Free Hostels Barcelona is located on Carrer Londres in the Eixample area of the city. When looking for a place to stay I found a few options on Hostelworld and ran them by my godsister, who was living in Barcelona at the time. She confirmed Free Hostels was in a good area.
Free Hostels isn’t located in the middle of all the action, but it’s easily accessible to almost anywhere you need to be. I was able to get there using solely public transportation.
There’s a bus stop in front of the hostel, which was super helpful to get around. It was especially handy to get to Camp Nou, since the bus line from the hostel stop goes directly to the stadium.
The location is a great starting point for self-guided walking exploration of Barcelona. It’s a short walk to Avinguda Diagonal, which cuts across the city and leads to so many fun options.
At Free Hostels you’re a five to ten minute walk to two Metro stations: either Hospital Clinic or Entença.
Free Hostels is a nice, clean hostel, which isn’t to be taken for granted as you move through various accommodations.
Free Hostels has my favorite feature of any hostel: privacy curtains on the bunks! They take it further by creating your own little pod, or Nests, as they call them.
There’s a roll-down panel along the length of the bed and a curtain at the foot. The bunk is built up to the ceiling, creating a total cocoon. In your pod you also have a light, outlet, and small shelf.
The room has its own bathroom so you’re not sharing with the whole floor. The only drawback of the bathroom is that the shower has the kind of push button operation that you’d find in a sink of a public bathroom, so you can’t get a consistent flow of water. This is a major no no for me.
A very cool feature of Free Hostels Barcelona is the entry system. Instead of a key or key card each guest is given a bracelet that opens the doors. The yellow bracelet is waterproof, so you never have to take it off.
You wave the bracelet in front of the sensor at the front door and the door to your room in order to gain access.
Free Hostels offers a free breakfast, which is always a great way to start the morning.
There is a shift in the idea of what a hostel is and who stays there. It’s not just grungy college students backpacking on their gap year.
Of the four women in my room one was from Moldova and wouldn’t tell me how old she was but was older than me at 32. One of the women was from Brazil and was 67.
It’s not a party hostel, which is a major plus for me. I like to be in a social place to meet people, but I don’t need sloppy guests stumbling in drunk and noisy every night. I enjoyed the vibe of the people staying here.
The hostel was nice, but honestly, the push button shower thing really bothered me. The next time I visited Barcelona I opted to stay somewhere else. I was a huge fan of the pods though.