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“Great low-budget option”
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Hostal Malda
Ranked #590 of 722 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
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32 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Great low-budget option”
Reviewed 3 October 2011

If you're travelling cheap, this is a good option for Barcelona. Good location and low prices. Shared bathrooms so if you're not comfortable with that, this isn't for you. An odd, funky place. Delfi on staff speaks good English; others speak zero English. Don't expect any tourist-type advice or assistance. Excellent location.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Pretoria
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I am enraged by the negative review posted here. My boyfriend and I have stayed at Hostal Malda twice, in 2010 and 2011, and have had the best hostal experienes of our lives. Yes, making a booking in Spanish if you can't speak the language (which we don't) is tricky, but that's an important part of the experience of travelling abroad, so we weren't bothered. The owners are friendly and helpful, the hostal is very clean, with bathrooms being constantly cleaned throughout the day. Bed linen and towels were very clean as well, and their washing machines run throughout the day. The "scum of society" that the previous reviewer refers to are very friendly, normal Spanish family members who live in the hostal, and they have been nothing but friendly to us during our stays there. The hostal is absolutely excellent value for money, is super centrally located, and is a true taste of life in Spain. We love Hostal Malda.

Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glenview
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

We've learned about that hostel from Rick Steve's book Spain 2010 and I found the only review on eurocheapo.com. The price really was unbeatable. Rick Steve claims: "It is actually charming", EuroCheapo editor recommends it based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. So, we decided to give it a try and reserved it by phone. That part was easy (if you can speak Spanish), Aurora was very polite and nice. We arrived at the hostel around 22:00. The door was opened by a marginal person who asked our names, gave the keys and showed the room. On the way to the room we saw a couple of characters (sorry, but the first word which came to my mind was - scums of society). The air was heavy and was stinking with fish, cigarettes and cheap perfume (terrible mixture!). The room was "clean", if that is possible to say so, but we had no desire to put down our backpacks on the floor and take a seat. We opened the window, but it didn't help to get rid of the smell. It was too late, and we had nothing to do, but sleep one night with our cloths on and with the light on. We escaped early in the morning. Thanks goodness, they accepted only cash and no credit cards! So, we paid for one night and found another hotel.
We didn't expect anything better than 1-2 stars (we travel a lot and we know what a hostel is; we stayed in the hostels in Madrid and Granada), but in this case I wouldn't give any stars at all to that hostel. Stinking, dark, unpleasant communal apartment with 23 rooms and 3 toilets (no paper). We were really suprised and upset that such hostel was included in Rick Steves' book. What else can I say to persuade you not to waste your time and money? See the pictures.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Hostal Malda
Address: Placa del Pi 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic)
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Ranked #590 of 722 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Number of rooms: 25
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Hostal Malda Barcelona, Catalonia

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