I had only a short stay in Irkutsk and I arrived by train from Mongolia. This is a great hostel for those taking the Trans SIberian (hence the name..). Its a short walk from the train station and was cozy and clean with all necessary facilities. However, the hostel is NOT located in the city center; the train station and the hostel are on the other side of the river and a short and cheap bus journey is required to the center. But if you prefer proximity to the train, stay here!
I can't recommend Golden Gobi enough, the hostel is the perfect place to base oneself for trips all around Mongolia. The free pickup at the train is a wonderful amenity, and the hostel is clean, cozy, and the breakfast was very good and free! Staff go out of their way to help you - they even picked up my train tickets while I was on a hostel-arranged Gobi tour. And on that note, their tours are top-notch. I had an incredible 5 days in the Gobi with 3 other travellers. Highly recommended!
This was a great hostel in Chengdu, although its not right in the city center its very close to the north railway station and the rest of the city is easily accessed by walking or subway. The staff were incredibly nice and helpful with everything from restaurant recommendations to booking tours for us. Lots of showers so no waiting, and the rooftop garden is a great place to hang out.
We had a great stay at Wada in Yangshuo. The hostel is brand new - very modern and clean, and a refreshing change from many hostels in Mainland China, and we met some very interesting other travellers, and the staff were all incredibly nice and helpful. Also, the location can't be beat - its just off the famous west street, which means its on a quiet street, but 2 mins away from all the action. Highly recommended hostel!
We had a great stay at Wada, I travelled with 2 others and we were very happy that there was a 3 bed room available. The staff were all great and incredibly helpful in planning our time in Guilin and onward journey to Yangshuo. The location is out of the city center which was the only downside, but its really near the train station and getting to the center was simple and cheap on the bus. Highly recommended!
This was a great hostel - facilities were excellent, staff nice, and location couldn't be better on a beautiful side street in old town. However, be aware that this is NOT a hostel for solo travels to meet others; its a very small and quiet place with a lot of private rooms in addition to the dorm. The same guy owns a couple other hostels in Tallinn though, and the staff will point you in the direction of the next pub crawl, etc. Overall great stay, but not good for meeting people.
Really nice hostel, clean, and the rooms are separated away from the party area, so you have the choice to get a good night's sleep or go out, which is a rare combination! Plenty of showers and restrooms so never had to wait, perfect location, helpful staff. Highly recommended.
The location is perfect, located in old town, but only 5 minutes from the bus and rail stations. The owner is great, and took us out to her favorite restaurant one night, and hung out with us on other nights. The place is very small, so by the end you get to know just about everyone staying, which is how a hostel is supposed to be!
This hostel opened just a few weeks ago, and its clear how much money they put into the place. Everything is very modern, and spotlessly clean. The lobby actually feels like a nice hotel more than a hostel! Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the city as well. When I was there, they were still doing some construction, but they said they would be finished soon. I did not find it to be a disturbance, however.
Facilities pretty nice, and location is great, just a couple blocks from Termini. It can turn into a party hostel very quickly, but its kind of marketed for this crowd anyway (in particular, there were many 18-20 year old Americans visiting Europe and drinking seemingly for the first time...). But the rooms are separated from the bar and common area, so I was able to sleep without being disturbed. Facilities nice, but nothing spectacular. Pretty typical hostel facilities.
For Paris especially, this hostel is really excellent (not many good Paris hostels...). The location is very different, located in Belleville, which is a very interesting mix of Chinese, Middle Easterners, and hipsters. Its a bit far from the tourist attractions, but with the metro location a few minutes away, I found it very easy to get around. I also appreciated being in a more 'real' part of Paris and away from the tourist hordes. Facilities were excellent, and staff helpful. I'll be back!
The location is pretty good, and just a block from the metro station, making it easy to get just about anywhere in Madrid. The facilities are top-notch, with plenty of sinks, toilets, and showers on each floor so I never had to wait once. The kitchen and common area are also very modern and nice.
This is a great Tokyo hostel, the staff is really really friendly, and the facilities very clean. The common room is one of the best I've been to, very easy to meet people here (I was travelling alone). The location is not exactly central (but Tokyo is so enormous that central doesn't really mean anything anyway), but its a nice quiet area right next to the Kuramae subway stop which can get you anywhere in the city, so I was very happy with the location. Highly recommended!!
This is a great place, the staff are so helpful, the dorm rooms are really good (each bed has curtains for extra privacy which is always a welcome addition), and the location simply can't be beat. Its 5 mins to the train station, and just down the street from the baseball stadium (highly recommend going to a game, even if you're not a baseball fan). And the peace memorial is a short tram ride away. Highly recommended!
This brand new hostel is excellent. All the staff (as well as the owners) were extremely helpful and very fun to be around. The facilities are good, clean, and what you'd expect from a good hostel. Full kitchen too. And location is very good, not on Nevsky, but walking distance, and near a metro station, as well as tons of trolley buses going everywhere. But don't take the dinner they offer every night, its far too expensive (250 rubles) for what you get. Highly recommended hostel though!
Amazing hostel...great atmosphere, and the location is literally in the dead center on the main street, Kreschatik (hence the name). Very small (I think just 13 beds), so you get to know everyone, and Olga is the best host one could even ask for. Just stay here...
Amazing location (literally in the dead center, and right along the tram line from the train station), and amazing staff. They were both fun to talk to, and very helpful with any questions about the city. And beds were very comfortable. Only complaint is that there's not a full kitchen. So no oven or stove. Just microwave, fridge, and kettle. But puzata hata nearby is cheaper than cooking anyway!
Really good hostel, the only one in Chernivtsi I believe. But there's no reason to go elsewhere anyway. The owners are great, and gave me an awesome tour of both the city and the nightlife, and were generally very helpful. No complaints, great stay there.
Really great stay here, both other guests and staff (ie Marius) were great. Really small, and the name really fits...its a very cozy place, occupying just one flat on the sixth floor of an apartment building. But facilities are all great, everything is clean, etc. I just wish I could have stayed longer than one night.
Without hesitation Hedonist was the best hostel, and the most fun I've had in 2 months of traveling. The staff (Anja, Katarina, Marjan, Miloš, Elena) were are superb. Anja even made us crepes the first night! Facitilies are great, common area/kitchen ideal for meeting other travelers, and the location just a few minutes from the walking street can't be beat. Thanks Hedonist!
This a very large hostel, especially by Eastern Europe standards. This is fine, except that the common area was very crowded and the atmosphere was not very good for meeting people not staying in your dorm room. But besides this, Hostel Mostel is excellent. Amazingly cheap, very clean, secure, and staff very helpful. Highly recommended in Sofia.
Really great hostel, as the reviews suggest, this is far and away the best hostel in Skopje for many reasons: extremely close to the bus station, and just 5-10 mins from city centre. Also, the staff were amazingly helpful and the atmosphere was great for meeting people. Also the curtain for each bed is a welcome addition that few hostels have, but grant extra privacy.
Sunny Lake is the best hostel in Ohrid, no question. The staff are so cool, and are happy to hang out with you or point you in the right direction to any of the sights. But this is definitely a summer hostel; the only heat they have are space heaters in the rooms, so hallways are absolutely freezing, and the hot water lasts 10 seconds if you are lucky. But I had a very nice stay, and they let me check in at 5:30 am and sleep without paying an extra night. So I can't complain!
Probably the best location in Dubrovnik in terms of hostels. Very few within the city walls. Naturally its more expensive than Croatian average, but what isn't in Dubrovnik. Great kitchen and common area, comfortable rooms, and no bunk beds. Highly recommended. Only problem is the number of bathrooms; if it was full in high season I could see that being a problem.