Sant Jordi: a social Barcelona hostel

Several weeks ago, I found myself with just a night in Barcelona. The next day I was headed to Andorra, so I reserved myself a room in a hostel for the night. Little did I know that this hostel would be among one of my favorites. If you’re looking for a social Barcelona hostel (and Barcelona is a great place to make new traveler friends), then look no further.social Barcelona hostel

Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia

When booking the place online, I was simply looking for an affordable and centrally-located private room. I was traveling with my friend and she’s not big on the dorm-style hostel rooms. While I do not care ether way, she prefers her own space. I remembered that the Sagrada Familia was pretty central (and a ridiculously big tourist attraction), so it seemed like a good idea.

I ended up having a blast my one night there.

Skateboarding

The Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia is one of four Sant Jordi hostels in Barcelona. Each one has it’s own theme. This one has a skate boarding theme. The common areas that you can lounge around set up like a skate park with couches and bean bag chairs to lounge around in.

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The food and social life

The two biggest benefits, in my opinion, in staying in a hostel are the money you save and the people you meet. In addition to hostels typically costing less than a hotel, you save money on food. Often times they offer meals at a cheaper price than in a restaurant. Also they often have kitchen space for you to cook and store any groceries you may purchase. So if you have a specific diet or are just simply traveling on a budget, hostels can be very helpful.

The night that I stayed in the Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia, they had paella for 5 euros for dinner that night. Dinner was always 5 euros each night (and of course optional) and the menu changed. Paella was very fitting as it is a famous Spanish dish with rice, sea food, veggies and other yummy things. I of course opted to eat at the hostel.

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The kitchen area had long tables where you sat and chatted with other hostel guests. I ended up making friends with a girl from India and a girl from the United States at dinner. The girl from the United States was also living in Granada like me. What a funny coincidence.

Pub crawl

After dinner perhaps around 10:30-11 (this is Spain), we gathered in the common area for a pub crawl around Barcelona. This hostel has a pub crawl every night. If you are a solo traveler, this is the perfect place to meet new friends to explore the city with.

Here I am all ready to go for the pub crawl.

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The room

I slept so incredibly well. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean. Each set of rooms was in sort of an apartment. Across the hall from my room was a room with four bunk beds. There was a common area and another kitchen area.

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The Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia is part of a family of five hostels in Barcelona. You can read about them here.

This was not a sponsored post. I simply reviewed it because I loved the space and had a great time.

 

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24 Comments

  1. I always worried about staying in a hostel up until my brother took off to Bondi and he stayed in a few there and he loves them so it’s changed my mind this one looks amazing

    1. Yeah for sure! And the thing I always remind people is that you have option to stay in a private room and they often offer lockers in the dorm rooms. So if you want your own space or worry about your things being kept safe, they got you covered!

  2. What a great post. I’m always interested in new and different places to stay. Thank-you so much for sharing

    1. Yeah I really think it just depends on the hostel. Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia had daily organized social events. So all you had to do was show up and you met people.

  3. Staying at hostels is such a great way to save money and meet other travelers. It’s great this one had a meal too. Makes it a no a brainer for a meal time. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

    1. And the food was really tasty as well! They really are a great way to save some money traveling.

  4. Hostels are perfect for solo travelers and those who are trying to save money. It’s nice that they offer dinner and the place looks really nice as well.

  5. Looks like a great place to stay. I have never stayed in a hostel before. If we are ever in Barcelona I will try to remember to check it out.

  6. I lived in a hostel for 3 years, the place was a fleapit compared to this but I met some great people and had a reasonably great time. Whenever I’m travelling I stay in hostels to save money and also meet new people!

    1. Hahaha I actually do not skateboard myself so I do not know. I didn’t see anyone else skateboarding either.

  7. Great to know that they do cheap meals. I haven’t really stayed in many hostels where they offer food options other than a self-catering kitchen. I love the way they decked out the hostel – really creative. I’d love to check out the other three hostels to see their themes!

  8. I’ve never actually stayed in a hostel before (I’m more like your friend ha!) but this places looks awesome! I will keep note of the name for when I ever make it to Barcelona! Thanks!

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