Personally I had no expectations for Hipstel, frankly I only booked the place of a great price offer for New Years holidays, and found it SO pleasant in every way. Cleanest bathrooms I’ve ever seen in a hostel so far. Nice spacious dorms with high sealing. Quite inviting common area and helpful (at times adorable!) staff. It’s far from a party hostel, but staff has always some kind of a suggestion for a night out… which is nice, even though I never used it.
I’ll freely recommend it to anyone and even more, will definitely go back next time I’m in Barca.
Stayed January 2015, traveled with friends