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Affordable Lodging in Barcelona


No matter how old you are, you can save on lodging costs by staying at hostels (albergue juvenil, and not a hostal, a popular term for a modest hotel without major facilities, signaled by a small "s" next to the "H" on the hotel doorway's blue plaque).

In some 4,500 locations in more than 70 countries around the world, Hostelling International (HI), the umbrella group for a number of national youth-hostel associations, offers single-sex, dorm-style beds and, at many hostels, rooms for couples, and family accommodations. Membership in any HI national hostel association, open to travelers of all ages, allows you to stay in HI-affiliated hostels at member rates; one-year membership is about $30 for adults; hostels charge about $15-$35 per night. Members have priority if the hostel is full.

Turisme Juvenil Catalunya (TUJUCA-La XANASCAT) can help you locate any of 43 youth hostels in Barcelona. Many of these hostels happily take people of all ages, though you may have to pay an extra fee to become a card-carrying member. Many older youth-hostel fans find hostels—where people tend to exchange tips and chat freely—friendlier and more inclusive than hotels. Nearly all Barcelona hostels offer common rooms for television, card games, and general socializing, dining rooms for meals, and sleeping accommodations ranging from double bedrooms to dormitories, the latter arrangement more frequent.

Updated: 09-2013

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