Over the years I've stayed in many hostels in Spain. Some were exceptional or good and others were not so good. I compiled this guide on the best hostels in Spain to ensure that you only stay in the good hostels.
General Information on Hostels in Spain
Spanish hostels are among the best hostels in Europe and they usually have some extremely affordable dorm bed options. The more expensive the hostel is, the closer it is to the centre.
There are many things to consider before booking a hostel. The top four things when choosing the best hostel in Spain are:
- Price - In bed in a dorm room starts at €10 per night (normally large dorm rooms) in the off-season, but expect to pay €20 to €30 per night in a medium-sized dorm room (6 to 10 beds) in the high season. As with all other major cities in Europe prices at the weekend tend to be 30% to 50% higher. Hostels in Madrid and Barcelona are slightly more expensive than regional cities such as Valencia, Malaga, Granada, and Seville.
- Location & Transport - It's best to stay in a central location close to the top tourist attractions and nightlife.
- Amenities/Services - Every hostel in Spain provides free Wi-Fi, and some even include breakfast in the price, but if you require more specialized services, do your research to find the hostel that best matches your requirements.
- Staff - The majority of Spanish hostels have excellent staff. They are usually very friendly and will give you excellent recommendations for restaurants, bars, and clubs, among other things. However, my recommendation is to read reviews to ensure that the hostel you select has friendly and helpful staff, as rude or unhelpful staff might ruin your hostel experience.
The Best Hostels in Spain
Here’s my comprehensive guide to the best hostels in Spain:
1. Safestay (Madrid)
Safestay Madrid is situated in a prime position. The Alonzo Martinez metro station is about 120 meters away, and the hostel is only three doors down from a convenience shop (Dia). Only 500 meters away is Malasana, which has the highest concentration of pubs and restaurants.
Safestay Madrid is housed in a completely restored nineteenth-century building. However, it retains many of its original attractive traits. This 6-story building features two lifts that will whisk you up and down from your room. All of this makes Safestay the best hostel in Madrid.
The dorm rooms are bright, spotless, and quite big. Each bed has a spacious locker. Don't worry if you forget to bring a padlock; they are available for purchase below at reception.
In the winter, all dorm rooms are heated, while in the summer, all rooms have air conditioning. Each dorm bed has its own shelf on which to store personal items. The mattresses are quite comfortable.
One of Safeway's distinguishing qualities is one of the best rooftop bars in Madrid. It is open from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. every night. It is located on the sixth floor of the hostel and is accessible by one of the lifts.
Dorms from €16.00, Privates from €55.80
2. Generator (Madrid)
Generator Madrid is a massive hostel located right in the heart of Madrid. The iconic Gran Via street is only 100 meters away. This hotel has a 24-hour reception, free WiFi, a restaurant, and one of Madrid's greatest rooftop bars.
The dorm rooms are exceptionally well-kept. The bunk beds are well-designed and really comfortable. Every dorm room has its own shower and toilet. Private rooms are of 4-star hotel quality.
The hostel features several common areas, including a restaurant, a basement cafe bar, a rooftop bar, and a specific room for digital nomads to work on their laptops. Breakfast costs €7.50 and is well worth the money. The only drawback to this hostel is that you cannot bring your own food or drink.
Dorms from €24.00, Privates from €113.20
3. Sungate One (Madrid)
Sungate One is centrally located in downtown Madrid, making it one of the best hostels in the city. It is also conveniently located near the airport and the main train station.
This backpacker hostel is located in the Centro district, close to historical, nightlife, and shopping attractions. The city's main squares and key attractions are also easily accessible by foot.
Sungate's mixed and female dorms, as well as double rooms, are spacious, light, and designed with visitors in mind. Air conditioning is available in all rooms. In the wide common room, you can relax or mingle with other guests. You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen.
Dorms from €16.80, Privates from €54.20
4. The Hat Madrid (Madrid)
The Hat Madrid claims to be Madrid's first boutique hostel. The hotel is set in a historic Plaza Mayor home, just three minutes from the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, and La Latina.
They have individual and shared rooms available for women, families, and groups of friends.
All rooms have air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, and breakfast is available for a small fee. There's a solarium, a terrace outdoors, and plenty of gathering space.
Dorms from €20.00, Privates from €49.00
5. 360 Hostel Barcelona Arts and Culture (Barcelona)
The name of the hostel, "360," emphasizes a holistic approach to travel, with the goal of immersing guests in all facets of Barcelona's arts and culture.
360 Hostel Barcelona Arts&Culture, located in the heart of the city, provides convenient access to some of Barcelona's most famous buildings, museums, art galleries, and cultural attractions.
360 Hostel Barcelona Arts and Culture provided guests with not just excellent lodging but also a variety of cultural activities and events. Walking tours, art exhibitions, cultural seminars, and other activities were planned by the hostel to allow travellers to discover the city's art scene and connect with other guests.
At 360 Hostel, only mixed dorms are offered. Each bunk bed has its own night lamp and power outlet, and all rooms are secured with a key card. In the restrooms, hair dryers and straighteners are available.
The hostel's communal areas were created to foster a sense of community and connection among tourists from all origins and cultures. These areas provided opportunities for guests to share travel stories, discuss experiences, and form new friendships.
The courteous and competent personnel at the hostel were always there to provide recommendations and support, ensuring that guests had a memorable and pleasurable stay.
All of this makes 360 Hostel one of the best hostels in Barcelona and also one of the best hostels in Spain.
Dorms from €14.30
6. Hostel One Sants (Barcelona)
Hostel One Sants is Barcelona's best party hostel. Their goal is to create a friendly atmosphere where you can meet other travellers. They provide a variety of activities, such as free walking tours and free entry to some of Barcelona's best clubs, as well as a free home-cooked dinner every night for all guests.
Barcelona's main train station, Sants, is only a 12-minute walk away, as is the iconic Camp Nou Stadium complex, which houses the Barcelona football team. The hostel features a lovely rooftop terrace as well as a large basement area with a pool table, reading nook, and TV.
Dorms from €17.10
7. Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace (Barcelona)
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace embraces a rock and music theme throughout its premises, with sophisticated and artistic decor paying respect to rock 'n' roll culture. The hostel's edgy and bright ambience was enhanced by iconic music memorabilia, graffiti-style artwork, and themed public areas.
Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace is one of Barcelona's greatest hostels for lone travellers. There's always something going on at this well-known bar. You won't have to worry about getting a good night's sleep, though, because all of the rooms are soundproofed. One of their most notable features is their rooftop swimming pool, which is open from April to October.
Sant Jordi Hostel is in the popular Eixample neighbourhood of Barcelona, which is known for its tapas bars and other restaurants. The Passeig de Gràcia metro station, where you can catch metro lines L2, L3, and L4, is a 5-minute walk away. There are both mixed dorms and private rooms.
Each dorm bed has a reading light and a charging station. We can prepare our own meals in their fully equipped guest kitchen. Female-only dorm rooms make this hostel ideal for female solo travellers.
Dorms from €12.50
8. Oasis Backpackers Palace Sevilla (Seville)
Oasis Backpackers is an award-winning hostel in the city centre, close to El Corte Ingles and Plaza de Armas. This hostel boasts a stunning rooftop terrace with a pool where you may sample our mojitos or a refreshing drink. Language, dancing, and cooking classes are all available.
The rooms, including the dorms, are all air-conditioned. The well-designed dorm rooms at this hostel are comfortable and hygienic. Each dorm bed has its own power outlet as well as a night light. They have a fully equipped community kitchen and provide breakfast (for a fee) every morning.
All of this makes Oasis Backpackers the best hostel in Seville and one of the best hostels in Spain.
Dorms from €17.60, Privates from €81.70
9. Triana Hostel (Seville)
Triana Backpackers Hostel is housed in a beautiful Sevillian mansion and is within a 15-minute stroll from the city centre. Although this is not the most modern hostel, it makes up for it with its charming character and good and knowledgeable staff. This sociable hostel features a rooftop patio where you may relax in a hammock or soak in a hot tub.
All of the rooms have air conditioning. The dorm rooms are comfortable and well-kept. Every dorm bed has its own locker, lamp, power outlet, and privacy curtain. Another benefit of staying at this hostel is that you get a complimentary breakfast every morning.
Dorms from €17.65, Privates from €43.70
10. Toc Hostel Sevilla (Seville)
Toc Hostel is a beautiful hostel with many unique innovations. It is located in the heart of Seville. Toc Hostels is a prominent hostel network in Spain, and its hostels are always stylish. This hostel features numerous interior and external common areas where you may rest and unwind.
The dorm rooms are of quite excellent quality. The mattresses are comfortable, and each has its own PowerPoint, reading lamp, privacy curtain, and individually controlled air conditioning.
Dorms from €34.60, Privates from €121.00 (4 people)
11. El Granado (Granada)
El Granado Hostel is situated in the heart of Granada, a short walk from the Cathedral and the Moorish district of Albaicin. They have dorm rooms (3–6 beds), private double rooms, and modest flats (maximum of 4 persons).
Dorms from €13.60, Privates from €64.50
12. Old Town Hostel (Granada)
Old Town Hostel Granada is a three-floor house with a roof terrace and a solarium located in the centre of Granada. The rooftop terrace and sundeck are perfect for relaxing in the hottest months of the year. Free Wifi is provided throughout the building.
Dorms from €14.00
13. The Lights Hostel (Malaga)
The Lights Hostel is housed in a historic building in the heart of Malaga. The most prominent feature of the hostel is its magnificent rooftop terrace, where you can rest with a drink after a long day of touring.
They have 6-bed female dorms, which are suitable for solo female travellers, as well as 6-bed mixed dorms, 8-bed mixed dorms, and 10-bed mixed dorms. The Lights Hostel is easily one of the best hostels in Malaga.
Dorms from €13.90
14. Feel Hostels Soho Malaga (Malaga)
Feel Hostels Soho Malaga is located in the heart of the city, a 10-minute walk from Malaga Train Station and the Picasso Museum. It offers a sun deck, a 24-hour welcome desk, and free WiFi throughout the property.
Private rooms with shared showers, as well as female or mixed dorms, are offered. The floors are all wood, and some have balconies.
Breakfast is included, and there is a shared kitchen and TV room for visitors. The hostel organizes activities such as guided tours, book exchanges, and pub crawls. Feel Hostels Soho Málaga has luggage storage, laundry services, and a tour desk.
The beach is just a 20-minute walk away, and bus stops are right in front of the house.
Dorms from €15.00 & Privates from €55.00
15. Home Youth Hostel Valencia by Feetup Hostels (Valencia)
Home Youth Hostel is located in the city centre, in the Barrio del Carmen district. It's especially close to the Central Market and La Lonja (Silk Market), two of Valencia's most popular tourist attractions.
There are no bunk beds in the dorm rooms, only single beds. Each bed has its own power outlet and reading light. Each room features hot/cold air conditioning, free WI-FI, a mirror, and a security locker.
Other amenities include a fully furnished kitchen, laundry facilities, and bicycle rental, and all rooms are keycard access only, ensuring your safety while sleeping.
Dorms from €15.90 & Privates from €46.90
16. The River Hostel (Valencia)
The River Hostel is placed in the heart of Valencia, next to the lovely Turia Gardens, and only a 5-minute walk from Valencia Cathedral. The Alameda Metro Station, which gives direct access to and from the airport, is only a 5-minute walk away.
All rooms have air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter, and the majority of them have a balcony. There are drink vending machines, and guests can enjoy breakfast in their café (for a charge). The desk is open 24 hours a day, there is free Wi-Fi throughout the building, and luggage storage is available.
Prices start at only €10.20 per night making The River Hostel hostel one of the best hostels in Valencia for budget backpackers.
Dorms from €10.20 & Privates from €38.80
Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Spain
I hope this guide to the best hostels in Spain helps you pick a hostel that best suits your needs. In general, the overall standard of hostels in Spain is excellent but there are still some bad hostels in most Spanish cities.
Hopefully, this list will help you avoid bad or mediocre hostels to ensure you enjoy your stay in Spain. My favourite hostel in Spain is Safestay in Madrid.