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Alternative Creative Youth Hostel
Ranked #101 of 722 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Bucharest, Romania
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best hostel in Barcelona so far”
Reviewed May 30, 2011

Everything was great with this. Cheap, clean, quiet, very nice location (just be careful to get everything printed so you'll be able to find it, nobody will know to give directions on the site).

Recommended as a traveler/explorer hostel, not a party hostel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2011

The Alternative Creative Youth Home was recommended to me by a friend who had stayed there a year or so before my journey and after staying there myself, I would recommend this lovely little get away to anyone. Simply one of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed in, the staff, facilities, atmosphere and location are all excellent!
A secure private entrance through a grand hallway leads you up to the 24 hour access hostel doorway where as soon as you step in you can feel the warmth and care that has been put in to this place. A small hostel in size, it has everything you will need including comfy beds, kitchen, hot showers and clean toilets, social space and free internet.
One of the staff even sat me and my friend down and helped us plan our trip around Barcelona when we checked in!
If you are looking for somewhere to stay, I highly recommend the Alternative Creative Youth Home.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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5 Thank rutharlenne
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San Francisco
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

For a very reasonably priced hostel, stay at the Alternative Creative Youth Home. It's one block from Plaza Catalunya, so you're walking distance from many of the city's main attractions. $25 a night is the best rate you can get for a clean, comfortable, and friendly environment. And I mean clean - the bathrooms were immaculate! Alvand, the owner, is an incredibly friendly guy who took us out to see amazing live music. And don't be deterred by the hostel name - it's not a hangout for crazy starving artists; all the visitors were young, friendly, down-to-earth travelers. http://www.alternative-barcelona.com/ACYH/Welcome.html

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2010

The hostel has lots of good things. First of all the staff is very nice, they talk to you not only about the room and about the things you can see in Barcelona, but are really interested in you as a person. On top off that i think they have good advice on restaurants and things to see. I also think that it's nice that you can choose for a bed with nobody above you.. also the atmosphere is nice in the sence that it is quiet in the rooms at night, but during the day you can easily meet other people. Lots of people come here who travel by them self. The hostel is in a nice building.. seems like a posh space from the outside. Everything is clean and they can do your laundry if you want. They have lockers to put your belongins in.. and they advice you to take nothing with you on the street as lots of people get robbed in the streets of Barcelona. You can use the internet for free and usually there are computers free... apple computers. They have a nice common area to sit in. The location is great (near shops, restaurants, nightlife , gaudi places etc)as well and it is quiet so you can sleep well. There was a kitchen as well, which was clean. The only thing i missed was free breakfast, but you got a card with which you got to pay less in the cafe across the street. You could also use this card in other restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2010

Brilliant service here. There are staff on site 24/7 so you can check out for that awkward flight or train, and are never locked out. Nothing is too difficult, whether it's an adaptor for your country, a booking that needs to be made in a language you dont speak or doing your washing for you (extra charge for washing).

The room was cleaned daily, plenty of spance per person.

The bathrooms are unisex but big enough so there is never a queue, all internet access is free whether you use one of their terminals or your own wifi access.

Kitchen is open for all, the microwave wasn't clean but this was a small thing.
Location is fantastic, right in the centre of Barcelona, close to all the attractions and anything else you could want.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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New York, NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2009

alternative hostel is a quiet getaway that is a block away from the spotlight. it is close to everything (1 block away from la rambla) and literally after you come inside they can give you a map of all the nearby places and recommendations for sights to see. beds and bedding are clean, bathroom and shower area are cleaned at least once a day. also, FREE INTERNET on communal computers in the living room. most of all though, they have 24 hour security as theft is a very prominent problem in barcelona right now. very nice place, i'd recommend this.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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3 Thank chopem4
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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2009

The only bad thing was that it was hard to find but with the phonenumber this could easily be ignored. Everything else was top notch!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Anders S
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Property: Alternative Creative Youth Hostel
Address: Ronda Universitat 17, entresol - 3 | (Ring One of the Green Bells on the Bottom Row), 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
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Ranked #101 of 722 Specialty Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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Situated in a beautiful heritage building in a fantastic location, right in the heart of the city, the Alternative Creative Youth Hostel is the perfect base from which to enjoy the city and make the most of its incredible opportunities. The hostel was created to offer affordable accommodation especially to open-minded, adventurous, young people. ... more   less 
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