Review; Casa Gracia, Barcelona

I spent my first 3 nights in Barcelona staying at Casa Gracia, one of the new breed of luxury hostels in the city. These were my thoughts:

Rooms

casa gracia barcelona by runaway jane

Casa Gracia really caters to all markets when it comes to the choice of rooms. For example, you can stay in a private double room with an en-suite like I did (pictured above), stay in a mixed dorm or even rent an entire apartment within the building! Whether you’re a group, couple or solo traveller, there’s an option here for you.

In terms of my room personally, I was really impressed. It’s certainly above your average hostel standards and to be honest felt much more like a hotel than a hostel. Everything from the décor to the balcony and en-suite were really high standard. You had little extras that hostels don’t usually provide, like a hairdryer and shampoo/shower gel in the bathroom, towels included and even someone coming to make your bed everyday! There was air-conditioning in the room too (although I didn’t use it being the middle of January.) It certainly didn’t feel like your regular budget backpacker hostel, and that’s probably because it wasn’t!

Breakfast

breakfast casa gracia

Breakfast at Casa Gracia consisted of a variety of breads, spreads, cereals, meats, cheeses, fruit and fruit juice. It’s rare that you get meat included in a hostel breakfast so this was definitely a major plus of staying at Casa Gracia. Also, just the fact that you had a variety of everything was nice. For example, whether you liked white or wholemeal bread, whether you liked orange, apple or pineapple juice etc. Little additional extras that hostels operating on a budget don’t tend to offer you, but that Casa Gracia did.

Common Rooms & Bar

common room casa gracia

Every night there is some sort of entertainment provided down in the Casa Gracia bar. Whether it’s a lone musician playing guitar or a full on flamenco show, there is something every night for you to enjoy. There was also a really nice area with tables and chairs outside where you could take your dinner (Casa Gracia offers a variety of cuisine each night at the bar) and a more quiet, relaxed area with couches and computers that you could use the internet in. The décor and furnishing in the common room area felt more coffee house than hostel to be honest and the vibe was very relaxing. There was a good wifi signal throughout.

Location

casa gracia map

Location is excellent. Situated right on Passeig de Gracia, 2 minutes walk from Diagonal metro station. You’ll find a lot of shops and bars in this area and pretty much everything is easy to get to from here. I think I liked it most because you were able to stay outside of the massive tourist area that is La Rambla, but at the same time you were still close enough to go there (either by foot or by metro) should you want to.

Service

casa gracia reception

The staff here really go above and beyond! I remember arriving on my first day, having humphed both a backpack and front pack around with me all the way to Barcelona, and before I’d even checked in the receptionist had already got me a glass of water! I didn’t ask for it, she just saw my face and went to go get it!

They also have a really great cleaning service. My room and bathroom were both completely spotless the whole time, with cleaners coming in every day.

Price

Casa Gracia is more expensive than your typical hostel, but they’re also offering you a lot more than a typical hostel would – so you get what you pay for. Right now in January, the price for the double private room I stayed in is around €75 per night (booked via their website http://www.casagraciabcn.com/.) For a bed in a standard 6 bed mixed dorm at this time of year, you can expect to pay around €13 to €16 a night mid-week and around €21 per night on weekends (prices found on hostel booking websites.) Breakfast is included in all prices. If you’re planning on coming to Barcelona for a short visit I would definitely recommend Casa Gracia.

Overall

Overall I had a really nice time at Casa Gracia. For me personally, it felt much more like a boutique hotel than it did a hostel. They seem to have found a great blend between the practical facilities of a hostel and the service standards of a hotel. I can see this hostel being very popular with female travellers, groups and couples.

To find out more about Casa Gracia, see more photos, check prices etc. you can visit their website at http://www.casagraciabcn.com/.

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One Response to “Review; Casa Gracia, Barcelona”

  1. Claire Smith says:

    Looks like a great place Jane!

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