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Hostelz.com's Review
Hip Karma Hostel defines the newer generation of sleek, upscale hostels for budget prices. The hostel is spotless, offering travelers quite a bit of privacy for large dorm accommodations. The 11 p.m. lights-off and no-alcohol policy makes it the perfect place for those who are tired of loud party hostels.

The Location

The hostel has a great location; it's a block from the closest metro (one stop away from Catalunya). It's about a fifteen-minute walk to Pl. Catalunya and La Rambla and is situated in a relatively quiet but still accessible area. There is a grocery store down the block and an ATM two blocks away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are six-, eight-, and twelve-bed dorm options; all beds have a private reading light and privacy curtains. Under-the-bed lockers are quite spacious and each one has a power strip inside (perfect for charging electronics while you are away). The twelve-bed dorm has a balcony area with a couple chairs and tables that is wonderful to sit in during the day. At night, this area can be sealed off with movable doors.

The bathrooms are spotless and spacious. There are separate male and female bathrooms, with multiple showers and toilets as well as a private toilet. The showers are luxurious and there are hooks for towels and clothes.

Common Spaces

There is no common room in the hostel. Instead, there is an internet terminal in the foyer with four computers and two tables in the kitchen. There is luggage storage available, but it's on the balcony and could be more secure. Watch out if it's a rainy day!

The kitchen is spotless and there is a communal cupboard where goodies can sometimes be found. Dishes are done by the cleaning staff. There is no curfew, but the 11 p.m. lights-out policy and no-alcohol policy may be bothersome for those who are looking for a party hostel. The twenty-four-hour reception makes it easy to stay out and come back to a place where a good night's sleep is guaranteed. Even with the strict rules, the hostel has a good atmosphere and it is easy to meet fellow travelers.

Summary

Hip Karma Hostel is an excellent option for those looking for a place to stay in Barcelona. The location is central, the facilities are wonderful, and the setup in the rooms makes it easy to have privacy even in a twelve-bed dorm. The hostel can seem a bit stuffy for those who are looking for a more traditional hostel experience. The staff do their job, but do not go out of their way to offer suggestions or make you feel at home. If you're looking for a comfortable place to stay, this is it, but you may have to go out of your way to feel at home.

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April 2011

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How is Hip Karma Hostel rated on other websites?
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Hostelworld  
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Hostels.com  
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HostelBookers  
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HostelsClub  
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Priceline  
83%
Average  
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