Slap bang in the middle of the Fort area, but it's the owners that make this a great place to stay. Friendly and attentive; almost too much so if you are a slightly hermetic traveller like me. I had the top room - steep steps - but it's beautiful. The Fort can be stuffy, but up there you can get the wind if you open all the windows. Or AC at night, of course, which is why you're paying all this money. It's great to walk the Fort walls at night. Difficult to get a beer inside those walls, mind.
Friendly owner, general chilled feeling about the place, as billed. Could do with more loos, and less soggy shower mats. Parnell is nice enough, though beware of temptation if your budget is tight. There's some ace eats. Non Solo Pizza is one, though La Porchetta (chain) is half the price and pretty good. Watch out for the cruise ship passengers, occasionally released at the top of Parnell to trickle down, buying useless trinkets, to be picked up at the bottom. They are all numbered. Funny.
Not, apparently, the kind of place where you try to talk to other guests. But, staff were friendly and helpful. Do more research than me and come from the right end of the street. Boon Keng metro station is just around the corner, but you'll have to go into the city, change, and come out if you are coming from the airport. Just don't walk the length of Lavender St like me.
Decent bikes for hire for free, and a spa pool. Dorms spacious, each bed has its own light. No lockers. Not much to do in Coromandel without a car if it's raining.
A big converted house, Pentlands is awesome if you a quieter stay. 20+ minutes walk into town up the hill and down Queen Street. Public swimming pool round the corner, $5 adult. Countdown five minutes walk away. Big TV room.
Beautiful lodge on beautiful Waiheke Island. Sometimes felt like there was more staff than guests, like we were an imposition. Wash your dishes immediately or the owner will shout at you. Bikes for free, but they're pretty knackered - rusty chains and poor brakes.
One of the staff was surly, bitching to me about backpackers. (I am, of course, a backpacker.) Kitchen shuts at 9pm; too early. Short walk to town, but there are nicer hostels further away. Free $5 wi-fi voucher a day. Rooms and public rooms lack character.
Owner very friendly. Bikes and kayaks for hire. Laundry only available in afternoons, but you could go to Base over the road. Washing line. Big, well laid-out kitchen. Paihia is a beautiful town -well worth getting the ferry over to Russel too.
A far stomp/bus ride from the CBD, but Ponsonby itself is actually nicer anyway - bars, cafes, shops. Hostel is pretty cool, though quite a few long-termers. Would stay there again, if I could get a booking!
The best of the Nadi bunch, I reckon. Staff are super-friendly, if laid back in that Islander way. Excellent food, free breakfast, pool just big enough for swimming. Otherwise: Bamboo is 'cooler', Traveller's resort has cheaper menu, Smuggler's Cove is too big, pricey and full of bare-chested twits.
Great place. Staff super friendly, live on-site but are happy to mix it up with the backpackers. Cheap food on offer some nights, or booze. A hop and a skip from the main shopping street and beach. Motorbike hire place next door does discounts for Seaside guests.
Fun times hostel, a bus ride from town. Friendly staff, even while struggling to deal with a huge influx of backpackers! Cockroaches in the kitchen, but nowhere else that I saw. Cheap food nights and breakfast. Cheap vending machine: Coke cheaper than nearby stores.
I found this place a bit creepy and dingy, though its in Little Italy, which is a good location. Some weird dudes hanging around. Beds knackered and mattresses ripped. Ocean Beach was much nicer, more fun.
Wow, fun times at Ocean Beach. Near the beach, lots of drinking games. Laundry room was free when I was there, too.
Converted hotel rooms, so not a great deal of atmosphere, though beds etc all new. Convenient for downtown, but there's a few dodgy streets nearby - ask the staff before you go wandering at night. Couldn't get near the breakfast!
No frills, but a decent enough hostel to stay in whilst in LA. 'Location' is tricky - LA is massive! You could almost swap hostels to vissit different parts: Santa Monica, Hollywood, Downtown, etc.
Super-cool hostel in central Seattle. Free pasta night the day I was there. Staff very helpful.
Slap-bang in downtown Vancouver, and right above a bar, this isn't a hostel for shy, retiring types. The room (six bed) was a bit poky, and the first-floor kitchen was a little small for the number of guests, plus the ongoing renovation of the bar toilets somewhat affects security as bar patrons are coming upstairs. (There's a keycard door, but with a constant flow of guests going in and out, someone could easily get through it.) But the rooms all lock.
Different, in that it is slightly out of town and seems to have a significant number of long-term residents. So although the staff were perfectly welcoming, there wasn't the same sense of meeting other people. However, it has an excellent outside terrace, the bar and coffee shop downstairs are good, the free waffle breakfast is excellent, and there's a 7/11 right across the road - although the little convenience shop to the right of the 7/11 is way cheaper for fizzy drinks.
Amazing. Enthusiastic staff, 2 for $6 beers, great free breakfast; even a free dinner and live music one night of the week. Each bunk has its own storage basket, power sockets and light - attention to detail. I swapped here from the HI hostel, and the Central is far, far superior in my opinion.