I was nervous as hell when I arrived in Barcelona, the first destination on my trip around the world. The first hostel I stayed at was nice, but I was too nervous to talk to anyone and I did not feel like it was very sociable.
On my second day exploring the city, I was looking for a place to spend the night and I stumbled upon Hostel One by chance. As soon as I walked in the door it was a breath of fresh air; the staff was immediately friendly and welcoming. I was blown away by the amenities offered, the community feel, and when I learned that it was recently rated the number one party hostel in the city, I immediately checked in for a bed.
The next night I stayed at one of the sister Hostels (there are a total of four in Barcelona) and was again blown away at how friendly and helpful the staff was, and how sociable the atmosphere was.
Nothing creates a community more than the sharing of food, and this is something Hostel One is great at; free breakfast is served all day, and dinner every evening. Every meal is home-cooked by the staff, so you really are getting a home-cooked experience.
Other amenities include wifi, lockers for every bed, and a washer and dryer; the staff will do your laundry for you for a small fee.
The staff at Hostel One have great relationships with local bar owners and managers, and every night (yes every night) they take their guests out to a local bar and club. Clubs in Spain are normally expensive and difficult to get into, but with the staff you will walk to the front of the line and go right in.
It will be impossible not to make friends at Hostel One, so if you're looking for a place to stay for the night, now you know.
They have locations in Barcelona, Sevilla, Madrid, and Prague.
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