Hostal Prisamata shares a city block with the clubs on Balcarce, but you'd never know it from the relaxed atmosphere inside and the constant, more-or-less soothing strains of indie rock.
The hostel is probably a twenty-five-minute walk from the bus station, but there is safe parking on the street, and it's well worth the hike. Clubs are right nearby if you want to go out, and the grocery store and several plazas are within ten minutes' walking distance away. In short, it's a little quieter than the center, and perhaps safer, but has all the same amenities.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There is one large dorm (twelve beds), two smaller (six beds, one for women and one mixed), and some private rooms. The bedrooms are all pretty dark, because this row house has a large patio in the middle that has all the windows, and the bedrooms open onto this patio. It makes for good sleeping, but you may not want to hang out in the rooms during the day. It does look like the beds in the women's dorm might be more comfortable; the others are pretty standard for Argentina -- foam mattresses on creaky bunk beds. The three bathrooms and additional shower room are spacious and tastefully decorated in tiles and wood paneling reminiscent of a sauna, respectively.
The first common space is set back from the street, and the whole ceiling opens as a skylight when it's nice outside. There are three fabulous hammocks, a beanbag chair area, several benches, and some ficus trees -- it's delightful. In the back, outside, is a laundry area, separated from a courtyard with a little bar, some tables, and a folded up ping pong table. At night, the courtyards inside and outside are lit up by dim but colorful lights, and the music continues (never too loudly, though). The kitchen in between this courtyard and the indoor common space has the most massive table ever seen in a hostel, as well as a decent cooking area.
This is a very pleasant place to spend time in Salta! It's worth the walk from the bus station, which may be why it's not always packed. Breakfast is small for the price, but asados (BBQs) tend to be more reasonably priced here than at other hostels, and are well worth attending.