Spain. It’s the country of amazing beaches, bustling towns and cities, incredible wine and probably (read: definitely) the best food in the world. A place where everything shuts down when it gets too hot so you can legitimately go home and nap! It’s where trendy meets historic meets chic meets relaxed meets OH-MY-GOD-I- NEVER-WANT-TO-LEAVE.
Well, the bad news is you probably will have to leave. Unless you’ve actually now moved to Spain, in which case – bravo you! The good news is that while you’re holidaying in Spain, you can move into some of the coolest, chicest, most relaxed accommodation going around.
We’ve rounded up some of the best hostels in the country for you below, so you can focus all your efforts on the most important things – tapas and napping. You’re welcome!
Move over Las Ramblas, this hostel in Gracia is in the trendiest and most authentic neighbourhood of Barcelona. Mix with the locals in the many tapas and wine bars that line the streets, and get in on the community vibes of this friendly hostel with nightly pub crawls and dinners. This super stylish accommodation seriously blurs the lines between hostel and trendy hotel, and we’re not complaining!
Address: Pg. de Gracia, 116, Barcelona, Spain
Nearest station: Diagonal
Book your stay at Casa Gracia Barcelona now
If you’re looking for something that’s central and easy to get to, look no further. This modern hostel is found right opposite the airport drop off point, in a beautifully renovated building that’s worthy of the best Instagram feeds. Bunk beds are super private with dark curtains. Your own power socket and a personal light are a nice touch.
Address: Carrer de Bergara, 3, Barcelona, Spain
Nearest station: Plaça de Catalunya
Book your stay at St Christopher’s Barcelona now
Free dinners and sangria nights! Do we have your attention yet? Good, because that’s exactly what Bed & Bike offer – alongside free bike tours, free wifi, free linen and an amazing (also free?) location. We haven’t even started on the rooftop terrace or the games room yet…
Address: c/Diputación 360, Bajos, Barcelona, Spain
Nearest station: Tetuan
Book your stay at Bed & Bike Barcelona now
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The rooftop terrace and swimming pool at this Barcelona hostel are the envy of many in the area. Spend your afternoons lying by the pool, or get sociable and hang out in the super slick communal area or games zone. There’s even a big screen cinema to enjoy in case you happen to catch one of the few days of the year when it actually rains.
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 580, Barcelona, Spain
Nearest station: Universitat
Book your stay at Toc Hostel Barcelona now
A short 10 minute stroll from the beach, this theatre-themed hostel will make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. Plus, you know you’re in good hands when your hostel’s toilets are Instagramable! Chill out in the communal lounge with a drink in hand and meet fellow travellers from all around the world. Be sure not to miss the Sangria nights or organised pub crawl!
Address: C/ Albareda 12, Barcelona, Spain
Nearest station: Parallel
Book your stay at Teatro Hostel now
Wait – a hostel with no bunk beds? That’s right. All your ground-floor dreams have come true. Home Youth hostel in Valencia have a maximum of 4 beds in each room for maximum comfort and privacy. They also offer free internet access, bike rental, a tours desk and luggage storage. Most importantly, it’s all just seconds away from the famous Central Market and Silk Market.
Address: Calle la Lonja 4, Valencia, Spain
Nearest station: Xativa
Book your stay at Home Youth Valencia now
The bright and colourful Purple Nest is found in the heart of Valencia. Their outdoor terrace has some incredible views over the city and the hostel’s bar is the best place to meet new people. Whatever you do, don’t say no to their tapas tour!
Address: Plaza Tetuán n 5, Valencia, Spain
Nearest station: Alameda
Book your stay at Purple Nest Valencia now
This central hostel is a hit with solo travellers thanks to their nightly (and may we add, budget-friendly) three-course dinners. If the offer of a good, cheap meal doesn’t tempt you, then perhaps the magnificent common room, free internet and colourful outdoor terrace will.
Address: Calle Paz 36, Valencia, Spain
Nearest station: Colon
Book your stay at Red Nest Hostel Valencia now
Staying in a hostel doesn’t mean you have to pass up accommodation with a beautiful and seriously photogenic swimming pool and terrace. This is Ibiza after all! Have your cake and eat it too at this fun yet relaxed hostel that promises an unforgettable experience.
Address: C/ Santa Rosalia 25, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Spain
Nearest station: Port of San Antonio
Book your stay at Amistat Island Ibiza now
This spacious hostel comes with its very own bar and rooftop terrace to enjoy those hot summer nights that Madrid is known for. If you prefer something a little cosier, Safestay Madrid have one of the best in-house cinemas we’ve ever seen! This modern, trendy space also has custom-made bunk beds and some of the finest mattresses going around, guaranteeing you a comfy sleep.
Address: Calle Sagasta 22, Madrid, Spain
Nearest station: Bilbao
Book your stay at Safestay Madrid now
This backpacker base is found in the heart of Madrid in a neighbourhood called Centro, next to the city´s historical sights, main attractions nightlife and shopping area. The lack of bunk beds – that’s right, NO BUNK BEDS – still leaves enough room to swing many, very large cats. This bright and spacious hostel promises to show you a new way to discover Madrid. Where do we sign up?
Address: Calle de Carmen 16, Madrid, Spain
Nearest station: Metro Sol
Book your stay at Sungate One Madrid now
We have two words for you – Paella Party. That is all.
Well, OK there’s a bit more to Living Cat’s Hostel than that, but it’s really all you need to know about this lively party hostel. Oh, except that it also has its own stunning indoor courtyard bar. A bar with a sangria fountain in the middle. OK now that really is all we need to say.
Address: Cañizares 6, 28012, Madrid, Spain
Nearest station: Anton Martin
Book your stay at Living Cat’s Hostel now
This beautiful hostel has its own chic outdoor terrace, colonial architecture and seriously homely vibes. The dorm rooms are super cosy and the friendly staff are on hand to help with all your questions. The hostel also provides free internet access with enough computers for everyone to keep in touch with the world.
Address: Calle Angostillo, 6, Seville, Spain
Nearest station: Santa Justa Train Station
Book your stay at Sevilla Hostel One Centro now
True to their name, this hostel is like an oasis of total peace, tranquillity and relaxation right in the heart of Seville’s historic city. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a chilled wine at the roof terrace bar, relax under the Andalusian sun in the pool, lose yourself in a good book amongst the calm atmosphere and enjoy a daily BBQ. Now that’s a holiday!
Address: Calle de la Compañía 1, Seville, Spain
Nearest station: Plaza Plaza Encarnacion (bus station)
Book your stay at Oasis backpacker’s Hostel Seville now
Nothing says Spanish holiday quite like guitars and hammocks. That’s exactly what you’ll find at this home-like hostel that’s set in a lovely neighbourhood, just 20 minutes’ walk from Gibralfaro. Enjoy the outdoor terrace, unique chill-out area and bar while meeting fellow travellers.
Address: C/Pedro de Quejana, 3, Malaga, Spain
Nearest station: Victoria church
Book your stay at Casa Babylon backpackers Malaga now
Move over Soho House, this hostel is set in a manor with and Andalusian courtyard built in the XVII century. Lemon Rock’s décor is a mixture of original and renewed materials, creating a modern and industrial style that will cause some serious holiday envy on your Facebook feed. Don’t miss the bar and restaurant where you can try some traditional, vegan or vegetarian recipes.
Address: Montalbán, 6, Granada, Spain
Nearest station: Padre Suarez (bus stop)
Book your stay at Lemon Rock Hostel Granada now
This hostel has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. So relaxed, in fact, that it has its own tree house to chill out in. If heights aren’t your thing, you can also lounge around in the hammocks, enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace and experience the unique atmosphere of Granada in this charming historic mansion.
Address: Calle de la Tiña 18, Granada, Spain
Nearest station: Cathedral
Book your stay at Makuto Backpackers Hostel now
This gorgeous hostel is as beautiful inside as it is out. It comes with some of the most spectacular views of Granada from its very own rooftop terrace. Found in a charming neighbourhood surrounded by a great nightlife and tapas, this hostel is the true definition of value for money.
Address: Calle Ecce Homo 11, Cuesta del Realejo, Granada, Spain
Nearest station: GranVía de Colon-Cathedral
Book your stay at HostelVita Granda now
With amazing design, a cool patio-living-room and the only rooftop pool in town, staying at Optionbe hostel feels a lot more like staying at a luxury design boutique hotel. It’s even found in the best location in town – strategically located in a quiet street, with all the main attractions and trendy bars/restaurants just around the corner! It’s no wonder this is the number 1 hostel in Cordoba.
Address: C/ Leiva Aguilar 1, Cordoba, Spain
Nearest station: Avenida America
Book your stay at Optionbe Cordoba now
Good vibes only at this modern and friendly hostel. Located in a peaceful, elegant yet vibrant area of San Sebastian, Kosi Hostel is the perfect base to explore this seaside foodie town. Bunk bed screens and lockers provide lots of added privacy for a relaxing night’s sleep – that is, if we can tear you away from the uber trendy communal areas and in-house bar.
Address: Paseo De Heriz 38, San Sebastian, Spain
Nearest station: Avenida Zumalakarregi 10
Book your stay at Kosi Hostel San Sebastian now
When you first see this cool urban space, you’ll never guess that it used to be an old car workshop in the heart of the lively Gros district! Here you can enjoy the many common areas like the dining room, the kitchen, the terrace or the chill-out zone. There’s even storage space for your surfboards and bicycles!
Address: Calle Karkizano 5. Bajo, Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain
Nearest station: Gros
Book your stay at Koba Hostel San Sebastian now.
About the author
Kamila is a travel and lifestyle writer from Australia, currently based in Paris while she attempts to learn French and eat as much pastry as possible. She’s passionate about exploring new countries like a true local, immersing herself in new cultures and hunting down the best coffee wherever she goes. Follow her adventures on Instagram and on her blog London New Girl.