What sets them apart?
This bicycle themed hostel hosts plenty of organized activities including free dinners and free bike tours of Barcelona. Guests say that it's a great place to meet other travelers to make new friends. It's kept very clean, and has an amazing common area, too!
Who's staying here?
This hostel caters mainly to backpackers and budget travelers looking to explore Barcelona while making new friends. While it is VERY social, it's not necessarily a party hostel. It draws a fun crowd of solo travelers, couples, and small groups.
Don't let the bike theme throw you off if you're not a hard-core bicyclist - this hostel is open for everyone. It's a normal hostel that happens to have a fleet of bikes for rent and offers free bike tours, which are a great way to explore Barcelona.
Bed & Bike Barcelona
With an amazing common area, relaxed social vibe, and plenty of activities to help guests get to know one another, this hostel gets rave reviews and plenty of repeat visitors. From the name it's obvious that the Bed & Bike hostel has a bicycle theme, but don't worry, it's for everyone and not just people interested in bikes. (After all, Barcelona is a very bicycle and pedestrian friendly city.)
organized dinners every evening, the guests truly get to know each other here and make some new friends very quickly. Staying here will help you meet others if you are a solo traveler or even if you're in a small group. The entire place is kept very clean, and the common area is large, fun, and full of great features like a terrific kitchen, TV with Netflix, and a pool table.
The dorms of this hostel are reliably clean, which is always a plus. Dorms come in a variety of sizes all the way up to 16 beds. This may seem like a lot of people in one room, but these rooms can be very social. Smaller rooms are available (as are privates), down to 4 beds per room. Female-only rooms are also offered.
Bunk beds have privacy curtains, plugs, and lights for each bed. The rooms also have seating, lockers for storage and security, and air conditioning. Some rooms also have ensuite bathrooms so that you don't have to go down the hall. Rooms also have keycard access.
Private rooms are available for 2 people to share a room. This is a good option for couples or sets of friends who may want some space to themselves. They have the feel of a very basic hotel room, but not all of them have ensuite bathrooms. They are equipped with basic furnishings and towels are included.
While some rooms have ensuite bathrooms, more public bathrooms are available on the hall. They are large and the staff makes a good effort to keep them clean. They are divided for male and female and there are usually enough available that overcrowding is not a problem.
Showers are push button operated, which means that they run on a timer. When the timer runs out, the shower turns off and you have to push the button again to restart things. This is the norm for many hostels in Barcelona, as it helps to save water but can also be a bit annoying for guests. Plenty of hot water is available.
Hair dryers are also provided, and towels can be rented if you're staying in a dorm.
The large common area is a nice place to hang out and meet other guests. It's essentially one very large area that includes some sofas and TVs, a large kitchen with multiple tables for meals, an area of bikes available for rent, books, guitars, and more. Another area contains a pool table.
This entire area is essentially the social hang out space of the hostel, as everyone can find their own spot. During meals (free dinners!), everyone gathers over at the kitchen area. Also, many people prepare their own breakfast (not provided by the hostel), so it's a nice spot to meet up with other guests to plan the day or get ready for the free bike tour.
For those that want to cook their own meals, the fully stocked kitchen is very modern, very large, and has plenty of supplies. A microwave, stove, oven, and refrigerators are on hand, as well as plenty of counter space.
The Eixample neighborhood is where the old world charms of the Gothic Quarter merge into modern Barcelona. Here, many famous museums and attractions can be found, as well as plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, churches, and other sights. Public transportation in this part of town is very common, and the streets are laid out in an orderly fashion, so it's hard to get lost.
Located in the Eixample neighborhood about halfway between the Gothic Quarter (old town) and the Sagrada Familia, this hostel is centrally located between everything, making it a good base to explore Barcelona. The Eixample neighborhood is full of museums, old architecture, restaurants, bars, and shops, so everything is at your doorstep that you might need. The metro is one block away, and can whisk you around the city in no time at all. Or rent one of the bikes and explore at your own pace. The Bar & Bike hostel is also not a far walk from the Sagrada Familia and Plaza de Catalunya, both of which would take around 15 to 20 minutes to walk to.
Several metro stations are nearby, with the Tetuan station being only 1 block away. From here you can get to the Gothic Quarter in a few minutes. Despite being a bit set back from some attractions, this hostel is well connected to everything in the city.
The activities are what this hostel is all about, as the staff provide several terrific opportunities for guests to meet up, hang out, and explore Barcelona.
The free bike tours (sign up early, as they have limited space), are a fun way to see Barcelona and find your way around town. It's a nice way to meet other travelers, too.
The free dinners are also a nice treat, as you are not only getting a free meal (tips are asked for), but you can relax with other guests, hang out, make some new international friends, and plan your next adventure.
The hostel also organizes pub crawls to some of the nearby bars and clubs in the Eixample area. This lets you explore Barcelona's nightlife while, again, meeting fellow travelers.
Plenty of amenities are offered, and are on par with other modern hostels in Europe. Free linens, laundry machines, free luggage storage, free Wi-Fi, computers, bike rental (obviously), and keycard access are on the list, just to name a few. The TV and Wii are also a nice touch and provide entertainment when you want to just relax. The kitchen is top-notch as well.
The staff keeps things running smoothly and makes an effort to keep the hostel clean. Rooms are said to be very clean despite having up to 16 people in them! The friendly staff is also multi-lingual and helps to foster friendships among the guests. While organizing all of the activities for guests, they are there to help 24/7.
With quiet time through the late hours of the night so that everyone can sleep, don't expect to be able to stay up all night partying here. While this hostel is very social, they also respect that guests want to sleep, so if you're looking for a party hostel then this might not be the place for you.
Bed & Bike Barcelona
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