Traveling in India for 3 weeks already, I had low expectations for Delhi based on others. Payal still disappointed me. Location of Payal is terrific. Close to shops, restaurants, train, metro stations, and relatively safe. The bad: room wasn't the cleanest; service was a bit poor. I asked for a map and they didn't have any. Had to ask multiple times to exchange stained bed sheets and to fix the hot water. They said to go upstairs to shared bathroom. Bit noisy for light sleepers. Wifi not stable.
Nicest guesthouse ever! The owners are super friendly and really try hard to take care of you. Prime location b/c it's next to the fort (7 min walk) and bus station (5 min walk). Railway is only a short rickshaw ride away (1.5-2km). My room was cozy and clean. Roof-top restaurant has an amazing view of the fort and is very relaxing to have meals, chai, or meet fellow travelers. Only downside was hot showers required the use of an appliance that took 15 min to heat water but not a big deal.
Great hostel! I liked the hot showers, comfortable beds, and the nicest guy working there. He'll help you out with a lot of things you'll need in a new city. I especially liked the location because it's easy to find, seems pretty safe, it's a short rickshaw away from the railway station and tourist sites; has a nice restaurant downstairs and at surrounding hotels; and there's a nearby general store where you can stock up on anything. Laundry is self-serve and kitchenette could use a good scrub.
Friendly staff, nice common area, huge kitchen, comfy beds, large bath with hot shower. The only real downside is the location. It's extremely hard to find, even for rickshaw drivers, so bring their phone number and a map. Better yet, use a smart phone with GPS and use google maps to find it. Also, there's not much in the area for food and general supplies. I tried to ask once one staff for advice on train tickets but he said he didn't know much about the train which is hard to believe in India.
Nicest guesthouse ever! Family-run biz where dad and son do everything they can to make sure you have a pleasant stay in chaotic Varanasi. Great location outside the ghats; it's near the main road (Luxa Road), so it's accessible to many shops and 2 nice restaurants, Silver Spoon and a place inside nearby PDR mall (both non-veg), and only 10 min walk to Dasaswamedh Ghat. Staff will help you arrange transportation services, money exchange, laundry, and more for good prices. Clean room too!
Everything you want in a hostel is here, but the only downside would be the outside showers. It sucks to walk outside to take a shower and 24-hr power is a problem throughout Kathmandu. That could mean problems with hot water and definitely recharging electrical gadgets. That's not really a prob with the hostel itself, more with the city. Bring a portable recharger/battery if you can. Awesome staff who help you with everything you could ever need.
Great location, staff, and did I mention location? It's basically everything that you need to have a good time.
I don't think this place can be beat for the value. Locker, clean bed, decent bath, and free breakfast for $4 is hard to beat. But the part that I didn't mention is the service and attentiveness of the staff. They helped me arrange a halong bay tour, showed me the places I wanted to visit on a map, helped me exchange money, get a SIM card, and arrange a bus ticket to Dong Hoi. Truly helpful people for the neophyte traveler.
Good for solo travelers. Cheap. They can help you arrange Vietnamese visas and other bus tickets. They even had beer pong at night when I visited with lots of friendly people.