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Hostelz.com's Review
In & Out Hostel is a nice and quiet retreat away from Barcelona’s city center. Located in a natural park, it is ideal for travelers who are looking for a quiet and natural surrounding. Well decorated with clean and modern facilities and occupying a vast amount of space, the hostel provides travelers with a great atmosphere for relaxation.

The Location

For travelers who highly value a hostel that is located within the city center or the tourist areas, the location of In & Out is the least attractive characteristic. The hostel is located in a natural park on top of a mountain away from the center of the city and a bit hidden away, and the closest metro stop is about a ten-minute trek down a slightly sloping and winding mountain roadway. Once on the metro, it takes another fifteen minutes or so to get to the city center.

There isn’t much located around the hostel for the tourist to see or do (aside from natural attractions), but if you take a taxi to get to the hostel, there are some short opportunities for a good view of the city below. Since it is not a popular destination for tourists, not all taxi drivers will be thoroughly familiar with the area. That being said, for those that want a hostel that is located away from the crowded city center, this is the ideal location.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are one of the most attractive features of In & Out. They are spacious and clean, the beds are sufficiently comfortable, and the bunk beds are made of study material that do not shake or create noise. In the ten-person dorms, the beds are efficiently and conveniently arranged so there is a semi-private space within each arrangement of beds. There is also a small personal area at the head of each bed available for placement and easy access to items of little value. In addition, there is a rather spacious locker readily available, with no need for a personal lock. Key cards are used to enter the room instead of metal keys. There is no curfew, but lockout is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The rooms and bathrooms are all clean and well-maintained. There is also an elevator available for those in need of one. Some of the dorm rooms are located separately from the reception, under a five-minute walk, which can be inconvenient for travelers with large luggage or disabilities.

One nuisance we found is the shower -- you must continuously press the button in order to get running water, as each push provides a stream of water lasting no more than ten seconds. There are both small private showers and larger ones with a toilet seat available. The private showers are pretty small and you must place your items wisely to prevent them from getting wet.

Common Spaces

There are a number of common areas both indoor and outdoor throughout the buildings of the hostel. The hostel also has a bar that is nicely decorated and equipped with flat-screen TVs. The hostel is well decorated, creating both a homey and quirky atmosphere (they also have a piano sitting around). The hostel also features a sports area, a mini-swimming pool, two bars, and a nice sit-down restaurant that is advertised to have a disco show every week.

There are a number of computers available both in the reception area and near the restaurant. However, the majority of them were not in full operating mode during our stay. The basic amenities such as washers and dryers, iron, and free internet in the front desk building are available. Wi-Fi connection is also available in the front desk TV room and in the restaurant. There are also table games and sport equipment for rent in the front desk. However, overall, it is a relatively quiet hostel.

Breakfast is provided from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. free of charge, and there is also lunch and dinner available for a fee. A small kitchen is available for use from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Summary

Overall, this hostel is not the ideal destination for the average backpacker looking for convenience in location or accommodations (they did not have a converter or shampoo for sale), or as an efficient forum for meeting other travelers. The staff are friendly but not the easiest to relate to for tourists. Generally, they are a bit older and most do not speak English, making communication a bit difficult. However, it is definitely the perfect spot for those that need to get away from the typical tourist destinations, whether short term or long term.

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May 2010

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In & Out Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Fresh air and great nature, take 10-15 mints to center by line S1 or 2 First when I arrived, I'm a little panting, and the reception buy me a drink which is really nice, I finish my drink in a min! The place is quiet, the workers are awesome! Rooms is very clean, sheets are cost, each bed has own locker and it is free, but you need to put €2 in when you take out key. So don't forget your €2 after you are going to check out! Kitchen is very small, and when you are going to use it late, it will be a little messy, it depends on who uses last. There are many places to hang out including inside and outside. Shower is a little annoy, because the time set a little short that you have to push it couple times for finishing your shower! Breakfast is free, there are some workers to sever you just tell them what you want. It's not like other hostel that you only get toasts with butter and jelly, here you also get cheese, ham and more! Don't be surprised when you see a pig!  , age 36, Taiwan ()
4   Great location, but far from the centre Two weeks ago I stayed in this hostel. The location is very nice, but it is far from the city center. In the little town around the hostel is only a pizzeria and a restaurant, but there's no supermarket or something like that. It's about 15 min to Barcelona city, but the trains drive till about 23.00, so when you want to party in Barna, you have to take a taxi. Breakfast was quite good, other facilities were also ok. Overall, i thinks it's worth the price, and when i ill visit Barcelona again, i will stay there again.  , Holland ()
4   Great location and wonderful nature, fresh air. You will not regret. I do like it, I will stay again.  , syria ()
4   Gorgerous location, but not close to the the city We loved this hostel, it was like going back to summer camp. The area is beautiful and quiet. the staff was friendly and helpful. The one downside to this hostel is that it is outside of the city and from the public transport stop you have to walk up a massive hill with switchback! It is worth it. The biggest disappointment is breakfast which consisted of a baguette with mystery meat and bimbo (spanish twinkies). There was not tea and not enough water. We made the mistake of eating self-serve dinner at the hostel one night. Big mistake. The food was marginal and the portion was small. The only thing I can say in favor of it is that it was relatively cheap and we lived through it.  , USA ()
3  I've stayed here last summer and i had a great time here! It's a very clean place, and you can also meet other people. A few points that were a bit pity. It't not in the city center, but in 10 min you're there. It's only not possible to go back at night. (except by taxi) So if you want to party all night long, you better find a place somewhere else. They start every morning cleaning at 10 o clock. If you're still in bed, they will kick you out.  ()
3  It is really far from the city center... 10 min on the train and then probably 10-15 min up hill to the hostel. It is really remote, which some may like... I was not a fan of the wildlife present (foxes and wild boar were both sighted while we were there). The staff do not really speak English, which is kinda difficult. They advertised a computer room with internet, what they meant was that you could use the computers at reception after midnight if they weren't checking anyone in. They also advertised organized tours etc.. never saw them, nor did I ever see the sports pavilion (not that I would have ever used it). The breakfast is good though, and the hostel is clean, if you can get by the false advertising, it's a nice place to stay.  ()

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