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Be Mar Barcelona Hostel
Ranked #227 of 732 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Out of my entire Europe visit, this hostel was the best. It had excellent wifi, never dropped out and was free all over the hostel. Staff were friendly and helpful. I lost one of my towels and the staff tried to help me look for it - they ended up giving me one which was nice of them.

Great location near Las Ramblas and the metro. Air conditioned rooms. Breakfast was basic, cereal and bread - standard. Showers were decent. You get individual lockers in your dorms to put your belongings in, big enough to fit your backpackers bag and small backpack. This was very good! Highly recommend this hostel when staying in Barcelona.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I arrived at Be Mar after 2 months traveling, welcoming has been great, boys and girls working at the reception always help with a smile on their face, and gave very useful informations about events and places in Barcelona.
Hostel is in the center of a microcosmos including Raval, Rambla (with many nearest clubs), Placa Real (great for dinner and happy hour) and Barrio Gothico (typical and living neighborough), not far from the beach (15 minutes walking).
I spent here 7 days without looking for anything else, as well as many other customers informed me that Be Mar is the best hostel in the area, made very nice meeting and never had problems of any Kind.
A honest and thankful appreciation to the cleaning staff (bathrooms always clean and comfortable), very comfortable beds and a general positive atmosphere.
For me, loving music and speaking, top feedback to receptionist and their music selection.
Ah, i had dinner at the partner restaurant, reserve a table if u can ;) (otherwise is not expensive at all).

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank MDL85
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The hostel was clean, they had a communal area, they had a good breakfast. We stayed in a dorm with 12 beds+ which was really cramped and people got moody if you came in late. However the room had air con which was fab! The staff were friendly. The location was great, so close to Las Ramblas and the tube station. It was pretty easy to find but we had previously google-map'ed it! They also had 3 computers, free of charge to use and all had internet.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Alicia J
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed in one of the hostel's apartments in late June. For what we paid it was reasonable - the room was big enough but the cleaning left a bit to be desired. The location was really good but don't bother with the breakfast it was rather basic. While it was a good stay overall when we tried to check out the woman at the desk disappeared and was rude, this was a bit of sting in the tail. A good stay overall for the money but I would look elsewhere when I next stay in Barcelona.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank alexbanks
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

First of all, we reserved 6 nights in an apartment with kitchenette and private bathroom. We have done this in another city so we expected our experience to be as good as the first. Three days before we arrived in Barcelona, we received an email saying that due to technical and maintenance problems we were being moved to a twin room (2 twin beds) with a shared bathroom. There was no mention of any discount or free night so I emailed back saying that we would appreciate the first night free since this was out of our control and not what we asked for. They responded saying that we would have to pay the full price for the twin room instead of the price for the apartment (no mention of even a discount). I emailed back saying that we could not, in good spirit and principle, accept to pay full price for a room we didn't originally reserve because of problems out of our control. It wasn't until THEN that they said, ''Ok we will give you 50% off your first night.'' We weren't too happy that it took us bothering them enough just for the offer.

Upon arrival we wanted to pay with our card, only to be surprised that if you pay with a foreign bank card they add 7 % to your total, which was never explained anywhere on their website when we booked. We had to leave in the middle of checking in to go get cash and come back and then wait while someone else was being checked in. The lady at the desk didn't smile once and it wasn't a very warm welcome at all.

We arrived a bit early so they let us go to our room to leave our luggage (with the understanding that it wouldn't be clean yet). We left our luggage and came back many hours later to find the apartment only semi-clean (from how we had seen it in its previous state). The floors hadn't been swept, objects had just been removed like trash, etc (there was still a pair of socks from the previous renters).The bathroom smelled horrible. While the sheets smelled clean, there was a big yellow stain on the duvet cover (on the underside so hopefully we wouldn't see it?). Also the towels weren't very clean. We went to complain at the front desk and they said they could give us new sheets and towels etc. but that they couldn't have anyone come properly clean it until the next day and that WE had to pass by the front desk to remind them the next morning. No thanks! Not very professional if you ask me. For the price we were paying for our private room, we expected to be treated as if it was a hotel and not a hostel (seeing as the apartments are down the street from the actual hostel). I guess we will think twice next time.

For us, we were on the 4th floor, the noisy street wasn't a big problem. It just added to the ambiance of being in a vibrant and busy city.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jeunesse26
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Was disappointed overall with this hostel. We stayed as a group of 6 for the gran Prix weekend. Accordingly we booked a 6 bed dorm for group privacy. On arrival we were informed that they had all been allocated which I found unacceptable. The rooms are very small and cramped and the a/c must be kept on at all times as a result. The mattresses in the bed were extremely uncomfortable and the sheets provided were threadbare. Overall the standards were not what you would expect from a European hostel.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Joe O
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

My sister (22 yrs) and I (19 yrs) stayed in the be mar apartments April 2013. We are travelling around Europe and this was by far the worst of the places we stayed. The only good thing was location: train close by, that there was a wok to walk right next door and las ramblas very close.
The room was shocking. First the plates, glasses, cutlery, sink and bench were not cleaned and still had food stuck to them. Also one of the mugs was even broken and left in the cupboard. The fridge was barely cold and not working. The cupboard still had a mans shoes in it, I'm guessing the previous guest. The shower water starts off great but after about 2 mins goes cold and is shocking. The roof in the bathroom leaked everywhere, possibly because it was raining when we were there but either way it was always wet on the bathroom floor and toilet. We were only provided with two towels. No floor mat for the bathroom floor or tea towels for the kitchen. The bed sheets did not look like they had been cleaned either. The remote for the tv was missing also. Kitchen was tiny. Basically a small hallway. Street extremely noisy and couldn't sleep. There was a big fight between two other female guests in the middle of the night that sounded both physical and verbal which went on for hours ridiculously loud. The lift was not working when we arrived. Had to carry our suitcase up 4 flights of extremely narrow steep stairs because we were on the third floor. Lift when working doesn't even go to ground level, only level 1. The stair case was barely wide enough to bring our suit cases up and was very difficult. Staff member, cannot remember her name, was very rude to us when we informed her checking out of the issues with the room, did not care or even apologise in the slightest.

Room Tip: Do not stay in the apartments here
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Rachel may C
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Address: Sant Pau 80, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #227 of 732 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Hotel Class:1 star — Be Mar Barcelona Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right where you want to be!Best location, cool and famous Hostel in Europe!!! Be Hostels Mar is the perfect Hostel for you right in the city centre!!! Well located and close to the most important spots. Five minutes from les Rambles, the Port and the Olympic Park. We have many years experience welcoming travelers from all around the world, so we understand what you want!Find in Be Mar Hostel:- Free breakfast- Free Internet and WIFI access to keep connected with the world- Free fully equipped kitchen. ... more   less 
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