The Hostel Box Gaudi: A Place for Culture Vultures - Updated 2015

Review of The Hostel Box-Gaudi | Mare de Déu del Coll, 59
budget accommodation
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Updated Oct 30, 2015

Barcelona is a magnet city. It draws in people who are interested in everything from architecture and culture to food and nightlife. There is something for everyone here, but not everyone wants to stay just anywhere in Barcelona. If you’re looking for a quiet hostel that isn’t frequented by noisy backpackers, check out The Hostel Box Gaudi, a gem among the accommodation selection in Barcelona.

Bed down in a box

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Opened in April 2013, The Hostel Box Gaudi states clearly in its name how special it is. It doesn’t offer just beds, it offers boxes. These boxes feature comfortable mattresses, a pillow, a sheet, a blanket, a reading light, and most importantly, privacy. The little nooks give that extra bit of privacy from fellow travelers that is sometimes lacking in other hostels. There are three rooms in total: one with sixteen beds and two with eight beds, all of which are mixed. The bathrooms, however, are separated male and female and come without toiletries. Reasonably priced at 20 to 30 EUR (approximately 22.43 to 33.64 USD) during high season and 15 to 20 EUR (approximately 16.82 to 22.43 USD) during low season, you get comfort and privacy at a good price.

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Friends at your service

The staff at The Hostel Box Gaudi want you to feel at home because for many of them, it is their home. That’s right. Staff members work and live in the hostel and their presence makes the place feel more welcoming. Hostel workers are available 24 hours per day and have a wealth of information to give about activities and tours. Even if you don’t need help, you can sit back and relax at the end of a long day in the hostel’s common area, which has an open floor plan featuring a well-equipped kitchen, dining area, sofa, and TV. There are vending machines if you need a drink, and breakfast is available every morning for 3 EUR (approximately 3.36 USD).

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A stroll away from barcelona’s best park and best view

Another notable feature of The Hostel Box Gaudi is the location. North of the hectic tourist crowds of La Rambla and bustling plazas, the hostel is located in the Gràcia neighborhood, where natives of Barcelona live, work, and play. Local bars and restaurants cater to locals, not tourists, and overall it is a peaceful setting. While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to a glass of wine and a plate of tapas in Plaça del Sol, an exciting square lined with bars and restaurants that truly comes alive at night with music and street performers. Park Güell, a Barcelona must-see, is an easy walk up the hill from the hostel. While most people must make the pilgrimage to the park via metro, bus, or taxi, travelers staying at The Hostel Box Gaudi have a much easier trip ahead of them. From the hostel, you can easily get to the park, where you can enjoy Barcelona’s best park and best view.

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Quietly unique

If you want a quiet time in Barcelona based on cultural experiences, consider staying at The Hostel Box-Gaudi. The unique beds and easy access to Park Güell make this hostel an appealing one for backpackers who want to experience Barcelona without late nights and loud roommates.

This article was originally published on Oct 30, 2015

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