do NOT stay at the ideal youth hostel in barcelona!
it was positivly the worst place i had ever stayed!
First, there were no lights in the hallway. Wich is ok at night, you expect it to be dark, but not at 1 in the afternoon. I was put in a room w/ something like 20 people and 2 of the 3 showers were broken!
the staff would give out room keys to anyone who asked for one, just had to make up a dumb excuse like, 'my friend is stayin in the pink room and i need to go in and see her, can i have the key?' and that's the girls room! (yes, i'm a guy).
they asked that everyone leave an id at the desk to make sure you return the room key when you check out. A lot of kids were leaving their passports or drivers liscence; all of these were kept on the main desk that was often left unattended, anyone could easily swipe them! they had a stack of about 50 liscences and passports of 'unclaimed' id's.
a friend of mine was mugged and lost all her money, phone, passport, everything and all the girl could say when she asked for a access to her room at 3:00am was, 'you have to pay for the old one first!'
anyway, i could go on for another paragraph atleast, but that should be enough
i heard kaboul was good though
enjoy your travels!