Saving water in Twentytú

30th March, 2015 / / No Comments

March 22nd is the World Water Day around the planet, and on Twentytú we work hard every day to reduce water consumption. We want you to get involved in our challenge and get to know the importance this gift of nature. Join us and begin to change the world!

Believe it or not, little changes are powerful, and for sure you can think of little changes you can do to improve our planet every day. This is our philosophy and we built our Hi-Tech hostel based on it.

Bath time is when we waste more water. Can you imagine the water consumption in the morning on our hostel? Each member of our big guests family have their own style for showering. That is we decided to install showers and taps that work with timer switches. Maybe it isn’t the most comfortable way to have a shower, but it is the most sustainable.

Another action we’ve taken in order to look after the environment is to install the greywater recovery system. What is it? It is a recovery system for water from showers and basins so that it can subsequently be treated and used in the WC cisterns. Not a single drop of water is wasted!

The fact is that all of these decisions were made before building Twentytú Hostel, but you can work to save water at home too:

  • Put a low flow shower head and aerating taps.
  • Buy double flush cisterns to your WC.
  • Use the washer and dishes washer always at their full capacity.
  • Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath. Go to the swimming pool or to the beach if you want a bath.

Every little thing can make a difference if a million people are doing it. We believe on transforming tourism into sustainable tourism, and we continue to work hard to reach our goals.  Are you in?

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Twentytú Hi-tech hostel receives the Smart Accomodation Prize at eeST 2015

17th March, 2015 / / No Comments

We are very proud to continue adding prizes related to the sustainable values that we defend. In this case, our project for efficient resources management and energy was recognized with the Smart Accomodation prize. The awards ceremony took place at II Congress on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Tourism (eeST).

The other awards went to:

  • Smart Destination Barcelona city received this recognition for its effort and commitment to promote environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Smart Innovation.  The Company Green Bending presented the project Impact Energy, which generates energy through a mini-biodigester for organic waste from hotels and restaurants.
  • The Prize Smart Mobility was given to Toyota and Urbaser for their development actions and the impulse of sustainable mobility in favor of the city, citizens and tourists of Barcelona.
  • Smart Communication. Twenergy is a digital platform dedicated to the dissemination and popularization of subjects related to energy efficiency and sustainability. They have a community with 50.000 users, and 90.000 followers on their social networks. For this reasons they received the Smart Communication prize.premieeST

This prize added to the other awards we received recently, as the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Certificate, in recognition to our bet for Sustainability. We keep on picking up success and we continue fighting to defend a more responsible and sustainable tourism. Join our cause!

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Twentytú, first Biosphere Responsible Tourism certified hostel in the world

17th March, 2015 / / No Comments

Our commitment to sustainable tourism has been recognized with the Biosphere Responsible Tourism certificate. This makes us the first hostel in the world to join the list of establishments with this qualification.  We are very happy!

The award is granted by the Institute of Responsible Tourism (IRT), linked to the UNESCO and the World Tourism Organization. We have become a part of a worldwide distinguished family, which aims to transform the tourism sector by promoting a responsible tourism system. The criteria taken into account for granting us the Biosphere Responsible Tourism certificate have been:

  • Conservation of the environment

On Twentytú all lights are powered by LED technology. We also have motion detection systems that activate lights only if necessary. Hostel’s showers and taps work with timer switches, allowing us to reduce water consumption. The bicycles rental service, with or without guide, and the advice to shared taxi services were also took into account. If you want to get the full details take a look at our website.

  • Social responsibility and commitment with the environment and society.

The IRT experts have assessed the collaboration with our neighbors of Bau Design College of Barcelona, as part of our commitment to the environment. Students designed the double rooms, and competed in the contest to define the new communication campaign.

Twentytú involvement in the ‘Fes el Turista a la teva Ciutat ‘ (Be a Tourist in your City), and its link with the Icaria Inciatives Socials (Icaria Social Initiatives) organization for the employment of disabled people have also scored points to become the first hostel in the world achieving the Biosphere Responsible Tourism standards.

Our commitment to solidarity programs goes a step further. Reservations of double rooms will earmark € 1 to one of these organizations dedicated to the protection of minors: Fundació Hospital Sant Joan de Deu , Make a wish Spain and Ires Foundation. Our customers can choose where the earmark will be paid.

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We are happy to be part of this international list struggling to promote sustainable tourism.  Here from Twentytú we will keep working to make a better world and to improve tourism!

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De tapas por Barcelona

6th March, 2015 / / No Comments

Street life in Barcelona is somehow special. We can find nice places where to enjoy a drink while tasting tapas, platillos (literally small plates) or plates anywhere in the city. We offer you a selection of emblematic bars that, one way or another, deserve to be visited. Come on and join us in our tapeo route.

  • Quimet i Quimet
    Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25 08004 Barcelona, España 934 42 31 42 Go!

Beer and tapas is always a winning tandem. Even more if tapas are very assorted and served plentiful and beer has been homebrewed by the owners. Here you will find the atmosphere of the old Paralelo, a nearby street once known by its numerous variety theaters and for being the Music Hall epicenter during decades.

  • Bodega 1900
    Carrer de Tamarit, 91 08015 Barcelona, España 933 25 26 59 Go!

New winds blowing in this old place, also close to Paralelo. New winds thanks to its loyal to its origins redesign and due to its new kitchen concept. Albert Adriá, Ferran’s brother and one of the main pillars of El Bulli, proposes an offer around vermouth, fine canned seafood, cold meats and salting fishes with the family touch. Accurate care with the product and the way to prepare it. Experience is worth the price.

  • Bar Tomás
    Carrer Major de Sarrià, 49 08017 Barcelona, España 932 03 10 77 Go!

A place full of history in the middle of Sarrià, an accommodated neighborhood in the upper side of the city. Its decoration has not changed in decades and, thanks God, its famous patatas bravas (spicy fries) are as good as the very first time. You can enjoy also other simple but tasty tapas including homemade croquets and small tuna pasties.

  • La Esquinica
    Passeig de Fabra i Puig, 296 08031 Barcelona, España 933 58 25 19 Go!

La Esquinica has a peculiar charm inspired in the classical Aragonese taverns. A huge assortment of tapas made with great products: calamari, croquets and other sautés with special highlight on the patatas bravas and the assorted sausages (cured or fried). Decoration has an authentic taste and waiters are fast, nice and hard-working. It can’t be done in another way because it’s not hard to find large queues of people waiting her turn.

  • Tapas 24
    24 Carrer de la Diputació, 269 08007 Barcelona Go!

Its strategic downtown placement and the gastronomic offer makes this place one of the tapas bar with longest queues in the city. The offer is traditional and has been created by the renowned chef Carles Abellán. You can’t book so, be patient!

If you are specifically looking for patatas bravas, the most popular tapa in Barcelona, read our post on The best places to eat bravas in Barcelona.

Go for a tapas tour in Barcelona!

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The best APPS for Barcelona

26th February, 2015 / / No Comments

Coming to Barcelona? Download these apps for Barcelona, and make your perfect trip.

Before you arrive, we recommend you to check your flight with these applications of Barcelona Airport. This way you will know if there is any incidence or late arrival to the city.

  • Aeropuerto Barcelona BCN.  This application contains information Arrivals flight to Barcelona El Prat Airport. Local weather information.

Once you hit the ground in Barcelona, you’ll need to know the combinations of public transport. We suggest you:

  • TMB APP. The official app of public transport of Barcelona. Information on bus and metro services, time table, and maps.
  • ByTaxi. Order a taxi with two taps, track your driver in real time and pay your trips cashless by app.

So with these apps you’ll arrive without problems to the hostel. After you accommodate yourself and you’re ready to go out, check these apps to move around in Barcelona.

  • Bus Turístic Virtual.  Find the most emblematic monuments and spots in the city.
  • BCN CITY.  The definite guide of Barcelona.

While you walk in Barcelona streets you can discover some art treasures with these apps

  • BCN DESIGN TOUR. Barcelona Design Tour submerges us in Barcelona’s design culture and offers us a group of actors who make up the city’s design sector.

Time to eat, are you hungy? You can search the best restaurants around you with one of these Barcelona apps, and if you are vegetarian read our post of The best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.

  • APP The Fork. All restaurants and all special offers.

If you want to visit the principal city sights sign up in these apps

  • APP Sagrada Familia. The application enables users to enjoy a virtual tour of the interior.
  • FCB APP. Download the latest update and begin enjoying all the Club news as it happens – the first team, the sections, player profiles, complete stats history and honours…

And Barcelona includes more diversity of activities for all styles and ages, we propose you download:

  • Port Aventura APP. All you need know about the amusement park.
  • Barcino 3D. Fly over the city, and observe the remains and Roman buildings still standing today.
  • BCN Museus. Application presents the museums in Barcelona grouped by categories.

If you want more information read our post about museums of Barcelona.

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Valentine’s Day and Carnival in Barcelona

13th February, 2015 / / No Comments

We are expecting a lot of party this week, it is time to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day with your beloved one, to participate in #TwentytuLove contest on Instagram and to enjoy the Carnival with friends. Don’t worry: there is time for everything! Today we give you a few ideas to make a perfect plan and not miss anything.

Valentine’s Day magic

Are you in love? Want to surprise your lover? One option is to mix both festivities and appear dressed as Cupid. But if you really want to leave your lover speechless, book a sailing tour on a sight-seeing boat in Barcelona. And if you don’t have the budget for that, you can just organize a picnic at the beach or at Horta’s Labyrinth Park and you will succeed. Or you can always book a table at his/her favorite restaurant, or go on a route around the romantic streets in Barcelona. Don’t forget to take a photo of your romantic evening and share it in our competition in Instagram.

Participate in San valentine’s competition on Twentytú

Take a romantic photo and upload it on Instagram with the hashtag #TwentytuLove and mention @TwentytuHostel. The most liked photo will be the winner. The prize is a weekend to our double bedrooms. You have time to participate from Febrary 14th to 20th.

Conditions: The winner must check the availability. Dates excluded: Easter, Sónar, MotoGP, Formula 1, Primavera Sound, 17th, 18th and 19th July.

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Carnival in Barcelona

The city disguises every year and there are plenty of activities to enjoy with friends or family. You can see all activities and celebrations in this program. But here are some things you shouldn’t miss:

  • King Carnival’s arrival and Fireworks. Tuesday 12th at 18h.
  • The Carnival rua in Barcelona. Saturday 14th around the city.
  • The Taronjada. Sunday 15th at 18.15h on Born. This year the party ends with a flash mob with the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, you can start rehearsing with this video:

Carnival in Sitges

The most famous Carnival in Barcelona is Sitges Carnival. The city is visited by thousands of people wearing the best and most original costumes. To get to Sitges, just take the train at Sants Station or Passeig de Gràcia Station. There is a train every 10 or 20 minutes, the first one starts at 5.45h and the latest at 00.06. Check the timetables to avoid missing the train. Don’t miss anything about this huge party and see the program of Carnival’s Sitges.

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Design, Young talent and Twentytú

9th February, 2015 / / No Comments

In Twentytú we keep betting on young talent and innovative design. In order to create a new communications campaign, we designed a competition in collaboration with Design at BAU College. And we already have the winners!

We wanted to continue communicating our values but with new, original and fresh ideas, so we contacted 4th Grade Students at Graphic Career in BAU, with whom we usually work.

The result has been successful: we have received 20 projects, which have been evaluated by a professional jury formed by Pepón Prades, creative publicist with over 30 years of experience and Founder and Creative Director of the Agency PTS; Jaume Balagué, creative director at Fhios, and Ignasi Uñó, CEO at Twentytú.

In the coming months we will show you the winning project, by Guillermo Bastos and Sònia Rico. The winners managed to reflect on their project the style that the jury was expecting, with an innovative idea and a strong personality. The project outcome will include a 20 seconds spot, a poster for public transport, the design of a newsletter and other marketing actions. The jury also decided to give a special mention to Pau Aguirremota and Laura Vall’s project, in the category of Guerrilla Action.

The players explained and defended their projects in front of jury at Design at BAU College during several sessions, all of them held in the school (at 22@ district of Barcelona). Last week, we celebrated an event at Twentytú where the names of the winners were released, as well as the evaluation for each project by the jury.

We want to thank all BAU students for their dedication and effort. Thank You!

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10 Interesting facts about Barcelona

22nd January, 2015 / / No Comments

There are many interesting facts about Barcelona you might not know. Today we have selected some of the thing that will surprise you most about our beloved city. Remember: this blog category is about the real Barcelona, not the touristic one! Here’s our list of fun facts about Barcelona:

  • Portal de l’Àngel, the main shopping street in Barcelona, is the most crowded street in Spain, with more than 3.000 pedestrians every hour. Read our post for more information on Shopping in Barcelona.
  • There are 12 abandoned underground stations in Barcelona. Some of them can be visited every now and then (in special events, such as scary nights). They have also been used as movie sets.
  • Barcelona’s harbour is the biggest and most important one in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • FC Barcelona’s Museum is the most visited museum in Catalonia, with more than 1.5 million visitors every year. That’s right, Barça is famous all around the world. Read our post on Barça city to learn more about football tradition in Barcelona.
  • La Rambla, the most touristic avenue in Barcelona, is actually 5 streets put together, with different names: Canaletes, Estudis, Sant Josep (also named Flowers rambla), Caputxins and Santa Mònica.
  • Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí (the man who designed Sagrada Família, Pedrera and many other famous buldings) died because a streetcar ran over him.
  • You can still see some remainders of Spain Civil War (1936-39) in many places all over Barcelona. For example, in Sant Felip Neri Square, the façade of the church is full of little holes caused by gunshots. Hundreds of people were killed there, including children that studied in Sant Felip Neri school, right next to that church.

Sant Felip Neri - Interesting facts about BarcelonaRemainders of the Civil War in Sant Felip Neri Square

  • The Lovers’ Day in Barcelona (and Catalonia) is not saint Valentine’s, but Sant Jordi (Saint George). Lovers give each other roses and books to celebrate their love. Read our post on Things to do in Barcelona in Sant Jordi for more information.
  • Barcelona was widely transformed around 1992 due to the Olympic Games. Many roads and infrastructures were built for the event and still remain. And a surprising fact about Barcelona beaches: they were not used for leisure until the late 80s! Before that, they were destined to industrial matters.
  • The singular design of Barcelona taxis (yellow and black) was standardised in 1934 in order to gather all taxi drivers under the same conditions.

Do you know any more fun facts about Barcelona? Tell us!

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The best vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona

15th January, 2015 / / No Comments

Vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona are becoming more and more popular, and especially among those who practice sustainable tourism and green lifestyle. Even if you are not a vegetarian, you might enjoy a healthy and tasty meal based on anything but meat and fish. Here’s a list of some of our favourite vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona.

  • Veggie Garden
    An oriental vegetarian restaurant located in the city centre, very close to MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art). It is hosted by an Indian family and it offers a wide variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan meals at really affordable prices.
  • L’Hortet
    This vegetarian restaurant opened in Barcelona 25 years ago and it is one of the most well-known in town. Based in the city centre, they offer creative dishes mixed with more traditional food. And good news: it is not expensive at all!
  • Teresa Carles
    This vegetarian restaurant has become really popular in Barcelona’s alternative and hipster sphere. Delicious food based on traditional ingredients but with really innovative recipes. And the restaurant is really carefully designed to make you feel at home.
  • Sopa
    Looking for a vegetarian restaurant near Twentytú? Just a few blocks away you have Sopa, where you can get a really good and affordable daily menu. Their most popular dish: vegetable soups! Any mix you can imagine (pumpkin with carrots and ginger, for example), and all of them delicious!
  • Carrot Café
    This one is not entirely vegetarian, but they do offer a vegetarian menu that is as delicious as it can be. And the best thing: if you are staying in Twentytú, just go next door! Carrot Café is one of the best places to eat in Barcelona, even if you are a vegetarian. And, if you like cakes, this is definitely your place: it is famous for its carrot or cheese cakes. Just have a look at this photo and start feeling hungry:

Cakes in Carrot Café

So this is it: keep it up with your sustainable tourism practices (or you healthy detox diet after Christmas) with these vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona!

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7 things to do in Barcelona in Winter… with kids!

5th January, 2015 / / No Comments

Christmas days are over, but Barcelona is still a magical city for kids. Today we give you some ideas to make the most of your stay in Barcelona this Winter. Bye bye boredom!

Comic books and more

In Barcelona there is a place where you will find all kinds of comic books, videogames, science fiction and fantasy products. That is The ‘Nerd’ Triangle, an area near Twentytú with the best shops in town. Kids will love it… and grown-ups too!

Museums with kids

They are warm and full of culture, but they can also be reaaaaally fun! In Barcelona there are some museums that kids will love, such as one all about chocolate, inventions or wax statues. Read our post on Museums for kids in Barcelona!

A walk in Park Güell

In Barcelona there’s a park with the most strange sculptures and shapes you can imagine, and great views of the city. There is even a dragon there that has already become an icon of the city. A Winter morning with kids in Park Güell is a great idea!

Tibidabo Theme Park

Looking for cool roller coasters and vintage fair rides? You place is Tibidabo Park, which also features great views of the city as it is on top of Collserola mountain.

Cycling around

What kid doesn’t enjoy a good, nice and easy bike ride? In Barcelona there are thousands of interesting cycle routes, such as these we told you about on our post Cycling in Barcelona. Our favourite for families is the route from Port Vell to Barceloneta: always by the sea, with a bike lane and really easy.

Under the sea in Aquàrium

Although some can be quite frightening, isn’t it cool to see sharks, exotic jellyfish and all kind of sea species… just one metre away? In Aquàrium you will get to see the most beautiful, frightening or surprising sea creatures you can imagine.

Finding treasures in the city: geocaching!

Why not go treasure hunting around the city with a mobile app? This is what geocaching is about: people hide treasures all around the world, also in Barcelona, and you have to find them following some clues. A really fun way to travel with kids!

Still want more? In our post Things to do for families in Barcelona we gave you some more ideas, a few months ago. So if you are coming to Barcelona with kids this Winter, there are plenty of things to do and enjoy the city!

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