Clean and quiet haven behind a cool little coffee shop in the northern part of downtown Popayan. Stable and fast internet, spacious kitchen (with a inventive flint for the gas stove, saves you from burning your fingers using lighters), and friendly staff. 10/10 would stay again :)
If you're looking for a quiet spot with elegance for only $15/night, Panama Central is a wonderful place to stay. Located in the very safe neighbourhood of El Dorado (one of the major present day Chinatowns in Panama City), you'll have easy access to tons of restaurants (including a 24 hour one and tons of Chinese places), and shops, as well as public transport. The hostel itself is immaculately clean, and looks like a hybrid between a mansion and a bungalow. Feels like home!
If you're looking to have a blast at Jaco Beach, Room2Board is a great place to stay. Located within steps of the beach, a refreshing pool for those not looking to swim in the ocean, surf lessons at reasonable prices, and a bar with a lively party scene, it is awesome for those looking to let their hair down. The location is a bit removed from the centre (5 minute walk) and some of the bar staff can be less than attentive in their jobs, but all things considered, this is a good place to stay.
Great upstart hostel that just opened not too long ago in a place that badly needs them. At the center of everything in San Pedro Town, and owners will socialize with you and take you out to all the hotspots in the area (be sure to play Cards Against Humanity with them ... awesome time!). New features are being added to the rooms on a daily basis, as they are responding actively to traveler needs. An excellent place to stay!
Charming hotel with nice, accommodating staff. Unfortunately, it is located on a busy street, meaning that those in the dorms are exposed to loud traffic for all but the deepest hours of the night. Light sleepers should get a private room away from the street, as ear plugs do not block the noise effectively. That said, the design of the hostel is great, with spacious ensuite bathrooms and a full kitchen, plus a small food menu for those too lazy to cook.
Feels more like someone's loft than a hostel (good thing) ... centrally located to attractions and transport, chill patio with amazing views. Hot water is a bit limited though, so don't linger in the shower for long...!
Excellent location in Downtown Montreal, great continental breakfast (though the paid version that you can get through their kitchen is even better!) and lightening fast wi-fi, which was refreshing after struggling with poor signals in Western Canada. Staff members are helpful, and the building's a/c was a godsend during the days of my visit when the heat and humidity was off the charts...!
Centrally located, lots of activities, great atmosphere, and very comfortable mattresses. The only gripe I have is regarding the really early close time for the kitchen (9pm) ... most hostels have 11 pm as their close time, which suits me better (and many others), as I tend to have late dinners as a matter of course. Other than that, excellent place to stay!
One of the best hostel breakfasts I've encountered on my travels thus far, very engaged staff, and a killer location. The ensuite bathrooms are an amazing touch, mattresses are super comfy, and the view from the rooftop patio is legendary!
Clean and modern hostel, but it is hobbled by its location well outside the centre. Buses are available though, though it adds an extra element of expense and planning to grocery trips. It does have awesome common room and kitchen facilities, and it is convenient to trail heads for the Whistler Interpretive Forest, so it did prove to be a great stay despite the downsides.
A gem in the midst of Nanaimo's historic downtown. Staff cares about this place a great deal through their detailed tour of the place upon check-in, and the Great Room is incredibly atmospheric (common room + game room +kitchen + dining area all rolled into one). One thing to note: this hostel is in the middle of the entertainment district, so expect lots of noise until 1-2 am on weekends. Other than that: perfect place within easy reach of the harbour and Gabriola/Newcastle Island ferries...!
If you want to be in the heart of the action in Vancouver, HI-Vancouver Central is a quality choice, with a location right in the middle of the Granville Street Entertainment District. Like HI-Vancouver Downtown, they have a breakfast with abundant options, but it lasts an hour longer here. Downsides are the fact that you are in the midst of the bar district (bring earplugs), and the upholstery on the couches in the TV room need cleaning/an overhaul. Overall, HI Central is a solid choice!
When a hostel has its own bar, yet when you can sleep well in the dorms nearby, you know you have a special place on your hands. View at its Tunnel Mountain location is insane (no less than 4-5 peaks in each direction, with Rundle being the most impressive), and inside the hostel, rooms are spotlessly clean and staff super friendly. Restaurant on site great spot for breakfast ... only gripe is that it is slightly out of the center, but you can catch transit from a nearby stop.
HI-Jasper is a very atmospheric hostel, located on a mountainside about 10 kilometres outside the town. Shuttle is provided only twice a day in the morning and evening ... considering the distant location, adding more shuttle times would be a massive improvement. Virtually everything else is awesome: down to earth staff, cute hostel dog, sweet common area. Just pre plan your grocery and beer/wine shopping before taking the shuttle up, and everything else is gravy!
Great location in Edmonton and a fair price, but more attention to detail with regards to cleanliness is needed ... the floor in the 8 bed dorm was quite dirty even after housekeeping hours, and the 2nd floor bathroom was out of toilet paper on the first night of my stay. Also, the internet was not great, as it was slow and was experiencing problems with disconnects every 2 minutes during the latter part of my stay. Overall, a good place to stay, but there is definitely room for improvement.
The perfect for your explorations of Tofino for budget travelers. Right in town near the docks for boat tours and near grocery stores and restaurants for food, surfing beaches are a quick shuttle ride away. Hostel was spotlessly clean and that view from the dining room ... is just priceless!
Centrally located within in the heart of Victoria, so a great place to be if you want to close to its urban charms. Friendly committed staff!
Always my default choice when staying in Vancouver, as its in a quiet part of the city, with quick and easy access to shops, restaurants, bars, and a supermarket. The breakfast is one of the most diverse and extensive ones I've ever had in a hostel!
If you're looking to experience the best shopping and nightlife that KL has to offer, then Sunshine BedZ is an excellent choice. Very friendly staff (though one of them is sometimes a little overzealous with regards to first transgressions of rules you weren't aware of) and wifi is excellent. Bring earplugs, as some rooms face a busy street that never gets quiet. Maybe not the best place if you're introverted and looking for peace and quiet, but if you're a party person, you will love it here!
Though the location is a bit of a jaunt from the established backpacker ghetto in Jakarta, the separation is worth it, as this hideaway from this big, noisy city truly is a hard place to leave. With some of the best in-house I've eaten, extensive movie collection, a GYM, a rooftop patio with a killer view, and blazing fast wifi, this place is well worth the trouble of finding it to stay here!
Spotlessly clean guesthouse with a very engaged owner and staff that are very friendly. While the staff's knowledge of English is limited, the owner is available at any time via phone to answer questions. Though Surabaya is off the beaten track, the owner also does a great job of showing you around the highlights of this city, which is the second largest in Indonesia. As a final point, wi-fi is blazing fast ... downloaded an episode of the Walking Dead in less than 20 minutes!
Great out of the way guesthouse, which will please those who want a more local experience and those who wish to avoid the touts near the beach. If you're looking to be within steps of the action, this is not the best choice, as it is a 15 minute walk through narrow streets. The location is worth it in my eyes though, due to the quiet at night, the divine pool, and the unique "dorms" that are more like a hotel room with a random roommate, making it easy to truly meet new people!
Located in the midst of Chinatown, close to RapidKL LRT and KL Sentral. Very secure at all hours of the day and night, with friendly staff. Great design and clean interior and sheets ... only gripe is that the dorms are up three flights of stairs, but us travelers need a workout every now and again to keep our good looks in check :)
If you don't mind traveling to the beach, Peacock is an excellent place to stay on Koh Lanta! Located over the water in Saladan, the atmosphere is amazing, with ocean-themed art combo-ing with the sloshing of the ocean channel below. A back porch facing onto the channel completes the charms of this place, and if you're really desperate for a swim, but don't have the motivation to hail a tuk-tuk or drive a motorbike down the coast, a small beach with a sandbar island is within a 5 min walk!
For those who have a functional pair of legs, Ao Nang Backpacker's Hostel is an excellent place. The lounge on the deck is great for meeting travelers, and the TV facilities inside comes with cable and movies, alos well-loved by travelers looking to chill. A little overcrowded for the size of the building, which takes its toll on overall cleanliness and the wi-fi signal in the evening (which is unusable at times). All in all though, a good choice for budget travelers looking to enjoy Railay!
Perectly situated in Chinatown, close to the Central Market and the LRT. Very secure, with always-locked front doors (open with doorbell to staff member) and lockers for your belongings. Lounge area is awesome, with cable TV, drinks for purchase, free wi-fi and 24 hour coffee. Design was amazing, from the lobby to the dorms to the bathrooms. Only complaint is that I wish they had an elevator, as I was three floors up! :P
Solid place to stay in the heart of downtown Vancouver ... great tours on offer, and regular activities are scheduled ... easy recommend for travelers looking for a great place to lay their head!