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Barcelona’s First Eco-friendly Hostel To Open in June 2008

urbany-hostel.jpgHostels are coming up in the world. No longer do you need to dodge the bed bugs and dread ant infested shower rooms because hostels are finally getting fancy, and in some parts of the world they’re going eco.

Barcelona’s Urbany Hostel, set to open in June 08, is one of the handful of hostels world-wide that has been built according to a environmentally-friendly specifications.

Engineers involved in the new design researched the possible impact of the project and came up with their own version of the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. With these three modern day practices Barcelona Urbany Hostel (artist’s impression pictured) is set to cause minimal impact to the environment.
Their design includes:

  • Using a noise level absorbing façade
  • Using a rain water harvesting system
  • Recycling and reusing 50% of the water
  • Using energy efficiency installations and low consumption lamps
  • Using a more environmentally friendly and less aggressive materials

The 400 bed, 13 storey hostel is centrally located near Avinguda Diagonal and when finished will boast a swimming pool and sun terrace with views over the city. All rooms are en-suite with individual lockers available for each bed and there’s free internet, free Wi-Fi access and free brekkies for everyone. Almost sounds too good to be true.

Barcelona Urbany Hostel says, “We believe the true backpacker way of life means not only travelling around the world, making friends and sharing nice experiences but respecting the planet we live in.

“It will be definitely a different option to that of the typical hostels. The perfect place to explore the city, meet new friends and have a wonderful time in Barcelona while always respecting our planet.”