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REVIEW: Alberg Hostel a.k.a. YMCA of Barcelona

If you are looking for a party hostel smack dab in the center of everything, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a clean family friendly hostel to stay at with your parents (I don’t see why you would be doing this), but nonetheless this is the hostel for you.

Photo credit: millereerin

In September 2011, the MISSADVENTURES crew showed up in Barcelona without a place to stay. We followed a shining star, ahem, I mean a frantic search over the phone to a hostel in the north. At this point we just needed a place to stay and could honestly not care less where it was or what shape it was in. We were all pleasantly surprised.

Upon walking in, the common area reminded me of when I went to NYC with my high school. Angsty teens sitting in various corners of the room, with stressed out adults planning the day around a couple maps. Not the normal site I am used to seeing when entering a hostel.  Hannah turned to me and said, “Doesn’t this look like a YMCA?”

It really did. There were tour groups of all kinds staying there, and I kept feeling the urge to ask for my key to the sauna room. Instead though, we got the key to our room, and that was where it went right.

The staff was super friendly, which makes a difference, especially when a better part of your time spent there was you crying over all your stuff getting stolen at the beach.

We had a private room with – get this – a private bathroom. Do you know how important this is for four girls trying to get ready for a night out? Very. The room had 4 beds, lockers, and enough space to get around.

A big fear of mine when staying in hostels is cleanliness. You don’t have to worry here, the beds looked spotless, and I didn’t even want to wear my flip flops in the shower. Let’s not get crazy, I did wear them, but it was clean enough for me to consider not to.

Not the best. It is north of the city center, and not that close to all the centrally located sights. If you are into going to Camp Nou or shopping on Avinguda Diagonal, then it would be ideal. We walked from the Barcelona FC game back to our hostel in under 20 minutes.

Not your typical hostel.  I didn’t immediately make best friends with a group of Australians. It all comes down to what you are looking for. To party, look somewhere else. To stay somewhere clean and safe close to the sites more north, Alberg Barcelona Pere Tarres is your place!

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