Accommodation Guide – Spain

Barcelona

HelloBCN Backpackers Hostel
c/ Lafont 8-10
Barcelona
Catalunya 08004
Phone: +34 93.442.83.92
Email: info@hellobcnhostel.com
Web: hellobcnhostel.com
Stayed there: June 11th-15th 2007
Rates: EUR16 dorm bed, EUR25 room (low season), EUR20/30 (high season)

Very easy to find from the Paral.lel Metro station and up a side street to away from most of the noisy traffic, BCN hits you like a nightclub when you walk in during the evening. Loud music’s played downstairs pretty much 24 hours a day, but this sound only travels as far as the first floor lobby area so won’t disturb your sleep.
Staff on checkin were efficient, friendly and helpful. The hostel’s nice and secure with the outer door, your dorm door and your personal locker all operated with a pre-programmed key-card. Free wireless is available (just ask for the WEP key( and four PCs are in the foyer for free 20-minute slots of internet time. Note that you can’t access the USB slots on them, though, so they’re no good for uploading your photos or anything.
The bar charges what seem to be reasonable prices (EUR3 for a liter of beer, EUR2 for a half) and there is a small kitchen for preparing food.
The dorms are comfy – mine was a 6-bed. Each floor has separate male and female bathrooms with three cubicles and three showers each, plus a three-person “trough” with taps on. They’re all very clean indeed. Rooms and bathrooms are cleaned daily.
It’s in a great location. You can walk to Las Rambles or the harbour area in 5 minutes or less, and the nearest Metro mentioned above is only 2 minutes’ walk away for those longer trips.
The only real quibble I have is the availability of power sockets in the dorms – there were three in my room, all behind one of the other beds which had to be moved to provide access. Not ideal if you want to charge up, say, a PSP and not leave it lying in plain sight.
Still, with a superb atmosphere; rocking bar; chill-out lounge; gym (multigym and a couple of bikes – all new-looking); breakfast included… and so on, it’s just one comparitively minor fault.

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