Pension Mari-Luz, Barcelona

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Very clean and secure

Place was very secure. I felt safe room even had a safe in it. Room bathrooms showers were very clean. Staff were very helpful with all questions. Price of room was reasonable.

Age 52 | usa

Pension Mari-Luz is located in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, with a great location for strolling Las Ramblas and exploring the district. It's a bit far from the nearest metro stop if you're carrying luggage. The hostel is thoroughly cleaned every day, so everything is nice and tidy.

The Location

This hostel is located right in the Barri Gotic, about two minutes from Las Ramblas (the part between Placa Catalunya and the Columbus Monument), and ten from the nearest metro station. To get here from the direction of the Liceau station (the nearest metro stop), head down Las Ramblas towards the sea/Columbus monument. Turn left at Carrer de Ferran (it's the street between the McDonald's and KFC). Make a right at the alley after Hotel Rialto and you'll reach a small square with a large modern building. Pass the building, and you should be on Palau Street; Number 4 will be on your right, with a very small yellow sign on the door frame. The hostel itself is on the third floor of the building, and there is no elevator.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a variety of rooms, ranging from private doubles to six-bed dorms (the latter of which are made up of three bunk beds, and have sinks and mirrors in each). The beds are fully made up and quite comfortable, although the bunks are a little too close together to be entirely comfortable. Each bed comes with its own locker, with locks and keys provided by the hostel, and the doors lock very securely, so all of your things are safe.

There are two toilet stalls, two shower stalls, and one toilet/shower combo. The showers have good heat and water pressure, but the water gets all over the shower floor in the stalls, so if you leave anything on the ground it may get wet. There are two hooks for hanging your things, but no soap dish, which is a bit inconvenient. If you like to take morning showers, you may want to switch to night-time ones, as there is sometimes a line of people waiting around 8:30 a.m. for the shower.

Common Spaces

There is a very small kitchen, which can accommodate one person comfortably, three people maximum, and a small dining room attached. The dining room has two tables and three chairs, so it isn't really a place for hanging out or socializing. Despite the kitchen's small size, it has a full stove and oven and all the other kitchen amenities. There is also a book exchange in the kitchen area.

This hostel seems to attract an older crowd and families more than young backpackers. Since there isn't a common room, people don't interact too much outside of their rooms, so you'll socialize mostly with those in your dorm. But, between the lack of a common area and the older crowd, the hostel has a much more subdued vibe than you might expect.


This place is a really good deal for the price. The accommodation is clean, with plenty of modern amenities, the staff is incredibly nice, and the location is decent. Although the lack of an elevator and distance from the metro isn't great if you have luggage, all the other pros make this a good place to stay.

Tyler-Rose Veguez
United States of America


Because you don't need a large room when traveling but simply a bed, Mari-Luz is perfect. It was clean, staff, very helpful, and very cute place in a great location. Once you are done climbing the thousand stairs, it's worth it!


Wonderful hostel in the Barri Gotic

After two nights in the Barcelona summer without air conditioning -- my stay at Mari-Luz was the first solid night of sleep during my vacation. I recommend air conditioning for any hostel stay during the summer -- it makes a huge difference (even if you have to stay in a shared dorm). The air conditioning and the location are the two main selling points for Mari-Luz -- you can walk to Carrer de Ferren which is the main bisecting street through the Gothic Quarter in less than a minute and then connect to Las Ramblas soon after that. At the same time, you are insulated away from the noise of the late-night revelry. It truly is a great location. Lastly, front desk worker Eva is a godsend. She truly cares about the customers and makes an effort to help you navigate the city's transportation system. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

United States

Great location

Everything was fine, the room was a bit small, but actually you don't need bigger. More importantly, it was clean and comfortable. Very good location in a calm street of city center.

Joanne Just

We stayed at this hostel in January 2007 and although Barcelona was pretty warm, the room was freezing. Bring your own tissues. The hostel is quiet and clean and the staff was very helpful -- maybe even too much because he flirted with my roommate. It's safe but is a climb to the top and rooms are quite small but if you're looking for somewhere quiet to just sleep, it's perfect. Beware the creepy man if you get the far left end of the hall because he stares into your room. Keep the blinds closed.


I stayed in this hostel in May 2006 and I recommend it. The location is fantastic -- in the barri gotic, five minutes walk to Las ramblas. The staff is very helpful. The dorms (with a big locker) and bathrooms are clean. It is very quiet. However, the kitchen is very small (but not crowded) and there is no common areas and there is no lift to reach the floor where the hostel is located.


This was not the best place. It's located on the fifth floor technically and there is no elevator. Right after we checked in at around twelve, the electricity failed and didn't come back till very late in the afternoon. The halls were very dark and with no light, I managed to trip on some piece of wood covering up a hole where they were fixing a pipe. There is no common room and the office is pretty much a tiny nook in the tiny kitchen. Tight squeeze. Not conducive to meeting the other hostelers at all.


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Pension Mari-Luz Reviews from the Web

Very close to City Hall. Good place to stay, and I lived in the 6 person mixed room, but not full. No breakfast, but with a small kitchen to cook. Free wifi available.


Best Hostel I ever stayed in Barcelona. Super lux. Shower/Toilets are clean and nice. All rooms have thick external doors. Room itself (I took the double bed room) was nicely decorated with comfortable bed. Next time in Barcelona - will definitely stay there again!


the best place i have ever been in! it was really clean! amazing position. nice people. everything was just perfect!


Pension Mariluz is a freakin awesome hostel! It's 2 minutes away from La Ramblas, yet not situated right down there to ensure a quiet, comfortable sleep at night. Well, it's not a hostel for drinking or partying, but for the traveler who needs a clean, comfortable place to sleep and rest (me), this is absolutely the most perfect place! The staff are awesome too! Don't know what else I can say than I'll be back! :D

Hong Kong

Very good location in a very nice building.Good price and very clean


This hostel is little but pleasant and clean.It was a little bit hard to find it, because its in the Barrio Gothico and the streets are really narrow. You better get there by a taxi, its abt 25-30 euros.

Has no elevator and it's on the 3+1 floor, headlong.

Fully equipped kitchen, though no hot water in the kitchen so you wash your dishes with cold water. Brrrrrr...

Overall it was great!


Highly recommended!!perfect location, quiet cheap, frindly staff! if I go barcelona again, it is the place I would definetely stay


Nice place to stay with all the facilities you need. Would highly recommend to anyone traveling on a budget!


Good location and clean rooms in a traditional old spanish house. The staff is friendly and tolerant.

Onliest disadvantage is that you have to climb up 4 levels ...

We plan to come back within the next year.


Central to everything, amazing staff only downfall the stair but you are in the old city so its common!! One of the best spots in barcelona


I did not know what to expect as this was my first time visiting Barcelona. I was super content with the location of this hostal as well as the atmosphere inside. It is located on the 3rd floor of a building that is on a quiet street, but it only a couple of blocks from one of the main metro stations in the city, Jaume 1, the Cathedral and La Rambla. Nothing crazy was happening at this hostel when I was there. Seemed like most of the visitors respected one anothers privacy. I would definitely stay here again.


Well located - in the center -and easy to get there from Metro Liceu ( L3)- 5 min walk to Ramblas, 3 min to Catedral La Seu.The staff was very helpful ( especially Abdul - :) providing all the information I needed. Very clean ( everyday cleaning and change towels ), nice kitchen. Everything was great, but one think - if you're looking for a party hostel take another one - this is very calm and has no common room.I would definetely recommend this hostel!


really well located in the centre of the city, calm, clean : a good deal for a week-end in Barcelona !


A great place in the best part of Barcelona!


It is a five minute walk to La Ramblas, which is one a really fun and great shopping area. It is in a great building and they keep it quite clean,. the staff are really friendly as well and there is a kitchen to cook in. I would definitely stay here again.


Excellent staff, facilities and location.The only thing is the stairs, but not a problem for me :-)


I first came to Mari Luz when I was 22. My quick trip back to Barcelona was to see CCCB and contemporary art. I was pleased to see the family images on the wall. While the pension has changed greatly from 1986, 1991 (second visit) and my third time in 2011 is because it values comfort, is located in Barri Gotic and has a calm atmosphere. Mari Luz is the place to stay because of these values. xxxxx


it is located in very convinient place and good for walking around center of city.but there are a few bad point. first of all it doesn't have elevetor and room is not big.



PENSION MARILUZ is located right in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter,
just behind Sant Jaume´s Square ( where The Town Hall is located) and only 2
minutes walking to Las Ramblas Street.

Close to our hostel:
- The Gothic Cathedral (2 minutes walking)
- Picasso Museum (4 minutes walking)
- Catalunya Square (6 minutes walking)
- The Beach (15 minutes walking)
- The Port ( 4 minutes walking)
- The Sagrada Familia Cathedral (20 minutes by metro).

Our hostel is a familiar business, which is more than thirty years old and located in
a nice building from the XVIII century. We have single, double and multiple
rooms, with or without private bathroom. We DON'T have dormitories.

• City Center
• Rooms from 2 to 4 beds
• 24H Reception
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Kitchen
• Phone / Fax / Internet Point
• Free WIFI connection
• Hairdryer, scale and iron
• Bed linen & towels (incluided in the price)
• Lockers and security boxes


All rates are settled with taxes included
Please, consult our website:

We make special discounts for groups. Please, contact us by mail.

Location and Contact


• From Barcelona Airport
• Taxi fare could be 30€ - 35€, depending on the traffic and the luggage you carry with you.
• Taxi stop is located in front of the exits at the airport.
• Bus: there is the "Aerobus" to Plaça Catalunya. Price: 5.30€.
• From Plaça Catalunya: about 10 minutes walking to the pension. Walk down Ramblas Street towards the sea. When you reach a Mc Donald’s and KFC on your left, take that street, C/Ferran. Walk until you reach Sant Jaume Square (The City Hall square). On your right, take the first street. You will reach Square Sant Miquel. At the end of the street you will find C/Palau.
• If you prefer, you can take metro L3 in Catalunya and get off in Liceu and follow the same directions.
• By train: there is a train from terminal 2 at the airport to Passeig de Gracia or Sants Station. From both staions you can take metro L3 and get off in Liceu.
• Price: 3€.
• If you're arriving to the terminal 1, there's a free shuttle bus service that connects with the train station at the terminal 2. Ask at the touristic information desk.
• From Girona Airport
• Ryan Air has a bus service to NORD STATION in Barcelona. Timetables and prices in:
• From REUS Airport
• Ryan Air has a bus service to Sants Station in Barcelona. Timetables and prices in:
• From SANTS Train Station
• Take metro L3 towards Canyelles and get off in LICEU.
• From Bus Station NORD
• Take metro L1 in Arc de Triomf and change switch in Urquinaona to L4. Get off in Jaume I. You can also take the bus number 19 in Passeig Sant Joan street, and get off in Via Laietana, after passing metro Jaume I and the Hotel Suizo.
• From metro LICEU L3
• When you get off in Liceu (exit “Liceu”) you will be on Ramblas. Walk down Ramblas towards the sea. When you reach a Mc Donald’s and KFC on your left, take that street, C/Ferran. Walk until you reach Sant Jaume Square (The City Hall square). On your right, take the first street. You will reach Square Sant Miquel. At the end of the street you will find C/Palau.
• From metro JAUME I L4
• When you get off in Jaume I, you will see Jaume I Street on your right. Walk up this street until you reach SANT JAUME square. On your left you will see the City Hall. Behind this, you will find another square, SANT MIQUEL. In the square there's a new tall building contrasting with the rest, behind it you will find the street Palau.
• From the Port
• 10 minutes walking to get our pension. When you go out from the ferry terminal, you will see Columbus monument and Ramblas. Walk Ramblas up and follow the instructions when you have reached street Ferran on your right (KFC and Mc Donald's).



Address: Calle Palau 4 2º 1ª, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Website Pension Mari-Luz Barcelona
Phone Number: +34 93 317 3463
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental

City Tours

Pub Crawls

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

Board Games

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup


Lounge Area


Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 60

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18


Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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