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“Great Hostel with tiny weaknesses” 4 of 5 stars
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The Hipstel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Valencia 266 | Carrer de Valencia, 08007 Barcelona, Spain (Eixample)   |  
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Ranked #163 of 669 Specialty lodging in Barcelona
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“Great Hostel with tiny weaknesses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in the hostel. The location is awesome right in the city center. The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially the guy from Buenos Aires and the Spanish guy!

The rooms haven an modern touch and were very very clean, no complaints! Furthermore the room was very big :-)

Some little weaknesses existed:
We booked a double room with private bathroom. Unfortunately the bathroom was not directly accessible via our room but via the (video controlled) hallway. We were the only onces with the key, but it was a little bit stressful though.

Another issue was the noise, we stayed close to the kitchen and every morning we heard the dishes rattle since the staff was preparing it. But its a hostel, thus no problem. If you look for a quiet room just make sure that are not close to the kitchen.

Anyways, I warmly recommend this hostel! Its clean, modern and has an awesome location. But, dear hipstel team, if you read this: replace your doorbell with a light signal or something like that. All guests have to use this doorbell at night, so the guests that are already in the hostel hear it and wake up (what could be hard with a hangover). And its really loud!

But all in all, thanks for the wonderful stay

Room Tip: The rooms near the kitchen are not quiet!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I was looking for a great value place that was clean and nice, central and where i could potentially meet other travellers, looking to do the local Barcelona thing. My expectations were exceeded, not only was my room and the building really nice and so central, but without the experience of chatting to staff and other travellers, my stay in Barcelona would have been just ok. Instead, it was awesome - great day time tourist destinations, cafes, food, nightlife and pubs! will be staying there again when I visit in the summertime!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

The hostel is stunning. Spotless and cool decor but completely lacking in social spaces with a strict curfew of silence and locked social areas. Fine if you're after peace and quiet but frustrating for when you just aren't ready for the night to end and want somewhere to chat.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I just loved the place.
From the first second i arrived i knew i will enjoy my stay.
The staff was very helpful and friendly. they also had some great recommendations for things to do in barcelona.
My room was clean.
The wifi was free.
...and the music played was great.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

absolutely loved the hipstel! really nice staff that know how to make you feel welcome and not just another guest..
also loved the style of the place-from the furniture to the backround music that made me think im in NY.
defenitly a place i would recommend friends! great value for money!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I would recommend this hostel to anyone backpacking to Barcelona. Friendly, helpful staff and clean rooms and showers. There's a comfortable common room (with free internet) for chilling out and a big kitchen if you feel like cooking.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I absolutely loved the Hipstel and will go back whenever I travel to Barcelona. They have incredibly nice staff, everything is very clean, a great location (walking distance to Passeig de Gracias and Plaza Cataluna, and wonderful prices! I wouldn't have changed anything about my experience and am so glad that I chose to stay there (based on two other glowing reviews from friends).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Hipstel

Address: Valencia 266 | Carrer de Valencia, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Location: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #163 of 669 Specialty lodging in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hipstel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you planning your trip to Barcelona and want to explore a different way of staying? Join the Hipstel-Family!The Hipstel is more than just a hostel - It is a home away from home.Located in the city´s most emblematic area, the hostel provides you the perfect base for sight-seeing along the day and partying all night long! Our friendly staff will be more than happy to offer you a good insight into this magical city When will you join?A quick overview of what we offer you:• Breakfast service included (extra charge)• Free coffee• 24/7 reception• Free Wi-FI• Amazing dinners!• Private and shared rooms• Bedlinen included• Towels for rent 2€• Free walking tours• Free city maps• Free activities• Free lugagge room• Common rooms• Big exterior terrace• Board gamesThe Hipstel offers private rooms as well as various sized dorms for affordable prices. Depending on your personal needs, you can either book a private room for you and your company or you just check in to a dorm to get in touch with loads of interesting peole from different countries all around the globe. The rooms are spacious, bright as well as secure . This will ensure, that your stay is going to be 100% comfortable. All our rooms are with shared bathroom. You will find air conditioner, big lockers in dorms, keycard access, bedlinen and blankets included in the rate, towels for rent at reception. Our staff will take care of every detail and your room and common areas will be perfectly clean and tidy. Location InformationThe Hipstel C\ de València 266, Barcelona 08007Due to its location next to the the city center, pretty much every hot spot in Barcelona can be reached by feet. But no worries - if you prefer to go by Metro, there is one stop directly across the corner of the Hostel. Within a few minutes you can reach Barceloneta metro station, where you can find the most popular beaches, or Park Güell, one of the hot spots in the city.Also, our location allows you to come and get to main airport and stations easily and cheap. There are bus stops as well as train stations closeby.In a nutshell, we are really proud to say that our location is pretty much unbeatable – can’t believe it? Just check it out on a map! ... more   less 
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