In the Southern city of Sevilla lies an amazing hostel. Learn why La Banda Rooftop Hostel is my favorite and how it made Sevilla my favorite city.
After my first stop in Dubrovnik on my solo trip in May of 2021, I decided that after exploring Croatia, I would head to Spain. I knew that I wanted to visit Barcelona but I had also heard some good things about Sevilla. So, upon arriving in Barcelona, I took the train all the way to Sevilla to see what the city was about. On the way, I booked into a hostel without knowing much about it and when I got there, I was pleasantly surprised.
La Banda's location is perfect to get the most out of your Sevilla trip. Located just off the river, you can either walk towards the water to get a scenic view, cross the bridges to explore more, or head into the more historic part of Sevilla.
While it would be a long walk from the train station, there are plenty of buses that bring you within very close walking distance to the hosel. Being on a side street, you don't have to worry much about cars or traffic.
La Banda Hostel is conveniently near dozens of amazing restaurants, bars, and clubs. The metro is also just a few minutes away. It will take you throughout the city to experience all that Sevilla has to offer. Some of the most amazing tapas I've ever eaten were in Sevilla with favorites like iberico ham, Spanish tortilla, patatas bravas, and more. I'd also recommend grabbing some churros and chocolate which are absolutely delicious.
Everyone’s first question about a hostel is "how are the rooms?" Rooms range from four to eight beds and are very well kept. Linens are included and of course there is a locker for your luggage. Many of the beds also have a privacy curtain (also great for keeping out the sunlight). Rooms either share a bathroom or have one ensuite.
While I visited during COVID-19, there were not many hostel activities. However, with vaccinations going up and some restrictions easing, hostel activities are back at La Banda. Group dinners, yoga, music sessions, and more are all available weekly. In addition to hostel planned activities, there is so much to do with friends you come with or meet at La Banda. One of my favorite activities was paddle boarding down the Río Guadalquivir river that runs through downtown Sevilla.
It's not called Rooftop Hostel for nothing. La Banda has an amazing rooftop with a fantastic view of the city. On the rooftop you'll find tables, bean bags, and other seating options to hang out with your friends or to meet new people at while traveling. Lots of bar activities are hosted up here and you'll find that it’s a guarantee to be entertained on the roof.
The bar (on the rooftop of course) is open daily to fuel your party or to simply give you some drinks to socialize. Drinks are cheap but delicious with most costing between 2-4 euros. In addition to buying your own drinks, La Banda Rooftop Hostel also may give you something special on the house. During rooftop parties, specialty drinks are made for everyone.
La Banda's atmosphere is incredible. Staff is helpful and work to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. In addition to staff, the youth volunteers help improve the experience even more. The Hostel is good for any type of traveler. The open lobby, rooftop, and community kitchen all help solo travelers meet each other. The clean and high quality rooms are great for groups, couples, or friends who travel here together. More than anything, La Banda really embraces the city of Sevilla and the Andalusian culture.
La Banda Rooftop Hostel is an amazing hostel. The atmosphere, staff, location, guests, activities, and rooftop all make it the premier hostel to stay at in Sevilla. La Banda is not simply the best hostel in Sevilla. From my time there, even during COVID, it is my favorite hostel that I've been to so far.
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