In the absolute thick of the action, Hostal La Marina is located directly opposite the main ferry terminal of the port, surrounded by cobbled streets peppered with bars, restaurants and shops. If it’s nightlife you want, then trust me, this is the place to be as the area comes to life just as the sun goes down, making for amazing people watching.
The colourful hand-painted rooms are very basic, have tiny private bathrooms and mine was quite cramped once we’d squeezed three suitcases into it. Don’t expect mod cons – think old school block TVs, bad artwork and an ancient mini-fridge barely big enough to fit your water bottle – but do take a minute to soak up the view, as one side of the building looks over the pretty port and the other, up to the ancient walled city of Dalt Vila (from the higher floors). Upstairs, the larger suites are a little less hostel-like and a lot more hotel-style – much more comfortable if you plan on spending any time in your room.
The reception area is tiny, meaning it’s often overcrowded with the revolving door of check-ins and -outs. I grew to dislike the tiny, steep staircase (I was on the third floor with 30 kilos of luggage).
Eating and drinking
On the port side of the building is the restaurant, which despite its rustic appearance has the reputation of being one of the best seafood spots in the port. My tip: forget the breakfast (the Spanish are notoriously bad at it) and explore your surroundings for food instead. The restaurant doubles as a bar, making it a good pre-clubbing meeting point.
Friendly and very helpful when I had a million questions while booking over email. However, when it came to my 30-kilo suitcase, there was definitely no one to be seen near that staircase, nor much help thereafter.
Who stays there
Backpackers and travellers on a budget from around the world. You’ll occasionally spot DJs who’ve been put up for the night in the suites by low-budget promoters too.
You’ll pay a deposit for the air conditioning remote control and daily rates for the safe. Prices are per person in double rooms, however singles must pay a 15-euro supplement.
- Backpackers / Students
- First-time travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Open all year round
- Centrally located
- Salty shower water
- Noisy ferries outside by day
- Noisy bars below by night