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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.