Reviews: dafhaine

Location: Wales, Gender: Male, Age: 23

Flying Pig Uptown

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hands down one of the most welcoming, friendly hostels I've ever stayed in. Slightly out of town, but close to the Leidseplein bar area, the gorgeous Vondelpark and the popular museums, and easily accessible by tram. Really cool, social little bar and smoking room, and the breakfast (8 - 11am) is well worth getting up for. Rooms and facilities are clean and well-looked after (although the toilets / showers are pretty small) and beds are comfy. Staff are so helpful and really make the difference!

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Thank you very much for your great review! We are really happy to read you enjoyed your stay! We hope to welcome you again some day! - The Flying Pig Uptown

Youth Hostel Van Gogh (Chab)

Brussels, Belgium

My friend and I stayed for a weekend and had a great time. On first impressions it looked a bit dated and tired, but turned out to be a very social, friendly hostel, and only a 10-minute walk from Gare Central. The free breakfast is decent, the small bar has an impressive selection of Belgian beers, and (for €5 - 7) they serve a delicious home-made meal each evening. Also has a pool table, book exchange, free wifi etc. Rooms are basic but beds were comfortable. Definitely decent value for money!


Ljubljana, Slovenia

We only stopped over here for one night, so can't really give a full review. It's a bit of an odd hostel in the sense its spread out over a few buildings along the street, but the staff were friendly and its not far from the train station (10 minutes) and city centre (5 minutes). Facilities seemed pretty basic and weren't the cleanest, but for a couple of nights or so seems like a good bet.

Ace of Spades Hostel

Bled, Slovenia

A reasonably new, compact hostel, in the same area as many of the others. Basically a small converted house, with the reception (slightly confusingly) in the house across the street. The owner / reception guy was helpful and friendly, and it was a short walk down to the lake / into the town. Shared bathrooms, a kitchen downstairs, and a small supermarket over the road. Clean and tidy, but only complaint - the walls / doors are thin, so take earplugs if you're not an easy sleeper!

Locomotive Light Hostel

Budapest, Hungary

A small, quirky hostel, right next to Keleti train station. We stayed for 4 nights and really enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommend for groups or those looking for a more lively hostel as it has a very small common area is about a 10-minute walk from the popular bars etc. The receptionist, Szilard, was very helpful and chatty, and there are plenty of shops etc nearby. Has a small kitchen and shared bathrooms. A great choice for couples or those looking for a bit more privacy.


A colourful and vibrant hostel, with helpful and friendly staff and plenty of facilities (they even have a guest shower for people like us who arrived early morning off night trains etc). Great buffet breakfast for about 3 euro, and a pretty cool basement bar. Not the most central location, but Vienna is enormous and its a short metro ride into the city centre. Supermarket nearby as well as restaurants etc. Clean dorms and plenty of common areas. A safe booking.

One World Hostel

Krakow, Poland

A pretty small and standard hostel, but for the price we paid and the location it was ideal. Staff were very friendly and its only a couple of minutes walk from the train station and from the Old Town, and price includes a basic but decent breakfast. Only downside is that because of the layout (a few dorms centred around a common area / lounge) it can be pretty noisy at night if people are drinking etc. Otherwise, great value for money in a beautiful city.

Sir Toby's Hostel

Prague, Czech Republic

A boutique-style hostel, with a very cool basement bar / common area and kitchen. Warm and friendly staff, and all the usual facilities. Pretty decent buffet breakfast for about £4, and a supermarket nearby. Only downside is its about a 10-minute tram ride north of the centre, but its easy enough to do and means the area is reasonably quiet and relaxed. Probably our favourite hostel we stayed in during a month in Europe!

Baxpax Kreuzberg Hostel

Berlin, Germany

Great hostel, very friendly atmosphere helped by an open-plan common area / bar and well located within the city (there is a U-Bahn stop literally outside). Kreuzberg is also a great district to stay in, plenty of bars, galleries and restaurants etc. All the usual facilities but a little short on showers...

KEX Hostel

Reykjavik, Iceland

probably one of the coolest hostels I've ever stayed in! great atmosphere and vibes, thanks to the large bar / common area that serves all kinds of food and drinks. this area is also open to locals, so there's always something happening (live music etc). the rooms were big enough and beds comfy, lockers available for a deposit. kooky decor and clean bathrooms, and sweet views over the harbour. only about a 10 minute walk from the main street for shopping / eating / bars. just a little pricey!


basic but sweet, dorms were only 15 soles a night and had plenty of room and electronic lockers. also decent showers, tv room & internet, in-house tour agency (probably does the best deals in town, only 40 soles for 2 hours dune-buggying and sand-boarding, amongst other tours) and good restaurant / bar (though a little more pricey). Christie the owner was very helpful and friendly, and bar staff also. Huacachina itself is very laid-back, a great place to chill for a few days...

Hostel Kokopelli

Lima, Peru

very decent hostel, nothing that fancy but has all the basics covered - good vibes, helpful staff, in-house tour agency, good security, rooftop bar (with many drink deals, sofas, free shots, THREE happy hours, foosball table etc), big enough dorms with well-sized lockers (with outlets inside), usually always hot showers and a couple of computers with decent internet (also wi-fi). free breakfast goes till midday and was very reasonable, and the location is unbeatable. would easily recommend!

Loki Backpackers La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia

well, this hostel´s reputation proceeds itself - if you´re looking for party times, its the place to be. if not, maybe go for somewhere quieter! facilties are amazing though - numerous, regularly cleaned bathrooms, hot showers, huge bar with many drink deals and party nights, pool table, chill area, tour company in the lobby, lockers with chargers in reception and lockers in rooms. beds are also very comfy. so - great hostel, but if you´re wanting good sleep maybe avoid...


this place is great value for money, we came from Uyuni / the Salt Tour and the hot showers could not have been better! its a big hostel based around a courtyard, facilities are good (comfy beds, free towels, wi-fi connection, hot showers and basic but free breakfast) though maybe cos it was down season but there wasnt much atmosphere... yet Antonio is very helpful and has good English, and the other staff are very chatty. ideal as a base / a couple of nights!

Hostal Rural

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

sweet little hostel just off the main street, very colourful with good vibes and all the usual facilities - internet, kitchen, washing availible and lockers in the rooms. staff were very helpful and chatty, and can organise many types of tours from the hostel. only thing is gets cold at night, but all you have to do is wrap up properly... overall great value for money, well recommended!

Hostal El Refugio

Pucon, Chile

its a sweet little hostel, kind of Alpine-lodge esque with stoves and fireplaces and the wood panelling etc. very warm & welcoming staff, great facilities, internet access if needed and probably some of the most comfy, generously sized beds I´ve ever encountered in a hostel! also great location, right opposite Pullman bus terminal and 1 block from JAC terminal. fair price and definitely worth the money, highly recommend.


have been to a fair few hostels in Europe and elsewhere, but this genuinely was the best one I've ever stayed in. great and easy location, well stocked kitchen and rooms, all the usual extras like free wi-fi and more and amazing staff. the whole way the common area is set out means its very easy to get on with and meet people, found it great as a solo traveller. small capacity means its not too crowded, gives a real laid back vibe. this rating is well and truly deserved!

AAE Portland Downtown

Portland, USA

Like other comments note, this is far more a low-key motel than a hostel. No common area and nowhere to hang out. I was only using for a one night stopover before flying the next day, I'd say you wouldn't want to spend more than a night or two unless you group book a room. Front desk was helpful though and good location.