For my travels through Seville, Málaga, and Granada, I was so excited to partner with Oasis Backpacker’s Hostels. They’re a modern chain of hostels that have locations in all three cities, as well as in Toledo, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal.
The hostels are reasonably priced, and really emphasize a young and social culture, which is great for traveling solo and meeting new people. As I’ve only stayed in hostels a couple of times before (and only once completely solo), it was really important for me to find not only a property where I could meet new people, but a safe and clean hostel in a good location. I wanted to ensure that the property itself was secure, that the location would be easy for me to get to from the bus or train station I was coming from, and that it would be easy for me to get to and from the city center and sights I was planning to visit once there.
The hostel is a restored palace (how cool?!) with plenty of common area space to read, relax, socialize, and eat.
Right across the street is a cute little bakery, perfect for a quick breakfast before heading out for the day.
(Tip: There is a special on their website for a room upgrade upon check-in if you “like” them on Facebook.)
The convenience of the Oasis Backpacker Hostel in Málaga could NOT be better! It was perfectly located, making it easy to access Calle Marqués de Larios (the main shopping street), as well as every site, restaurant, and coffee shop I visited (more to come in my full Málaga recap).
It’s a bit of a different feel, with outdoor staircases leading to (secure and locked) doors to each floor, only accessible by key card. The property has two kitchens next to each other on the first floor, making it really accessible to cook and prepare meals, which you can enjoy at seating area shown below or the common areas.
Oh, and don’t forget to do your dishes 😉
The property has a rooftop bar, perfect to mingle with fellow travelers, though there were a lot of people that were not hostel guests, who simply came for the social atmosphere!
If you’re looking for activities to see some more of Málaga or looking to meet fellow hostel guests, they offer a variety of activities including a free walking tour, a beer olympics contest, a tapas and flamenco tour, a tapas/sangria/language class, a pub crawl throughout the city, a beach trip, and a paella class!
The location of the Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel in Granada was so great as well – I really couldn’t have asked for a better area. It might be a little difficult to find at first, but once you get there, you’ll get your bearings and understand how convenient and great the location is! (Tip: Take Calle Elvira, the long steep street where you’ll find all of the Moroccan street markets. You’ll make a left onto a side street towards the top of Calle Elvira to find the hostel – there’s a sign on the side street coming from the opposite direction that reads “Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel”).
The hostel’s decor really embraces the Moroccan feel from the influence of the area.
The kitchen area is quite large, perfect for the morning hustle and bustle of everyone cooking breakfast!
While I was there, they also arranged a waterfall hike for hostel guests, and they are always cooking up new and exciting group activities for guests!
Staying in hostels requires sufficient research on each property, amenities, location, and safety. It can be hard to find a hostel that has everything you might be looking for: clean, hospitable service, free and reliable wifi, computer access should you need it, full kitchen for cooking, linens, social atmosphere and common areas, convenient location and a feeling of safety. The locations of Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel checked all of the boxes for me. Besides the convenience of location, the service at the front desk was always amazing and helpful with anything I needed, and I felt extremely safe at all times.
I would highly recommend sticking with Oasis Hostels for your Spain travels – you won’t be disappointed!
This post is in partnership with Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel, however, this post is based on my own honest opinions.