I am back for a second stint on route to Bariloche as I really liked this hostel. Its in a huge and beautiful house, actually one on the walking circuit around Puerto Varas, and is incredibly spacious with comfortable living areas and fantastic staff that are always smiling and willing to help. Its certainly not a party hostel and perhaps its sister hostel may be better suited to meeting travelers but for a chilled out stay with everything you need, I couldn't recommend this place more.
El Refugio is almost guaranteed to offer an entertaining stay, even if you do nothing but hang around there all day. The staff are helpful and friendly and very involved with the travelling gang, since they are travelers themselves after all. The location is ideal, just opposite the Pullman terminal, 30 seconds from JAC and the local bus terminal, and a couple minutes from Higgins (the main street). Its a little pricey, that's the only issue for me but can not fault the hostel itself.
Great hostel in a beautiful building in Barrio Brasil not far from two metro stations to get you anywhere you need to go. The hostel is very modern and has everything you could need for a decent and budget stay in Santiago. The bunk beds were sizeable and comfy (albeit stay in a bottom bunk if you are small or less agile), the kitchen area was small but functional and the common areas are open and spacious. Hard to fault Landay, would happily stay again.
Don Santiago, being an old house, has a very friendly, welcoming and homely feel that was ideal for me having just arrived from a lengthy flight from Europe. The staff are both friendly and helpful and the hostel facilities and location are decent enough for an enjoyable and affordable stay in Santiago. The only thing I would say is that it felt like the place just needed a little updating and freshening up as with that, the charm of the place would certainly shine through stronger.
Las Musas is a sizeable hostel located in the heart of Madrid and so within walking distance of pretty much everything. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful with additional information. Its ideal for those on a budget as it costs a little less than some of the other hostels around, and the kitchen is fantastic for those cooking their way around the world. My only concern was an incredibly uncomfortable bunk bed, but other than that, I would gladly stay again.
In a nutshell..the communal areas are sizeable and could have a good atmosphere at busier times and the rooms were also quite spacious and appeared clean, although there were some stale smells around. The staff member on arrival was very friendly which is always encouraging. I guess the main problem, is that there is nothing around and it feels a little run down, but then that's somewhat irrelevant given the primary reason for staying here, which is a stopover for the airport..it does this well.
Mystic House served as a decent base for my time in Cartagena. Its a short walk to the historic walled city and provides the essentials that a traveler needs. The dorm room is a somewhat cell-like with little natural light and is a little stuffy as a result, but despite the immense humidity, with the provided fans, I didn't find sleeping uncomfortable. The common area is airy and fresh and the owner is particularly helpful with information and arranging transport. Great for a chilled stay.
The Happy Buddha has a friendly welcoming atmosphere epitomized by the excellent staff. Its in a great location and has great facilities to cater for an overnight or weeklong stay. There is a fully functioning bar overlooking the street outside (that even attracts the locals) should you like a good drink but also provides a chilled environment for those wanting to relax. Well worth looking at if staying in Medellin.
To briefly summarize, its brand new and clean, has all the facilities you could ever need, it has a great atmosphere that caters for the more chilled folk as well as the party-goers, excellent friendly staff and is in an ideal and safe location that can get you anywhere you need to be. To top it all off, its very reasonably priced...a great way to start any Colombian adventure if starting in Bogota.
I liked pretty much everything about this hostel, it was clean, airy and bright with helpful and well informed staff, and in a decent area with an easy bus ride downtown. Not too far down the road (left on exit) is a big supermarket (max o menos) and in the other direction is the big mall. To get downtown, any buses right outside marked for San Jose get you there in just 5 minutes (prices are shown on the front of the bus so their should be no guessing). Good place in the hustle of San Jose.
This is probably the best hostel I have stayed in in Mexico. The rooms are clean and spacious, as is the communal area and the beautiful pool. The breakfast is plentiful (lots of fresh fruit) and they have live music some nights, salsa classes and cooking classes a couple nights in the week. It may be a simple thing to do but providing a map and a list of what to do and how to do it goes a long way in my book. Stay here!
I didn't have much choice on the site when I chose La Cigana despite the fact that apparently a lot of the hostels were available around town, which was a shame. Ultimately the hostel served its purpose but I just felt that it wasn't as clean as it could have been, it didn't seem that organized and lacked atmosphere somewhat. It didn't help that the water stopped working on the first night either....leagues below the other hostels I've stayed across the country. Good location however...central.
I only stayed a night in Playa del Carmen, but it was a night well spent. Hostel Che is well located and has everything you could need from a hostel in the region. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the town and surrounding areas, it was clean, affordable and has all the facilities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Well worth a visit when in town.
Poc na had been recommended to me again and again whilst travelling and its clear why. Its setting is just perfect, the location is the backpackers equivalent of a honeymoon in the Maldives. It's quite a sizeable hostel so you don't really get that homely, more friendly/social feel that you do with smaller hostels, but its certainly good for both a party and a complete chill out, whichever you prefer (or both of course). The place to stay on Isla Mujeres.
Whilst Cancun wasn't for me, Ka'beh has left me with some fantastic memories. David has created a great hostel over the last four years and one that lives up to the promise of being your home away from home. There's no need for me to describe why I like the hostel so much, in fact I'm not sure if I could anyway, stay there when in Cancun and you'll find out for yourself. Keep up the good work David.
First and foremost, the location is ideal, you can get to most of the major sites and museums with a little walk in either direction, and if you don't like walking, the Hidalgo metro station is just round the corner. I had a room to myself until late in the evening and it was very clean, well aired and spacious...couldn't really ask for much more. The staff on the front desk were all very helpful and the communal areas are nice and chilled. Well worth a stay at the price.
Hostel on 3rd is well worth a stay in San Diego, its a lengthy trip to the beaches if that's your reason for coming to San Diego but a general traveler, it's in an ideal location to see the best of what San Diego has to offer. It's clean, spacious and well equipped, has plenty of bars and restaurants just around the corner and a Ralph's supermarket if you want to shop and cook on a budget.
I really liked the hostel, it was probably the best hostel I've stayed in across the US so I can't really suggest anything. Lot's of space, clean, good location and helpful staff. Can't really ask for much more so keep up the good work is all I can say.
Without doubt, Capitol City Hostel is a great place to stay in DC on a budget. Its 20-30 minutes to the White House by bus and has everything you really need in a hostel. The big plus is that, as you can probably tell from the other reviews, it also has Bill who is really friendly and incredibly helpful. Yes, perhaps it doesn't appear as clean as it could be but it serves its purpose very well and I would gladly revisit. Thanks for your hospitality Bill, greatly appreciated.
Most definitely a party hostel so not really for those wanting to chill as well as party. My room was pretty cramped but then I have little to compare to at this stage in my travels. The location is ideal, practically on the beach and you can catch the SoBe local bus anywhere on South Beach @ 25c pretty much right outside (if you want more than just beach and bars). Nice to have breakfast, lunch and dinner on the house but don't expect culinary excellence. All in all, it served its purpose well.