I spent two nights at Rodamon Barcelona Hostel on my two days and two nights solo trip to Barcelona after winning the trip courtesy of btravelcreators. I have not stayed in many hostels in Europe but Rodamon really raised my expectations for European hostels. Let me give you the lowdown on this highly rated hostel in Barcelona.
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Contents of this Post
- General Info and The Hostel Location
- Hostel Facilities
- The Room
- The Bathroom and Toilets
- Food and the Kitchen
- The Terrace and Open Spaces
- Customer Service
- Price and Payment
- Final Thoughts
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1. General Info and Hostel Location
Rodamon Barcelona Hostel has been open since 2013 and is set in a 19th Century Building. I would call Rodamon more of a boutique hostel than just a hostel if you feel me?
The hostel is in a very good location with only a 5 minute walk to the La Pedrera/Casa Mila and two metro stops from Las Ramblas and Place de Catalunya. It is 20 minutes away from Park Guell and 25 minutes to La Barceloneta beach by bus. Diagonal Metro Station is a 3 minute walk from the hostel and bus stops are also very close. Cafe and restaurants are directly outside the hostel with an organic supermarket just next door. You can find more cafes and restaurants in the Gràcia district, less than 10 minutes ago. It is also 40 minutes away via bus to Place de Catalunya and then metro to the Rodamon Barcelona Hostel.
2. Hostel Facilities
- 24 Hour Front Desk
- Laundry Room
- Luggage Room
- Airport shuttle (have to pay extra)
- Breakfast (have to pay extra)
- Free Wifi
- Communal Area
- The Terrace
- Kitchen with fridge
3. The Room
There are mixed dorms, female dorms, separate double rooms and family rooms for groups.
I stayed in an 8 bed female hostel room which had a private ensuite bathroom in it as well meaning just us 8 in the room could use it. I normally stay in a smaller rooms but they were all booked out at Rodamon by the time I was booking.
Every bedroom is accessed via a key card and only those staying the room will have access it as well as hostel staff meaning not just anyone go inside of your room. Each bed has its own curtain, light and plug socket and you are given a towel on arrival.
Each person is allocated a locker based on your bed number, you will need to bring your own padlock or you can purchase one at reception. This means no one else has access to your locker, only you have the keys so keep them safe! The locker is large enough to fit a hand luggage suitcase inside of it.
I will admit that if I was to book again I would go for a 6 bed (I normally go for a 4 bed) which was their smallest room. I go for the smallest occupancy room possible because it means less people and less possibility of noise or people in the room. I say this because in my room there was a particular person that would come at 12- 1am and make a lot of noise with their suitcase and other things. Less people in a room means it will happen less or not at all.
There are also separate rooms at the Rodamon Hostel which you can book if you don’t want to do a dorm room.
4. The Bathrooms and Toilets
As mentioned I was staying in a 8 bed female room which had its own ensuite bathroom, which you can see below.
There were also two other shared bathrooms in the hostel separated as men and female. These shared bathrooms had about 4 shower cubicles and then 4 separate toilets cubicles. The bathrooms and toilets were very clean which made it super comfortable to use.
Rodamon Barcelona Hostel was very clean. I would see the cleaners around and there is also a laundry room where you can wash your clothes which I did not use.
I felt extremely safe at my hostel and the area the hostel was located in. The hostel has a 24 hour front desk and the hostel is in a pretty nice area. To get into the Rodamon Hostel you need to press the reception button if the main door downstairs is not open. I was told to show my keycard when buzzing in late.
As mentioned before the keycard gives you access only to your room. Noone else can access your room if they are not staying in there unless you let them in.
7. Kitchen and Food
I did not try the breakfast so I can not comment on this but I was told that it is continental breakfast and it is had in the communal area. There is a kitchen where there is a fridge, a hob and cupboards to keep things. The kitchen closes at 11pm which I am guessing is for safety.
8. Customer Service
I messaged the hotel to ask about how to get to the hotel and the airport shuttle. I was quoted €39 for a pre booked taxi and so decided to go for the Aeroport bus which dropped me off at Place de Catalunya and was a €10.90 euro return ticket.
The hostel sent me a lot of information on ways to get there within approximately 2 hours. The options were via Metro, Bus and Taxi which I was more than pleased about.
When checking into the hostel you are given a piece of paper with the hostels rules which also has a qr code. This qr code brings up a map showing you where you can eat and drink in the area which is very handy, although I kept forgetting this and just kept going to the front to ask “so where is the closest place I can get a snack at this time?” No judgement here because I know I could have found it on the paper but forgot at the time and the were more than happy to help. Overall the staff are very friendly and very helpful.
9. The Terrace and Chill Out Spaces
The Terrace is a lovely touch to the hostel. Aesthetically it is pleasing and it is a lovely place to chill and relax. There are many different areas to chill and relax in the hostel inside and outside allowing for you to have your own space.
10. Price and Payment
I paid €75.24 for the 8 bed hostel for two nights which included city tax which is about £65. Considering the location of the hostel and at that it was Barcelona, I did not think it was badly priced. There were cheaper hostels such as Generator Barcelona which is also another I considered but their beds not do not have curtains. Rodamon Barcelona had a really high rating and I don’t play with poor ratings.
Europe hostels tend to be more expensive than Asia where it is relatively cheap, so I have learnt to suck it up. Rodamon Barcelona was more expensive than a few others hostels but it had a very high rating on booking.com so I knew I was going to be in a quality hostel.
Please note: If using booking.com Rodamon Barcelona takes payment two days before arrival,. You will have the period for free cancellation but payment will be taken before you arrive.
Things to be aware of
There tends to be only one person at reception meaning they can only attend to one person at a time whether it be checking someone in or answering a question even though its 24 hours reception. I personally think they need to have two people on reception. Maybe overnight only one person is required since everyone is sleeping. Although when leaving it seemed like the manager was there making it two people at the front desk and answering questions. This did not affect my stay in anyway and it is just an observation to be aware of.
The bathrooms that can be used by anyone do not have soap trays. There is a hook on the back of the door I recommend having shower gel and then maybe a fold out toilet bag that can hang up. My dorm room had its own en-suite bathroom meaning I could use that instead and so could leave my stuff on the side while showering and getting ready.
11. Overall/Final Thoughts
I would give Rodamon Barcelona Hostel an 8/10. It is a very well managed hostel, clean, safe, affordable and close to many main points of transport and main attractions in Barcelona. If you are going to Barcelona solo I highly recommend this hostel because you will be able to meet people and stay in an affordable place.
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