It is one of the best hostels I've stayed in, the best as far as environment goes. There are excellentvibes and a staff that makes you feel at home. And it's the first time I'd ever seen hammocks, tree houses, and chill out area in a hostel. It's super original! We had a really good time. Traveler environment: young people, many activities, great location. Thanks Makuteros!!
This hostel, in Calle Numancia, is located in the business and shopping area of Barcelona. Importantly, it is located in a safe area. Nearby you have the lines L3 and L5 of the Metro, plus a few bus lines (day and night) and tram. It is a 10 minute walk from Sants station. The hostel staff are happy to give you information about everything in the city: amenities, cultural activities, etc ... I should stress that it's part of the Spanish Network of Youth Hostels and the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). Finally, I want to tell you that both breakfast and linen are included in the price of a bed.
I stayed in the Home Youth Hostel, and it's great. First, it is very affordable (ie normal in a hostel), but the decoration is really cool. It has a youthful feel - cool, international, and friendly. I remember having dinner with friends in the common room, and we didn't have any glasses ... well, no problem, a couple of Brits offered us some. Then some other guys showed up to offer nightclub discounts. If you're young and looking for fun, a good choice.
Casa Porta de Santiago is a place which every pilgrim travelling the Camino Frances should visit. It's not exactly a hostel, more a house with rooms: there are three bedrooms (one with a double bed and bathroom), a kitchen with everything you need, a living/dining room, full bathroom, garden, barbecue facilities and garage. The price is 110 euros per day, quite expensive for the frugal spirit of the pilgrim. We only stopped for breakfast, which was indeed the most expensive of our trip, but the setting is beautiful and so close to Santiago, making it worth a stop, even if just to adjust your boots and enjoy a coffee.
Not long ago I read an article about "twenty-first century hostels", making them suddenly seem cool. They're the only option for me when I travel - not only because of the price, but also because of the generally cool atmosphere, and the fact that they don't usually charge for wifi like a lot of hotels do. Anyway, that said - the Oasis Backpackers Hostel in Granada is a beautiful hostel, with breakfast included, good nightlife, and something even cooler: a roof terrace with loungers to lay the hours in the sun. The rooms are clean, with wooden bunk beds, new sheets and real bathrooms integrated in each room. They also have balconies. The photos do not do it justice, but believe me when I say that it is pretty good. And centrally-located, with very friendly staff.
This building is the headquarters of the reception office for pilgrims coming to Santiago, and is managed by the Archdiocese. It was built by Clemente Fernandez Sarela, in the eighteenth century, to house the bishops who visited the city, and afterwards it continued to serve as a place for the most important religious visitors to stay. The most striking feature of the façade is the decoration that frames the front door, as well as the balcony. The interior has a beautiful staircase leading to the upper floor. It's open every day from 9:00 to 21:00 h.
After passing the Monte do Gozo, we decided to rest overnight in Santiago before going to the pilgrim mass at 12:00 in the cathedral. We chose the Hostel St Lazarus, which is at the entrance of Santiago, and is easy to get to. The hostel was almost empty when we arrived (about 11 am), as it's a government-run Camino hostel, in which pilgrims have to leave by 8 am. There are common rooms with bunk beds, and each bed has a locker where you can leave your valuables while you visit Santiago. It has laundry, showers, cooking, reading and TV lounge and everything is very clean. The price is 10 Euros, including linen and towel.
Formerly called Hostel Africa, this is still known by that name by those who live in Marbella. Nowadays it belongs to the Andalucian government, and its facilities have been modernised. Here you'll find comfortable, cheap accommodation in the heart of the city of Marbella. The building resembles an old Andalucian farmhouse, with a garden and sunny terraces for relaxing or sunbathing. The beach is about fifteen minutes walk away, through the entire centre of Marbella, or you can take a bus.
The hostel has a swimming pool, tennis court and parking (something to consider given the difficulty of parking for the downtown area). Prices range from 12 Euros to 25 for those under 26 years, and 18 to 30 for those older (includes breakfast). Remember, you have to have the Youth Hostel Card, or get it on arrival and that will entitle you to enjoy very good priced accommodation with activities (if desired) all over Andalucia.
They say home is where you feel comfortable, and we certainly felt very comfortable at the Bilbao BBK Good Hostel. The service was amazing - the staff are lovely, and treated us like kings. The first thing that happened was that we called to reserve a room. There were four of us going, so we wanted a room for four, but we were told nothing was available, so we were ordered two doubles. We were told that was impossible too, but less than an hour later I got an email informing me that another group had cancelled, so a room for 4 was available. The rooms are huge, from doubles to 10 beds.
Ours, for 4, was giant: we could have thrown a mattress onto the floor if we wanted to, and we would still have had space! The whole hostel is impecable, with individual lockers for each bed with an electronic lock. There are several large terraces, where you can go and relax, and a room with book-crossing, as well as a TV. They have computers, free wifi, a fussball table and drinks machines. Breakfast is included in the price, and they have a huge cafe, with a lovely breakfast of cereal, toast, juice, fruit ... there's limited parking spaces, but what they do have are spacious, closed and secure. We paid 20 € per person and € 8 for parking, but there are cheaper rooms, and I'm sure we'll be back as everything was perfect. Oh, and I forgot to mention - everything is fully accessible for disabled people.