Just one week before leaving for Spain, I swore I would never stay in a hostel and actually like it. On our Spanish tour we stayed at 3. However, when I think of a hostel, they would normally entail bunk beds, shared bathroom in the hallway and a lot of backpackers. When I travel I do like to be able to go to my room, relax and be on my own, so I wasn’t really looking forward to staying at three different hostels in one week. However, the hostels we stayed at were not your typical hostel.
And because they were all so very different and so unexpected, I will share them all with you in three separate posts throughout the next week.
The hostel Casa Gracia is situated in the most emblematic zone of Barcelona. It’s a modernist building typical of the city, completely renovated following an elegant and creative design, leaving a wonderful feeling – also, if you are like me, a person not liking hostels in the first place.
The rooms are pretty standard I guess, though not sleeping in buck beds, I had a room with three separate single beds, a superior triple room. The room also had it’s own bathroom with shower and an amazing private balcony overlooking the famous and centric street Paseo de Gracia.
What really make this hostel are all the common areas, which might sound weird from someone who likes his privacy. However, as you enter the hostel you walk straight into the restaurant. A very nicely decorated restaurant, with a long bar on one side and seating on the other. At the very end it all opened into a cool “hang-out” room with couches, hammock and lounge furniture.
Below ground, a nightclub was in the making. We got a sneak peek, but it was to dark for proper pictures, so you just have to take my word for it. It is great. A big room with a huge bar lead into smaller private rooms; one was decorated as an old vault, which I did manage to get a little cool shot of.
If you are 2-3 people travelling together on a budget, I would really recommend staying here. It is very local, in a great neighbourhood, not super close to the beach (5 km), has a very nice outdoor terrace and if you like green plants, you will love Casa Gracis even more.
Photos: Allan Torp, Bungalow5 & Igor, happyinteriorblog.
Our tour and events was part of the Design Bloggers United Spain tour, and arranged for us by Spanish Design Companies Association RED (Reunión Empresas de Diseño). It’s formed to promote the spanish design in international markets.