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There’s a lot to love about Barcelona. The golden beaches. The bustling Gothic Quarter. The mountains beyond the city. It’s no shock that the city attracted over 6.7 million visitors in 2018 according to Euromonitor.
I’m sure I don’t need to convince you with reasons to visit Barcelona, but with 150+ hostels, choosing the best can be a right headache.
During my three solo trips to Barcelona, I’ve made an effort to stay in as many hostels as possible in an attempt to find the best of the bunch. And lucky for you, I’m a sharer.
As a solo traveller, there are certain things that will be more important to me than when travelling with friends, such as the social atmosphere, events, privacy, etc.
The type of hostel I’m looking for will vary depending upon my mood. Sometimes I’m looking for a more lively atmosphere, sometimes a little more chilled, I’ve included a few options to help find your vibe.
- Best OVERALL Hostel: Santa Jordi Rock Palace
- Best CHILLED Hostel #1: Yeah Barcelona
- Best CHILLED Hostel #2: Bed & Bike Barcelona
- Best PARTY Hostel #1: Santa Jordi Rock Palace
- Best PARTY Hostel #2: Hostel One Paralelo
- Best FACILITIES: Unite Hostel Barcelona
Best Hostels in Barcelona for Solo Travellers
As a solo traveller, you’ll want a hostel that has:
- Plenty of opportunities to meet other solo travellers
- Events in the day and evening so you can get to know the city
- Dorm rooms with as much privacy as possible
There are plenty of hostels in Barcelona that meet this criteria, some with a chilled out atmosphere and some for partying.
Overall, my favourite hostel in Barcelona for solo travellers is Sant Jordi Rock Palace
It’s a lively party hostel that has a free shared meal and free pub crawl with the other Sant Jordi hostels in Barcelona.
If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, Yeah Barcelona is the best choice.
It has loads of common areas that are always buzzing with solo travellers looking to mingle and the facilities are great.
Without further ado, here is my full list of recommended hostels in Barcelona:
Best CHILLED Hostel #1: Yeah Barcelona
✔ Exceptional staff that have all the knowledge you need
✔ Rooftop terrace with a view
✔ Chilled out atmosphere that’s perfect for making friends
✘ Only one elevator that’s often busy
✘ 30 minute walk to Gothic Quarter
For a great chilled experience in Barcelona then check out Yeah Barcelona. There are loads of common areas and some super cosy places to chill out.
The atmosphere is perfect for making friends and the staff are helpful at introducing you to other solo travellers.
This hostel also has family dinners which are a great opportunity to meet fellow guests.
Just because it’s a chilled hostel, that doesn’t mean it’s boring. You can join the pub crawls for wild nights out.
Yeah Barcelona is at the far end of Eixample district so it’s a good 30 minute walk to the Gothic Quarter.
The kitchen is well equipped, and the rooms are very clean with privacy curtains on each bed.
Also on: Booking.com
Best CHILLED Hostel #2: Bed & Bike Barcelona
✔ Homely feel
✔ Free daily bike tour or cheap bike hire
✔ Privacy curtains and lights on bed
✘ Bed could be comfier
This retro-bicycle style hostel has a homely feel and a relaxed vibe. Attracting a variety of people from solo travellers to small groups, from weekend wanderer to gap year gurus.
The common area has a huge kitchen/dining area and sofas complete with classic friends on Netflix to keep you entertained.
The range of organised group events are what make this one of the best hostels for solo travellers.
The events included free daily bike ride (bike hire €7 extra), free evening meals or sangria and a daily meeting point to join the generator pub crawl as a group.
The beds have privacy curtains, a light and plug socket and the lockers are big enough to fit your entire backpack if you remember to bring a padlock.
Also on : Booking.com
Best PARTY Hostel #1: Santa Jordi Rock Palace
✔ Sun loungers and a jacuzzi on rooftop
✔ Free pub crawl with other Sant Jordi hostels in the city
✔ Huge kitchen
On the roof of this hostel you’ll find sun loungers and a Jacuzzi-sized pool, perfect for hanging out on sunny days.
Each evening, there is a free meal followed by an all-you-can drink cocktail for €10 in the bar area downstairs, sometimes accompanied by live music events.
Each evening there is a free pub crawl along with the other Sant Jordi hostels in Barcelona so you can always guarantee a big group and a good laugh.
The beds are adequately comfortable with a light and plug, plus the large lockers are operated with your individual door key card making life easy.
There are an abundance of kitchen facilities for making your own food and the showers/toilets are clean and private.
The top reason for earning a place on my best hostels in Barcelona for solo travellers, has to be the super friendly staff that made it a delight to stay there – thanks Charlie and gang!
Also on: Booking.com
Best PARTY Hostel #2: Hostel One Paralelo
✔ Free shared dinner followed by daily pub crawl
✔ Family atmosphere
✔ Pod style beds with curtains give a lot of privacy
Another great hostel for party animals in Barcelona is Hostel One Paralelo.
Every evening the chef cooks a delicious family meal that’s FREE, and afterwards everyone heads out to experience Barcelona’s nightlife.
When you stay here you’ll feel like part of the family as they cannot do enough for you.
There’s a good kitchen for cooking your own food and there’s free tea, coffee and fruit. The €3 breakfast is also excellent for the price and it’s served until noon which is perfect for hangovers.
This hostel has great facilities with pod style beds, each with a privacy curtain and if you’re a fan of Smash Bros then you’re in luck.
Check in at 2pm check out at 11am
Also on: Booking.com
Best FACILITIES: Unite Hostel Barcelona
✔ Undeniably the nicest facilities for a hostel
✔ Great location right near the beach
✔ Comfy beds and great air conditioning for a cosy sleep
✘ Not a huge social vibe
✘ Few toilets between lots of dorms
This unusually shaped building houses a new and modern hostel. With super comfy beds that feel like home and well air conditioned room, this hostel is more like a hotel with dorm rooms.
There are laundry facilities, a kitchen, lounge areas and a rooftop terrace. It’s also in super close proximity to Barcelonetta beach with just a 3 minute walk.
Whilst there are opportunities to meet other travellers in the common area and rooftop terrace, I didn’t feel a huge social vibe so this hostel is best for solo travellers looking for a bit of me-time or digital nomads looking to get some work done.
Also on: Booking.com
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Kieren is the avid traveller behind the blog. His adventures have included Interrailing through Europe, road tripping the US and backpacking SE Asia.