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Reviews: jfdemarini

Location USA, Gender Male, Age 25

  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Wake Up! Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia
8.9
13th Jun 2016

Only spent one night, but if I come back to Sydney, this is the place I'll be staying--excellent hostel.

View Property Reply

Hi there, One night at Wake Up is never enough so we look forward to seeing you back here in the future! Cheers Dev Penney - GM

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Blue Parrot Backpackers, Sydney, Australia
8.3
10th Jun 2016

Not a bad place to stay! The long termers can make the place feel a bit clique-y, but that's to be expected and not the hostel's fault. Location's good, staff are brilliant, and the prices aren't steep for Sydney.

View Property Reply

Thanks for your feedback we're so happy that you thought our staff are brilliant and we are good value for money. Yes, there are a handful of people who have been here for a few weeks but these guests arrived here like you, when they were travelling solo, and made friends quickly at the hostel so it may feel like they've been friends for a while! We are known for our social atmosphere here at the Blue Parrot so it's never long before our guests become friends :-) Enjoy your travels x Effie + Sasha

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Home at The Mansion, Melbourne, Australia
8.9
26th Feb 2016

Had a wonderful time here getting my bearings after landing in Australia. Great group of people, decent facilities and helpful staff made for a wonderful introduction to Melbourne.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Hostel Ka'beh Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
8.6
13th Oct 2015

The place was under construction when I stayed, so I think the noise etc. affected a few things, but once I got out of the second building (my room had no windows and got stiflingly hot, the shower was weak, and there wasn't a mirror anywhere in the second building) and into the main building, things got WAY better. Lovely hangout area, fun staff, excellent breakfast options, a convenient location...turned out to be a great experience! Thanks, guys :)

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
SUM Guest House Jeju Airport, Jeju Island, South Korea
7.7
4th May 2015

Really close to the bus station and the airport, which makes it easy to get around the island. Only spent a night, but it seemed like a cool place to hang out (there was a big party group in the main lobby on a Monday night--rad!)

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
SLOW CITI Hostel, Jeju Island, South Korea
8.3
3rd May 2015

Staff was super helpful and friendly, bed was comfy and the location was great--close to a bunch of restaurants and not too far from major sights.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Jeju Mir Guesthouse, Jeju Island, South Korea
6.6
30th Apr 2015

Our reservation was lost, and we only got to stay one of our three booked nights. The staff apologized profusely, which was appreciated, but other than that they didn't offer much (they wouldn't even have our bags sent to the next place we were booked, which took a sizable chunk of time from our busy schedule the next day). Other than that though, the place seemed nice enough, and the building was cool.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Frendz Resort Boracay, Boracay Island, Philippines
8.0
24th Feb 2015

Prime location between the beach and the main road, and good vibes in the common area (pool table, live shows, free pasta etc.). The food's quite delicious and the staff's quite nice, but I feel the shower's are spread a bit thin for the quantity of people, and they were also a bit grimy. Other than that, it's a nice place to stay, and the personal fans in the dorms keep it quite cool at night--would stay here again.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Yesinn @CAUSEWAY BAY, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
8.0
19th Feb 2015

The location is super convenient, and the common room is nice, but one (slightly broken) shower/bathroom to nine people in a dorm is kind of rough. Plus, my bed was on the floor, and therefore constantly damp. The rooftop garden is lovely, though, and a great place to hang out and catch the view.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Gili La Boheme, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
8.9
27th Jan 2015

This has to be the best place to stay on Gili T: phenomenal staff (thanks to Mikhele for playing tour guide), not one, not two, but three great common areas to hang out in, and some free 24-hour pancakes to top it all off. The dorms are air-conditioned, but I stayed in the fan-cooled private and the temperature was fine. The daily activities they have planned are fun, too--just fix up that guitar and everything will be perfect!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
In Da Lodge, Ubud, Indonesia
8.0
25th Jan 2015

The patio area is the big sell here: long, comfy couches, movie nights and a decent kitchen. The dorms, however, have no locks on the doors, and even with the ceiling fans on full-blast it gets hot--especially the top bunks. The bathrooms were a bit grungy, too, and there was only one bathroom per dorm room. For the price though, it's still probably the best place to stay in Ubud; the staff can set up so many excursions (try the cooking class!) and the lounge is a great place to meet people.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
M Hostel Seminyak, Seminyak, Indonesia
8.3
24th Jan 2015

The staff here was wonderful, and the patio was super relaxing--especially the pool! I wish I'd had more than a night to stay here, but if I come back to Bali, this is the place to stay in Seminyak.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Formosa 101, Taipei, Taiwan
8.6
5th Aug 2014

The location of this hostel is perfect: convenient transit access and close too all the fun nightlife. The lounge is a great place to hang out, and the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable. The only downside is that the bathrooms are outside, and that's a real drag in the Taipei summer. Otherwise, no complaints!

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
7.7
1st Aug 2014

While it is close to the train station, Shinagawa is kind of a quiet neighborhood. Shinjuku and Shinbuya are only a few metro stops away, but if you're spending a night on the town, that's a hefty taxi home (unless you stay out until the first metros). It is a great place to relax, though, and my single room provided a nice retreat. The cozy little lounge at the entrance is pleasant enough and good for meeting people, but I wish it was open later!

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Kyoto Hana Hostel, Kyoto, Japan
7.7
31st Jul 2014

I only spent one night, so the location relative to the train station made this hostel great for me. The staff was very helpful and polite, and the lounge was cozy. I'll probably stay here a second time (and for longer) if I ever visit Tokyo again.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
7.7
29th Jul 2014

The stay here was wonderful! Staff was very helpful, and when I walked in the door I was offered an unagi bowl for dinner. The rooftop patio has a lovely view and was a great place to hang out on a summer night. The proximity to the train station makes it a great place for passing through, but if you're staying longer, a more happening area may be better.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Danim Backpackers, Daegu, South Korea
7.4
26th Apr 2014

Only spent one night, but I'm sure I'll be back! Friendly, helpful staff and a nice little meeting room. All the cool bars/clubs/restaurants are within 20 minutes walk, too :)

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Kimchee Gangnam Guesthouse, Seoul, South Korea
8.0
1st Mar 2014

Great place to stay in Gangnam--just a few metro stops from the best places to party! The basement common room is a lovely place to hang out, too.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Busan Pobi Guesthouse, Busan, South Korea
9.1
21st Feb 2014

This place is in a great location with staff that knows the area very well. Having a hostel-cat helps, too! I just wish breakfast ran one hour longer! Looking forward to spending a couple of summer weekends here.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Bodega Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
9.7
27th Jan 2014

Best hostel I've stayed in while travelling Asia. The brothers make up a fantastic staff and try to make sure you have a great time, and the food is delicious and about the same price as the restaurants in the area! Make sure you get the Margarita Queen to make you a margarita to enjoy on the chill deck, too.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Five Stones Hostel, Singapore, Singapore
9.1
23rd Jan 2014

The staff here was excellent, and the hangout area was pretty cool, though when I was there, guests didn't seem all that sociable--a little disappointing. Breakfast was nice, too! Haven't had cheese on toast provided by a hostel in a long time. The most important part though is the location: no more than ten minutes walk from both Chinatown and Clarke Quay.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9.1
18th Jan 2014

Those buckets on the roof top, man...got me every time. Luckily the beds were comfy, and I liked the curtained-off idea--dark and quiet. Straighten out that pool table, and everything'll be perfect. Wish I'd caught a BBQ!

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Seoul I Guesthouse, Seoul, South Korea
9.4
28th Dec 2013

I only spent a night here, but I know that any time I need to stay in the Hongdae area, this is the place: good location, pleasant common area and nice staff. Only complaint is that the hot water/heat broke on our floor, so there was a long wait for the two remaining showers, but that's not really their fault.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Pocitos Hostel, Montevideo, Uruguay
9.1
13th Mar 2013

This place was the bomb. The friendly staff, the awesome hangout room and lovely yard made this a great location. It's a little ways away from the Old City, but the bars in the Pocitos area are great, as are the restaurants, and this hostel's location is prime. They even have a BBQ grill in the back yard, if you feel up for it.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Eco Pampa Hostel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
8.6
10th Mar 2013

What a nice place to stay! The Palermo area is very nice with all its restaurants and cafés. The staff are fantastic and know a lot about the city and are very welcoming. The kitchen is kind of small though, so if you plan on cooking a lot you may be disappointed.

View Property Reply

Hi! Thank you for the review! we hope to see you again! :)

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Hostel One Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
8.3
26th May 2012

This is a nice place to stay in Prague. It's a little bit far from Old Town, but a twenty-five minute stroll will get you to the central square. The staff is friendly and helpful and the beer cheap. The only real problem I had was when the hot water was broken for one of the days I was there, but it was fixed next day.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Hostel Blues, Bratislava, Slovakia
9.4
25th May 2012

A great hostel to stay in while visiting Bratislava. The staff is super cool and helpful (shoutout to Kristi and Ann) and the beer is cheap. The room's are nice and clean, everything works, and the tunes are solid.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Carpe Noctem Original, Budapest, Hungary
9.7
22nd May 2012

Easily the best hostel I've stayed in during my travels through Europe. The people that work there are all awesome and the events they plan are super fun, plus they know a ton about Budapest and are very helpful. The place is clean, the common room is a great place to relax and the kitchen is great. If I ever make it back to Budapest, this is where I'll be staying. - Joe D.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna, Vienna, Austria
8.3
20th May 2012

It's a pretty nice hostel; the courtyard is lovely. It is a bit of a ways from downtown Vienna, but it's right between downtown and the summer palace, so it depends what you want to see when you're visiting the city.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Passenger Ship Maria Alberta, Amsterdam, Netherlands
8.9
6th May 2012

This "boatell" is awesome. Lucas is such a cool guy and really made us feel welcome, plus breakfast was lovely. The rooms were small, but it was perfect for what my friends and I wanted: a cozy night in Amsterdam. If I'm ever looking for a B&B in Amsterdam, I'd definitely stay here again.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
7.1
29th Apr 2012

The rooms are nice and clean, but there's no real "common area" because it's part of the Belushi's bar/restaurant--they share a lobby. It's not a place designed for you to hang out and meet people because it's set up like a restaurant. The hostel's also pretty far from downtown Paris (and as my walking tour guide said, located in "stabbyville"), so you are completely dependent on the metros to get anywhere.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 4.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Wombats City Hostel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
9.7
20th Apr 2012

One of the best hostels I've stayed in since coming to Europe. The WomBar has a terrace with a great view of the city and really cheap drinks--especially at happy hour.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Ciak Hostel, Rome, Italy
6.3
10th Apr 2012

I happened to contract food poisoning while staying at Ciak, and the staff was very kind and helpful with me. However, the hostel itself isn't that great. The common area is tiny, the bathrooms smelled and were not very clean, and my top bunk bed broke while I was in it so I had to sleep on my mattress on the floor! Only stay here if you really have no other options, I suppose.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 4.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Vertigo Centre, Marseille, France
8.3
2nd Apr 2012

The indoor and outdoor common areas are both fantastic! It's just too bad they close at 11...

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Vertigo Vieux-Port, Marseille, France
8.0
1st Apr 2012

It's a cool place, but they close down the common area at about midnight. It's also a bit far from the city center, but the proximity to the sea and more laid back nature of the area is nice.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Budget Hotel Tourist Inn, Amsterdam, Netherlands
8.0
19th Mar 2012

No customer comment

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jfdemarini
  • USA, Male, 18-24
  • Globetrotter
Sleep in Heaven, Copenhagen, Denmark
7.7
17th Mar 2012

I think towels should be included with the room, instead of an extra 20 DKK.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness

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