Finding accommodation in a big city like Barcelona is an odyssey and within the whole offer finding one that is sustainable, responsible or ecological, and also really complies with the kindness it explains on the web, I won’t even tell you. I don’t want to discourage you, but to show you real cases of people who believe that business can be created based on sustainability.Jam Hostel Barcelona is an example. This small and cozy eco-hostel is located in the Gracia neighborhood and emits sustainability from the heart of its business. When I went to visit them, Lucia welcomed me and proudly showed me the hostel. She told me that, along with Damià, her partner, they wanted to set up an accommodation that would help to reduce the tourist conflict in the city of Barcelona, while also betting on measures that have a positive impact on the environment.
After four years they have managed to create a family and intergenerational space that transmits calm, distancing itself of the craziest parties to give way to dinners surrounded in interesting conversations. An integrating space that creates trust between staff and clients so that you feel at home and not just like a room number.
In addition, they make it easy for you to take care of the environment during your stay, for example with measures to reduce water and energy consumption; they offer you free fair-trade coffee and tea as well as organic juice (you’ll not see vending machines filled with plastic); and they use eco-friendly cleaning products such as the soap you’ll find in the kitchen to clean the utensils you have used.
If you ask them about activities to do in Barcelona, they will inform you about those that bring you closer to the reality of the local population, such as shows and cultural activities. If you love yoga or you are a fan of bicycles, this is definitely your hostel, because in the morning you can practice yoga classes on their fabulous terrace and also have the tools to repair and maintain your bike.
Lucia and Damià believe in the values of sustainability and have managed to capture them in Jam Hostel working from the root of their business. An example of this is that they are part of the “Xarxa d'Economia Solidaria" (Solidary Economy Network), which among other things promotes decent labor, and their suppliers are local or ecological or supportive. Without forgetting the neighborhood, involving neighbors in the activities carried out in the hostel and offering a discount to relatives and friends of neighbors who need accommodation in Barcelona.
In short, if you are looking for a healthy, relaxed, full of good vibes stay to get to know the real Barcelona and to create a positive impact during your trip, Jam Hostel is your accommodation.
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