Traveling in Spain is notoriously expensive. If you’re planning a vacation there, you may find yourself looking for ways to save a few Euros along the way. Among your options, I’d urge you to consider looking at hostels as opposed to traditional hotels. Hostels in Spain have earned a reputation as being more stylish, well kept, and cleaner than those in many other countries. In fact, if you check in to any of our recommended options below, you’re likely to feel like you’re staying in a posh boutique hotel rather than an affordable backpackers stop. Now be careful, though, because some upscale places in Spain may call themselves a hostel, but can charge well over a $100 per night. Always keep an eye on costs when booking your stay–it’s not impossible to stay in a safe and comfortable spot for $30 or less if your timing is just right.
1. Generator Hostel in Barcelona
The funky decor sets this place apart from the competition almost immediately. It’s clean, but not sterile like so many contemporary hostels. The location is perfect for the walking tourist with 2 major metro stations and the Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona’s highlights, is just a short walk away. Generator Hostel is located in the trendy Eixample district, right up the street from the Gracia district, ensuring guests will have no shortage of entertainment and exciting things to explore by foot.
2. Room007 Chueca Hostel in Madrid
With its charming mix of old and new, Room007 Chueca Hostel has a uniquely inviting and cozy feel to it. Clean lines, exposed materials, and classic architectural details all blend together effortlessly. Self-proclaimed chefs will rejoice when they see the modern kitchen, and all guests will want to take advantage of the property’s rooftop terrace. Wi-Fi, towels, and computers are all provided free of charge. The pedestrian-only Fuencarral Street and other outdoor attractions are just a few minutes’ walk away.
3. Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz in Seville
Fresh flowers, plants, and herbs are sprinkled throughout the property, which also features arched entrances and doors facing a small inner courtyard complete with a fountain. Standalone wardrobes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi in every room make even long-term stays here delightful. Traditional Spanish tiles and interior wooden window shutters add to the charm of Hostal Plaza Santa Cruz.
4. Granada Inn Backpackers in Granada
Guests appreciate the light, airy feel in all the rooms at Granada Inn Backpackers. Upscale, yet surprisingly affordable apartment-style rooms come complete with table, kitchenette, and plush seating, and cost less than you’d expect to pay at many hotels. The 24-hour front desk is perfect for travelers who arrive late or have an early departure in the morning. Best of all, the hostel offers free- and low-cost tours every day, including a morning walking tour that every first-time Granada visitor should catch.
5. Guesthouse Hostal El Gallo in Marbella
One of its greatest attributes is that the Guesthouse Hostal El Gallo doesn’t try to be flashy and modern. Instead, it has a cozy environment that pays respect to the history of the region. Rich colors, wooden furniture, and terraces with wrought iron railings that overlook the street all make this place feel extra special. It’s a family-run business, which also gives it a feeling distinct from all those more party-oriented hostels that are staffed by temporary employees. The El Gallo restaurant on the ground floor also earns rave reviews from travelers, so guests don’t have to travel far for a tasty meal.
If you’re feeling inspired to travel to Spain, make sure you know the basics of Spanish before you go. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about classes we offer in your area. And if you’ve already explored Spain’s hostel scene, share your favorite hostel with our readers. Happy travels!