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Arco Youth Hostel A&A Reviews

C/Arc de Santa Eulalia N.1, Barcelona, Spain

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75%

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1590 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 63%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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91%

Great hostel in a really perfect location. The staff (the one man I saw) was very friendly and helpful! Highly recommend.


74%

Hostel is located near major attractions. Pretty decent hostel except when i was there, there were a group of party goers staying in the hostel who would come back about 4am and make a lot of noise. Next morning, all the tell tale signs in the bathroom and toilet.


71%

The location is tough to beat, it's rt on Ramblas and in the Gothic district so there are tons of shops, bars, and restaurants. The main downside is the fact that this hostel does NOT allow alcohol on the premises. As a traveler on vacation, this was a real dagger... Tough to party and have fun without alcohol. Basically means it ends up as just a place to sleep and shower which is fine if that's what you're looking for.


69%

Breakfast is terrible. There are no individual plugs and nightlights, so the entire room had to share the few that were available far from the beds. The bathroom gets very dirty in the evening since they only clean in the morning.


83%

Amazing location, very friendly and helpful staff!! Facilities okay, just a standard hostel with dirty bathrooms. Overall loved my stay!! Good if you do not want to party 😊😊


54%

The bathrooms and showers are quite dirty and the rooms are hot and crowded. There are towels and breakfast included in the price, but the towels smell weird and the breakfast is a bowl of apples, cereal or packaged toast. The only good thing about this place is the location. The hostel is located right on the most touristy street, Las Ramblas. It's both good and bad, because a lot of cool things are accessible but also there are way too many tourists and tourist traps.


100%

Great free walking tours, friendly people, loved Barcelona.


51%

We were given lockers which were supposed to be secure we left our things inside and went out, when we returned we discovered that another backpacker was given the same key to our locker and used/ taken our things. The beds we were given (and paid for) were also occupied by other people and we had to move at 2am The staff were not even the slightest bit apologetic about this.

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Fantastic place to stay. Staff were very friendly. Breakfast included. Highly recommend

  • 17th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

Everything was great except the atmosphere. As long as you're looking for a more laid back hostel and not a party hostel to meet a lot of people, you won't be disappointed.


63%

It was written that hostel was freshly renovaded. but one can't see it at all.. dirty bathrooms and lazy staff.


83%

nice people, fantastic location

  • 6th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


83%

Was nice place to stay very clean. Free towels are a bonus, safe area and easy to walk to the beach!


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94%

Stayed in Arco for 4 nights, can highly recommend it! Had a good night's sleep every night in the comfortable beds (and a hostel with GOOD pillows). The breakfast is obviously not a hotel breakfast, which no one should expect at a hostel, but it was more than enough for me. The wifi works great and the place is quiet and calm. PERFECT location for a first time visit to Barcelona. Ask the staff for advice of where to eat tapas;)

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Dear Emelie, thanks a lot for your words. We hopr to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

63%

Good location but not awesome atmosphere. Kitchen ok if not many people want to cook, breakfast ok, good lockers. Security is lacking I think, you can't even lock your room from outside (no keys...).

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Dear Sara, thanks a lot for your words. We hopr to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

97%

The staff was wonderully cheerful and helpful. When we come back to Barcelona we will be staying here again!!

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Dear Christopher, thanks a lot for your words. We hopr to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

71%

Decent hostel with kitchen, good internet, cleaned daily. Not so safe though: dorms can be locked only from inside but have no keys to open them from outside (so unless you have a whole room, you can't do it!). Lockers are average size but ok. We had an unpleasant experience with a very drunk Russian who entered the hostel twice and bothered people.. Seriously, they could check who enters the hostel! Luckily the police took him away. Apart from that, it's ok.

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Dear Sara, thanks a lot for your words. We sorry about the drunk person, we do all the best to do not disturb other people. We hope to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

91%

Excellent location, but not noisy at all... Staff were very nice and hostel felt very secure.

  • 27th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Dear Damian, thanks a lot for your words. We hopr to see you soon in Barcelona very soon Arco Youth Hostel staff

86%

we stayed at hostel palermo because we booked a twin private room. great hostel for barcelona. excellent location - one minute away from las ramblas. friendly staff. private rooms had a sink in them and multiple outlets (unlike other hostels in spain). rooms were cleaned, sheets changed, and new towels provided every day. clean bathrooms. one big factor that hostels don't tell you -- the wifi in this hostel actually works in the rooms, whereas in many other hostels, it only works in the lounge.

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Dear Emelie, thanks a lot for your words. We hopr to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

74%

I did a Hostelworld search for hostels with twin room, and free breakfast. Arco was one of a dozen results. Only if you expand the info text do you see that for private room breakfast is "optional". Optional means not available -- neither for free nor for $. Manager explained private rooms are in separate building with no breakfast room, but the main building is almost next door and I said I could walk. No said manager, private room gets free sheets instead. But good location and elec outlets.

  • 25th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Dear Chris, thanks a lot for your words. All the info is in the website, we hope to see you soon in Barcelona again. Arco Youth Hostel staff

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