Kaktus is the best choice if you're in Marrakech. Whilst a little ruff round the edges; overall, it's a warm, friendly and hospitable place to stay. The place is fairly difficult to find;- I strongly recommend bringing a map. The hostel is also occasionally a little disorganised during the busy times, and the bed mattresses were not comfy. However, a tranquil top floor terrace, shower pressure/temp, breakfast, lounge area & staff were all highlights. Bonus points for communal music and seating.
Superb accomodation at the heart of old town. Here, everything is about two minutes walk away. Lovely, immaculate and homely furnishings and welcoming staff make this a must-stay-at hostel. They do range of reasonably priced excursions in the area or as far away as Mostar or Montenegro. I was only here for one night, but it is very very confortable and the experience one of the best. I wouldnt hesitate to come here again if I was in Dubrovnik. Highly recommended!.
Solid Hostel. If you are staying here and are arriving to the central bus station you are in luck as there is a sign with directions, and it is only five minutes away. You will need to look closely as it's on the street and blends in with the other properties. Anyway, this is a hostel that offers consistent excellence and confortability at a great price. Wether you are staying for one night or ten, the hostel caters for all types of traveller and offers everything you need from a backpackers.
Al sharq is the best budget place to stay in the greater Dubai area. Whilst in Sharjah NOT Dubai, it is near to the bus station, (Bus E303 E303a) and you will save alot of money as it is only 7dhs. The bus departing from union station is the last one. Al sharq does the job though, nothing is outstanding but eveything is clean and the service is good. Wifi is also free and reasonably good. Meals were tasty and could do with a touch more rotation. I would recommend to travellers on a tight budget.
Dahab was a nice stop for me in Cairo. Its close to the museum, Citadel and tower and right in the hustle and bustle of downtown. It's not easy to find being on top of a seven story rise, but its arrangement is good. Atmosphere was pleasant with real and genuine travellers; the staff and (especially Mahmoud) were in the know and the nicest guys :) Tight cosy rooms and above all safe!. One word of advice Please, if your coming from the airport take a taxi thru Dahab to save getting ripped off!
You'll have a comfortable stay at eco wikderbeest. it's set on a nice rural fringe out from Nairobi but it is a relative trek to the city (not inc the horrendous traffic). The staff are super nice and the food and areas of personal and communial use are good & clean. Eco wilderbeest is not recomended as a stop for the airport as it is on the opposite side of the city or as a place of conveinience to Nairobi. Taxis ultimately end up costing to go anywhere, and hostel food & drink not kenya cheap.
If you plan on coming to Lidwala, please make sure you are aware of the rural location in which it is set, af the fact that the internet allowance there is a joke. 15mb, then you must pay for more internet and it costs a fortune. *beware!. Other than that, its a nice place nestled just of the main highway. Clearly signposted and marked, its tranquil, peaceful and friendly. Nice sheltered tents and lush vegetation. If your lucky monkeys too! If you can get past the "internet" problem its not bad.
I thought D.D was a good stop of point for me in Jo'burg. Security was abit sub-par. Back door gate was found open when i arrived, so I could just walk in. location is not the best as it is kinda way out. Staff were cool though, place was clean enough and tidy and it did sort of reflect a nice homely vibe. Quiet when I was there but I wouldn't mind staying at D.D again if I was in the area, as it is a hostel and talks and looks like one as well., Not a bad point for bazbus either.
The hostel is in a great area, its nestled in a safe inner city suburb out of the main city but most importantly near to the main attractions. It's probably for the older clientelle due to its mature atmosphere. Definately not a party hostel; staff were friendly, lodgers were friendly and I had a good overall experience, nothing seemed to be outstanding but well done. Recommended stay for a few nights in Pretoria. Staff effectiveness seemed to vary, but the zimbabwean lady is brilliant however.
I had a reasonable time with my few days stay with Brown Sugar. Security was good, breakfast and wifi was excellent and the garden area was tranquil and peaceful. They have a bar, tv lounge and swimming pool and secure car park. Staff were also pleasant & extremely helpful in answering my queries. However other clientelle and backbackers were very ani-social, cliquey and uninspired, which was reflected in the poor overall vibe. Location was abysmal being so far from bus and taxi routes; average.
Le bamboo was the second time I stayed in Mahebourg just before my departure from Mauritius. As expected, the family delivered on more friendly, cordial and helpfulness in my shorter second stay. I was also driven to the airport for almost half the price the taxis charge and it was also at quite an anti-social time; so for that I am also very greatful. One possible improvement I would like to put forward is the new installation of secure and bright new windows as the current ones are jaded. Exc!
I'd definately recommend a stay at Villa Jorico if you happen to be in the area of port Louis. Set in a tranquil location on the beachfront it's still only around 5k's to the city. Breakfast is included and of very high quality, the premises is also maintained immaculately, and there is good security with each room having a set of keys. Kudos to the family as I was welcomed like a king the moment I arrived. Thanks to my stay here I'll have fond memories of Mauritius when the time to leave comes.
For a B&B, and people who might want something different to a hotel in Mauritius; certainly in Mahebourg this outlet is recommended. Nestled on a quiet street just of the main hustle and bustle of Mahebourg its location is central and you will be staying with a family run place on the second floor with nice & clean rooms and a filling breakfast in the morning! The family are friendly, welcoming and do their best to help you. It feels non intrusive and safe the security is decent & an experience!
Non-cliquey, lively hostel. A decent choice if you want a hostel near to the beach and close to a good set of bars and restaurants. The hostel itself however is a good set-up and while not outstanding it does have a good vibe and friendly feel. The place is in morningside so Durban city centre is a good hour away by walking, although easy to pick up a mini bus on Florida road. I would definately recommend this hostel, it feels and talks like a hostel and that for me is good enough reason for it!
...Do yourself a favor and skip this one. Slow ineffective reception, the security terminal on the gate is difficult to use when going in or out, place is filled with passionless and humorless staff. Lodgers are also just as bad as the staff/ if not worse!:- most being 18-20 who sound & act like they have just left the milk-bottle; especially true during evening times. Dorms were also ultra-basic and felt like an afterthought. There's plenty of party hostels on Long street, why settle for this?.
Quiet hostel near the CBD. Popular with older clients and guests so tends to promote an easy going and mature atmosphere. There is a small kitchen and a cafe for conveinience on site as well as a homely lounge. Probably not ideal for short term lone travellers or people intending to stop for only a few nights but if you have buisness or reason to stop in Cape Town for a while the hostel is a good one. Overall, great place and I would recommend as everything is of a good quality and standard.
Quiet hostel topside of green point. More of a mature and pleasant atmosphere than some of the younger hostels in town. So for single travellers stopping at short notice at B.I.G for a night or two, the other hostels on the bottom of main road are better for conveinience, but for a nice sensible stay and super clean facilities at the hands of a well organised, friendly and efficient family I would highly recommend this hostel for anyone looking for a stay outside getting drunk or having a ball.
Although off season and poor weather during my stay, I found this hostel a friendly, cordial and social place to stay. The hostel bar is inviting and pleasant; staff were also very efficient and professional. The hostel is situated about 2 miles from downtown in green point so it is closer to the marina and the bay than the CBD; but still walkable. There are some decent places to eat and drink along main road, but more expensive and touristy than in the city. One of the better Cape Town hostels.
Atlantic Point was my first stop in South Africa and in Cape Town and it was a thoroughly excellent choice. A.P is positioned on the "safe" green point side of Cape Town near the harbour front and the cities port. The hostel was very very clean, homely, atmospheric and had decent facilities. Internet was good and there was a variety breakfast put out each morning. This is simply one of the best hostels I have stayed at yet and would highly recommend to others who might be coming to Cape Town.
Whoe! arts factory lodge in Byron Bay. If you must stay at only one Nomads backpacker make it this one. This nomads is nothing like the identikit hostels in the city. This one is based a little away from the main beach on a peaceful and really iconic forest swamp. The atmosphere is laid back, peaceful and friendly, tons of activities and staff knowledge and the front desk, breakfast and bar area is quirky (as is the whole place) and a woody hammock and sand area top it all of, an essential stay.
Base Wanaka is very average, (as to be expected) but is supremely better than the city counterparts due to its smaller size and where it is. Very bland characterless layout, but somehow is considerably enlightened by the passionate and very helpful, courteous staff which I have come to remember it most by. Cleanliness though needs to be improved, in especially the kitchen and eating areas, however I found the conditions in the dorms acceptable. Kiwi experience kids however add irritation to it.,
Overall, very decent stop gap and stay during my time in Melbourne. The hostel building has lots of character, (as its title would suggest!) a pleasant outdoors area, and comfy dorm rooms. Nothing really excels but each area is a good standard at a minimum. One possible niggle, is the concentration of clicky long termers downstairs which never seem to be very approachable. The facilities however are second to none and for short stays you can't really go wrong with a stop at home at the mansion.
Wake up! Is not an automatic first choice hostel in Sydney. Whilst the prices are considerable, the hostel is clean and does feel very nurtured. Needless to say, backpackers on a budget would do better to head round the corner to George hostel as the service is about the same, more basic but a third saved of the price. The hostel, is essentially a party hostel, for young people so if you fit in with a younger crowd and drink any day of the week then you will be in Paradise at Wake Up!.
I have had the experience of stopping many times in Auckland Nomads whilst transiting through and I have to say that for that reason it excels. The hostel is central, near to bus and Airport bus route, near to the bars, and close to the yacht & boat harbour. Nothing outstanding about nomads, are fairly characterless but it is a comfortable short term stopping point for going elsewhere. I would not recommend stopping for a long term experience (unless working) The bars are usually noisy 6days Wk.
Hostel was a home from home. The owners of the place were extremely friendly, excellent facilities and close to the ski resort and train station. Well presented, and well laid out; my few days at station lodge were comfortable and pleasant. The only downfall I could point out is the considerable cost of using the main Internet computers. Although to be fair, the owners will happily give out extra wifi cards to use on your own device. Overall, excellent and will definitely consider staying again.
Been here at the YHA once before, and would again in the future. Gave the hostel a glowing review last time and rightly deserved. Definitely one of the best YHA hostels in NZ. Recommended.
The best YHA stay I have had. The purple cow Wanaka is a real delight to stay in, pleasant, clean and well organised. The views from the sitting area are sublime, and is situated on a touchingly nice open park area. The prices for bike rental I thought were a tad expensive but everything else was way up there. Free Pool table and a warm seating arrangement meant that the atmosphere was really good. I would certainly fully recommend this hostel to anybody looking to stay or pass through the area.
Excellent setup overall. A little on the pricey side for the dorms and, ($4 a day or $12 a week for net) remains an expensive hidden sting to the backpacker. I would argue that this is the best Nomads hostel in New Zealand none-the-less. Great mix of people and party/reserved nights. Music is rarely heard from the rooms. Atmosphere as always can be dominated by a flood of kiwi experience kids, or groups of obnoxious units. If you want a good night out however as a single person, Hostel suffices.
Decent enough "homely like" hostel. However, I found it unfortunate that woofers and long termers appeared to "hang out" form closed groups, and constantly hog the downstairs lounge and kitchen. This place therefore is not recommended for lone travellers due to this problem. The hostel itself however scores well across the board and so for that I can give it credit. If this hostel can improve integration and spark bit of fun into the grey atmosphere then we will have a winning outlet down under.
Well managed establishment but for the backpacker, a likely last resort if the hostels in town are booked up. Since the earthquake reduced accommodation and surviving hostels don't meet demand that is what happens. Anyway a jaded complex of terraced housing is at first sight, with adequate security but poor/ or some cases no available wifi in housing. Very average across the board. *beware! A traveller staying here may well be paying for two rooms like I did, but still is cheaper than a hotel.
Silverfern is a distinctly average hostel positioned in a slightly less attractive location than some of the big backpacker chain hostels in the CBD. Cleaning in the bathrooms is definitely one point that must be improved as well as perhaps abit more decoration to the characterless and bland appearance of the outlet. Front door security looked strong but yet again no lockers were available in the dorms. Staff were pleasant & helpful, relatively cheap so good for a night or two but non essential.
Very comfortable hostel. YHA usually have a reputation for motel accommodation at backpackers prices; and this one is no different. Easy to see how it holds a qualmark five star rating. The place is an excellent setup and does feel very warm on arrival as it is tidy, clean and bright. This hostel works for the individual, couple or group wether they might be staying for short term stopping or a long term stay. Best hostel in the city and I would stop again should I be passing by in the future.,
Mixed bag. A sucky layout with a very isolated atmosphere was a negative. Cleaning could also be improved. The whole hostel could do with a re-vamp. Everything else was satisfactory or better.
Sub-par hostel. Whilst base are well known for being one of the worst hostel chains in NZ, this titanic and high capacity outlet in the centre of Auckland does it no favours. The only good points are as follows:- Central, near to shops and bars, near transport links, and ideal for the first/last night in NZ due to the price. Definately wouldn't recommend a stay of more than one night. Deeply impersonal, (multi level with several lifts) scruffy and unclean, and a constantly rushed reception area.
Loved this place so much I enquired and became staff. One of the best hostels I have ever stayed at, and simply one of the best in the country. More like a three star hotel than a hostel, sublime and an excellent set-up all round. A highly recommended visit to any stop in Paihia.
A chain hostel charging for towels is an extra and regrettable sting to hit the traveller with at this place. Some hostels don't charge. Wifi access prices too aren't competitive and these quite importantly, should be looked at. lockers are too small and leaves your stuff open to the elements. Indeed I lost one of my items at this hostel through what I suspect was staff negligence combined with the poor security in the dorms. Overall a good but mixed experience staying at this particular hostel.