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Ideal Youth Hostel
Ranked #226 of 760 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Oslo, Norway
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Can´t believe is part of the Hostelling International network”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2011

This place was weird. It´s supposed to be a proper hostel, but you can feel there are many dodgy things about it. First of all, they take as much money for a room in one of their two buildings, in La Rambla, as for a room in their main building. And the building in La Rambla is old, extremely noisy, not clean, very badly equipped, and I even saw a huge cocroach on the toilet cailing while I was taking a shower. Groze!
Their main building is a bit better, but still just about acceptable. Breakfast consist of little and very poor tasting toasts, coffee and "juice", and well... I don´t know exactly where and when, but in this hostel I´ve got BED BUGS´ bites. Enough said.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

We wanted to be in the main part of the city for a few days of our Barcelona trip, so we stayed here for a few...bad mistake. Yes, it is in a great location! It's right by Las Ramblas. However, it's just not good or clean. The beds were awful (caved in when you layed down), half the lockers were unusable and rusty, the showers were strangely 2 showers per stall, and there was blood on my sheets and wall. Also, some sketchy people. I would avoid staying here and go somewhere like Barcelona Dream Hostel.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Negril, Jamaica
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

We stayed in this hotel or two nights and discovered the bedbugs after the first. They moved us to a new room but did not take care of our luggage and clothes! Seems they do not care about keeping the place bug-free.

We recommend anyone to red up about bedbugs beforehand as it is not funny to bring them home with you and it costs about 200 euros to desinfect your luggage.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Coimbra
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2010

Since the moment we arrived I had the feeling i was in the right place for my vacation. In the heart of Barcelona where all the action is and near to the beach you can do everything you like to do in vacation in a very short distance walk or by metro. The Hostel is very clean and it has a wonderful staff that gave us the best tips ;)   We went to the local market ( La Boqueria) next to the Hostel and we bought lots of fresh fruit every day!! Me and my 3 friends were in a dorm with AC  and bathroom in our room which was very good.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caldinhas
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

The Ideal Youth Hostel is quite big for a hostel, but the rooms, especially the dormitories are quite small. I stayed in a dorm for 10 people and apart from 5 bunk beds and a few small lockers there was no space for much else. For accommodation like that i think it's a bit too expensive. Also the breakfast was rather ridiculous.
Still, it's in a good location, the staff is friendly and all the place I've seen were very clean. So all in all, for a short stay, I would say it was a pretty good choice.

Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2009

Just behind the opera of barcelona, near las ramblas you can sleep for cheap and experience the city night life safely.

Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Sydney
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2009

I got bedbugs staying at this hostel, an affliction I thankfully have managed to avoid over many years of staying in hostels. That should be enough to encourage you not to stay here.

The hostel cleanliness, in addition to the matresses, was terrible. The bathroom wasn't cleaned in 5 days except for changing the bin, the floor wasn't swept or mopped, even after 3 dopey girls in our room sprayed a litre of cola all over the floor and half of the beds in the room.

The Indian guy at reception is aggressive, ignorant, and generally unpleasant. Asking him how to travel to Barcelona Airport by train resulting in a screaming match as he couldn't accept that I would prefer the train to the bus, which he was fixated on me taking instead of the train. The girl who wears glasses during the day is also rude and unhelpful.

The breakfast is also not worth getting out of bed for.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Ideal Youth Hostel
Address: Unio,10-12, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > El Raval
Amenities:
Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #226 of 760 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ideal Youth Hostel opened in the year 2000 in a typical Barcelona city-centre-style building. It's an experienced hostel located near the famous La Rambla and next to the Opera House.The traditional historical appearance of the façade has been maintained, while the interior is modern with a minimal industrial look, including silver concrete walls and coloured neon lights.We try to cater to both single backpackers as well as groups, offering all that you need to help you enjoy your stay in the city.Accommodation is offered in single rooms and private or shared rooms for two, four, six, eight or ten people. Most of the rooms have their own balcony, individual WC and free hot showers. Furthermore, the hostel provides individual lockers in each room, free of charge.We also offer a terrace, linen, vending machines, self-service laundrette, microwave and fridge and a lounge in which you can relax.Upon request, half- or full-board meals and lunch boxes are available. ... more   less 
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