A really fun idea, and pretty well executed. Just a bit expensive, of course, for what it is, but so is Stockholm.
For Podgorica, this is a "nice place," and a great option. The hostel is basically a converted apartment, and your stay may depend on which bed you get. The owner is relaxed, helpful, and interesting, and often will be hanging out on the terrace, talking and chilling with the guests. It's doesn't seem located quite in the center of the action, but it's just a short walk from most things, which is perhaps even better. I recommend it!
This is a nice place, run by some nice, interesting, and interested guys. Okay, it's a little bit cramped, and if you have a lot of luggage, the four flights of stairs may be a bit much. But for Podgorica, this could be one of the best setups in town. The balcony, the corn flakes, and the curtains on the beds are all particularly nice touches.
A lot of work has gone into making this a comfortable and convenient place to stay. It's not a party hostel, but the owner goes out of his way to make sure you settle in fine and get what and where you want. He's a genuinely interested and interesting guy, and if you manage to stay there, he's very worth spending time talking with.
Like many "hostels" in the region, this is more of a homestay. More specifically, you share an apartment with the other travelers, in the owners' lovely home up in the hills. The owners are very gracious, relaxed, and local, and make you feel comfortable immediately. The place is a bit of a hike from everything, though, so works best if avoiding the Dubrovnik craziness is what you want.
A decent and spacious facility, with some cool decorations, and a hospitable staff. The free tea and coffee is a nice touch, but don't get too excited about the stale toast.
Hostel Blues gets the most points, undoubtedly, for the terrific and gracious staff (at least those whom were on duty during my stay). It perhaps loses some points for security -- most notably, they allow anyone who asks for the key to the bag storage room to go inside and take their bag (or, presumably, someone else's bag) without oversight. Other than this, I think the hostel is generally secure, and it's in a convenient location, with better-than-average facilities -- overall a good value.
For such a large place, the maintenance and facilities are particularly impressive. There's definitely room for improvement in terms of suggestions and welcoming-ness. I felt the staff could have made a bit of an effort to help me plan my stay and make me feel welcome in Kiev. I don't have many hostels in Kiev to compare this one, however, so it may be relatively the best, but the general hospitality is something that's clearly a bit of a challenge for an operation this large.
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Lina's desire to make sure that I, and all her guests, got to see, and eat and drink, all the right things, was definitely what made Home Made Hostel a great stay for me.