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.
Why My Hostel Round Ups Are Different
Have you ever noticed how many hostel round ups are scraped from reviews and descriptions? Well I will only ever include hostels I’ve actually stayed in and enjoyed so you can be sure it’s a good choice.
My Top 3 Hostel Picks for Solo Travellers in Barcelona
So without further ado, here are my picks for the best hostels in Barcelona for solo travellers, all tried and tested.
Best Chilled Social Hostel for Solo Travellers in Barcelona – Bed & Bike Barcelona
This retro-bicycle style hostel has a homely feel and a relaxed vibe. Attracting a variety of travellers from solo to small group, 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.
Best Facilities for Solo Travellers in Barcelona – Unite Hostel **Ideal for Digital Nomads**
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 the 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.
Best Party Hostel for Solo Travellers in Barcelona – Sant Jordi Rock Palace **My Overall Favourite Hostel**
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 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!
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