Wednesday, 6 September 2017

My first hostel experience

Hi guys,

So you may or may not have seen my recent blog post where I mentioned that I visited Barcelona last month, where I stayed in my first proper hostel. I've always stayed in hotels so I have never had the whole 'hostel experience' that people talked about.

When my friend first suggested staying in a hostel, I was pretty opposed to the idea and was trying to find any other option possible. The thought of sharing a room with complete strangers really freaked me out and I'd heard the stereotypical horror stories of people having all their belongings stolen and so on. After reading reviews online, I started to come round to the idea and decided to give it a go.

Here's how I found it...


T H E . L O F T . H O S T E L

                                            Barcelona




I couldn't have wished for a better first experience than 'The Loft' hostel in Barcelona. The staff were so friendly and were definitely the most helpful staff I've ever come across before.

We found this hostel on the Hostelworld app and were really pleased with the location, price and facilities. We read through the reviews which were really positive and knew that this was the hostel for us!

R O O M S


We stayed in a 6-bed mixed dorm but the hostel also offered 10 and 12-bed rooms if you wanted a cheaper option. For my first time in a hostel, sharing with 4 strangers was definitely enough to get my head around!


The beds were bunk beds and each bed came with a reading light, plug socket and curtain. Each bed also had a large draw underneath, which was lockable, in order to store your belongings. This made me feel much more comfortable about staying there as I could leave the hostel knowing that my belongings were safe. You could either purchase a lock for €1 or simply bring your own lock along to use.

L O C A T I O N


The hostel was in such a good location. With only 5 minutes walk from the metro station, you were able to travel around the city easily and quickly. There is also a local supermarket around 2 minutes walk from the hostel if you want to buy some food or snacks for when in the hostel.

F A C I L I T I E S


The hostel has really good facilities, including a separate toilet and shower room for both males and females. This allows you your privacy when getting ready each day.



R E C E P T I O N

 

The staff made the experience for me. I have genuinely never come across more friendly, accommodating and helpful staff before. They made you feel so welcome - asking about your day each time you returned to the hostel and assisting with any queries regarding transport or attractions.

Shout out to Marie at The Loft who was the loveliest person - thank you for looking after us so well during our stay.


K I T C H E N

The hostel has a kitchen area complete with two fridges, cutlery, pans/dishes/plates/cups and a sink area. It also has cupboards where you can lock your own food if you wish to.

You can pay 2.90 for breakfast each morning which includes cereal, toast and spreads, patisseries and milk/orange juice. You can also pay slightly more for tea and coffee. 

Alternatively, you can visit a supermarket and pick up some bits such as eggs or bacon as the hostel has facilities to cook food.

The kitchen is a really nice communal area where you can meet other people or simply just relax and eat.


R E S T A U R A N T


The hostel also has its own restaurant in case you want to eat here. We ate here one night and the food was really nice, although the menu is quite limited.


R E A D I N G . A R E A



We only discovered this area on the last day but it is so cute. I love that people could leave their books for others to read and they also had classic magazines such as National Geographic.

Again this is a really cute area to just lounge and enjoy some down time away from the busy city.


T E R R A C E



The hostel also has an outdoor terrace area which is really nice to eat breakfast or simply relax on.

As well as tables and chairs, the terrace also features wicker sofas and bean bags. This is a really nice area to take some time out in as Barcelona is quite a busy city!



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Overall I had the best first experience at The Loft hostel and would definitely feel comfortable staying in another hostel in the future. The people were really friendly and the fact that you could safely store away your belongings made me feel really at ease.

I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to visit Barcelona on a budget! It did not disappoint.

Love,



Please note that I do not own the majority of the above pictures. These pictures are property of The Loft Hostel.
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