Some of the comments on booking.com mention noise. Well, in the very heart of the historical part of town, in a historical building, in a culture that is lively till the night, sharing all that is good with friends, noise is a fact. But it is the noise of life, nothing offensive or inconsiderate. I had earplugs, as always when I travel and I slept like a rose. An added bonus: to listen to sounds of guitar and cello whafting through the open window, from the apartments oppposite. It warmed my heart.
The staff at the reception is very friendly, competent and reliable. The Hostal is located in the heart of the Old Town, in a charming neighbourhood filled to the brim with independent, creative, authentic, affordable, diverse and appealing little stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, too many to name in one breath. The proximity to the Cathedral and Picasso museum, the Chocolate museum and Placa Catalunya made walking and discovery a joy. Very safe ..... we spent 5 wonderful days here and will return !