I love Barcelona. The city was my adopted home for three years before I disappeared to travel the world. Now, it is always a pleasure to come back, visit old friends, eat all the amazing food, and discover new hidden gems that I didn’t know existed. In between staying with friends in Sitges and Barcelona, I had four nights ‘spare’ when I wanted to stay in a hostel in Barcelona. I searched online, found Fabrizzio’s Petit hostel and was thrilled when they invited me to stay. Here’s why I think Fabrizzio’s Petit really is the best hostel in Barcelona!
The Best Hostel in Barcelona: Fabrizzio’s Petit
Fabrizzio’s Petit is a beautiful hostel in the centre of Barcelona. Designed by travellers, the owners of Fabrizzio’s are travellers too – I met one of the owners Ernesto who is originally Argentinean but now based in Barcelona. A look at the photos around the hostel or on Instagram show some of the destinations Ernesto and Fabrizzio have been to – from the Pyramids of Egypt to Paris, London, most of South America, and more. But who is Fabrizzio you might ask?
I had imagined a gorgeous Italian man, tall dark and handsome. I wasn’t anywhere near. Fabrizzio is a stuffed toy crocodile who follows Ernesto around the world. Or rather, Ernesto follows him. He is the star of the hostel, and when he is not travelling, he lives at the hostel with his girlfriend Fabrizzia. I met Fabrizzio briefly, but he left to go to Iceland before I had chance to take a photo with him – gutted!!
Location of Fabrizzio’s Petit Hostel in Barcelona
Fabrizzio’s is perfectly located in the centre of Barcelona, less than 20 minutes’ walk from the key attractions in Barcelona including la Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, and Casa Battló. It is a block from the metro station Girona on the yellow line, 3 blocks from Tetuan metro on the purple line, and 4 blocks from Urquinoana metro station on the red line.
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The hostel isn’t easy to spot, there is a small plaque outside the door but no huge sign, which doesn’t draw any attention; the hostel is in on the 2nd floor of the building, and has stairs or lift access. I admit I walked straight past it the first time, but when I searched for the address, I found it easily.
My room was at the front of the hostel, but it wasn’t noisy from traffic or people, which can often be a problem in at various hostels and hotels in Barcelona. At the back, the social areas and terrace look out onto a leafy square, so no noise there either.
The Bedrooms at the Hostel
I stayed in a six-bed dorm room, which was bright and airy during the day, but the shutters kept out all the light in the morning which was perfect for a sneaky lie-in. All the bunk beds have their own plug socket and reading light, and hooks at the end of the beds. There was a full-length mirror in the room too, something which is often lacking in hostels – sometimes I like to see what I look like before I leave! A towel was also included free of charge, and there were lockers just next to reception for your valuables.
They also have private rooms as well, doubles or triples and some have ensuite bathrooms and access to the balcony.
The Facilities at Fabrizzio’s Petit
The reception desk was just inside the door, and all the staff I spoke to were friendly and helpful, with recommendations of things to do, where to eat, and where to drink! Paulina who checked me in was lovely, and gave me a map of the city in case I needed any inspiration while I was here.
There was a toilet and separate shower just outside the dorm room, and another toilet and toilet & shower room down the hall. For the twenty people this was actually plenty, I didn’t have to wait to use the bathroom at all, and everything was spotlessly clean and looked as if it had been newly refurbished. The kitchen is fully equipped (although there’s no freezer), and again, this is kept very clean and tidy. They also have a full spice rack and oil you can using for cooking, again something not always available in hostels!
The social areas are bright and cheerful, and again clean and tidy. There were two larger tables for eating or working, and two smaller tables and chairs too. Outside on the terrace there were more tables and chairs for eating breakfast, or catching a few rays! The sun shone onto the terrace most of the day, and it was a nice place to chill out.
There was also a book exchange, a big TV with Netflicks and a Playstation, although I didn’t see anyone using those while I was there. After 11pm, all guests were asked to be quiet, so those who wanted an early night could get some sleep. Others who wanted to go out would do so, and everyone has a key to come in any time they like.
Breakfast at Fabrizzio’s Petit Hostel Barcelona
Breakfast is included in the price of the stay, and unlike anywhere else I have stayed before you can eat breakfast at any time of day you like. It is self-service, and you can help yourself to cereals, milk (and soy milk), juice, muffins, bread, jams, eggs and tea and coffee all day. This was great for a cheeky afternoon snack, or when I had a late night and didn’t get up till 11am!
Other Activities in the Hostel
One of the highlights of my stay was the Saturday Paella night. Twice a week, one of the Fabrizzio’s Petit staff members cooks up a huge paella for the guests to share, and it doesn’t cost us a penny. Yes, they offer FREE PAELLA twice a week! I have stayed in hostels which arrange dinners but they always have an extra cost, this was an awesome added extra that saved me quite a bit of cash on a Saturday night dinner.
Throughout the week there are other events such as shared dinners (for a small cost of around €5) and FREE sangria nights. There was also the option to join a pub crawl on Saturday night (for an extra charge), and the hostel also has free tours (arranged by another company) of the city centre, and of the Sagrada Familia & Carmel Bunkers, a beautiful viewpoint that isn’t usually on the tourist radar.
Fabrizzio’s Petit offer some great free tours, but if you’re looking for a specific tour, check out these options with GetYourGuide:
What I loved about Fabrizzio’s Petit Hostel in Barcelona
The little details really make a difference between a good hostel and a great one. Things like hooks on the beds, the full-length mirror, herbs and spices in the kitchen, hairdryer in the bathroom, are lovely little extras that a hostel doesn’t need to provide, but it just helped make my stay that bit better.
I love a good bargain, and although the cost of the dorm beds is a little higher than other hostels in Barcelona, all the added extras that are included really make Fabrizzio’s Petit excellent value. Other hostels often charge for towels, breakfast, even luggage storage, but here they are all included. And of course, the all-day breakfast and free paella and sangria nights are yet another added bonus!
Anything I didn’t like?
The only thing that bugged me was every time someone opened the door to the dorm room, it made a clicking noise which kept waking me up. And as my (in)considerate roommates kept getting up early and coming in and out, I was woken up pretty early in the morning. It is luck of the draw I suppose, but always bring earplugs with you when you stay in a hostel anywhere!
Final Thoughts about Fabrizzio’s Petit Hostel Barcelona
I loved this hostel. You can never control when other guests come in and out, and it is part and parcel of hostel living. Aside from that tiny detail, everything else here was perfect, and I felt at home and welcomed here. It was one of the cleanest hostels I have ever stayed in, with a variety of social events, and of course delicious free paella. I have to say, Fabrizzio’s Petit really was one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in (and I have stayed in a lot!!), and have no doubt recommending it to anyone coming to Barcelona who wants a social experience and also a good nights’ sleep!
If you want to book at Fabrizzio’s get a 10% discount on their regular prices by booking directly on their website here.
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Barcelona Travel Tips
- Use Skyscanner to find cheap flights to Barcelona. Barcelona El Prat (BCN) is the closest airport to the city.
- Public transport is the cheapest way to get around Barcelona, buy the Hola Barcelona transport ticket for unlimited use of the metro, buses, trams and local trains, including the train from the airport to Barcelona.
Where to Stay in Barcelona
- Use Hostelworld to find the best prices for hostels in Barcelona. Take a look at these recommended hostels:
- For hotels in Barcelona, check out Booking.com or Hotels.com for the best deals. Recommended hotels include:
Barcelona Tours and Activities
- If you're staying in a hostel, check out their tours and activities which are usually free or very cheap - and a great way to meet people!
- I use GetYourGuide to book skip the line entry tickets and tours in Barcelona
- Recommended Tours and Attractions in Barcelona:
Beware of pickpockets
Although Barcelona is a safe city, pickpockets are a problem here, particularly in popular tourist areas and on the metro. Do not keep your wallet or cash in trouser pockets and keep your hand on your bags at all times.
When you are eating at a restaurant or café, keep your bag on your lap, not hanging over your chair and avoid leaving your wallet or phone on the table – especially if eating outdoors. It only takes a second for someone to distract you and grab it!
Buy Travel Insurance
- Travel insurance will help if you do have something stolen, and it is more important than ever, with frequent changes in rules and regulations meaning cancellations are more likely. I use SafetyWing, which even includes some cover for costs related to COVID, or check a comparison site like Travel Insurance Master to find the best cover for you.
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My stay at Fabrizzio’s Petit was complimentary, but all opinions are, as always, my own.