Our review of Hostel Europa in Barcelona, Spain.
Name: Hostel Europa, Barcelona, Spain
Date of Stay: 21st July – 28th July, 2013 7 nights
Booked through: Booking.com
Why we went there?
As part of our journey through Spain we wanted to visit Barcelona in particular the Sagrada Familia, local architecture and to enjoy the beaches. The journey took 8 hours by bus from Madrid arriving in the early afternoon.
Why we chose it?
We wanted Hostel accommodation to ensure we had some interaction with fellow travelers. Location was very important with close access to all sites, markets and the beach. We were fortunate to be able to book a double room with ensuite through Booking.com. The Hostel is centrally located in La Boqueria area of Barcelona close to the market and just off Las Ramblas. It was a little above our budget for a Hostel but at this time of the year and its location we knew that we would have to pay more. There is a common area for travelers where computers were provided for all to use. Free Wi-Fi was offered.
What was it like?
The Hostel can be found in walking distance from the main street where a taxi drop off for Las Ramblas is located. We were able to wheel our bags down the cobbled alley to the entrance just a few meters away. Instantly, the vibe was electric, locals going about their business, tourists shopping, eating and sightseeing. There is a short climb up the stairs straight from the street. It was very clean and well maintained. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the sights of Barcelona and offered suggestions on tours that were available. The common area could have been made more comfortable for travelers to meet and chat; there was a lot of wasted space. They provided a fridge for all to use which was located in the common area. Our room was a comfortable double, with private bathroom, air-conditioning, it was a little noisy as it was located next to the lift.
What was around it?
We loved this area of Barcelona; Las Ramblas is so close to everything such as the market, shops, restaurants, transport, waterfront and beaches, and everything was in walking distance. We enjoyed a restaurant on Las Ramblas called Wok This Walk for great stir fried Asian dishes that were very reasonably priced. La Boqueria market offered tapas, fresh fruit, and coffee etc. all at good prices. The Marina with restaurants was a 15 minute walk away and the local beaches a mere 20 minutes’ walk. Our favourite budget restaurant 100 Montaditos was located a short distance from the main square. Las Ramblas had many banks and ATMs. We used the Hop on Hop off Bus for 48 hours that took us to all the major sites in Barcelona, well worth the money for the two days. Barcelona is Gaudi land and there are many fine examples of his work all over the city to be visited. We walked and walked and walked.
Would we return?
Yes. We would because of location, price and cleanliness. However if we consider staying longer term in Barcelona we would look for an apartment.
Cost? Euros 58/ AUD80 per night
How was the Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi worked ok in the bedroom but better down in the common area near Reception.
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