Unless this is the first review of this hostel you've read, you probably already know that this is a party hostel. I was there on a Saturday night, but I got the impression that every night is the same - people will gather in the common room from about 10/11ish to whenever and just drink and talk. The night I was there, several ex-guests had also come along to join in the fun - this should give you an impression of the overall vibe of the place.
Base is a party hostel. Do not stay here if you need to sleep before the bar closes, or if you are a light sleeper. This is not the hostel for you! If your stay at Base is anything like my experience, you will find that it will be mostly British and Irish people. There were a lot of long termers there, and it seemed everyone more or less knew eachother already, so I found it difficult to get to know people. Most of the activities are based around the bar, so get used to spending money there.
The capsule rooms are good for privacy, but otherwise just book a normal room. The common room needs fixing - the carpet tiles made it look like there's been a blood orgy in there. Showers cost 100¥, but then so do the washers and dryers, so maybe that balances out. Curfew from 2:00 til 4:30. This hostel has potential to be great, but somehow just misses the mark. A little more effeort from the staff in cleaning and creating an atmosphere would go a long way
Cosy little hostel. A little bit odd that there are no locks on the doors, you kind of need to rely on reception to let you in after hours. When I arrived, my bed hadn't been cleared and the sheets I was given were still slightly damp. Having said all of that, there was a good vibe around the hostel, and I paid barely anything for my room. Catch the Havitas bus if coming from the airport, do not rely on the metro instructions, it takes far too long and costs almost as much as the direct bus.
The staff were amazing! Little bit frustrating trying to get the wifi to work in the rooms, although this meant everyone gathered in reception, which kind of helped the vibe, so I won't complain about that too much. Location not as central as I kind of expected, but still very close to the Metro. Very close to Barcelona stadium, and while I stayed there the Sants festival was on, which was only two streets away.
Olá Rui, Monica, and everyone else. Thank you so so much for making me feel so welcome and helping me to have so much fun in Porto. Feel free to let me know if you ever make it out to Australia, I am definitely planning on returning to Porto some time in the future. By the time I left, it felt like home, and I was sad to have to leave. Love you guys -Kieran
Really well run hostel, very good for solo travellers, the hostel almost forces people to meet eachother. Beds are quite good with privacy curtains and power sockets built in. Common area has a nice home lounge room feel about it. The guys that organise and run the activities are pretty cool and make a real effort to get everyone involved. I definitely plan on staying here again, and would be keen to check out the other Green Tortoise hostels on the west coast
Very convenient location, right near termini station. However, this means the hostel is in a noisy, somewhat run down area of rome. My bed was on the first floor of the hostel, and I found it quite difficult to sleep due to all the traffic noise. The staff at the hostel were very helpful and friendly, and there was generally quite a good vibe.