ParaHel. This new hostel crams 120 dorm-style beds into rooms with AC. All beds come with a safe for personal belongings. Laundry facilities. Internet ‚1 per 30min. Breakfast included. In summer, dorms ‚21-23; off-season ‚14-18.
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