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Black Swan Hostel
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

I was really impressed with how clean the hostel was and how regularly it was cleaned. The kitchen is so well designed and very well equipped. I really liked the fact that there were free computers and WiFi. The staff were also brilliant. All of the staff on reception were really helpful and accommodating. Kate arranged really good activities and nights out, which was really good as its often hard to know where to go in a foreign city.I really have nothing bad to say about this hostel and I will definitely be returning in the future.

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2  Thank Emma M
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Nacho S, Propietario at Black Swan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2013

Thanks Emma, I hope to see you again in Barcelona!

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Reviewed 5 August 2013

After traveling for 3 months to date throughout Europe, we've found newer hostels can either be one of the best experiences of your trip or one of the worst. Unfortunately for black swan, it was more of the latter.

The hostel is located in a good location, not far from the arc de triomf metro station, and about a 10-15 min walk to la rambla. The facilities are new and what what you'd expect from a hostel that's only been open for 6 months. Great big kitchen, large bathrooms, warm showers, big common room, lockers with chargers in them, good wifi etc. The beds were comfy enough although all the mattress' were covered in hair in our 6 person mixed dorm and could do with a clean.

First impressions last and after a unwelcoming arrival to the hostel at 10pm, no orientation to the hostel or Barcelona, and just a rude staff member. We also had issues with checking out/moving rooms etc which would require a whole different post to explain fully!

The hostel seems to care more about keeping the neighbours happy than their guests. They shut down the lift at night, are meticulous about keeping the noise below 30 decibels and thus sucking all atmosphere out of the establishment. Don't come here expecting to enjoy a beer in the common room, sharing traveling experiences with new found friends as staff simply don't allow it. They are not a party hostel which compared to other Barcelona hostels is good at times, but you do feel like your in a prison camp depending on what staff member was on.

Not all is lost with black swan, the two girls on reception/cleaning are lovely and the hostel is slowly finding its feet. Kate, the staff member trying to start the pub crawl/ outings is great and with time hopefully the staff will relax, realise that the guests and the experience are what makes the hosteling great, not just new facilities.

We stayed a total of 4 nights and would I recommend the black swan? No, unless your after a place to sleep for one night only... Maybe with time, it will improve but I won't be back anytime soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GraceS5
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I'm not a huge fan of hostels all together but this hostel was incredible! It's fairly new so the accommodations were clean and modern. Security is great as there is always someone at the front door to buzz you in. Wifi throughout the whole place is great, as well as there is a computer area that has complimentary use. Location is wicked...about 5 minute walk to Ramblas. From what I've heard, it doesn't have the most hostel-y vibe, but for me it worked perfectly.

Room Tip: We stayed in a four person room. Lockers are included in the room for a 1euro rental fee. I imagine all of the rooms are the same.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Corey G
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Nacho S, Propietario at Black Swan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2013

Thanks Corey for the comment! We hope to see you again in Barcelona!!

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

staff were friendly, very helpful, had a great vibe, met some lovely people, incredibly clean! would 100% recommend it!
only problem was the rooms were very tightly packed with the bunk beds. apart from that was great, nice easy walk away from la ramblas and the beach.

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1  Thank BethA95
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Nacho S, Owner at Black Swan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Hey Beth, Thanks a lot for the review. Hope to see you again in Barcelona!

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stayed for a total of 3 days, and it was great. The hostel is very modern and clean and has a really relaxed atmosphere. Our room was quite small but clean and we all had a locker with a plug socket inside (very useful!) The staff were really friendly and helpful, advising us on where and what to see in the city and how to get there. Kate, who took us on the bar crawl on our final night was great fun and I think the scheduled events are a great idea! The location was great, very central and near to a metro. We definitely plan to return next summer- one of the best hostels I've stayed at.

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1  Thank firky04
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Nacho S, Owner at Black Swan Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Thanks for the review!! We already are planning new thing for the next months, so next summer I hope we surprise you!

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