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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
What can we say? We love the Hostal Gat Xino! This first-rate two-star hostal, hip and with a ton of perks, is one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. The only drawback is its slightly shabby neighborhood, but the owners have priced rooms accordingly, and the ‘hood may even be a benefit for the right kind of person.
Pros: Trendy, central neighborhood. Nearby nightlife. Hip aesthetic.
Cons: Neighborhood can feel grimy. Rooms can pick up street noise.
All 35 rooms at the Hostal Gat Xino are ultra modern and outfitted with firm, comfy beds, fantastic artwork and a cool minimal tone. It’s all clean lines here, and the crisp white throughout punctuated with splashes of lime green. And, of course, each room boasts its own funky-fresh artwork hanging over the bed.
All rooms have air conditioning, heating and a flat-screen TV. Some offer a balcony or small terrace (ask ahead).
The spiffy and contemporary bathrooms are done in lime green and white and outfitted with basics like shampoo and body gel.
A group of architects own the Hostal Gat Xino and have renovated it in an avant garde style, where convenience takes center stage. The concept is to provide everything budget travelers need in a clean, cool atmosphere. Mission accomplished!
Breakfast is included in the room rate and served in an open dining room that looks onto a wooden terrace filled with trees and potted flowers. A black-and-white color scheme with modern rounded light fixtures and pops of the hotel’s signature green lend a sleek but fun vibe to the morning meal.
But the real kicker at the Gat Xino is an awesome rooftop chill-out lounge. And when we say “awesome,” we mean it: Picture benches and boxy tables of brushed wood, space-age chairs and cushy floor pillows.
Cheapo tip: Groups of four, families or couples looking for a bit of privacy can rent the Gat Xino terrace room/suite, which is enshrouded in bamboo and offers terrace access all night long (the terrace chill out closes for regular guests at 10 p.m.)!
Additional Gat Xino perks include free Wi-Fi throughout, nearby parking and 24-hour laundry service.
The Gat Xino is different in the best sort of way. Its efficient design and service are precious qualities that any visitor will enjoy, especially one who doesn’t mind a location a bit off the well-beaten tourist track.There are plenty of restaurants in the area, plus small convenience stores and cafés. Also, a quick jaunt down the street and you’ll reach Las Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya and the Gothic Quarter.
Do note that the Hostal Gat Xino is a good six blocks off Las Ramblas, which means dragging your luggage from the Metro for five minutes or so. (It’s not hard to find, but it’s not on the main drag.) Carrer Hospital is a mixed area, where super cool blends with super run-down. The city is currently trying to revive this area, and while it is a fun “barri” for nightlife, we don’t recommend it for solo women travelers.
In general, El Raval is not as populated by tourists as other downtown neighborhoods. Here, students meet after classes in happening cafés and bars while locals sip beers along the Rambla de Raval, a bar and eatery-lined strip. Many excellent restaurants are located in El Raval, such as Pizza Ravalo and popular cocktail and burger joint, Betty Fords.
You’ll find many a falafel and kebab stand around this area, too, which is handy if you’re out late at any of El Raval’s many pubs and clubs. This is an area for partying, nightlife and a young, bohemian vibe.
Subway: The Gat Xino is accessible from the Green Line/L3 (at the Liceu stop) or the Purple Line/L3 (at the Sant Antoni stop). From either stop you will have to walk several blocks to the hostal.
From the Airport: The RENFE Cercanías train departs about every 20 minutes from T2 and takes about 35 minutes to reach the city. Take it to Passeig de Gracia stop where you can transfer to the Green Line/L3 Metro to the Liceu. From there, it’s about an eight-minute walk to the hostal.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hostal Gat Xino neighborhood
Intriguing, densely populated (but less heavily touristed) El Raval is located to the west of La Rambla. Formerly known as Barrio Chino, the area was historically a slum, notorious for petty crimes and prostitution, and today's cleaner, modern El Raval still has a rough-and-tumble edge. And it's home to open-air markets, legit old eateries and a trendy nightlife scene, as well as the contemporary art museum.