Alberg Barcelona Xanascat, Barcelona

8.2
83 Reviews
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Alberg Barcelona Xanascat Reviews

A hostel on a hill converted from a beautiful old mansion. It's a 5 to 10 minute uphill walk from the nearest metro stop. It's in a quiet area far from the Barcelona nightlife centered around Las Ramblas and the metro stops at midnight, but that might be ok if you're more interested in daytime activities. The hostel has nice common areas with a TV and foosball, but it's usually pretty quiet with only a few people hanging around. The rooms and bathroom facilities are clean and well maintained.
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Mare de Deu de Montserrat Hostel has a few amazing elements to it, but overall it could use some improvement. A real benefit for travelers who are driving is that this is one of few hostels in Barcelona with off-street parking, or really any parking, and it's free. Also, the setting is amazing -- the hostel is in a converted mansion, with beautiful grounds and architecture. However, the other facilities are barebones and could stand to be updated. The hostel also has no vibe of which to speak. Also, the price is not competitive, especially considering the more remote location.

The Location

The hostel is located out of the center in a quiet neighborhood up in the hills near Park Guell. It is an easy metro ride or a very long walk there. Some visitors might find that it is very far from the center compared to other hostels. Staying here would be recommended for travelers seeking a quieter experience, and especially not for those who expect to be out late, as getting back at night without metro service would be very long and difficult. The hostel itself is easy to find. It boasts free parking on the site (the whole hostel and grounds are contained within a perimeter wall), which is extremely rare in Barcelona. It is located roughly a ten-minute walk from the nearest metro station, Penitents.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are very bare, and are actually located in a separate building connected to the more grand structure seen in photos. The beds are uncomfortable and there are no real windows, but simply blinds that tilt slightly to let in light. Linens come at an extra cost and are thin. While we were visiting, there was a large group of probably a hundred school children also staying, and they were so loud in the echoing halls that it was very difficult to sleep. We heard from the staff that they host these types of groups often, which could be problematic for getting a good night's sleep. The doors to the rooms lock, and lockers are provided, but bring your own lock (or buy one at the hostel). One other issue in the room is a shortage of electrical plugs -- we couldn't find a single one in a room for eight people.

The bathrooms are outdated and bare, and the facilities could be cleaner. The showers simply consist of a spray coming out of the wall, and require continually pushing a button for the flow of water to continue. Each shower has its own stall and each stall has two hooks.

Common Spaces

The common spaces in the hostel consist of a huge mess hall where a free and very basic breakfast is served, several other rooms with couches, and outdoor areas. There is no kitchen for those staying but there are meals served in the mess hall that you can purchase. There are also a couple of lounge areas -- one with a tv, and one with a pool table and vending machines. There are many outdoor areas with benches and seats, lushly surrounded by garden and palm trees. However, most of the areas, even in the high season when we were visiting, are completely empty; the hostel is devoid of any sort of community vibe, and feels more like a large boarding house.

Summary

The only reason this hostel doesn't get a poor review is because of the amazing architecture of the building and the free parking. The ornate architecture and the setting of the estate are stunning, but they don't make up for the many drawbacks of this hostel.

Lily Mays
2012-11-16

Not a place I'd recommend

It does have a free parking, it is in a quite good location, the building is quite interesting. Unfortunately it doesn't make it up for the lack of cleanliness, the rooms are dark and unwelcoming, no plug sockets in rooms, no view whatsoever (just blindfolders), very noisy, and most of all staff treats you like a kid!!!!!! Maybe they could have done something about the vomit in the bathrooms instead of yelling at people for no reason.

Anonymous
2010-11-04
Switzerland

French kids are too noisy!

The good things are breakfast, that was quite ok! (in the price). bed linen in the price. Bad things -- lots of french school groups, that was very noisy (in the middle of the night); the staff in the reception was below average in service mindedness; the cantina was ok, but quite noisy as well; the Hostel is located on top of a quite steep road, hard for kids, and when you arrive with luggage (take the bus, stops outside). use the Metro, it's good. you have to call and book a visit at la sagrada famila if you are a group in advance.

Tomas
2009-10-28
Sweden/Stockholm

This hostel reminds people of the movie Hostel or something close to an insane asylum. Although the grounds are beautiful, the bathrooms as well as rooms leave alot to be desired. I suggest you stay somewhere else!!

Jill Ñever
2007-05-18
USA

The staff was very friendly, helpful, and fluent in many languages. The grounds were beautiful and the location just outside of the busy city was great for relaxing. Bathrooms and showers were clean and in good working condition. Breakfast was filling and provided a variety of items. Internet access .90€ for thirty minutes. Cabinet locks for a returnable deposit of 5€. Free locker storage at reception if you arrive early or need somewhere to store luggage after you check out. The floors of the rooms were a bit dirty and our second evening was more noisy than the first due to a group of young children. Overall it was a pleasant stay and I would return.

Jaime
2006-06-19

Although this hostel is a beautiful rearranged building, I did not like the fact that it was way too loud. After day long strolls trough Barcelona the last thing you need is constant screaming and shouting at 2 a.m. that can be heard very clearly in all rooms since this building, though beautiful, is designed to be open and conected with the exterior. Showers were also not too clean. Staff was very friendly, breakfast was fine.

Maruska
2006-04-06

Excellent hostel staff very helpful and very friendly. Food excellent, rooms and showers very clean. Lovely views of Barcelona City from the windows at night. Beautiful converted mansion. Thank you very much

Carol Crawford
2005-10-09

nice place!!!!!

claudia
2005-09-29

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Description

Are you thinking of coming to visit Barcelona? And you want to find accommodation to spend your unforgettable holidays? If you are the type that fancies a corner in our gardens simply to relax or write your journal with your experiences and impressions of Barcelona in our pleasant terrace after an incredible day out in the city, this is your hostel.

We are located in a very quiet area of Barcelona, yet at only 15 minutes by tube from downtown (L3 Vallcarca Station, exit Rep. Argentina), or by daily buses (line 28 will take you to the city center and line 92 that goes through Sagrada Familia to Bogatell and Nueva Icaria Beaches). At night, since the hostel is opened 24 hs, you can reach our facilities by night bus (N5). If you drive here, the hostel provides free parking and if you are part of a school group, you can park the coach for the whole duration of your stay.

You will love to be able to sleep in a house more than 100 years old, with a Modernist architecture combined with a Neomoorish style that was refurbished in 1983 to become the first hostel in Barcelona and to be able to accommodate 209 people.

You will be able to share your experiences in 6, 8 and 12 bed rooms with people from all the corners of the world. You will be able to keep your belongings in individual lockers with key and the day you leave, keep your luggage in free lockers. Sheets and breakfast are included in the price because you deserve a good night rest and a good meal in the morning. It will help you to enjoy yet another day in Barcelona.

In our hostel there is a restaurant, where you can eat a full menu or if you want to snack between meals, you will be able to choose from pizzas or paellas.

Internet, pool, TV, board games, assistance guides in several languages that will help you to plan your trip, auditorium, meeting room, vending machines with drinks, snacks and coffee will keep your company during your stay as well as the friendly and helpful staff that you will fin to help you with your questions, information or request that you may have.

What are you waiting for? We are looking forward to meet you, come and visit us soon. We will be happy to have you!

Location and Contact

Location

Go to metro stop Vallcarca on Linia 3 (green) and exit in the direction of Avd. Rep. Argentina. Go uphill 1 block and cross the bridge on the right and then turn on Passeig Mare de Deu del Coll and go uphill for a few blocks.

Map

Map

Address: Passeig de la Mare de Déu del Coll, 41-51, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Website

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Phone Number: +34 932 105 151
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Elevator/Lift

Food/Restaurant

Gameroom

Laundry

Lounge Area

TV

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Open Dates: 1/1-23/12 26-31/12

Reception Hours: 08:00-23:00

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)

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