A paradigm of effective Hostel management. While the internet wasn't extremely fast it was reliable, which is a real networking feat for hostels with dozens of devices connected at once - I've only ever been to a few hostels which have managed this. They also really helped me out with something I needed to mail to the hostel. Very comfortable beds, too. Only real downside was that like all of London it wasn't very good value for money.
A decent hostel with a nice pool. Beds weren't very comfortable, mostly because all of the sheets were far too small for the beds. Quite a silly problem to have. Also they put me in a 6 bed dorm after I booked a 4 bed room. They also didn't have enough keys for the number of people staying in the rooms, which again is a silly problem to have, as copying a key costs like $2.
An outstandingly good hostel. The internet was indeed very fast - consistently 18Mbps. Staff were extremely helpful and beds were very comfortable. Lighting could've been a bit better in the downstairs dorm room, but not a huge issue. Breakfast was good, although I felt sorry for the girls working there as I found out they stayed up all night to prepare breakfast from 4-5am. I certainly wouldn't have had an issue with serving the food for myself!
A decent hostel. Has a decent bar at the top, but it was pretty expensive. The bathroom wasn't very nice - water on the floor and toilets hadn't been properly cleaned in a long time. Internet didn't work very well - I was unable to make any calls off it even at 2am. I was disappointed when the owner offered me a free drink in exchange for leaving a highly favourable review - I refused and told him I'd just be honest. Perhaps other favourable reviews for this hostel aren't genuine.
Atrocious - one of the worst hostels I've ever stayed at. No facilities, common area was outside next to a major road, the main lady working there was rude and unhelpful, bathroom was filthy, internet hardly worked at all, and when I tried to shorten my stay with over 48 hours notice the lady completely refused a refund (as they demanded payment on arrival). My friend stayed at a place over in Fira which was way, way better, I think it was called Fira Backpackers - stay over there instead.
A suitable place to stay if you simply need a place to sleep for a night or two, but overall a bad hostel. Internet worked poorly, toilets were broken (think broken seats duct taped together) and we had to rent a remote for the air conditioner for 4 euro / night, which was pretty ridiculous. Some guests in another room were clever enough to download the remote driver to use via their phone - try that. AC should come standard.
A good hostel with good staff who genuinely cared about everyone's wellbeing. The hostel runs a tour, which was pretty good, although a little pricey and Miran had a tendency to get a little carried away with his strong feelings about the horrible things that happened in the war (although if I had been through what he and his family have I probably would've too). The internet also worked poorly, but I wouldn't expect much better internet for other hostels in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
A decent hostel. Helpful staff. Not a very social atmosphere though.
A decent hostel, nice courtyard area. Internet didn't work very well. Staff were good and very helpful, and this young girl went to great efforts to give me advice on how I could get a bus somewhere to get to my next destination - unfortunately the advice turned out to be incorrect and turned out disastrously for me in delaying me for 3 hours.But at least they tried their best. Overall a good place to stay.
A decent hostel that was good value for money. It's a small hostel with a maximum capacity of around a dozen, so the atmosphere was somewhat limited, although the hostel itself was cozy and conducive to people meeting.
Would be ideal for a good night's sleep but the rooms had no blinds, so sunrise in summer woke everyone up early. The internet also worked poorly. Otherwise this place is like a nice hotel - atmosphere is completely dead. One of the staff members was outstandingly helpful - can't remember his full name but it ended with a -ian. He was a local short haired blonde / light brown guy in his mid 20s who seriously helped me out and did a superb job of explaining everything.
Good bar, excellent staff, but the wifi / internet worked very poorly.. Dropouts were very frequent and at times the internet was completely unusable.
Decent hostel, absolutely LOVED the Christmas eve dinner they put on for free. Great staff who genuinely cared for our well-being. The beds were extremely hard, and the building quality was nothing special. Overall a good place to stay. Excellent value for money.
The rooms had good facilities but were hindered by design flaws - the room lights were placed directly above (within 50cm) upper bunk beds, guaranteeing to wake everyone whenever someone turns on the room light. The sleeping area dividing curtains were a nice touch but in practice they did very little to block the light from other areas at nighttime. Overall a decent hostel.
A really nice and luxurious place, however, this was not a hostel. It's also pretty far away from Chiang Mai, and it was quite difficult to get to and from the main part of the city. The man managing it, Smiley, really is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Incredibly helpful, welcoming and hospitable. If you just want to spend a few days in luxury by yourself or whoever you're travelling with, though, look no further.
A fairly good hostel. Staff were very eager to help, and everything was clean and comfortable. The common room was a little cramped though. Would've been nice if it were a little more social.
An outstandingly good hostel. Everything was fantastic, and the swimming pool was a huge bonus. Perhaps it could've benefited from a little more furniture and a few more inflatable toys to play with (that was, honestly, the biggest problem). Really good food as well. Very friendly, honest, hard working people.
A high quality hostel in a reasonably good location (near department stores but not Khaosan Rd). Extremely clean, good air conditioning. Easily the best of the three hostels in BKK I've stayed in. The common room / eating area was great but the space was restricted by communal computers. If these were moved somewhere else (they had space) the hostel could've had an awesome bar there in the evenings.
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A good hostel with staff who genuinely cared for everyone's wellbeing. Outstanding room quality. Meeting others was somewhat hindered by having the rooms to be on various floors of the building, which is understandable given HK's outrageous rental prices. Although it shouldn't be expected, it would've been nice if they could've excused me for having to pay for another night as first thing in the morning I had to cancel the last night, and they very likely would've sold the bed anyway.
A mediocre hostel that was poor value for money. It was difficult to meet other travellers as the common room was cramped and of a poor quality, and the majority of the guests were Chinese people waiting on a visa. After a few days I moved to Check Inn Hostel (right up the road), which was far better...
Overall a decent hostel. With no air conditioning it wasn't very comfortable on a hot and humid night. Was also quite disappointing to have to pay €3.80 for an average breakfast. Internet only worked in lobby too, which at night was far too loud to talk to anyone on the computer. Had a decent bar but it was packed with people from a Contiki tour.
This hostel is incredibly comfortable, luxurious, and has every facility you could ever want. The room was like a high class hotel room. It was extremely cheap, too. However, the place was completely dead. I was literally the only person in the hostel on the night I stayed, so it was very quiet and lonesome. It's also not in a fantastic area, with a decent 20 minute walk into the main part of town. Still, if you only want to stay in great comfort for 15 euro or so look no further.
Wasn't put into the prison style rooms, which was the selling point of this hostel for me. Quite disappointing. The bathroom worked poorly - there was no shower head. No internet in the rooms either. Uncomfortable bed with torn sheets. Nice garden and hammocks though.
A poor quality hostel. There was no kind of social atmosphere and the place was completely dead. I'm no travelling princess but the men's showers were completely disgusting - they were so bad I didn't shower because afterwards I would've been dirtier. The rooms were extremely hot with no air conditioning, and I got very little sleep lying in a pool of sweat. The only redeeming feature about it was great internet.
A nice hostel, a little out of the way but not too far. It's a pleasant 15 minute walk to the city centre. The internet worked poorly and while complimentary the breakfast was mediocre at best (e.g. stale bread). The downstairs common room was ruined for me as it was a smoking area and subsequently smelled horrible. Excellent staff; the girls were especially eager to help and be of any assistance. Overall quite good.
A very nice hostel. Comfortable, clean, and cheap. Very fast internet. Only minor complaints was that there was no area to socialise with other travellers, and that we had to wait 30 minutes to check in because the desk was too busy (however, this was on a Saturday morning, by far the busiest time of the week for them, when everyone gets on / gets off boats).
Very average. The electronic keys to the doors barely worked, there was no internet in the rooms, and the place was infested with stereotypical bigoted, obnoxious and "partying" Americans. While it didn't really bother me, it wasn't very clean either. Great location though, and staff did all they could to help. Like all of Italy it was poor value for money.
Yes! Porto Hostel was absolutely amazing. By far the best Hostel I've stayed in out of dozens this trip. Extremely cheap, fun, clean, comfortable, spacious, friendly atmosphere, helpful staff, lightning fast internet, great bathrooms. Can't recommend it highly enough. It was simply amazing in comparison to everywhere else I've stayed. If you're looking for a hostel that raises the bell curve of rating hostels this is it.
A fantastic hostel in an amazing place. Comfortable rooms with beautiful spacious balconies, highly social atmosphere, fast internet, and terrific value for money. Staff were brilliant and very eager to help. This place is so good I'm thinking of rearranging my trip to come back here again in a few weeks.
Overall a good hostel. Very secure, clean, and had comfortable beds. Downsides were no internet above the first floor or so, and not being allowed to bring drinks or food up to the nice but overpriced bar on the roof. Consequently very few people staying in the hostel actually used the bar, and this made it more difficult to socialise with travellers alike. The staff were great, especially those running the tours (Michael was a champ).
A fledgling but nice hostel with excellent owners / managers that genuinely cared for everyone's wellbeing. Staying during the week in off-peak season with very few people, X-hostel wasn't able to deliver the "party" atmosphere it marketed, but that's not the hostel's fault. Breakfast was adequate but nothing special, and internet worked only sporadically from the 3rd floor and higher. Would be well worth the money and terrific fun come summertime.
I had a fantastic stay thanks to the excellent service of your staff, particularly Matias. I would thoroughly recommend this hostel to anyone.
Paid an absolute fortune for mediocrity. Among other things the internet was completely useless, there were no basic kitchen utensils, and the whole place felt uncomfortable. There's no way this hostel deserves such prestigious awards. Because of no availability on the 2nd night I went to Sant Jordi Gracia which was FAR better and far cheaper. Despite already paying nearly twice SJ Gracia's amount I managed to get my booking changed to SJ Gracia, which was a far more enjoyable experience.
Personally I thought it would've been nice to have a friendlier atmosphere in the common rooms. Although this comes at the trade off of creating more noise and annoyance for those wanting peace and quiet, the hostel felt more like a hotel to me. Also, while the service was much appreciated, I think that a minimum of 7 euros to get your clothes washed is a little expensive. It would've been nice to get my clothes washed at a cheaper price. All in all, a fantastic stay though.
Ostello Bello was fantastic. Very friendly people and the staff were great. The unexpected welcome beer after a 30 hour trip was especially appreciated. My only very minor complaint were the many local Italians who frequent the bar at lunch and dinnertimes. Very few of them were open to talking to foreigners and some of them were outright rude. However, this of course isn't the fault of the hostel. All in all most people were very friendly and it was easy to make great friends quickly.