You can tell that the people who own and manage BOA care about the experience. Small touches and smiles make it nice. The guests are mostly Korean, as Koreans use hostels / guesthouses like hotels when traveling in-country. So there is zero "hostel" atmosphere . The room was a little small for the price (compared to local standards) and could have used some hangers or something for clothing / luggage. But otherwise things were clean and easy and I appreciated the free laundry. Would stay again.
The room is in a good spot within the town, although there are no views of the water / harbor. You can see the main street. There isn't a lot of privacy though - there are various holes covered with mesh wire to the exterior that make you feel exposed to the outside. Basic facilities, decent bed. I got a better bang for my buck where I stayed in Riomaggiore. They don't speak much english, and the instruction emails are only in Italian.
There are multiple rooms in different locations. But mine was nice, and the owner was very nice!
Average hostel. Although too basic in some ways - there were limited outlets, no shelves or anything near bunk to put your phone etc. No places to hang towels in the bathroom. Etc. It did have a mini fridge in the dorm though. Locker and key provided, but not big enough for a 40L backpack. Staff guy was nice.
Great hostel. It's designed and run very well. Little things like the big lockers with hinged shelves, TV room, laundry, etc. Cleaned daily, and well. Only complaint: no air conditioning in the basement rooms - our dorm got too hot to sleep, but then there are no screens on the windows. So if you open window, bugs come in and bite you. Atmosphere not superb. Little social interaction. Mostly Korean visitors keeping to themselves. Interlaken is hella expensive, so this hostel is too.
The Jumba sisters rock. So cool to see three young women running a good business. They have fun and enjoy their guests. Warm tasty breakfast every morning, free access to tea / etc throughout the day. Good location near Taksim, but a 10 min walk from any major public transport. Everything in building is new. Beds are super comfortable.
Dinas was great - stay here! George, the owner / manager, is a friendly and very nice guy, going out of his way to be helpful to his guests. That's what hostels are all about. The location is great. Right in downtown Fira. Security is a little less than perfect because the exterior doors aren't locked and there isn't 24/7 staff, but the door lock seemed secure and there was a small wall safe in the room (a private room), but no locker - maybe it's different in the dorms.
I was stuck on Ios for a few days during the tail end of the low/off season due to a ferry strike. Ios really shuts down for the winter. I was the only person staying in this hotel, and possibly the whole beach. Which was kind of a pain, since there was no food around and the buses were sparse. But I bet it's a great spot during the main May-August months. Hotel is very nice for area. And the location is perfect for beach time. Petros, the owner, is a nice guy who cares about his guests.