Budget Travel

Black Swan Barcelona Hostel Review

Welcome to my Black Swan Hostel (Barcelona) review! Please note, I did not get paid for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. If you would like to check out the Black Swan for yourself, you can do so here.

I initially decided to stay at the Black Swan hostel for two reasons. As always, one of those reasons was a very affordable rate of around 14 euros a night! The other reason is that this hostel is located right around the corner from the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park.

I found the Black Swan to be even more budget-friendly than I had first imagined because of the number of free/ cheap activities it offers. They have free food, pub crawls and walking tours, which I have outlined below.

If you are enjoying my Black Swan Barcelona hostel review, then you might want to check out my post on Where to Stay in Barcelona on a Budget! I go over the various neighborhoods in Barcelona. I also share more details about other hostels that are affordable!

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Picture of the outside of my dorm room at the Black Swan hostel in Barcelona

1.Free Food at the Black Swan Hostel?!?


In the morning, the Black Swan offers free breakfast cereals and the option to have a chef make you an omelet, yogurt bowl or banana pancake for 3 euros or less.

The only thing that surpasses my love of saving money is my love for food, so I opted to pay for these delicious and hearty breakfasts. Well worth my money because I was so full that I did not need to eat until dinner. Of course, this could be because I usually eat a late breakfast at around 10:30 am…

Most nights, dinner was free as well and was always delicious though the portions were a little small and vegetarian.

I usually supplemented with a cheap stop to the cafe or supermarket down the block for a small snack prior to dinner and that was sufficient to fill me up.

A few nights a week they host a Paella cooking class where you get to watch the chef make a large batch of paella for everyone to enjoy while discussing the history behind the dish.

This costs 5 euros and the portion size was large and delicious (and non-vegetarian). Included in this price are a glass of sangria and an hour and a half of entertainment.

2. Free Drink PubCrawl?!

The Black Swan Hostel offers a free pub crawl and free walking tours as well! The pub crawl was amazing and the guide, who referred to himself as Mr. Perfect. This guy has more energy than a shopaholic during Black Friday.

This pub crawl was so amazing that I accidentally went 3 times during my 5-day stay… whoops. Every night the destinations change but you can generally expect to go to two bars and 1 club. The best part? No cover charges, free shots, and buy-one-get-one drink specials.

Usually, everyone pre-gamed in the hostel common area an hour beforehand so I recommend picking up some cheap drinks. I recommend the 24 pack of lager from the supermarket next door, which costs about 5 euros.

Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of this night… which is probably for the best! 🙂

3.Free(ish) walking tours!

I took the Gaudi walking tour in the morning and our tour guide was beyond fantastic. This tour is run by an outside company and is tip-based, so you only pay what you think the tour was worth. In the morning, we met up with one of the tour guides and walked to the Black Swan’s sister hostel (Kabul Party Hostel).

Antoni Gaudi is one of Barcelona’s most well-known architects and his buildings are one of the must-see things in Barcelona. His works are by far the most spoken about sightseeing spots in the city and it is easy to spend the day walking to each of them. This includes his largest building, the Sagrada Familia, which is still under construction and will be finished in a few more years!

What was my stay at the Black Swan Hostel like?

I made tons of friends during my stay at this hostel and we ended up exploring Barcelona together! It was great to spend time with other budget travlers and the hostel itself had many more activities than I expected.

Everything was provided, including space to cook and clean showers. Any questions I had were quickly solved by recommendations from the staff, who were extremely friendly.

Overall, this was an amazing experience and I would definitely stay at the Black Swan again! This hostel does appear to cater to a younger backpacking crowd. It has a more laid back party atmosphere. Be sure to account for this if you are looking for a more relaxing or family-oriented trip.

I hope you enjoyed my Black Swan Barcelona hostel review! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out in the comments section below.

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Kathryn Rucker is a sales consultant and content writer. With 7+ years of sales experience, she is passionate about helping businesses and individuals grow their sales pipelines by improving their online presence.

She has been traveling full-time since 2018 thanks to the location and financial independence she has gained from her business, Rucker Sales Consulting. You can connect with her on Linkedin!

Kathryn Rucker is a sales consultant and content writer. With 7+ years of sales experience, she is passionate about helping businesses and individuals grow their sales pipelines by improving their online presence.

She has been traveling full-time since 2018 thanks to the location and financial independence she has gained from her business, Rucker Sales Consulting. You can connect with her on Linkedin!

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