In the European summer of 2015 I embarked on my next European travel adventure. This time the fun kicks off in Spanish city of Barcelona. I will be based here for three nights and during my time here I’ll be staying at the conveniently located Be Ramblas Hostel, one of eight hostels or budget hotels that are part of the Be Hostels group located close to La Rambla and a stone throw away from Palau Güell.
Be Ramblas Hostel at a glance
Price: €46.00 per night.
Floor/Room: 3 – 303 (Twin Private Ensuite).
For most of this trip throughout Europe I’ll be travelling with Busabout, the Be Ramblas Hostel is one of the recommended places to stay by Busabout and can be booked through the Busabout My Trip website. This is the method of booking I chose when staying here which made booking simple and meant that it was included on my trip itinerary on the Busabout website.
The Busabout drop off/pickup point for Barcelona is at the Be Sound Hostel which is part of the same chain of hostels and is only a 3 minute walk from the Be Ramblas Hostel, and located on the same road. This made it easy to join the Busabout Hop On Hop Off trip and means that if you don’t like the look of the Be Sound Hostel and want a more private room, you can.
Getting to the Be Ramblas Hostel from Barcelona-El Prat International Airport is simple. We opted to catch the airport shuttle bus, the AreoBus and hop off at the first stop called Espanya. Located here there is a metro station and it is as simple as catching the green Line 3 a couple of stops down to Drassanes Station. This brings you to the port end of La Rambla and from here it is a short 10 minute walk to the Be Ramblas Hostel.
Upon check-in you are greeted by the friendly staff where you are given your swipe card to access your room which also doubles as your pass to open the main entry door. For our stay at Be Ramblas Hostel we booked a Twin Room with private ensuite and our room was on the third floor of the building. The hostel also has a lift so if you have bulky luggage you don’t have to lug it up the stairs, although you will for the first floor as the lift doesn’t make it to the ground floor.
Our room was very basic, which was fine considering we spent most of our time exploring the sites of Barcelona. The whole place was clean and well maintained and suited our needs for the start of our trip around Europe. The only complaint is that our air conditioner was playing up to the point of whether it was on or off it would make a loud sound roughly every thirty minutes and then discharge the air conditioner water through a pipe into the shower, which would make a loud splash usually waking me up during the night. The other problem with the air conditioner was that it leaked and would leave water all over the floor, we had to use two of our towels to catch the water and stop it spreading throughout the room.
The hostel also features a kitchen downstairs, free wifi which was really excellent and fast, a free walking tour of Barcelona and they will also assist you with booking bar crawls, bike tours and many other activities around the city. It also features a daily cleaning service just as if you were staying in a hotel, but you are also provided with a do not disturb sign to hang on your door if you do not wish for this to happen.
Despite the issues we had with our faulty air conditioner, the Be Ramblas Hostel is an ideal place to stay during any visit to Barcelona, the small rooms are conveniently located close to major city attractions and close to the metro system. The hostel is also located next to a bakery/cafe which is reasonably priced so you can get a quick breakfast in the morning before heading out to see Barcelona (I recommend the freshly squeezed orange juice).