As you can tell by the name, it’s more of a hotel than a hostel, so there’s no common area, just their (tasty) restaurant. But the A/C in the rooms, the super friendly bilingual staff (only place in Ecuador where they gave me a bus schedule brochure, so helpful), the closeness to all the tourist attractions, makes it a great place to stay in Guayaquil.
The most relaxing place on my trip, with the loveliest view. Nice set-up at the beach, small pool, viewing balcony, equipped kitchen. When the wifi’s working, it’s great. It’s not so fun to take a bus to town for groceries and laundry, but otherwise location is perfect. I enjoyed the barbecues we had and my dinners at La Leona down the beach. I didn’t need the mosquito net at night, and it’s much cooler without.
Great staff, good lunch, perfect location, decent wifi. The A/C in the room is great, too bad they don't have it in the cafe/common area.
Nice staff, great shower, wifi was ok. Setup of the building meant it could be a bit noisy at night when the tv was on. 20 minutes from the old town but right across the street from the best museum in town.
A higgledy-piggledy construction of a building, but charming. My private room had a mosquito net and one outlet, basic but all I needed. The 2nd-floor porch strung with hammocks was a great place to hang out and meet people, as was the patio down by the river. Nice, affordable breakfast (if you're going to the cascades, pocket one of the bread rolls as there's no food or water available for purchase at the park). Good wifi. Babylonia down the street had delicious trout--no dinner at the hostel.
Decent little room, wifi a bit in and out, ok shower. Easy to walk to La Mariscal, though best to take a cab back at night. They let me check in early, which was nice. Probably still a little pricy for what it is, but a solid choice if you're in Quito for a few nights.
Great staff, nice bar downstairs, pretty good common room, good wifi, lots of activities you can arrange through the hostel. Squeaky beds and the bathroom floors get dirty quickly, but otherwise all good.
Nice, quiet place to stay for a night. The wifi didn't work so great. I was moved to a hostel down the street; I think they don't do private rooms at the Emerald.
No bunks, common room and kitchen, and free dinner! They really do provide good, free dinner every night. Very friendly staff, really went to lengths to help me out on my transportation plans and my nights out. I hate to mention it, but the room I was in did have bedbugs while I was there. They responded immediately to clear them out, but I still got bedbugs that came with me to my next destination. So a lower cleanliness score for that, although everything was pretty spotless.
You get what you pay for: a laid-back party hostel. It was highly unfortunate that ants crawled all over me as soon as I sat down on the couch in the common room, but the bedroom was clean. Nice staff. Pretty good wifi.
Hardly flashpacking. The famous cleanliness never made it to the room I stayed in or (most disgustingly) the bathroom. There was no common space so it was hard to meet people. It was pretty noisy. Friendly staff, but the woman who checked me in didn't understand how the credit card machine or the in-room lockers worked. Bad wifi. Wouldn't recommend.
Pretty easy to find, nice terrace on the first floor. Good wifi and nice little kitchen. Some of the staff are nice & helpful, but one guy in particular offered no info and didn't even give me a map & orientation when I checked in. It advertises as being 24/7, but no one was there when I arrived at 8pm, and they all left early the next day too, even though people had questions about ongoing travel. My dorm room needed A/C.
Lovingly decorated hostel, friendly staff, plenty of common area space. Small lockers for valuables, provide your own key. Lots of advice on what to do in the area. The ride to Plitvice wasn't worth the price, I'd just take the bus next time. The hostel is near a grocery & the bus station, so that's good, but it's a little bit of a walk to the old town, which is fine on a nice day, but you might want a 40 kuna taxi back. Very social hostel, not a good place if you're looking for peace & quiet.
Having toilets down a flight of stairs from the bedroom is annoying. The wifi didn't seem to work in the common area, and there were about 2 plugs in the dorms (where the wifi did work), so computer time was tricky. Being right by the bus station is convenient for coming & going, but it does mean it's loud late at night and early morning. Nice staff, and I liked the Krka taxi ride arranged with them. If you go to Nostalgija, try the meat and potatoes "salad"--tasty!
Small, clean place, lovely staff. Tiniest kitchen I've ever seen and no common room to speak of (I think there's an off-location hangout spot, but staff never mentioned it). Still, crammed around the kitchen table, we got to know one another. Solid beds, weirdly placed ladders that made getting in the bottom bunk difficult. Large lockers. Right near everything in town. The directions aren't great--go down the small steps just before the palm tree, then left on the first road you see.
One of the top hostels I've been to during my nine months of traveling. Friendliest staff, nicest balcony view, cleanest digs, yummiest and most extensive breakfast. They have good wifi, comfy beds, and a good shower. Don't for a second let the location deter you--it's a short bus ride to the old town, buses run til midnight, and getting a taxi back with friends after a night out is cheap. Plus, on Lapad you're near the beaches and you get the views without the crowds.
Super friendly staff, great patio on the river walk, easy walk to town. Our twin room was cozy, but it was right over the bar so it was a little loud at night. The wifi only worked in the lounge and was dreadfully off and on. Solid continental breakfast.
- All Female Group, 25-30
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Clean, comfy, nice staff, good wifi, lots of little touches like photos of guests on the walls and shampoo in the showers. Large dorm beds with privacy curtains and a nightstand shelf & light. A couple buses will take you to the Gion neighborhood; otherwise it's a 10-minute walk to the train station and a bus or train from there. Two 24-hour convenience stores nearby.
The owners of this guesthouse are the sweetest people. I got a pickup from the train station and we always had friendly chats every time I went out. My room was cleaned well every day and the bed was comfortable. Close to everything in the old quarter. The wifi did cut out pretty frequently, though, and my laundry was returned slightly damp.
Pros: Nice rooms with bold decorations, an actual tub in the bathroom (the first one I've seen in 2 months of travel in SEA!). Decent wifi. Didn't use the pool, but it looked nice. Breakfast was simple eggs and toasted baguette, nicely prepared. Very friendly staff, especially the woman who checked me in, wish I could remember her name. Cons: There was a mix-up in extending my stay and I had to go across the street to their less-nice sister place. Also, my room had an ant problem.
Comfortable bed, small but cozy room, decent wifi in room. Included breakfast is tasty and filling (esp the pancakes). Staff is very helpful, even the brusque woman who works mornings (her English is the best of the whole staff). They even bought me a pizza for my birthday when I was laid up sick. Bit of a walk to the old town, and the restaurants in the immediate area aren't great.
The dorm beds aren't rock hard (a bonus in SEA) and the lockers are big enough to fit your whole pack if you'd like. The wifi works fine and the in-room lounge seems nice, not that many people used it while I was there. Unfortunately, the room is right on the street, and it is unbearably loud for a good portion of the night, so I found actual sleep difficult. But the staff is very friendly and it's right across the street from Lanterns, a tasty restaurant.
I stayed in a private room to ensure I got some sleep, but unfortunately the room faced the street, and it was super loud. Also, the door is entirely made of frosted glass, so anyone could peek in and see what my shadow was doing, and there was no curtain for the door so light flooded the room all night. Also, sometimes reception staff was overhwelmed by tour requests all at once, could use backup, poor girl. Otherwise, great place, good wifi, friendly staff, comfy bed, huge room, big balcony.
The friendliest family staff I've met on my seven months of traveling--and they have a sweet baby! Everything is clean and in good working order. Only thing is the wifi doesn't work on every floor; some extra routers might help with that. They show you on a calculator how they calculate all the charges when you book a tour with them, which is a nice touch of honesty. Perfect location on hotel alley, not too loud at night. Tours reasonably priced but very regimented itineraries.
Great common area, very friendly staff. The food at the bar is delicious, both Khmer and Western. Shared tuk tuk ride to Killing Fields & S-21 was reasonably priced. Easy to get my visa for Vietnam. Try to get female-only dorm if you can; those rooms are quieter than the mixed dorms directly over the bar. Frustrating things: 1) the A/C in our room was set to a good temp but never seemed to reach it, and it was way too hot at night. 2) No wifi in rooms, and spotty at best in the common area.
Clean private rooms. Dogs barked most of the night so it wasn't as quiet as it might've been. Food was good, and well priced esp. compared to Pub St. The power went out 3 times during my 1 week stay, but that's not something the hostel can control. Reception guy (not owner) didn't give me correct time for my bus out of time, so I almost missed it, and there was no apology. Tuk tuk drivers through the hostel are polite, have limited English.
A pretty decent little guesthouse, although it's hit or miss whether people will be up til 2:30 having a party on the deck or not, so your sleep may be affected by that. Lockers in the room are small but adequate. Sheets are bizarrely narrow; they don't cover the whole width of the bed. Wifi was spotty, despite there being two signals. Seems to be a good place to chill out. Near all the northeast city stuff. Price is right.
Beautifully decorated hostel, nice little toast n tea breakfast. The owner was super helpful in directing me various places when I arrived; some of the other staff I interacted with didn't have great English but they were very friendly regardless. It is right off the Skytrain (when you take exit 4, make a hard right and walk behind the stairs to find the soi), so that helps, but it's still quite far from the old town and all the attractions therein.
Not a quiet place just near Khaosan Rd; it is on a road just as loud, and it was impossible to sleep before 3am. On a Monday night. Hard to find at night. Photo is misleading, looks like it's on the corner of a street, but it's right in the middle, near the Green House sign. Toilets laughably small. Morning staff very sweet.
Loved the classic rock playing at the bar. Loved that the bar didn't get rowdy and keep me up. Comfortable room, good A/C, and they do provide bath towels. The owner arranged a discount on a tour for me, and the woman who checked me in directed me to the night market & was very friendly. The showerhead was a bit wonky so the toilet roll got soaked during my shower, and the halls echo when people come in at night, but otherwise, a great place to sleep, and in a very central location.
Most staff are really friendly, except for the woman whose English is best, which is too bad. The rooms are the size of train sleepers, and the walls don't go all the way to the top of the ceiling (to let the A/C from one machine in, rather than put A/C in all the rooms), so sound and light do come in til late. But the noise from the bar isn't too bad, the internet connection is strong, and the taxi guys out front are friendly. I wouldn't book tours here; got bad info on how long a bus took.
One of the staff was really friendly, the other was dour. Their excuse for charging $5 for one hour of internet is that the remote location of Te Anau makes it impossible to have it faster or cheaper, which is BS, since the library has it free, and the YHA has a great connection for $5 a day. The view from the balcony was great.
The staff really stand out at Chateau Franz. Super friendly and helpful, even when the whole world was drowning in rain. The hot tub/spa is the perfect way to finish up a day on the glacier. The beds were comfortable and the lounge was a good place to chat with people. Only suggestion I have is: more plugs! There was one in our bedroom and none in the lounge.
A bit rundown, and loud when people are getting up early to go hiking, but a good base for going up the glaciers.
Gorgeously decorated. Great kitchen. Each room had baskets to put your toiletries in. Plenty of plugs. Good outdoor seating as well as in. Instruments to play on. Lovely staff. One of the best hostels in New Zealand! (Only downside: tiny showers.)
A lovely place, I liked that they kept the original style when renovating to make it a hostel. The beds didn't have rails on the top bunks, though! Very scary, and kept me nervous a lot of the night.
Sure, it's a university hall most of the time, so it's not going to have all the usual amenities. But I did think it would have better internet connection. They say they have a kitchen, but what the mean is a microwave, sandwich press, and electric kettle, and someone had stolen all the dishes on my floor. One of the workers was friendly, another had no interest in helping me. They didn't have change for my payment in the morning, and still charged me a percentage to use a credit card!
Great free box, well-stocked herbs & spices in the kitchen, super clean space, friendly staff, free Internet, decent pressure in the showers. Love it here!
The dorm floors had fun murals on the walls, but the floor with private rooms was barren and falling apart. I booked a single specifically so I could get lots of sleep, but the thin walls ensured I heard everything from the rooms next to me. The bed was soft and thin, and the room was dirty. The lobby stinks of smoke and is full of shady older men. The whole feel was of a sketchy boarding house rather than a hostel for travelers.
Room got super hot but there was no fan, and all the windows had signs asking us not to open them. When we did anyway, we were treated to drunken carousing on the street below. Only one outlet in the entire room, and it was by one of the beds, so anyone who wanted to charge things had to put their stuff there. Only two toilets and one shower for all the women on the entire floor. The staff were very friendly, and the kitchen was massive, no problem getting food made during dinner rush.
En suite bathrooms are always a plus. The balcony and common area were great for socializing, and I appreciated that they both closed down by midnight so everyone had a fair shot at a good night's sleep. The only downside is the proximity of some bars that didn't have the same bedtime, but I don't think the hostel can do anything about that.
The hostel staff is obsessed with cleaning, which is a nice change from other hostels. This does mean vacuum cleaners at 8:30am, though. There's a TV lounge but people are more likely to congregate on the patio for a smoke, which is annoying if you're in one of the adjoining rooms, as the smell drifts in. Otherwise, people mainly keep to themselves, and it's not loud too late, so it's a great oasis after a day of sightseeing. The owners are very friendly as well.
This really is an oasis in the concrete block that is Cairns. Very clean rooms, friendly staff, chill guests. Not tons of partying, so it's the perfect place to go if you want a quiet refuge after busy activities all day.
This is an efficiently run hostel, and it's kept very clean, no mean feat in the desert. There wasn't much socializing going on, but the staff was mostly helpful and the bunk beds were very sturdy and pretty comfortable. It's also right downtown, unlike most other hostels in Alice. I'd stay here again.