Reviews: baspen

Location: USA, Gender: Female, Age: 25

Urbany Hostel Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

The hostel is really close to the metro, and you can walk (a while) to some sights. The sheets and towels need to be rented, and most people in my room used just the mattress cover, duvet, and uncovered pillow - which I think makes the place really dirty. The womens' dorm bathrooms are well equipped, although you have to press the water button every 15 seconds or so. The common areas are comfortable, and the kitchen is roomy. Key card system is great. Helpful staff!

Living Mad Hostel

Madrid, Spain

Great hostel. Erica's walking tour was great, and Jose's and Hector's pub crawls are really fun. The bedrooms are cramped and can get stuffy, but the common area is really great. The main negative is the obnoxious key system, but that wouldn't necessarily keep me from staying here again.


Great kitchen - super clean and very large! Large bathrooms are nice because there aren't lines. The dorms have windows, fans, and lockers. Staff is very helpful. Restaurants and convenient stores nearby.

Paraiso Travellers Hostel

Barcelona, Spain

Keep your eyes peeled for the sign, this is one hostel where you want to remember the address. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the common area is fine, but people primarily use the small balcony to smoke. the outdoor patio is great, lots of sunshine and seating. There is no kitchen (but there might be one coming?), so no fridge. Not many showers, but the bathrooms are kept clean.


Istanbul, Turkey

Really enjoyed staying here. Rooms are spacious and have natural light, bathrooms are clean and not cramped. Breakfast is included too, and there is a water cooler available to guests. Thanks Engin for all your help!

Orient Hostel

Istanbul, Turkey

Great place to stay - tons of bars and restaurants on this street, and easy to walk to major sights from here. Clean rooms, excellent breakfast spread on roof terrace.

Islands Leisure Pad

Dumaguete, Philippines

Beautiful place! Main house is fantastic, was upgraded for my second stay. Refreshing plunge pool in back. Open central areas are calm and cozy. Other than the owners, staff is unorganized. Breakfast not included. Walkable from Dumaguete proper but most people take a tricycle.

MNL Boutique Hostel

Manila, Philippines

Nice common area with book exchange, and kitchen is open for common use. Beni's falafel nearby is a treat. Rooms are small (bottom bunk not big enough to sit up in) but lockers are spacious. Breakfast is simple and fine.

Khoi Hostel

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Book exchange, nice common area with 2 computers. Only one bathroom for a large dorm, but you can use the bathroom on any floor. Huge room with 8 beds! Breakfast is fine. The tours you can book through them are cheaper than booking through other agents.

Mojzo inn

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Great breakfast on the roof, cozy common area with book exchange and computers. Extremely friendly staff, very helpful. Less than 5 minute walk to the beach and there are tons of restaurants nearby. Impossible not to meet other travelers too.

Aonang Backpacker Hostel

Krabi, Thailand

Great place to spend a night or two. Aonang is very touristy and you can't feel a local culture, but it's a great jump off point for the islands and Railay/Tonsai beach. Accomodations are roomy and clean, had a young backpacker vibe. Very helpful staff.

Phalarn Inn Samui

Koh Samui, Thailand

Stayed for one night, fine experience. Cute bungalows around the pool, 2-minute walk via path to the beach. Restaurant was well priced and tasted good.

Koh Kwang Resort

Krabi, Thailand

We booked a double bed w/ private bathroom, and what we were given was a bedroom that we think was the owner's master bedroom (we found her or some other woman's underwear under the bed with the dust bunnies) and we shared a bathroom (one toilet, one shower) with the family and several other bunkers in the building. It was very dirty and even the laundry water flowed through while I was showering. Not a resort at all!

JP Mansion

Krabi, Thailand

We stayed in a stuffy windowless room (don't get #303!!). The bathroom was across the hall and felt unclean. The wifi didn't reach the room, and there was no hot shower. Overall a very depressing experience.

Parami Guesthouse

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Loved it! Friendly staff, great common areas, rooms are nice. There's a little pond with stepping rocks you have to pass to get to some of the rooms, which would be hard on crutches or similar injuries.

Udee Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

One of the most beautiful hostels I stayed at in Thailand. Very clean, very helpful staff, good variety in the book exchange. Don't count on their included breakfast to fill you up, but it's a good morning snack. There's even a washer/dryer to use on the roof - a lucky find in this country! The 24hr reception is really great too. The address can be elusive to taxi drivers though, so keep an eye out for the street (soi).