Barcelona: Be Green, Be Cheap

Photo: Barcelona

Planning an España getaway this summer? If you’re headed to Barcelona, be sure to check out the new Barcelona Urbany (opening June 1), which claims to be the country’s first eco-friendly hostel.

What makes this hostel eco-savvy? It will recycle and reuse 50 percent of the water and use a rainwater harvesting system. It will also use low-consumption lamps and “more environmentally friendly and less aggressive materials.” Sounds pretty good to us.

But just because Urbany is greening its quarters doesn’t mean it is lacking in 21st-century amenities. Not only will the hostel have a swimming pool, BBQ area, free guest kitchen, and spa facilities, it will also offer breakfast and Wi-Fi free to guests.

The 13-story hostel will include about 400 beds in both mixed and female shared rooms, as well as individual and double rooms for those not wanting to put up with snoring strangers (you can check out some current construction photos here). And all rooms also have en suite bathrooms, which is the definition of hostel luxury.

Read more: IT got the goods on some U.K. hostels‘ efforts to go upscale, and on an eco-savvy hostel-on-wheels.

Photo: via Flickr


  1. John
    July 19, 2010, 5:41 am

    Well I remember Barcelona as yesterday. I have been there a couple of times and it’s by far my favorite weekend destination. With less than 3 hours flight time from Sweden, it’s not much job to reach Barcelona :)

  2. martyn
    May 7, 2010, 10:59 am

    I can personaly recommend th Urbany as I went to Spain last year and stayed there for one night. It was really comfortable and to be honest some of the rooms were just like you were staying in a 2 – 3 star hotel. Also for a Hostel it had great facilities. So if you ever find yourself needing somewhere to kip while you are visiting Barcelona and on a budget, this is definately the place.
    Goodman Heat Pump

  3. *Sweet<3*
    September 1, 2009, 2:11 pm

    this is such a beautiful setting!! i would love to vacation here…ye digg

  4. Roselyne
    June 4, 2008, 5:42 pm

    I rememberd that when i traveled to Barcelona I stayed in HCC Hotel which was in the center of the city. They offered me a qualified attention in fact, they were very comprenhensive with the laguange, and different cultural gaps… Thanks for the post, bye!