I am wondering if there are too many red flags on this hostal or if I am just being paranoid. La Casa de Marcelo is currently number 9 on the BB list for hotels. However all the reviews are from people who have just joined TA except for one persons. I know the Hostal just opened in April so I am not suprised the reviews themselves are recent - my concern is that all the reviewers have just joined TA.
When I contacted the owner about possibly staying he told me he takes a wire transfer for 50% of the cost up front. Is this common practice in Barcelona?
I feel like I am just being paranoid, but I thought I'd check. Would you stay there?