Mambo Tango Backpackers Hostel

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C/ Poeta Cabanyes 23, Barcelona, Spain

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ariel444 ariel444
16 reviews
Mambo Tango Backpackers Hostel Jan 11, 2009
Great hostel. the owners are a couple who built it with their own two hands and actually live there as well so they take a lot of pride in it. this is a good thing, but also had it's downside - but nothing was bad enough to make me give it a bad review. they can just be very strict - when they say no alcohol in rooms, they mean it. the dude came in @ 4 times to tell one girl she needed to throw it out or leave. but it's their home and when you're in people's home you have to respect it so... besides we're all adults and made a choice to stay there so it is what it is.

anyhow, the owners were nice and helpful about the city. the guy made sure to look out for the girls and let us know about some of the issues barcelona has; warned us to not go out on our own etc. locked the hostel up - like pulled down the metal door at night...

the rooms were good, but the bathroom was area was kind of public... As in you walk up the stairs and there's the sink/mirror etc, and the shower is just off to the side of it. was kind of weird but not a huge deal. super tiny kitchen down in the basement/lounge area where the computers are. this area was great, super comfy and just a nice spot to chillax. they had free hostel dinners on sunday nights and would occasionally lead group outings on certain days. nice spot. i would recommend and stay again.
the cool basement of mambo tango t…
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mandaz mandaz
1 reviews
Friendly hostel not far from Las Ramblas Jul 29, 2008
Very cute hostel. The hostel is completely family-run and the owners knew everyone by name. The hostel is relatively small and cosy but their 'open living' style (ie/ room doors left open except at night) means that you are more likely to meet some lovely people. I stayed there for three nights recently and met some lovely fellow travelers. The people that tended to stay at the hostel are slightly on the older side (ie/ in their 20s) and more seasoned travelers. The hostel doesn't condone drunkeness so it is certainly not the type of place you want to stay at if you plan on drinking heavily in the hostel and getting home drunk in the middle of the night. BUT - it has quite a fun atmosphere, downstairs TV and lounge, small bar upstairs, courtyard outside. Air conditioning is only turned on at night which means that the place does get quite stuffy during the day time - shouldn't matter though as most people are out and about all day (although it does get stuff if you are trying to sleep late because of a late Barcelona night!!). They organise regular events which are good - free means, TV nights and pub nights. Worth asking questions about these pub nights though - the one I went to was a fair distance away (so, taxi ride home) and the drinks were quite expensive - not always ideal if you are a backpacker!! Despite this - I would definitely recommend staying here. It is about a 10 minute walk from Las Ramblas but close to a metro station. One last thing - if you are scared of dogs I wouldn't stay here. The owners have two of the most docile (but quite large) dogs I have ever seen - and given the size of the reception area, I can imagine they would be quite daunting if you were scared. When they are at the hostel there is really no way to avoid them.

Free internet, free breakfast as well, with expresso coffee. One thing I will say, security could be seen to be pretty average, what with their open-door policy. HOWEVER, there are lockers in the rooms to lock up valuables, but since the owners know everyone that stays there, I was never concerned about leaving things lying around for short periods of time.
Front of the hostel
Street where the hostel is located
mandaz says:
Wasn't too bad - I got the aerobus to Las Ramblas and then the Metro about two stops, then about five minute walk from Metro station - if you are looking for something close to the airport this wouldn't be it!
Posted on: Aug 21, 2008
lparisya says:
How far was this hostel from the airport?
Posted on: Aug 18, 2008

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