Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Visit Barcelona: Sant Jordi Rock Palace Hostel

Oh Sant Jordi Hostels,

So I have only got one hostel to compare this to and i even hate comparing so i just like to go along for the ride. There is only one word i can use for my stay at Sant Jordi Hostel and that is … incredible.

I entered a competition on their Instagram to win a three night stay including breakfast for myself and one of my friends. I couldn’t believe it when i actually won, Sant Jordi gave me the opportunity to visit my old home!

So on the 22nd of February to the 25th i got to stay at their awesome Rock Palace Hostel! It was all a bit surreal being back home! I do feel that a hostel experience can massively affect your experience!

So if you ever want to visit Barcelona, I would seriously recommend Sant Jordi Hostel.






Location

So we got to stay at the Rock Palace, there are 3 other hostels under the Sant Jordi name. The Rock Palace is in such a convenient spot, it is about a 5 minute walk from Passeig de Gracia metro and within walking distance to some great landmarks including the famous La Rambla.

To get from the airport to the centre of town you can take the Aerobus to Plaza Catalunya which takes around 35 minutes and are every 10 minutes.  

Right next door to the hostel there is a 24 hour supermarkets, every block pretty much has one - prices are expensive but that’s what you get for  24 hour supermarket! You can also find some great tapas bars near here - i recommend one called Cachitos!



Checking In

We arrived around 11am, too early to check in  - i believe check in is 2pm! However, we were allowed to put our stuff in a store room and wander around Barcelona for a bit. Obviously i was knackered as the day before i was at a travel event and we were up at 4am going to the airport so we headed to the social area of the hostel.

Like the name suggests the decor was a rock fan’s palace, as much as people know me will say i only like latin music (true) i am a rock girl at heart and this place was a bit of me. At 2pm we had to check in, very easy, all we had to do was hand over passports for ID and give 10 euros deposit for the key card (we used it to buy a Sant Jordi Top … couldnt help myself)


The Room

Some people sometimes looks down on hostels for not being that nice, i have always been open and love staying in hostels. I was so impressed with the room that we were staying in, it had a balcony, lockers to keep all of your stuff, bed light and was located next to the bathroom.

Sant Jordi are great for its security and policies, they open the door and lock it before 10pm due to noise regulations and the locker we had was able to hold all of our stuff. Other hostels i notice require you to bring your own lock, but not Sant Jordi - your key card allows you to lock your locker. So i felt safe during the whole trip.



The room was modern, bright and clean at all points. Cleaners came in every day to make sure that beds were changed for new people and that it was nice in general. Also the bed was super comfy.

We were staying in a room of 6 and there were 3 bunk-beds lined against each other which i thought was a really nice layout.

Overall i was super impressed with the room that we stayed in, as soon as i stepped in i knew i would come back
here purely because the room was so nice.




Extra Activities

Because we were only came to visit Barcelona for three days and we had a jam-packed schedule, we didn’t get time to use all the facilities but the ones we did, we enjoyed. The one place i wanted to visit was the roof terrace, they do have a pool but it was shut however the view from the terrace is beautiful.



It was bloody freezing in Barcelona when we went, i wore two coats -- the same time the year before i found it too hot to wear a leather jacket! It would have been nice to go on the terrace but i was too cold!

We got breakfast included but you do have to pay extra to have it, the kitchen area is so clean and gives simple instruction for visitors to help keep it clean. For breakfast we were able to have cereal, toast, croissants and more - basically the typical European breakfast.




The evening was my favourite part by far, they do Bar Crawls where you get entry free to bars and clubs. Before everyone gathers to the social space, also before the nights out i must mention that they do special dinners too! After dinner everyone gathers with some drink and play games before the bars. What is good about hanging out in the social space is that you meet soooo many people and throughout the stay i knew a lot more people through these nights out.

Two benefits of these nights out are you get taken to places you may not go or think of and the beer pong tournaments - my team won! This never happens! Although they screwed me over with the bounce a ball in the cup game - thanks Dan!




Staff and People

This is easily the best part of traveling, in Rome i only really got to know one member of staff but here i got to know so many more staff members (still love The Yellow Rome). Every member was so nice and really made us feel welcome. They are the reason that I didn’t want to leave and the reason why i went out the day before I had to leave at 4am!

I met the best people as well, our roommate Garret I feel is my LA soulmate, myself, him and Chloe just clicked. We got on so well, went out to bars together, went out for tapas and i watched them attempt absinthe! We still have a group chat on Instagram cause we miss our catch ups!

I also made so many friends during the night out, everyone is just so friendly here! So visit Barcelona if you want to make friends whilst travelling.




Would I go again?

Hell yeah, I am already planning my next visit. Everyone knows that my goal is to move back to Barcelona. It is just difficult with trying to find a job, so in the meantime whenever i visit i am for sure coming back to Sant Jordi! You should too when you visit Barcelona.

Useful Info

Website: Sant Jordi

Prices: From £10 on Hostel World

Hostels: Rock Palace, Sagrada Familia,


Instagram: @santjordihostels


Thanks for reading, if anyone has any tips on travelling Italy - mainly Rome, Florence and Positano pleassse let me know!




Mol xo

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