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Amistat Beach Hostel Barcelona
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Just stayed here and would never recommend anyone to do the same.

Firstly the place is dirty. The showers are covered in mould. The toilets always smell like poo. The floors are always sticky and the kitchen is messy with hardly any kitchen utensils I think there is 2 bowls for a hostel with over 50 people.

Kids!!! So many children running around the hostel yelling and knocking on doors. Definitely not a hostel for people to relax in.

Breakfast is terrible. Choose from a couple of cereals or toast that you have to cook in a broken toaster. And there is a selection of 2 spreads for your toast.

Dormitories are impossible to get any sleep. People are walking in and out throughout the night. I'm talking 1am, 3am, 6am. The last night I stayed 2 women got in at 1.30am and turned the lights on, slammed doors of draws and chatted for over an hour about adding a guy that they must have met on Facebook ! It was incredibly rude. Dormitories are also very cramped. With ridiculous draws that almost put your back out trying to pull them out from under the bed.

Staff are nice enough. And the location is really good but this hostel tries to advertise itself as a trendy, relaxed hostel when really it is dirty and noisy.

Thank god I don't have to spend another night here.

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2  Thank Louise0106
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Unfortunately my stay at Amistat wasn´t very pleasant. I found the staff to be quiet unhelpful and unfriendly. I enjoyed the location, nice and close to the beach and breakfast was substantial. Wouldn´t stay again though.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Ayla P
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

I had never stayed in a hostel before, and had heard some real horror stories about them and I have to say I was more than pleasantly surprised, I have stayed in hostels which have been miles worse!!
I was travelling with a friend, and staying at the hostel for a week. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, made you feel at home and were full of recommendations for things to do locally.
The location was pretty good, 5 minute walk from the beach in one direction and 5 minute walk to the metro station in the other direction. The metro was only a few stops away from the city centre which was very convenient.
The hostel was surrounded by local restaurants, shops, markets and supermarkets. The hostel had a well facilitated kitchen so it was perfect for buying local food to cook up and to save money.
The free breakfast was average, but just the right thing to give you some energy and kick start the day.
Would definitely recommend Amistat and will return on my next visit to Barcelona!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

PROS-
The staff at the hostel are great, super knowledgable about the area and always helpful. You can ask them to change the air com in your room and they are more than willing.
The hostel itself is only a five minute walk to a metro station and a five minute walk to the beach. There is a supermarket round the corner, and a short walk to a rambla of restaurants (great tapas) and shops!
There is security at night and you feel your stuff is safe with the electronic lockers. there are young people who work at the hostel who arrange activities at night such as a paella night, and going to shot bars and Spanish clubs. Staying in a hostel you do meet young people from all
Over the world and it's nice, I feel I have made a few lasting friendships.


CONS!
I stayed in a 6 person mixed room and it was tiny, not enough room to 'swing a cat'. I advise you bring ear plugs and a sleep mask, as you will be woken up without question many times through the night with people arriving, leaving, or coming in from a night out. I guess you sign up for this when you book a hostel. There was one night it was so stuffy I could barely breathe.
The breakfast consists of three types of cereal, a canned fruit salad, and brown or white toast. The breakfast coffee machine produces really awful coffee, and the fruit juice machine produced a tasteless watery slightly yellow coloured substance, it's included free though so take it or leave it. It could really do with some fresh fruit and some cheese or something to liven it up.
All social areas are locked at 12 at night so you are asked to leave and there is nowhere to go unless you go out or to bed, which is a bit rubbish but I guess they are avoiding any trouble with so many young people.
Although the kitchen is well equipped , wash EVERYTHING before use (this isn't fully the hostels fault as the guests are meant to clean up after themselves) but only one sponge and cloth are provided with washing up liquid and there needs to be many more disposable cleaning things to make it more hygienic as EVERYTHING I picked up was not clean in anyway. Two people in my room had sickness and they assumed it was from The cutlery. Although cleaners work daily, The shower rooms are not cleaned very well, the floor is really slimey and there is mildew around shower heads.
You get ZERO privacy in the hostel. You only get one pillow and two sheets for your bedding which is not comfortable and if you're staying a week it gets so dirty.


OVERALL
this was my first experience staying in a hostel, it hasn't completely put me off hostels but it's definitely a strange experience. To be fair it's not a hotel it's a hostel.... you get a bed, a hot shower and cooking/meeting facilities which is all you need. If you are out all day it is fine.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank Shyllier
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This hostel is fantastic. Though it's a little pricey, everything in Barcelona is expensive. and this hostel is well, well worth it. The staff are incredibly helpful; nothing is too much for them, they're just SO kind! It's always clean and tidy, and very comfortably - great kitchen, communal area, less than ten minutes from the beach and less than five from the nearest hostel. I would recommend this hostel to anyone going to Barcelona. Just note that in the bigger rooms it can get stuffy when the weather is warmer - keep the windows open a bit during the day

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Abi F
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