It's not a bad place to stay and it has a quiet and excellent location away from the city, right on the beach. European staff were less than helpful, usually because they were too busy rolling spliffs. The food is great. I booked a tour but got told the next day, 5 minutes before we should have gone, that no-one was interested. The organiser had been smoking and couldn't be bothered organising. Of the 10 toilets, only 2 were working when I stayed, the rest were blocked.
While the small room I was given was on the 4th floor with what felt like 4 trillion steps, it was a nice place to stay. It got a little noisy as there are vents directly onto the hallway. This was annoying because a small child on my floor liked to scream and the family loved Durian so the smell was everywhere. Staff was fantastic.
Not a party hostel, but if you're British you will likely think it is and will party until late, go out, come back drunk at 5am with a girl and shag loudly in the dorm. This isn't the Hostel's fault. There is a mechanic right in front of the hostel, which can be loud in the mornings as they rev bike motors a lot, but if the Brits woke you, you'll already be awake. Breakfast is great, close to restaurants and the beach. Bathrooms could be cleaned more often. Limited hot water for showers.
This is an excellent small hostel. Several options for breakfast. They take people out for dinner as a group and create a good atmosphere around the house. The rooms could use lockers, but beyond that, this is a great hostel. Watch out for Lyna though, she's CRAZY! in all the best ways! Thanks for everything.
While it's not 'amazing', it is pretty good. it is a little away from the other hostels, which makes it quieter and often less full - which is a good thing. The main thing that brings it down are the beds. there are 9 beds jammed into two small rooms and the bunked are built from metal and tin so just turning over in the night can cause a rattle loud enough to wake people. Also, the mattresses are thin and hard.
Not a bad hostel overall, although it is located in the heart of Old Town which is crazy and has a lack of parking if you have a motorbike. Comfortable beds.
I actually enjoyed my stay but for a few things. I stayed in 3 different rooms for the 3 days I was there. The staff actually going in and moving my stuff to a new room one day when I was not there. The day I needed to leave early for a tour, staff was late in arriving to cook breakfast. I had to argue with the staff to get my swimming gear and towel from the washing so I could do the tour. It's a fair walk to the main area from the hostel and NOTHING in Luang Prabang is Value for Money.
An okay hostel in a good location in Vientiane. The beds are hard like wood and the rooms have too many of them in it. The bathrooms are on the bottom level, so if you are staying on the top floor, it's a long trip down in the middle of the night to the toilet. The rooms are hives of mozzies.
Super excellent hostel While it's not in Khao San Rd, that is a positive in many people's books. The BTS is close, so easy to get around. Not crawling with backpackers and partiers. Bunks are built into wall with curtain, own light and two power plugs. Warning, common room is a hive of mosquitos, but then this is South East Asia. I would stay again.
Another good stay in this hostel, my second. Only real complaint is about the common room, its always very hot and not conducive to hanging out. More tables would be great to sit at.
This was my second visit in a month so that must say something. I'd come back again. My only issue is that the vending machine hates me. I tried to be nice to it, but it just kept spitting my fives back out. What's the world coming to if you can't even trust a vending machine to take your money??? Cheers Guys. AJ
An excellent new hostel which is a little expensive. Facilities are generally good, although staff and staff family tend to sit around the available common room chairs watching TV often making them unavailable for people staying there to enjoy.
Excellent hostel, no real common room, but still a suitable place to stay on the island.
We only stayed for the night, but nothing to complain about.
A good hostel a little far from the main drag, although several places hire scooters, which makes it easier. Owner tends to be a little abrupt and offhand. He sits in the common area watching anime loudly on his phone. Otherwise nothing much to note.
Excellent place to stay.
Excellent hostel. Probably the biggest problem are the mosquitos, but as the hostel has an open back this can't be helped. Had an excellent time.
It was generally a good hostel. All the passive aggressive notes around the place from management can be a little off-putting. The boss wasn't always there and sometimes it was hard to find staff.
A great hostel to stay at in Singapore. The girls behind the counter were wonderful, especially little sister, although I'm not sure who that other girl was, but she was pretty good too. ;) Only real issue was the size of the common room, a little too small. With the popularity of the hostel, it is difficult to do anything with so many people crammed into a small space. And internet was a little unreliable. Otherwise, i enjoyed my stay.
I enjoyed my stay at The Packer Lodge. It is a well set up hostel close to Old Jakarta. It is NOT a party hostel or in the party zone, so if you think of having a good night out, look elsewhere. Kitchen is large, but having a cooker might be nice for those who want to cook. Could use another couple of small tables join the kitchen area. Movies in the TV room were poor quality. Grasping at straws... GREAT HOSTEL.
While our stay at this hostel was good, it is still a hostel under construction. So, there was no sleeping in past 7.30 for the construction both internal and external. Excellent that they putting up a non-smoking hangout zone, as the main bar area is not friendly to non-smokers, even while breakfast is being served. The staff were the worst smokers, often smoking in the places with signs stating no smoking. Beyond that, not a bad new hostel.
Staff were great, spoke English and very helpful. It's not a bad hostel, just things can be improved. You get what you pay for. It advertises a kitchen, although the cooking facilities are minimal. The common room is open to the outside and mosquitos. Internet is strongest in the common room, but still poor. Shower only has cold and stupidly hot. Sink in bathroom needs fixing. There needs to be lockers in each room, blankets available for the bed and No smoking in the common room.
An excellent guest house. It may be far away from the centre, but learn to use Bemo Q and it will take you to the centre for 40 cents. Staff were friendly and helpful even though they spoke little english. There is no common room other than the two kitchens and most guests didn't speak english, so atmosphere was light. Kitchens could be better equipped.
A good all round hotel. Breakfast is a little sparse, but otherwise a good place to stay.
An interesting hostel. The breakfasts were great. The toilets had shower curtains covering them instead of doors. Thankfully there are separate bathrooms for men and women.
For one of the few hostels in Chetumal, this one is fairly good. The biggest problem is that there are few restaurants or attractions near to the hostel, but it does have a large supermarket nearby.
Dirty McNastys is an excellent hostel that is trying desperately to be a party hostel, but doesn't always have that feel. Free Rum punch is awesome, sometimes too delicious.
A converted hotel, the dorms are just small rooms with one or two beds in them. They are still called dorms though, so when a single person books a bed he is not forced to pay for all the beds in the room. The downside was the lack of English speaking staff, although they used workarounds. A good spot on the island.
An excellent place with awesome helpful staff.
Generally a good stay. The owner's son can be a little noisy in the morning, but you get that with kids.
8 of us arrived lat - 10pm - and it took 20 minutes for someone to let us in, then the volunteer - who had not had any training - had no idea what to do with us. Needs to be better organised. Facilities were good.
An excellent hostel, but watch out for Paul, he's trouble with a capital 'would you like another mojito?'
Would be nice if there was a separate smokers section and having more fans in the rooms would make sleeping easier, but in general was a good hostel and all you can eat pancakes can't be bad!
A pretty good hostel. When they found out I was staying at their hostel they even helped to carry my bags up the hill. Could use a kitchen for those who want to cook. And gardening at 6am is not the best.
Everything is pretty good for a beach style hostel. With so many limited spanish speaking short term travellers, having a staff member who can speak some English would be useful.
A good place for one of the only hostels in David. Once the outside kitchen area is complete will be awesome (should be done by now).
Don't trust the Turtle, it's got shifty eyes. A good central city based hostel. Could use more showers. Don't make Pablo grumpy, you won't like him when he is grumpy :) Good for a new hostel
A good hostel.
Awesome place to stay, everything you need, very popular. Trying hard not to be a party hostel and mostly succeeds. Definitely recommend.
I came for a week and stayed nearly 3. Lots of good things to say about the hostel. Close to the big malls, shopping areas, bars and restaurants - when you find them. Close to a central city bus station. Staff are great, is not a party hostel. Some of the facilities let it down. The floors are the creakiest I have ever heard and sleeping ends when the manager arrives as he talks loudly. Internet is only okay, and only at reception. And hot water isn't great in the showers. Still good.
For everything this hostel has going for it, the facilities let it down for me. Downstairs, music is blaring loudly from early morning until late night. Upstairs, a different lot of music is blaring loudly most of the afternoon, and the TV is usually on in the bar, and upstairs too. There aren't many quiet places here. Internet is poor and is best downstairs in reception. Don't try to skype though, cause the music is too loud. Washing is expensive and your clothes will not be looked after.
This hostel is a excellent hostel and I enjoyed my stay here. The upstairs porch is large and on cooler days, the spa pool would be good. Breakfast was good and the staff were excellent, although the cleaner can be a little loud, which echoes around the brick house. It is quite some distance from the bus terminal or centro, but there are plenty of restaurants, bars and supermarkets within minutes of walking. Security could be better with lockers, and a washing service would make life easier
I enjoyed staying at this hostel. The owner is a crazy woman, in a good way, who is trying to make the place into something beyond awesome (she bought it 3 weeks ago). And THE SHOWERS HAVE BEEN FIXED!! It's not a large hostel and NOT A PARTY HOSTEL, so if that's what you're looking for, try somewhere else. Only downside is the lack of breakfast but there is a good cheap cafe at bottom of street and hostel has a full kitchen and near a supermarket, so eary to do it yourself.
This was an excellent hostel and very Mindo in it's styling. Climbing into the rooms was sometimes a challenge, but part of the fun. Breakfast was awesome and the staff were very helpful. Only issue, was the security in the room. While we could padlock the main hatch into the room, it would not have been difficult to climb in through the always open top of the bathroom window.
- New Zealand
- Mixed Group, 41+
- (68 reviews)
This hostel did a good job in many places, but staff was the main bad issue. Beyond getting people to their rooms, the staff didn't really care much beyond that. The one English speaking staff member was only helpful to a point. It felt like the breakfast lady hated working there and did an average job. For being in the tourist industry, it would be helpful if she spoke a little english, as not everyone speaks perfect spanish. Facilities were generally good...
Desert Nights is not a bad place to stay. It has beds, and showers and stuff, so that is all good. It gets a bit sandy, but then it is surrounded in massive dunes. Tours can be organised from the front desk. Main bathroom is used by restaurant guests, but beyond that. Good.
This is my second time at this hostel and I obviously think it's good else I would have gone elsewhere
I enjoyed staying in this hostel. The staff were excellent and while it was a few blocks from down town, this meant it was quieter. There are plenty of little hang out areas which is useful in a large hostel. The biggest issue I found was the lack of coffee at breakfast. WHAT??? The cleanliness was probably too good. They polished the floor every single day, this unfortunately meant that the hostel stunk of strong floor cleaner for a few hours during the day.
I've stayed at Bacoo for quite some time and it's an enjoyable locations with a few issues. Firstly, the lockers are in reception and not in the rooms, which has meant things do missing from rooms more than they should. Overall the facilities are great, large beds, very clean (although staff don't work as hard on Sundays). There is no kitchen, while eating out is cheaper in Bolivia, it's not the best. And the main hangout and breakfast area is a smoking area. not much fun for us non-smokers
While there is still some construction going on in this brand new hostel, my stay was just great. The staff were friendly, the owner is a good guy and the hostel is amazing, even in it's unfinished state. When it is finished, it's going to be even better. Definitely don't overlook this hostel because of it's newness. Just stay here.
There is small and there is tiny. For the amount of people they squeeze into the place, there is not enough room to hang out without sitting all over each other. And there is only one bathroom. For the size of the place, it should be easy to clean it in its entirety on a daily basis, but this does not happen. The staff are knowledgable and work hard to ensure that those staying have a good time. So if you can get past the size and lack of cleanliness, this place is actually pretty good.
An excellent hostel that was close to the bus terminal.
Overall for Buenos Aires, this is a good hostel. At times the staff were generally unhelpful and the cleaning ladies are very noisy in the early morning. Some of the kitchen pots, pans and cutlery needs to be replaced. They need to be more strict on smoking outdoors, as staff were seen smoking in the main corridor because it was colder outside.
Turning Point has a character about it with great art painted on the walls. It is late low season, so the atmosphere was pretty slow. The kitchen was a little lacking in quality plates and cutlery and the lack of available beer was disappointing accompanied by not being able to bring your own beer. I could see this place being a fun place in high season. Overall a good place to stay, just needs a couple of fixes.
Now this is truly an excellent hostel in Mendoza, there are plenty of bathrooms, separate shower areas, very helpful staff. This place has a lot to offer. Plus, they will cook you scrambled eggs EVERY morning for breakfast. Fantastic. Except, not I want it in every hostel and am being bitterly disappointed! Only complaint is the pillows, they are too thin and uncomfortable. But beyond that an awesome hostel.
My stay in low season was upgraded to a single room at no extra cost. Thanks! Atmosphere was a little lacking, mainly because it's low season. But not hostels fault. Lack of soap in the bathrooms were a down point, and the breakfast could have been better. Beyond the hostel, I didn't enjoy El Bolsón much, probably because of it being low season. Would be great hiking here in summer.
Hostel 41 was awesome. Location in the middle of town is great, although bus station is a long way from hostel - more a bad about the terminal not the hostel. Leo, the manager, is as crazy (in a good way) as his metre long dreadlocks. He sweeps and mops all day, and runs a good hostel. Only downside of the hostel is the smallish kitchen, which for a popular hostel is not big enough, especially when everyone hangs out there waiting for their food. Build a new one Leo! AJ
Other than being a bit far from the bus stations if you are carrying heavy gear, this place was awesome. I moved here from a busier place in low season and it was found it quieter. Yes, this hostel is party central in high season, so don't come here if you can't keep up! Dave and Dan are awesome guys and know their way around Pucón. Be warned, this is Pucón's Hotel California. You won't be able to leave. I ended up staying for 12 days! Thanks guys!
El Refugio is an excellent hostel that is very very close to the bus terminals. This, however, makes it the most popular and therefore the most busy of hostals - and I was there in low season. The place is small, although they have added the tents to alleviate the squeeze for space. The downside is the toilet facilities, for the amount of people coming through, there are just not enough facilities - especially when everyone comes back from climbing the volcano. Other than this it's excellent
Hostal Vermont is a great place to stay when you're in Osorno. The owner is lovely and very helpful. The location is a little far from the bus station when carrying heavy baggage, although the taxi system is rather good. While I missed having breakfast provided, and the hot water for the shower didn't always work, I enjoyed my stay.
The Hospedaje is an excellent place to stay when in Puerto Montt. As it's part of the owners house, like many hospedajes, it gives a sense of a home stay. The Owner was lovely and helpful, while her english was not perfect, it was better than some and communication was easy. The one down point is the location. It's close enough to the ferry terminal and bus station, but it's up a hill, so difficult for those carrying heavy baggage and on arrive, the streets are a little confusing.
I stayed for two nights, one on each end of a three day hike. It is the low season and the whole town is quiet. While it is a little more expensive than some and does not come with breakfast - a good cafe down the road, I actually enjoyed my stay. I was allocated to a room of my own - with 6 bunks - on both nights. A bathroom, toilet etc to myself. Staff were lovely and the kitchen and recreation areas are huge. Good place to stay. A deposit to use cutlery, or use your own.
Best internet in any hostel in South America to date. Best BBQ/ASADO anywhere and includes beer and wine in the price. The staff are excellent, the facilities lovely and clean. If you are in El Calafate, I would definitely aim to be here on a Friday, for ASADO. Downside, is the small lockers in the rooms, and getting to the hostal up a hill along a dirt road is annoying. But, I'd do it again to stay here.
I enjoyed my stay at Kawashkar. Warning though, Omar is crazy! Ask him for a game of Fifa 12 on the Xbox, but be prepared to lose badly. Omar is a well of information about the treks and the navimag, make sure you ask him. Internet can be a bit screwy, but it is Puerto Natales, so I wasn't expecting that much anyway. Breakfasts are awesome, while laundry is expensive, it's the same price as the laundrette down the road.