Heart-of-the-action location near Passeig de Gracia and the Eixample quarter
Choice of rooms, from shared bunk rooms to private twins and the splurge-worthy penthouse
Great for groups, the property fosters the hostel community with weekly events, meet-ups and communal spaces that encourage guest interaction
Top amenities: free WiFi, a 24/7 lounge area, reasonably priced continental breakfast, a small restaurant and snack bar, laundry facilities and a travel desk
What To Know
Guests 18 and under must book a private room
Towels are included in private twin rooms only
Light sleepers should book a room on a high floor, away from the busy common areas
With multiple guests in each room, the public spaces are always bustling
Checkout is on the early side at 10 a.m.
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Barcelona’s first “poshtel,” with hip hotel good looks and amenities, and a top location near Passeig de Gracia
In a central location near all the shops and sights along Passeig de Gracia, Generator Barcelona (or Gen Barcelona, as it’s known) is part of a new breed of “poshtel,” where style, good service and top amenities go hand in hand with wallet-friendly rates. Creative director Anwar Mekhayech is behind the hostel’s hip good looks, from the airy lobby's installation-like hanging chairs to the lantern-strung coffee shop to the seventh-floor bar, which has fantastic views of La Sagrada Familia and the rest of the Barcelona skyline. Shared rooms have six to eight beds dressed with soft pillows and duvets, plus en suite bathrooms with power showers, full-length mirrors and electrical outlets. Private rooms are available as twins, triples and quads, all with en suite tile bathrooms, clothes hanging units and bedside lamps. Only private twin rooms come with towels. On the dining front, continental breakfast is available daily (for a fee), and there’s a small restaurant serving international and local specialties from 12 noon to 10 p.m. There’s also a lounge area and game room open around the clock, as well as a seventh-floor bar area, which has a terrace and views of La Sagrada Familia.
In the Area
Head to Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical Parc Güell to admire his beautiful mosaic creations, and hike to the top for sweeping views of Barcelona and, on a clear day, the Mediterranean. When hunger strikes, visit L’Arros Arrosseria, which serves 36 delicious variations of Spain’s signature dish, paella. Next, stroll along La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s most iconic streets, and stop at the Boqueria Market to sample fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat, or belly up to one of the few tapas bars. And for a dose of culture, the artwork housed in the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya is just as magnificent as the museum’s regal exterior, with Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic collections of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.