A new centrally located TV lounge with USB chargers makes for a nice upgrade. The information desk will also be on the 2nd floor, a great place to get the scoop on walking tours.
Target and Neighborhood Wal-Mart neighborhood market nearby. Close to attractions and transit. Good kitchen facilities. Several urban university and colleges nearby. Good interpretive tours and tourist support. No alcohol on premises, which solves under 21 age liability.
Only people under 30 are accepted here, so I had to cancel out. My review is based on my impressions of the Lobby and mgmt when I arrived early to check on the cancellation policy.
You should be aware of a $5 additional charge per day to cover things like the refrig/micro that come with the room. This seems to be common practice with motels near resorts ala Disney. Rather than a dorm, I effectively got a motel room. The people are nice enough, but dropped the ball on my reservation such that we argued on the amount due on checking (I ponied up an additional $20) and they wanted me to pay $10 for not checking out by 10:30 after 7 days when I'd payed for 8.
This is a pretty freindly place. You'll probably appreciate your stay here
The kitchen lacks a stove/cook top so you're limited to a microwave or convection oven. The Wifi works in the lobby but you probably won't have much luck in the rooms. There's a nice hot food bar and grocery at 6th and Meridan, a few blocks away. And don't miss the South Pointe Park at the end of Washington, just a few blocks south.
Very nice place to stay. TV in room wasn't working right. Kitchenette gives you a microwave and fridge right in your dorm, messing the burden on the common kitchen which is tiny. Nice to have enough fridge space. Good location and everything in south Miami beach within an easy walk.
This hostel is Blocks from a Super Target, Walmart and across the street from a Publix. The bus stop is within a block either direction and the Lynx system fairly easy to master. They have a pretty good great room so you don't need to hole up in your room unless you want to. The mosquitoes are a bit of a problem being outdoors without protection, probably due to the number of small lakes in the area. Motels abound and weekly rates are reasonable- probably the best location for Disney et al.
You can't beat this location for exploring the history of one of the oldest cities in the US. Plenty of nightlife and a college with an arts program which includes community theater. This hostel is right in the midst of the historic district with pretty much everything within walking distance.
Probably one of the Better Hostels I've seen with Kroger a major grocery just blocks away.
This hostel is just 5 blocks or so from Downtown. While restaurants are a bit sparse, don't overlook the tunnels interconnecting the buildings of downtown which host some options for food and latte's. A search for Wendy's turned up a number of options and a way to travel out of the weather and wind via these tunnels. The transit system (Get a QCard if you can) can get you to most of the attractions and cab fare is usually 10 or 20 dollars to even the southern end Museum District.
This is a good hostel but I'm told they are shutting down. There is a sports bar down on the corner of Lakeshore with great options for those who want a beer, probably the only safe bar within walking distance. (1620 east riverside). A QEB grocery is within an easy walk and the real nightlife of Austin accessible by a pretty friendly bus system. Don't miss the University and Capitol if you have a few hours to spare. The heat and humidity might be difficult to take summer time.
The breakfast was very nice. Dominicks down the street 4 or so blocks is a big help for groceries. Walgreens one block shy of this had a nice selection of 1/2 size sandwiches and salads great for travel on the train, or if you have to, the bus. There was some night life across the street, but not hearing it until in bed, I didn't check it out in person. The kitchen in the adjacent building was far enough out of reach to make the microwave and refrigerator the primary options for cooking.
There are lots of shopping/food/pub opportunites just out the door. Pike's place is easier on Sunday than Saturday and there all week for those who want to browse. Don't miss the Main library if you're of that type, it's a mere 10 blocks or so away. The streets can be a bit iffy later at night if your alone, as there are major transit conduits nearby. Occasional approaches for handouts/money might be encountered. In general, there are enough people that a measure of safety exists.
There is an Asian market two blocks. Transit Center a block away and Amtrak within 4-5 blocks. A bit light on nearby pubs and a no alcohol on the premises policy.
The Mars Hill Church at 2333 Western Ave is worth a visit but will be moving to one block from the Seattle Main Library (you'll want to visit here to). There is a very good mix of people coming and going. The City Target at 1401 Second is a block from Pikes Place Market and a good resource, an easy walk. Plenty of pubs, with happy hour food and drink specials nearby.
Pretty nice place with pubs just down stairs for those inclined. A natural foods grocery within a couple of blocks, with a hot food bar. And plenty of other dining options within blocks. One of the better hostels I've visited.
Adding a couch to the common room and lockers are needed improvements.