We stayed in the hostel for 5 nights, and had a private twin room. For the five nights, we paid 230€, which was 23€ a night per person.
The room had a bunk bed, and 2 lockers. The lockers were big enough that we could both put all of our stuff in one of the lockers (we bought the lock on the reception for 3€). The bunk bed was okay, even though one of the bed boards was broken on the upper bunk, and it felt a bit uncomfty at first, but it wasn't too bad and I got used to it. The lower bunk was fine. The bed was a bit squeeky, but nothing tragic.
You need sheets or a sleeping bag for the beds. You can get sheets on the reception for 2€ a person per stay. We found this quite cheap and very useful, even though my sheets had a little cigarette burn hole in it.
Besides that, there is nothing else in the room, but if you're a traveler, who only uses his hostel room for sleeping during days full of sightseeing and wandering around, you probably won't mind. We didn't.
The room also had a tiny balcony, which is shared with another room.
Everyday someone comes in the room and cleans it, and during that time you mustn't be in the room. I'm not sure if that someone also sweeps and cleans the floor or just empties the trash, but the room was very clean, and we were pleased with that.
The showers and toilets are shared.
There is a shower for men and a shower for women on every floor. The showers are a bit tricky, since you have to figure out how to adjust to water to the right warmth, but once you do, it's okay. They have plastic curtains, and you hang your clothes in the bathroom, right outside the shower. I was glad to see that the showers and the bathrooms were always very clean. I was hoping for that, but truthfuly, due to previous experience in other hostels, wasn't really expecting it, so I was pleasantly surprised!
The toilets were also always very clean, and always had toilet paper.
You also get breakfast everyday during 8.30 am and 10.30 am. You get a croissant, a muffin and two pieces of toast, and then you can choose butter, marmelade, honey or chocolate spread to go with it. You also get to choose something to drink - they have different warm beverages (milk, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, cocoa) and juices (pineapple, orange, apple). The breakfast really isn't all that, but it's good enough to get you started and keep you going until lunch.
The first morning there was a middle-aged lady who handed out breakfast, and she seemed a bit grumpy, but on the other mornings there was a young bohemian man, who was nicer.
The hostel is open 24 hours. You buzz a bell to get in, so I think the security is okay. At least we felt our things were secure, when we were out of the hostel - they were locked in a locker, which was locked in our room, which was in a hostel you had to ring to get into.
The reception staff is very friendly too, we especially liked the young lady with curly hair and glasses. We asked about some info about a museum, and she was glad to help. The other two receptionist were also nice, and one of them speaks amazingly good english.
The hostel also has a common room (with books and board games), kitchen (can be used from 6 pm to 10 pm), and two computers with free internet, which can be used from 8 am to 11 pm. The hostel has 5 stories, and an elevator, so you don't have to walk if you don't want to.
The location of the hostel is great, just about 8 minutes of walk to La Rambla, Estatua de Colon and the Dressanes metro station, 3 minutes of walk to via Laietana and about 7 minutes to the Jaume I metro station. The street, where the hostel is, has a lot of bars, but we were on the third floor (room 302!), and there wasn't much noise. There was a little, but nothing that would prevent us sleeping.
We feel that we spent our money on the hostel well, since it was good, with great location, and reasonably cheap in comparison to other hostels with such good location. If (when!) we return to Barcelona, we would gladly stay in this hostel again.
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