Interview to a member of the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés team

She is Iris van der Weide and she is Dutch. She has a Degree in Tourism, and has worked for 5 years as a receptionist at the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés in Barcelona. Declared as a lover of this city, who loves to travel and meet people from all over the world. That’s why she thinks she is in the right place, doing a job that she is passionate about!

We wanted her to tell us what exactly is the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés and discover his view on Barcelona.

Iris, recepcionista del Youth Hostel Pere tarrés

Iris van der Weide and a collegue at the reception of the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés

What is your daily work in the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés?

My job is to manage the check-in and check-out of the guests, but I also work as a “tourist guide”, providing information about the city and what you can do in it.

What is the best work in the Hostel?

I love to meet new people from other countries and cultures, and to inform them about the city and explain how special Barcelona is.

Which do you think is the difference between the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés and other hostels in Barcelona?

Our rooms are great, spacious and have their own bathroom. Furthermore, the area in which you will find the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés is very quiet, and has all the amenities. Nearby, curtomers can find the shopping center Illa Diagonal, with many shops, bars and restaurants; the hostel is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the metro, the L3, which allows guests of the hostel to reach all points of Barcelona. But above all, the good vibes out there at the hostel, makes you feel at home!

What is usually asked at the Hostel reception?

First, the hostel facilities, so they do a small tour, and then they ask for tourist information about the city and its surroundings. There are so many things to do in Barcelona who need advice.

Has any famous person stayed at the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés?

Yesss, I always explain it because it made me very excited! He was here with us the singer Antonio Orozco, who played guitar with some people who were staying in the hostel. It was about 7 years ago, but I still remember it was great!

Finally, let’s play at completing sentences:

Young people who travel to Barcelona can not miss to visit…

A part of the most important monuments of the city such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Gaudí, Park Guell, Montjuic, etc.. you must explore the old town and its special neighborhoods like Gracia. I always recommend them to spend a few days around and visit the mountain of Montserrat, the cities of Girona and Sitges  and the fantastic Costa Brava.

Iris Parc Güell

Iris enjoying Parc Güell

Barcelona is the perfect city for …

Enjoy at any time and place! Whether at the beach, in the mountains, its culture, its gastronomy

At a reception of a Youth Hostel it is essencial…

The joy, confidence and professionalism, of course.

If, as Iris says, you want to travel to Barcelona, ​​staying in a quiet hostel and feel yourself at home do not hesitate to visit the Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés!


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