5 Cheap and chic hostels in Barcelona

By Katherine Sparshatt,

Looking to discover the Catalan capital without breaking the bank? Then checkout our selection of 5 Cheap and chic hostels in Barcelona!

These 5 boutique hostels in Barcelona offer all the luxury amenities and services you’d normally find in a hotel but at budget prices…

1. Generator Barcelona

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 Where? Gracia.

Near to the Passeig de Gràcia stores and the lively neighbourhoods of Gracia and Eixample. The metro is also just 5 minutes away.


The rooms all have their own private bathroom and are simple 8-bed dormitories.

For those who really want to have fun, you can enjoy a huge penthouse on the top floor, which sleeps six people comfortably. There’s also a sun-filled terrace, that offers superb views over Barcelona and for those feeling a bit puckish, there’s also a fully-stocked refrigerator to keep hunger pangs at bay.

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Generator Barcelona regularly hosts live events with DJs and local artists, as well as offering a chill-out area in the mezzanine-style lounge for those who want to relax. The fun and youthful party atmosphere is echoed in the hotel’s chic décor, with ornate Hungarian floor tiles, earthy raw metals and pops of colour dotted throughout.

If you fancy adding breakfast to your stay, it costs less than €5 and guests can acquire snacks throughout the day.

2. Casa Gracia


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Where? Gracia.

Located at the intersection of two main avenues, Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia, La Casa Gracia is close to many of Barcelona’s main tourist attractions such as La Rambla, La Sagrada Familia and Plaça de Catalunya. Visitors are also within easy reach of many famous Gaudi buildings, such as Casa Milà.

The neighborhood is certainly worthy of exploration: Gracia is a slightly more bohemian district of Barcelona, with lots of colorful buildings, cafes, bars, galleries and designer boutiques.


The hostel offers a choice of dorms, double rooms, super-suites (note all Jacuzzi fans) and private apartments, there’s something to suit all types of travelers.

Most rooms have their own bathroom, plus bed linen and towels. The décor reflects the classical Spanish style with high ceilings, traditional Spanish floor tiles, earthy colour palette and large shuttered doors opening on to balconies with spectacular views.

A hearty breakfast is also included in the price, when you book a night at the Casa Gracia – ideal for travelers on a budget.

Casa Gracia Ambiance:

Boasting a warm, welcoming and young atmosphere, weary backpackers or city-breakers will feel right at home here. Guests can relax or chat with other travelers on the hostel’s open-air terrace, or simply hang out in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Foodies and wine-lovers are in luck, as they don’t have to travel far to sample delicious Catalonian fare. The hostel’s restaurant, La Paisana serves traditional Catalan and fusion cuisine in atmospheric surroundings.

3. Primavera

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Where?  L’Eixample

In the L’Eixample district, Primavera is within minutes of the stunning La Pedrera or Casa Batillo.

Thanks to the metro station located next door, the hostel is also well placed to reach Barcelona’s lively city center or go directly to the beach.


Inside, the decor is both modern and authentic with wooden furniture and a typical Spanish mosaic floor. High ceilings and large open windows gives the feeling of airiness, so you won’t feel cluttered or cramped.

The rooms are all charming, suitable for couples or groups of 6 people.

Primavera bunkbedsAmbiance:

There’s a cosy lounge where you can grab a coffee or a free tea and then chill out in the adjoining living room. Here you can laze on the over-sized couches and discuss your explorations with the other travellers you’ve met in the hostel.

4. Casa Kessler

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Where?  L’Eixample

Close to other hostels in this list, Casa Kessler is found in the city centre and is close to all of Barcelona’s attractions.


Each of the seven rooms and three dormitories offer simple, yet modern decoration.

For more comfort and a longer stay, the hostel has large Junior Suites with kitchens and private bathrooms; and a luxurious, fully-equipped two bedroom apartment.

Casa Kessler roomAmbiance:

Expect particularly pleasant and attentive staff. To relax and socialize, the hostel also offers a terrace and a communal kitchen.

The hostel is fairly luxury and takes its boutique feel seriously with an artistic design flair found throughout the building. The exclusive mezzanine features original Spanish floors and ceilings restored from the 19th century.

5. Hip Hostel Barcelona

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Where?: Gracia.

Also located in Gracia and in a historic building, Hip Hostel Barcelona is located near several metro stations and is surrounded by bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques.

The hostel is a 30-minute walk or three metro stops from La Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell.


This bright and spacious hostel offers dormitories for up to 7 people in a traditional bunk-bed format. For anyone in need of some alone time, private double rooms are also available.

Guests can unwind in a modern and airy setting, with bright colours and trendy art. You can also enjoy free Wi-Fi to stay in contact with the world back home.

Hip hostel bedroomAmbiance:

There is a large lounge area to meet other travelers, a kitchen to prepare food, and a terrace to enjoy the Barcelona sun.

Upon checking in, the helpful and friendly staff will happily help you with suggestions for evenings in nightclubs and bars.

The hostel also boasts some stunning architectural features, such as an imposing spiral staircase in the entrance hall, which leads up to a sunlit rotunda.

We can already picture you walking the streets of Barcelona, sandals on and sunglasses out, stopping at tapas bars along the way enjoying the sun and meeting new people.

Enjoy your stay in Barcelona!