Safestay Barcelona Sea, Barcelona

Barceloneta Beach
23 Reviews
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Safestay Barcelona Sea is a hostel by the waterside in Barcelona. It is conveniently located near downtown Barcelona and within walking distance to top tourist sights. There are several metro stops nearby the hostel, with convenience stores and ATM within walking distance. That being said, the reception at the hostel lacks warmth and hospitality and will not go the extra mile for travelers; it is all about money and business. This lack of care and concern is seen extending into the facilities, and the amenities have bare minimum acceptability for travelers -- it's not a place of comfort, but fine for just staying the night.

The Location

The redeeming factor of this hostel is its location. Safestay Barcelona Sea Hostel is situated right on the beach. The hostel is within walking distance to many of the top sights in Barcelona, including the Gothic Quarter, parks, and museums. There are several Metro stops within blocks and there are convenience stores and restaurants right next door. There is a bank with an ATM within two blocks of the hostel. The waterfront is literally right outside the door, making it a unique location. There is an extremely touristy feeling to the area, so travelers seeking peaceful or off-the-beaten-path locations may want to avoid this.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The mixed dormitory is set up like barracks, and there is one impossible-to-climb loft bed several feet below the ceiling with a rickety metal ladder that is coming out of the wall. The bunk beds are minimally acceptable in comfort and cleanliness, and the bedding is cheap. The whole feeling of the room is that not a lot of care has been taken; it is just a bare minimum business.

The bathroom is extremely small and located within the dormitory; the toilet room is so small and narrow but has acceptable cleanliness. The bathroom is so small, nothing fits. There are lockers right outside the bathroom assigned to each bed to store luggage. There are two shower stalls. The shower is borderline unacceptable because it does not stay on -- it is designed to keep having to press the button for water, another money-saving tactic. Shower stalls have an acceptable amount of cleanliness. Again, these facilities are fine if travelers just want to stay one night or have a place to sleep while exploring, but are not designed with the comfort of the customer in mind, and surely there are better and more personable hostels in Barcelona.

Common Spaces

There is no kitchen or living room, but there is a breakfast provided for a small fee within the brightly lit cafe in the front, which is presentable with ample seating and many food and drink options; but again it lacks a personable feeling, and is just another money-making scenario with no warmth from the staff.


Overall, Safestay Barcelona Sea Hostel is acceptable but not recommended, except for the excellent waterside location to see sights and with convenient access to other parts of the city.
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Cafe at Front of Hostel
Storefront of Hostel
Bunkbeds in Dormitory
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Shower stall
Bathroom common space
eg Staff Reviewer
Published on 2019-01-14

Could have been better

The location to the beach and clubs is clearly the best thing. The bed are bare, and the atmosphere wasn't great. Every time you shower it makes a huge mess. Not overly clean. It just wasn't for us.

Age 21 | Canada

Great location, couldnt be closer to the beach. average in quality

Rooms not so clean, open spaces in the walls between rooms. It can get pretty noisy! Great access to the beach though.


Excellent secure location, breakfast great, staff could be friendlier

Right on the beach, easy walk to Barceloneta metro and into Barrio Gottica / Las Ramblas. Breakfast had great variety and was always well stocked and replenished.


Sea Point Youth Hostel is great if you want to be cramped together like a can of sardines.

The Location

This hostel is located near the beach in an area called the Barceloneta -- the area is similar to South Beach in Florida. There are a lot of eateries and restaurants nearby. Within walking distance is the boardwalk where there is a mall, an aquarium, and more places to have a snack or a light meal. The subway is about ten minutes' walk from the hostel. The bus station is within a walking distance, but you can hop on a bus or the subway to get to and from the hostel. The bus stop is located nearby.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The room consists of four bunk beds for eight people, one loft (or overhead in a corner). The room is a two-room combined, even though there are two doors clearly labeled 101 and 103. There is no partition inside the room to make it two rooms, so it is actually one room with about twenty-two beds. The lockers are big to fit large suitcases. The room is located on a side street where there a lot of party animals who go out at night and make a lot of noises -- your sleep is almost certain to be interrupted.

The one bathroom, which consists of two showers without doors or shower curtains and only one toilet, gets dirty really fast. There is one hook behind the bathroom door for hanging clothes.

Common Spaces

This hostel is very convenient for the late night drinkers and party animals but doesn't seem like it's a social hostel. The hostel has a side business of a restaurant and you can have a free breakfast of coffee, tea, milk, juices, cereals, fruit, and toasts. There are three computers located near the front desk.


We did not like this hostel -- this was our first experience of staying at any hostel (our first stop in our three-week trip) and it made us weary and skeptical of the next several hostels to come. The bathroom and rooms were never once cleaned during our three-day stay and it was no wonder we caught a cold of some sort when we left. The staff are not friendly and helpful. This place is for those who want to rest before or after a hangover. They also tend to overbook. If you're looking for space and comfort, this is not the hostel for you.

Christine Nguyen

This Hostel Rocks! The women In the hostel had very good hospitality in them. they were very nice and gentle, i liked.


Ok place at best, right by a beach, but one of the grimiest beaches I have ever seen. On par with Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. Nice waves though. The place is run a lot like a prison, complete with a turnstyle and three hundred-pound Ironman security guard. The lockers on the other hand are a complete joke. A child could pry them open. The rooms are packed full of beds and it is a twenty-minute walk from a metro. My only other complaints would be that the windows are locked and they charge ten € for laundry. Staff not bad under the circumstances. Decent breakfast.


This was a great hostel. It was definitely not in the middle of town but it was nice to stay off the beach. It is literally five steps from the sand. Well worth the hike into the nearest Metro station. The hostel itself was nice air-conditioned, free Internet, small breakfast. In our room we had our own bathroom with shower, which was nice. It can get kind of noisy at night and the walls are rather thin. Bring a pair of headphones but I thought the air conditioning and free Internet were worth the little bit of noise. All in all, it's a pretty good hostel.


It is right by the beach, which is great. We woke up Easter morning and lounged on the beach for a few hours. But it is quite a long walk to the Metro with your heavy bags, and fairly far from Las Ramblas, though not too bad. The dorms themselves I did NOT enjoy. There were more than ten beds in the room I was in, stacked to the ceiling with one girl in a cubby over the bathroom. It was hot with no windows at all. The bathrooms were fine, but like a lot of other people commented, the walls don't go to the ceiling so you hear everyone on both sides of you and when you are getting up and ready they hear you, too. The people at the desk weren't terribly friendly, and coming in late at midnight we had to bang and shout even though they were standing right there. Overall not great but it is in a good location.


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Free breakfast, free internet access, city information, tours, visits, tickets, offers to bars and restaurants of the city…

The hostel has direct access to the beach. The best location in the city: In front of the beach and only 10 minutes walking to the city center.
Each bed features an individual light and a plug. The lockers are inside of the room. Each room has complete bathroom inside.

Location and Contact




Address: Plaça del Mar 1-4, Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Website Safestay Barcelona Sea Barcelona
Phone Number: +34 93-231 20 45
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


City Tours

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Air Conditioning


Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments




Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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