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ELLA Hostel Barcelona
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

By far the best hostel I have ever stayed at in Europe. Not sure what differentiates it from being categorised as a "hotel" however it is everything you want and more. Daniela was amazing with her advice and assistance. Our room was very spacious. All amenities were new. There was even a mini kitchenette in the common area for tea, coffee, muffins etc. The street has many outlet shops (Mango etc) and the hostel is a 6-7 min walk to Catalunya. I cannot recommend Violeta highly enough. I know I will be back!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

The term 'hostel' in the name gives perhaps the wrong idea. This is no backpacker location, but a set of rooms in an older style apartment building. The location is just one block from Plaza Catalunya and perhaps 10 minutes walk from Las Ramblas. The entry is very informal in that its just like all the other anonymous doorways to aprtments on this street. But ring the bell for Violeta, go up one floor (there is a small elevator), and you arrive in a very trendy looking reception area with some common seating and a nice little terrace. But best of all, the staff are incredibly helpful in offering all sorts of advice.
My single room looked out on quite a large central courtyard and was very quiet. The bed was good, and the bathroom with a great rainshower was totally functional. My only minor complaint was with an aircon system that was very weak and seemed not to want to respond to temperature settings.
There are plenty of good restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

I stayed at Violeta with my teen daughter for 3 nights, and we have enjoyed ourselves enormously. It is easy to find, wonderfully decorated and in a super spot very close to the old city, the shopping avenue's and public transport. But the true gems are the owners who never ever cease to try and make your stay a great one.
At first I was a bit apprehensive about sharing a bathroom, but as it turned out, "sharing" only meant that there were 3 different bathrooms (toilet/shower - toilet - bassin/shower) which could be used by 3 or 4 rooms. Bathrooms were very modern and clean albeit small. No trouble at all in sharing here.
We had a room at the front of the building, which meant that street noise was clearly audible, but I suppose that is what you can expect in the middle of a busy city.
I will be coming back to Barcelona as soon as work permits and will be staying at Violeta again. The personal attention and care is wonderful. Thank you for making my stay so lovely!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Natalie K
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

If you would like a holliday in a good hotel in Barcelona you should try Violeta because the rooms are new and very clean and tehy give you breakfest (not payed).There isn't a restaurant in the hotel but there are a lot in that zone.
The personal is verry good and speak English.
You should realy try it. We loved it.

Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
Thank Cristinanevelits
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

My first impressions of Violeta's was Wow!! & that was just based on a phone call.

It seems so wrong to call it a hostel as its more than that......if you are looking for a Chic &,Classy quiet place to stay in the centre of Barcelona while on a budget, this is the place to stay.

The customer service they offer is first class. If they don't have the answer to your query, they will find it out for you and contact you straight away.


It is located on the first floor of a beautiful traditional spanish building. they have an elevator so there is no dragging your bags upstairs!

Beautifully decorated and recently renovated with lots of bright spaces to chill out and all mod cons including free wifi and computer.it is ideally located less than five minutes walk from Passaig de Garcia and Plaza de Catalunya where the airport bus drops you off. The area was quite safe even at night time and is only a few minutes walk to the number of metro stations

I had booked a twin room in advance of our stay but had rang the hotel to enquire if they a single room available as I was arriving alone a day beforehand. I spoke to Montse who kindly offered me a smaller room which suited my budget and consisted of a double bunkbed and a hand sink. the bathroom was just outside the door. it had everything which I needed and had amazing amount of space. after travelling alone it was lovely to be welcomed into this bright chic hostel and have a cup of coffee/tea available while I relaxed on the sun terrace.

The next day I was relocated to our twin room which was equally as nice and chic, beautifully decorated with comfortable beds, bedside fans and a double handbasin . There is free tea/coffee available all day at the tea station and crossants for breakfast. Even if you book a room without ensuite there are a number of bathrooms available complete with powershowers so there is no waiting around.

Montse and Daniella who work at the reception were always ready to supply us with information and a ready supply of maps. We really appreciated their honest opinions as some areas are worth avoiding. A lot of hard work has gone into renovating this hostel and its show in the tasteful decoration, lots of inspiration from New York & Paris... We'll be back for sure :)

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

Excellent is the perfect word to describe this wonderful hostel and it's owners. Seated in sentral Barcelona this place is driven by a very friendly and caring couple. The place is still undergoing some construction to make more rooms, but you'll enjoy a nice sleep in quiet surroundings. I wish the owners all the best in the future, i will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Great place! We spent five nights with the pleasant, kind, helpful, sincere and lovely staff. Rooms were clean and had plenty of closet / storage space with a table / chairs and sink as a bonus. The many bathrooms - some with showers, some just toilet and sink - were clean, modern and accommodated a fully booked hostel i.e. no waiting. Location was perfect: We walked every where but public transport was close-by and taxis not expensive to most of the important city's sites. There is an especially delicious and nutritious Indian restaurant (I forget the name) near-by. Hotel coffee was great!! Good tea selection as well. Bottled water was gratis which I have never experienced. Couple small internet glitches but was not a deal-breaker - actually supported my attempt to be on vacation and not email :) Plans for remodeling the kitchen / common areas will only improve the already "practically perfect" stay. Highly recommend Violeta Hostel.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about ELLA Hostel Barcelona

Address: Girona 39, 08010 Barcelona, Spain (Formerly Violeta Hostel)
Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 736 Speciality Lodging in Barcelona
Price Range: £36 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — ELLA Hostel Barcelona 2*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ELLA Hostel Barcelona is a cozy little hostel strategically placed in the city centre of Barcelona what means most of the main attractions of the city are reachable in few minutes walking. The hostel is characterized by the attentive and friendly service from all staff. ... more   less 
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