Reviews: mghelman

Location: Canada, Gender: Female, Age: 25

The Cardamom Hostel

Melaka, Malaysia
77%

It was a little difficult finding this hostel. The directions seemed simple and clear enough, but I think the bus driver dropped me off at the wrong stop. It is a bit of a walk to the main tourist sites (only 6-7 minutes, but there are several other hostels with better locations). This hostel is a simple, basic, no frills accommodation so if you're looking for lots of facilities and socializing, this is probably not the place to be. The owner was very friendly and helpful.

  • 22nd Aug 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (23 reviews)


BackHome Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
100%

This is easily one of the best hostels that I've ever stayed at. It was so amazing to be able to have a hot and strong shower after a week on the salty beaches and in the sweaty jungle where I couldn't have done that. There is a lovely cafe that serves Western breakfast next door. Beautiful layout and atmosphere, super friendly and helpful staff, very secure, good location, excellent wifi connection, and zero complaints. Well done! I would definitely stay here again.

  • 20th Aug 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (23 reviews)


Pobi Hostel

Busan, South Korea
89%

This hostel is located very near Haeundae Market (Shijang). I felt very safe and secure here as there were lockers for shoes at the reception and in the dorm rooms, the main doors were closed and locked at 10PM, and each dorm room had its own door lock. The facilities available for women were great. Hairdryers and a straightener were available in the women's washroom, and there was plenty of shampoo and bodywash available in the showers. Guests can also purchase discount tickets for Spaland $12

  • 21st May 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (23 reviews)


SUM Guest House Jeju Airport

Jeju Island, South Korea
94%

Great location if you want to stay near the airport. Great atmosphere and cleanliness. Each bed in the 6-bed mixed dorm had an outlet and a little shelf for eyeglasses and charging cell phones. Security boxes were also available for use. It was a little tricky to find the place as I arrived in the late evening, but it should have been super easy. The hostel is located right behind the Jeju Bank in front of the Bus Terminal in Jeju-si. I would stay here again.

  • 30th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (23 reviews)


Cozee Monkey Backpackers Manila

Manila, Philippines
86%

The location of this hostel is perfect if you want to keep close to the airport. It is about 1km from the airport, but about 5km from Terminal 3. Staff can also arrange to pick you up and drop you off at the airport for a small fee. It was difficult trying to find a taxi that wouldn't overcharge. Taxi drivers were charging around 1000 pesos when it should be no more than 200 so be careful. I felt very very safe and secure here. Staff were available 24/7 and called a taxi for my 7AM flight.

  • 28th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


71%

I definitely recommend printing a map for this place before arriving especially if you will be at night. It is quite tricky to get to the first time as it is located about a 10 minute walk from the heart of El Nido. A bit pricey for what you get. No air conditioning (fans provided). The owner was a bit sketchy IMO. He lent me his kayak and snorkelling gear without ever informing me of the cost until I checked out. I wanted to ask about it, but he had already left town. Not a great impression.

  • 25th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Noordzee Hostel

Cebu, Philippines
94%

Great hostel with informative and friendly staff. Good wifi. Beautiful views from my private room balcony and the restaurant/bar area. Good food and photo opportunities on site, but rocky beach. The hostel is within walking distance from town where there is a nice old Spanish fort and church. Oslob (swimming with whale-sharks) and hiking near Tumalog Falls are about a 30 minute bus ride to the south. On the way back to Cebu City is Tingko Beach, a nice sandy/local beach. Love this hostel!

  • 21st Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Palazzo Pensionne

Cebu, Philippines
83%

Good breakfasts are included at this hostel. I felt very safe here as there was always a friendly security guard near the entrance during the evening and rooms were always locked. There is a locked storage area for baggage if one wants to travel around Cebu after checking out. The surrounding area is a bit dark and sketchy at night so it is best to take a taxi (which staff can call/hail for you). My only problem was poor connection to wifi from inside the rooms. Wifi worked fine in the lobby.

  • 19th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Casamso Boracay

Boracay Island, Philippines
77%

Bit difficult to find this hostel - down the same street as "Cub Ten" so look out for that sign. The pathway leading to the hostel is currently under construction so it seemed a bit sketchy, but the hostel felt very safe. My complaint is regarding the washroom facilities. Very poor water pressure for a beach hostel - impossible to wash out thick hair. Water from the sink smelled like old copper - very icky for teeth-brushing. Other than that, very friendly staff and a short walk from the beach.

  • 17th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Our Melting Pot

Manila, Philippines
77%

Located in the heart of Makati and within walking distance of many restaurants and bars. The 6-bed mixed dorm, however, was not at all soundproof and loud music from a bar across the street literally shook the windows until at least 3AM. I'd recommend booking the window-less 4-bed mixed dorm instead (I moved there because of the noise). Although keys were provided, rooms were never locked. Complimentary breakfast and great warm showers. Staff were available 24/7. Overall, decent backpackers stay

  • 13th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Insa Hostel Insadong

Seoul, South Korea
100%

Located in the heart of Insadong, a trendy/artsy area in Seoul. The hostel is within walking distance of two major palaces (Gyeongbok/Changdeok). The hostel also offered discounts for guests wanting to watch the Nanta show (40000 -> 32000 won). Very secure and safe. Laundry machines and breakfast are included in the price (eggs, toast, tea/coffee/juice, jam). TIP: Print a map before coming here as it was a little tricky the first time.

  • 2nd Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Homeikan

Tokyo, Japan
66%

Although this very likely was a reputable inn at one point, it seems that it has seen better days. This traditional ryokan is somewhat dusty, smelled of mold, and definitely didn't seem the cleanest. It was way overpriced, in my opinion. Potential guests should know that showers are communal. Overall, a good experience (for the traditional aspect of things including communal showers, tatami mats, yukata robes, matcha tea, etc.), but I wouldn't stay here again because of location and high cost.

  • 1st Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Sakura Hostel Asakusa

Tokyo, Japan
89%

A well run corporate hostel. It is very close to Sensoji temple and is a 10 min walk to Asakusa Station. Excellent wifi connection and even better water pressure in the showers. It would have been nice to have hooks or hangers in the rooms for clothes/towels. Hallways from washrooms to rooms were freezing after a shower (I stayed there in the winter). About $3.50 for a measly breakfast (toast, tea/coffee, prison soup). I found some hairs in my bedding, but overall my stay was comfortable/safe.

  • 29th Dec 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Seoul I Guesthouse

Seoul, South Korea
100%

I wanted to stay close to the airport as I had an early flight the next day and this hostel's location is right next to a subway station. It's about a 5 minute walk to the subway station and 45 minutes by train to Incheon International Airport. Very clean and comfortable room. The rooms are well secured as guests need a passcode to enter the hostel and each room is locked.

  • 25th Dec 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Arthouse Airport

Jeju Island, South Korea
91%

Perfect hostel if you want to stay close to the airport for an early morning flight. About 5 minutes and $3 to the airport by taxi. I stayed here in the winter and my room was very well heated. My only complaint is that the water in the washroom sink was freezing ice cold and painful to wash up in! Other than that, the receptionist was very friendly and let me in past the usual check-in time.

  • 24th Dec 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Come Inn Guesthouse

Seoul, South Korea
69%

Located in party central Hongdae. If you want to party, stay out late, meet new people - excellent place. If you want a full night's worth of uninterrupted sleep - not for you. Sensitive to noise? Bring earplugs for late returners and street music. The hostel is cost-friendly. Washrooms and the bedroom had a musty smell. Breakfast is included, but simple and not unlimited. No milk for coffee. My biggest complaint: There was no lock on the dorm room, though there are small small lockers inside.

  • 28th Nov 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Guest House Bola-Bola

Kyoto, Japan
80%

Sleeping mats and blankets provided for sleeping on the tatami floor. Rotating fan and air conditioner set at 25 C. Kyoto was very hot/humid so it would have been nice to lower the temperature. The hostel owner was kind enough to say that construction was happening nearby during our stay, but failed to mention the proximity to a railroad - in the backyard of the hostel. Light sleepers beware! Best part of staying here: Bike rentals are ¥500 for the day ($5) - great for riding out to Arashiyama!

  • 7th Sep 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Guesthouse Soi

Kyoto, Japan
100%

I stayed in a room with two bunk beds (so four beds). The room was quite small, but privacy was never an issue. Super comfortable and sturdy beds, air conditioning and a rotating fan make for a nice stay even in hot and humid weather. Although the room is small, there is enough space for carry-on suitcases and large backpacks under the beds and at the foot of the top bunk. Good location and less than ten minutes by bus to the lovely and tourist-friendly Gion district and Yasaka temple.

  • 5th Sep 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


HI-Montréal

Montreal, Canada
91%

HI-Montreal was very clean and in a pretty good location - close to enough downtown. Not exactly walking distance to clubs (especially if you're in heels!!), so I'd recommend taking a taxi. The hostel was great overall, except for the fact that my friend and I were charged a "booking fee" apparently from Hostelworld (said the receptionist) when we thought the payment was a deposit payable towards our stay. Be sure to read the fine print on this one!!

  • 26th Jul 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Bonjour and thank you for leaving your feedback! Great to know that you had a good time with us. Regarding the clubs and bars, maybe we should have pointed to the ones that are nearby since we are located just 2 blocks from some of the best spots for nightlife in Montréal... Next time I suppose! ;) Bon Voyage, Nicolas, hostel manager

HQ Villa

Lima, Peru
69%

Located in Miraflores, HQ Villa hostel is about a 15-20 minute walk to the heart of the district and 20-30 minute walk to the coast and stony beach. Unfortunately, we did not think that this hostel reached its full potential. Excellent atmosphere and very spacious rooms, however the staff were very impersonal in comparison to staff of other hostels we stayed in. Cleanliness of the bathrooms and kitchen especially needs improvement.

  • 12th May 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Banana's Adventure

Huacachina, Peru
83%

You can literally walk the perimeter of Huacachina in 15 minutes and so Banana's is pretty much in the middle of it all - including endless desert dunes. The chocolate covered banana crepe is highly recommended for breakfast though the food at the breakfast bar is quite expensive, in my opinion. The pool is a nice added touch - great for soaking up some sun. Sandboarding and dune-buggying (both of which are available at the hostel) are an ABSOLUTE MUST. No experience required, just a brave heart

  • 9th May 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


57%

Unfortunately our least favourite hostel in Peru. Rooms were quite shabby with saggy beds and a musty smell. The atmosphere and cleanliness definitely need improvement. The receptionists were too often missing for our liking. Location, on the brighter side, was quite okay as it is a walkable distance from Jiron Lima - touristy street full of shopping, restaurants and tour companies.

  • 1st May 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)


Pariwana Hostel Cusco

Cusco, Peru
100%

We stayed in six different hostels in various cities in Peru and Pariwana Hostel was most definitely our favourite. We felt very safe as there is a receptionist available 24/7, security in the evening hours, and a locked storage room for our extra belongings while on the Inca Trail. Perfect location for city sight-seeing, restaurants, shopping, and nightclubs. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent and cheerful atmosphere! Lots of pre-organized activities for everyone to enjoy.

  • 25th Apr 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Canada
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (23 reviews)