The MISSADVENTURES crew have stayed in many hostels. Some we rave about and others we wish to forget about. Hello BCN Hostel in Barcelona is what we like to remember as being the most high tech hostel we’ve ever stayed in. The first encounter is when you approach the door and it censors you are there and next thing you know the door slides open. Okay… Maybe this isn’t high tech, but for a hostel this is really convenient. Especially when you’re a traveler with a lot of stuff or Ellie and Hannah who prefer suitcases. Imagine you’re trying to hold open a heavy door while you bring everything in. It’s not fun, which is why as seasoned travelers we appreciate the small things like automatic sliding doors.
Before you stop reading, it gets better! We were greeted with friendly staff that explained what was available to us like free WiFi, a gym – we didn’t see and onsite laundry. Then they presented us with our room keys. These aren’t your ordinary metal keys that you dread carrying with you when you go to the bars in fear of losing it, but a key that you wear on your wrist. How could anyone lose their key? Well… Kat lost hers and we ended up having to pay €10 for it.
They are programmed not only for your room but also your individual locker in the room. Not going to lie… We were skeptical and checked our keys to see if they opened each others locker. Nope it was safe!
While these key wristbands aren’t the most fashionable accessory to wear with your clubbing attire, if you’re the hard partier that tends to stumble back to your room, it’s best to keep this on your wrist, that way if you don’t remember where you’re staying or can barely speak, you can show your wrist. But have fun trying your key on every room, that’s the only detail missing on the key.
As for the rest of the hostel, here’s what we think:
The staff during the day were great but at night or may it was the one night we were there, the staff weren’t the friendliest people. If you’re traveling with a bunch of people and think you can leave your key in the room while your other friend brings theirs out. Think again! you will get the wrath from the staff not allowing you to even approach the elevator without showing your key to prove you’re staying there. So don’t even bother bringing back the party to your room unless others are staying there as well. Just saying…
With most people, cleanliness in a hostel is key! Especially for the MISSADVENTURES crew. Ellie who usually has a routine of prepping her bed before she sleeps like spraying Febreze all over the bed and inspecting for hair. Surprisingly, I don’t believe she actually did the full examination at Hello BCN Hostel.
Although we got a private room, we had to use the communal bathrooms. They were your standard hostel bathrooms except we weren’t fans of their see through shower curtains. They don’t look see through when no one is in the shower but apparently Ellie saw me pretty clearly, while I was showering.
Overall all of us felt that this was a really clean hostel and we would stay there again and recommend it to others for it’s cleanliness.
The location was great! It’s approximately a 10 minute walk away from La Ramblas, which is the main lively street of Barcelona. If you can’t stand noise from a bustling street but want to stay close to everything, then this is the perfect place!
There are a lot of other young travelers staying at this hostel. The common room is near the entrance and front desk where you will find many young people looking over maps to plan their day, watching TV or surfing on the internet using the free computers.
Thank you Hello BCN Hostel for the 24-hour computer access. After partying at Eclipse nightclub in the W Hotel we were able to confirm that we did in fact meet Magneto (Michael Fassbender).Like