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Barcelona Hostels, Budget Accommodation Weekend Break

Travelers heading to Barcelona for a weekend break will find that Barcelona hostels can be a terrific and cost effective alternative to staying in a hotel. But be sure to book early; though there are a number of Barcelona hostels, the hordes of backpackers that descend in early June and last through the immense heat of August make it difficult to find one.

*Please note that when searching for accommodation, you will come across 'hostal,' which is not the same as a hostel. 'Hostals' are family run pensions that offer many of the same amenities as hotels, thus driving up their prices along with visitors' expectations.

You can find Barcelona hostels in all of the five main areas:

Las Ramblas
is the famous mile long boulevard linking t he Spanish ports to the central Placa de Catalunya. Busy, bustling and full of life, the Ramblas is popular with tourists and locals alike. Here you can find street performers, shops, plenty of cafes and well priced hostels, but remain careful of pickpockets.

Hostel pick in Las Ramblas:

Habana Home (Escudellers, 20 Principal, Barcelona, Spain): An incredibly clean and comfortable new hostel situated in a refurbished 19th century Gothic building. Room prices include linen, free internet access and cooking basics such as tea, coffee, sugar, salt and oil. Habana Home has no nightly curfew.

The Barri Gotic or Gothic Quarter is located in the city centre with the Ramblas. More popular with tourists than locals (which encourages pickpocket action) expect to find souvenir shops and enough bars and restaurants to keep you dining for a lifetime.

Hostel pick in the Barri Gotic:

Itaca Hostel (Ripoll, 21, Barcelona, Spain): this laid back hostel is located in a quiet area of the Barri Gotic opposite the famous Barcelona Cathedral. Linen, towels and lockers are all included in the room price, as are taxes and parking. Curfew every night is from 3am to 7am.

The Eixample area is newer than Barri Goti but just as famous. Filled with fabulous modern architecture and buildings designed by the famous Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi, hostels in Eixample can be pricier than other neighbourhoods, though your surroundings will make for some amazing photographs.

Hostel pick in Eixample:

Hostal Hedy Holiday (Munoz, 4, Eixample, Barcelona Spain): this quiet hostel situated in the heart of Eixample has rooms that can accommodate anything from two to ten travellers. There is a bar and restaurant on site, and lockers and internet access are available. The hostel is open 24 hours a day and there is no curfew for guests.

Originally blue collar, the El Ravel neighbourhood of today is perfect for travelers who want to just 'get away' from the overly touristy areas of Barcelona. Open air markets, popular local cafes, restaurants and bars give visitors a taste of 'true' Barcelona. Be careful of pickpockets and overly friendly prostitutes.

Hostel pick in El Ravel:

Barcelona Mar Hostel (Carrer Sant Pau, nr. 80, Barcelona, Spain): this friendly hostel is located in the centre of El Ravel close to a number of famous museums including the museum of Contemporary Art. Lockers and internet access are available, and room prices include a tasty breakfast every morning. The hostel does not have a curfew.

The Ribera neighbourhood is spread through streets that wind and twist their way around art galleries and cafes. Ribera is out of the city centre but everything is still within walking distance; the beach is five minutes away, the Ramblas ten minutes and the Picasso Museum is right around the corner.

Hostel pick in Ribera:

Corral De Escuela (Melida De Peñafiel, Ribera del Duero, Spain): this small, tastefully decorated hostel has only four rooms and two bathrooms, making it perfect for those who still want to enjoy a little bit of privacy. Room prices include linen, towels, parking and access to a modern kitchen, living area and small, sunny garden.

Hostel World (at offers online booking for a number of Barcelona hostels.