Spain hostels provide travelers with some low-cost lodging options. For starters, these lodging establishments are known for their highly affordable rates. In fact, travelers will find it difficult to secure a room at a lower cost when sticking to the more standard hotels. The low rates aren't the only things to like when it comes to the cheap Spanish hostels, however. Many offer good amenities in their guest units, and the location can often be ideal.
Spain is home to both "hostals" and "hostels." The result can be confusion for the budget tourist. Generally speaking, hostals are a little more upscale than hostels, and it is rare that you would have to share a dormitory-style room when staying at a hostal. Dormitory-style rooms are offered by the cheaper hostels and feature multiple beds (though hostels also often have private rooms as well). Shared bathroom facilities are the norm when it comes to dormitory-style rooms, and guests also have to share the room itself with perfect strangers on many occasions.
Spain hostels are located in all the major cities, with the capital of Madrid alone being home to an impressive amount. The majority of the Madrid hostels are situated in and around the Puerta del Sol area, which is the main tourist zone. An example is the Sol Hostel. Situated at Calle Bernardino Obregon 25, this hostel features very cheap dormitory-style rooms, and as is common of the Spain hostels on the whole, guests have access to things such as storage lockers, free Wi-Fi, and a common room that features a TV and seating areas.
Budget Madrid visitors who prefer staying at a hostal, one of the best is found over near the Atocha train station and the famed Prado Museum. This hostel is the Hostal Barrera (pictured). More specifically found at Calle Atocha 96, the two-star Hostal Barrera boasts some wonderful guest units, which is reason enough to keep it in mind. A stylish decor, a private bathroom, a safe, air conditioning, heating, and free Wi-Fi are just some of the standard amenities, and you might be surprised by the flat-screen TVs.
Many Spain visitors plan on spending at least a couple of days in Barcelona, and it's not hard to understand why. This very cosmopolitan city in the northeast Cataluna region boasts plenty of great attractions, including the amazing Sagrada Familia church and some of the very best Spanish beaches. Regardless of the reasons behind their trips, budget travelers who find themselves in Barcelona can select from a most satisfying array of cheap hostels and hostals. On the cheaper hostel front, it is hard to top the Be Hostels Sound. Found just a two-minute walk from Las Ramblas, this hostel at Nou de la Rambla 91 offers both heating and air conditioning in its dorm rooms, and guests have their own storage lockers. A free breakfast is included in the low rates at Be Hostels Sound, and much like many of the Spain hostels, the facilities include a fully equipped kitchen that guests can use for preparing low cost meals.
Some Spain hostels are more or less a hostel and a hostal mixed into one. An example of this is the Hostel Itaca, which is also found near Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Ripoll 21 is the more exact location, and this puts the hostel especially close to the stunning Barcelona Cathedral. Since the Hostel Itaca can accommodate just 30 people, it maintains a relatively intimate atmosphere when compared to the larger Spain hostels. Both dorm rooms with shared bathroom facilities and private rooms that have their own bathrooms are available at the Hostel Itaca. Guests can also interest themselves in the available apartment units. Outside of the rooms and apartments, guests will find a fully-equipped kitchen, a bar, a cafe, and a common room that has a small library.
Spain's southern Andalucia region is also very popular with tourists, and this is largely due to the cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada. These cities boast a most dazzling mix of Moorish and Spanish architecture, and the great weather doesn't hurt matters. Add in the good food and the festive people, and it only gets better. As for the top hostels that can be found in these three cities, examples include Seville's Samay Hostel, which is found in the heart of the city's Barrio Santa Cruz, and Cordoba's Senses & Colors Seneca Hostel, which is situated in the city's Jewish Quarter and close to the famed Mezquita-Catedral.
In Granada, one of the best hostels is the Oasis Backpackers' Hostel. Like many other cheap Spanish hostels, this one offers all kinds of free tour and activity options, so getting bored during a stay is next to impossible. Also lending to its overall attractiveness is the free Wi-Fi, and guests can purchase convenient phone cards for use with onsite phones. Placeta Correo Viejo 3 is where you can find the Oasis Backpackers' Hostel in Granada, which means that guests are essentially situated between the city center and the historic Albaicin district.
These are just some of the hostels and hostals that budget-minded travelers will want to keep in mind when traveling through Spain. Also, Spain travelers who aren't interested in spending a lot of money on lodging might consider the fact that many cheap Spanish lodging establishments have the word "pension" in their names. Such is the case with the Pension Loinaz, which calls the Basque capital of San Sebastian home. At this discount hotel, the private rooms can accommodate anywhere from one to four people, and each room shares a bath with one other room. General facilities include laundry machines and a tour desk.