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Arco A&A Youth Hostel
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Arco A&A Youth Hostel
Ranked #531 of 735 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Reviewed June 5, 2013

We stayed here in May 2013 for 7 nights, we wanted something cheap and near everything. Me and my friend took the ''mixted rooms'' of 12 beds. The beds are comfortable, the lockers are safe (they rent the safety box at the front desk) and you have to make a deposit for the linens.
The staff is very helpful (Thanks to the guy at front desk for ALL the info we asked about the city!!) The kitchen is okay but not so clean everyday... The living room is very old need to buy new sofa but it was okay... No lock in the showers, if you take a shower it will be no hot water after 10min... Lots of noise in the street and the people in the rooms had no respect for the others (screaming at 5am...?!)
The Hostel is a little hard to find from the street (like everything on Barri Gotic) You can find everything near the hostel! Lots of Irish pub, cheap restaurant, you can have free dinner to the Travel Bar at the Hostel!!
Go there if you have small budget and if you don't mind not sleeping well!!

Room Tip: Don't take the largest room, try the one with 4 or 6 beds !!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Caroline L
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Stayed for 3 nights. A group of 8 had booked an 8-bed dorm for 3 nights but due to some mix-up we ended up sharing with 3 others in a 12-bed dorm for the first night. Despite this the reception staff were very friendly and were very helpful when it came to recommending tourist attractions and providing sheets and towels. Free wi-fi was excellent but the free breakfast was quite poor. overall a pleasant stay and would go back with a group of friends.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank gspdan
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

The hostel great location, but should not seek Arco Youth Hostel, a hostel Palermo. This is the same institution in fact, simply dormitory located in the same building, and separate rooms - in the other. Relatively clean room, shower and toilet in the corridor, you can have breakfast in the restaurant next to the entrance to the hotel. All in all - not bad, but expensive.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We are Canadian, US and Mexican group and this is the worst place we stayed in by far, We were looking for a cheap place to stay for a few nights and trust me and let me warn you, you get what you pay for...
-Be carefull with your credit card deposit!!
-Rooms and bathroom are poorly ventilated and dirty, do not smell good.
-slowwwww WIFI connection
-The old guy at the reception was rude and 0 tolerant, not friendly and not nice staff...
-Door broken (very unsafe).

Check another hostel...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

I had a nice time here! I felt safe, we were very close to all the attractions, and the price was decent! It is hard to find but right off La Ramblas (the big road in Barce), easy walk to all the Gaudi buildings, the sea, the Gothic Quarter, etc.
Breakfast was not delicious but it included some fruit and cereal, it was enough to get going in the morning, and it was included, which was nice!
Showers were hot and the rooms were clean. They charge 2,50 (euros) for sheets but towels are free.
Staff was nice and pointed me to good churros and pinxtos :)
Overall I wasn't expecting luxury, and I didn't find it, but I felt comfortable and safe during my stay in Barcelona!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank rebrice
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

Extremely difficult to find (lane is not on any map, online information and staff got on the phone didn't give any valuable clue to find the place, and local people themselves get it wrong).
I needed to cancel my last night, yet since doing it online would have costed more than the price for the night itself, I asked the staff the very first day, but they never wanted to help or make any effort, and have been extremely unpleasant.
The bed linen is not included in the price of the night, you have to rent some. Which is something I've never seen, was not mentioned during the booking, and extremely surprising for that one obviously expects bed linen to be provided with the bed to sleep!!
Last but not least, the price for one night is way too expensive not only for the service provided but also for the premises (14-bed dorm room); I identified other hostels which were cheaper and in which dorm rooms were more welcoming / had less bed.
All in all, I had a bad experience with Arco Youth Hostel and left with the feeling I got terribly cheated.

Room Tip: Pick another hostel!! for example from the Equity Point chain.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank tardivs
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

This hostel was absolutely the worst place that I had ever stayed at.. Booked for 2 nights out of desperation I guess...27 EUR/night for a small room shared with 8 people...I mean the breakfast and the bathroom was ok (no space to change, breakfast was crackers with butter and jam and some cerial with warm milk) but the staff was so mal-tempered and uninformative ! The bonus was when the guy from the reception woke me up at 8AM wanting me to pay before his shift was over so he would not get in trouble...All this because their credit card machine did not work.. Plus they make you pay for sheets Left the next morning and ended up paying for 2 nights...I dont this they ever heard of customer service. PLEASE people if you trust TripAdvisor, trust this review !

Would never recommend this place to anybody !

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Ondrej_Sumavsky
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Additional Information about Arco A&A Youth Hostel

Address: C/ Arc de Santa Eulalia 1, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #531 of 735 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Arco A&A Youth Hostel, great loction in a central point of bracelona. We offer free morning breakfast, free internet access, security lockers in the rooms, and towels. In a quiet and safe place. This is a cozy house full of friends! Open all year!For young people seeking a quiet, clean and friendly environment in the heart of Barcelona. In Arco Youth Hostel you can enjoy the city in a friendly atmosphere, quiet and safe, with young travelers from all the world, who visit Barcelona all year. ... more   less 
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