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Reviews: msmayer8

Location USA, Gender Male, Age 25

  • msmayer8
  • USA, All Male Group, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
Second Home Suites, Istanbul, Turkey
10.0
2nd Apr 2016

I love the Sirkeci neighborhood. I used to live in Istanbul, and this is as good a location as any to stay when visiting the best city on two continents! Great restaurants, close to the old town (but not right in the throngs of tourists and overpriced shops), close to the tram to the "newer" Beyoglu area. Just great spot. the staff is awesome, too. Great rooftop area to lounge. And for anyone worried about Istanbul these days... It's safe! Go visit! You won't regret it!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 25-30
  • Avid Traveller
Cheers Downtown, Istanbul, Turkey
9.4
26th Mar 2016

Fantastic location, good security (magnetic front door lock, padlock lockers under bed). Very kind staff, too. Only minor concern is that the common area, while very nice, is not as conducive to social interaction as many "traditional" hostels. Great space though, worth every penny and, as a former resident of Istanbul, as good a location as you can expect, right between the main transit to Sultanahmet and a short walk uphill to Istiklal (main Istanbul street).

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
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    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Bus Hostel Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland
8.0
9th Sep 2015

Generally, a clean, efficient hostel, with an almost small-hostel feel. The common areas promote intermingling between groups, and the bathrooms, rooms, halls, kitchens, etc are very clean and bright. Felt pricey, but that could be industry standard in Iceland - things tended to be on the pricier side. My only concern, really, was the location, on the outskirts of town (though a very small town). It's not a tough walk into the city center, though. Overall, great spot, would stay again!

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, All Male Group, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
5.1
13th Feb 2015

This is a no-frills Capsule hotel, not a traditional hostel. Everything is an extra charge, you have public changing rooms with lockers, no private areas (and gender separated, which is a pro or con, depending on who you are). The Spa (onsen) was nice enough, but there was a chunk of feces on the floor in the bathroom there, for hours, one night. The beds themselves are clean, and the wifi (lobby only) is usually good. Location is fantastic. Traditional hostels, though, are cheaper and better...

    • 4.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 4.0Facilities
    • 4.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 4.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Khaosan Kyoto Theater, Kyoto, Japan
10.0
7th Feb 2015

I rarely give 100% ratings, but these guys deserve it. Professional, kind, courteous, helpful, cheerful... the staff are awesome. Packed, even in the winter, remember to book in advance! It's very clean, even the 14-person dorms feel like private rooms because of the 'capsule' design.. Right in the middle of everything, the center of Kyoto is both very Japanese and very International.. so you'll find whatever you're looking for! I fell in love with Kyoto on Day 1 and the hostel was part of that!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
9.1
2nd Feb 2015

Really fun hostel. Right on a metro line, though it's not the most central line out there... short walk to one tho! It was fully booked, even in winter, with a lot of travelers from all over, all of whom were a ton of fun. Beer in a vending machine in the main common area! Had zero issues with wifi.. We got in a little trouble for partying loudly until 4am and dancing on the tables but... that was kind of our fault! Really fun place, nice staff, and good connects to other cities' hostels.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Couple, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Rapunzel, Istanbul, Turkey
9.7
16th Oct 2013

Excellent and helpful staff. Furkan was great. Incredible location! In a city like this, especially if you like to party, 24 hour reception and free breakfast is key and Rapunzel has it. The rooms are very well sized and make for a comfortable stay. And the view from the roof is amazing! Don't wait til the last night to go up there like we did. Best hostel I've ever stayed in Istanbul, I think (out of 6).

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Couple, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
The Diplomat Inn, Niagara Falls, Canada
9.1
23rd May 2013

Clean room, clean beds, clean bathrooms. It's a no frills (and no breakfast) hotel with an excellent location. We walked to the falls in minutes and had a great time. The staff was friendly and helpful, and upgraded our room without request or extra cost. So don't expect the four seasons, but enjoy it for a clean bed in a lovely little tourist town.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Why not? Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
10.0
24th Oct 2012

The staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, fun, and helpful. The location is great. I was only there for two nights but I still feel like if I went back in a year, they would still remember me, still remember my visit. It's that kind of place. I had a great time!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Chili Hostel, Prague, Czech Republic
3.4
17th Jul 2012

Gotta list to fit this in within the limit: Two friends rooms infested with bedbugs, someone defecated in a shower, someone urinated in a room, my shower was clogged for 2 days, the kitchen is fly-infested, the staff is slow to help and unhelpful when they try, no lockers in my room, half the room/bathroom lightbulbs were out, wifi was terrible and only in lobby, provided computers were slow, everything besides a bed is an added cost, and I was over-charged for our beds, too. Only stayed 2 days.

    • 2.0Value For Money
    • 2.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 2.0Facilities
    • 4.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 2.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
8.9
16th Jul 2012

This place is a machine of a hostel. Huge building, tons of beds, very impersonal. But it's a very well-oiled machine, and tries to be as accommodating as possible. So if you're looking for a small, inclusive and friendly atmosphere, this isn't the place for you. But if you just want a clean bed, efficient service, 24 hour reception, and don't mind small fees for most extras, then this place will work.

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Hey Thank you for your rating and comment. We are sorry that you did not enjoyed your stay and hope that we can convince you the next time. Your M- Team :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
The Babushka Grand Hostel, Odessa, Ukraine
8.9
9th Jun 2012

The hostel is owned and operated by an American/Ukrainian couple, and they are so kind and helpful, it's a little ridiculous. Every night they're doing something new, and they invite all their guests to come with. It's a friendly, inclusive atmosphere that's going to be fun at all times. I highly recommend the Babushka experience. Not to mention the hostel itself is in a good location and is a fantastic ornate apartment with huge rooms, full kitchen, balconies, etc.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
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    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
9.7
6th Apr 2012

Why Not? was perhaps the most enjoyable hostel I've ever been at. The staff was friendly, kind, helpful, fun, and everything else you could ask for in a hostel staff. They provide a free breakfast every morning and cooked us dinner on more than one occasion. The beds are comfortable, new, and clean. Tbilisi is a small city, and the location puts you right in the middle, just a block from the main street. All in all, an amazing experience, and Why Not? was a big part of that.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Crowded House, Eceabat, Turkey
8.9
24th Mar 2012

No customer comment

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
Postoyalets Hostel, Minsk, Belarus
6.3
19th Jan 2012

There will always be a special place in my heart for Minsk. Postoyalets is one of the only hostels (if not, the only true hostel) in Minsk, and for that, good luck finding a place to stay that's cheaper. The staff at Postoyalets doesn't speak English, which shouldnt be out of the ordinary, as almost no one in Belarus speaks English. It's kind of an adventure. They're honest people, and didn't attempt to cheat us at all and, with the help of google translate, were very helpful in getting around.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 4.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 4.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
St Christopher's Berlin, Berlin, Germany
9.7
12th Jan 2012

For Berlin, perhaps the most important factor of location is being near the U-Bahn (metro) stop. St. Christopher's is literally 5m from the U-Bahn. It's glorious. Downstairs at Belushi's is a sports bar with wifi, drinks and bar food galore. It's very easy to find yourself staying in the hostel all night, because theres a party every night.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • msmayer8
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Avid Traveller
PangeaPeople Hostel & Hotel, Berlin, Germany
5.1
3rd Jan 2012

The hostel is far from the U-Bahn (metro), in an area without many (or any, really) restaurants, and the atmosphere is pretty cold. The common area is on the top floor, which does not induce a hostel-like friendly gathering feeling. We had booked for a week but left after a night for St. Christopher's only a few blocks away, and are very happy we switched to a more convenient and fun place.

    • 4.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 4.0Location
    • 4.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 2.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness

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