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Reviews: barefoot_backpacker

Location England, Gender Male, Age 41

  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 41+
  • Avid Traveller
Hostel Mangalem, Berat, Albania
8.9
14th Oct 2016

Feels more like a homestay than a hostel; very attentive and helpful family. Location very convenient for the fortress (and easy to get to if you can follow directions, ahem!), direct bus to bus station, and just a few steps away from the riverbank and a variety of good food spots. I stayed at a quiet time though so can't really score 'atmosphere'.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 41+
  • Avid Traveller
Stone City Hostel, Gjirokaster, Albania
10.0
12th Oct 2016

Oh my! Gorgeous building, centrally located in the old town (I've maxed it for location -> YMMV depending on your liking for hills, but TBH if you're not into hills, don't come to Albania!); fabulous and friendly staff, great inclusive atmosphere, lovely cakes! Good showers, nice vibe. Ask them about the pasta-on-bread-with-"fake"-jam! :p

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 41+
  • Avid Traveller
City Hostel Ohrid, Ohrid, Macedonia
8.6
9th Oct 2016

Definitely feels like a new hostel; lovely comfy beds in what feel like 'pods'. Nice ensuite shower. The only thing to say is that it feels more like a hotel than a hostel; there is a designated communal area but it's kind of public access (the building has apartments as well as a hostel). Good location though just beyond the North end of the main streets.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 41+
  • Avid Traveller
Lounge Hostel Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia
9.1
8th Oct 2016

The directions make it sound further away than it is - it's very easy to get to though; a mere few minutes' walk along the river then down a straight road from the not-Alexander-the-Great statue. Comfortable amount of space in the dorms, even the 8-bed, and bathrooms are a good size. Several decent food places nearby, but in any case the kitchen's a decent enough place to cook. Lively young staff :) Lounge & reception area make it an inclusive place, so good atmosphere!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Bamboo Paradise, Padang Bai, Indonesia
10.0
22nd Jun 2014

Run by Ayesha, a very helpful, chatty, and possibly mad Belgian. Lovely atmosphere, welcoming aircon, spacious dorm room with sizeable ensuite bathroom, just outside the centre of the village so quite quiet (the tannoys from arriving ferries isn’t offensive). Close to beach but along a steep stony barefoot-unfriendly trackway. Only intended to stay 1 night; sad I had to leave after 2 as it was full.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
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    • 10.0Staff
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Backpack OZ, Adelaide, Australia
10.0
3rd Jun 2014

Probably the most comfortable hostel beds I’ve slept on (and I hate upper bunks!). Large sociable hostel without being ‘party party’ – very friendly and helpful staff, nice bar and pool table, felt like a safe and good location. Don’t think I can fault it at all.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
The Pirates Backpackers Fremantle, Fremantle, Australia
8.6
29th May 2014

Very much a party hostel, with really friendly staff and a lively atmosphere (too lively at times; I ended up one night in a room with very drunk NZers, tho they were soon evicted). Large screen for films, free popcorn on film nights. Only downside is it doesn’t have wifi but it’s not quite inside Fremante’s citywide free wifi area.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Hostal El Arbol, La Serena, Chile
7.7
22nd May 2014

I stayed in the beach hostel; basically someone’s house with a large kitchen, small living room/social area, and an outhouse where the dorms are. It’s a nice location (on the edge of town close to the beach, down rural tracks) but not sure if some people would be comfortable with the walk past the playing fields. Bed felt a bit rickety but was comfy enough.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Casa Verde Limon, Valparaiso, Chile
9.4
20th May 2014

Took a little while to find (it's on the right of the main street, opposite a play area), and looks nothing special from the outside, but it's built into the hillside and is very spacious (and tall!). Huge kitchen and colourful/comfortable social area. Very close to good restaurant and short walk to city centre.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Don Santiago Hostel, Santiago, Chile
9.4
17th May 2014

Lovely, quirky hostel not too far from the metro and a comfortable walk to the city centre. it actually looks and feels like a large house rather than a hostel. Comfy beds, dorm room felt spacious, and nicely homely decorated (I liked the tiles in the bathroom).

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Do Re Mi Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania
9.4
13th May 2014

Very relaxed hostel, large common area, large kitchen, plenty of space in the dorm room (I was in a 6-bed dorm in a room that others would have tried to fit 8 in). Very helpful staff, cute dog in the entrance way. Convenient for the Cathedral area and the shops on Gedimino, tho the opposite side of the city from the stations. Will definitely stay there again.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Magic Bus Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
8.0
7th May 2014

This is going to be a bit of a strange review. In principle this is a pretty cool, groovy, small hostel. Doesn't look much from the outside (it's on an upper floor of a city apartment building), but inside it's warm, welcoming, and friendly. Is a couple of blocks from the metro but is near some decent cafes etc. It's a very small hostel, but it seemed to have everything I needed. The only issue I had is that during my stay it felt like the staff outnumbered the backpackers!

View Property Reply

Thanks for warm words, Ian. Yeah, we are small, but really cozy :) But it's surprise for me to hear about 'outnumbered staff' because during your stay I was working alone :)

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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
The Cozyness Hostel, Bucharest, Romania
9.1
1st May 2014

Only there one night, but seemed very nice. Was in dorm in a separate area (with own common room) but everyone stayed in the main communal area. Staff very friendly, bordering on completely bonkers. Good comfy cushions to flop on. Kitchen slightly small but it's a small hostel so not complaining. Easy to get to (a short stagger from the metro, and just off a major bus route anyway). On a quiet side-street.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Couple, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Old City Philly House, Philadelphia, USA
10.0
27th Sep 2013

Very easy location to find, friendly and welcoming staff, clean and bright hostel, definitely a pleasure in a world of motels and overly-fake customer service. Interesting walking tour provided (sorry we had to dip out halfway through), and good social scene. Oh, *and* we fixed the squeaky door :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
The Only Backpacker's Inn, Toronto, Canada
10.0
22nd Sep 2013

You can see a metro stop from the balcony, and it's above a cafe that also sells real ale/microbeers. What else do you need?! Huge kitchen space, nice social areas, comfortable dorms ... it's quite a way out from the city centre but it's quick and easy to get to by subway, plus the area it's in is good for food, drink, and local amenities.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
ACBB Hostel Niagara, Niagara Falls, Canada
9.4
20th Sep 2013

Two blocks from Clifton Hill but feels like two realities away, down a quiet street with uber-buzzy, excellent, and possibly quite mad staff, who are happy to advise what to see (and what not to see in this cheesy pseudo-seaside resort). Dorm pretty spacious, bathrooms clean and functional, very good atmosphere. Don't do a day trip to the falls from Toronto, stay here and see the area properly!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
8.3
18th Sep 2013

Very lovely, quirky, interesting hostel on the edge of the city centre, very comfortable & spacious, walkable to the main attractions, and nice touches like individual lights and shelves (so useful when you wear glasses!) in the dorm beds. Staff at Swiss Hotel were fabulous and friendly. My only gripe is when I went, lots of other guests were at a convention in the city so the hostel itself had virtually no people in it in the evenings so not much atmosphere (not the hostel's fault, obviously!).

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
La Maison du Patriote, Montreal, Canada
8.3
17th Sep 2013

I only briefly stopped here, arriving late and leaving early the next day, but brief impressions were of a quirky, lively hostel in a really good location for the old part of town. Felt comfortable and friendly, would stay here longer next time I'm in Montreal. Only minor gripe: kitchen felt a little small, but that's no real big issue.

    • 8.0Value For Money
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    • 10.0Location
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    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Hayarkon 48 Hostel, Tel Aviv, Israel
8.0
1st Mar 2013

It's bright yellow, so very hard to miss! It's a very short barefoot stroll to the beachfront, and convenient for buses to the central bus station. No real social area (the back room and the roof terrace are quite small), but the dorms are comfortable and clean. One minor bad point - no bedside powerpoints that I noticed. Functional without being spectacular (but I get the impression that's quite good for Tel Aviv!) - would stay here again if I came back to Israel.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Bethlehem Youth Hostel, Bethlehem, Israel
8.0
27th Feb 2013

The hostel itself is really good; just that when I was there it was very quiet (had a 6-bed dorm to myself), so hard to judge atmosphere etc. Very friendly and helpful staff, and the hostel itself does good deeds for the local community. Didn't see a lock anywhere, but didn't feel security was an issue because it was so quiet. No bedside powerpoints either, but again, not a problem for me in my visit. Short walk from Manger Square, down a quiet street, so pretty central too :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 4.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
9.1
24th Feb 2013

I'm only recently started with hostelling, and this place is the largest hostel I've ever stayed in! The social area on the 1st floor is huuuuuge, and easy to meet people - plus there's always something going on. It's located a fair walk from the old city and the bus station but is right next to a tram stop. Definitely the place to go if you're feeling sociable :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
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    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Saba'a Hotel, Petra, Jordan
9.4
21st Feb 2013

Centrally located in Wadi Musa (a town consisting mainly of cafes, hairdressers, and hotels). Very friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable beds. Only downside is no real social area apart from the roof (and sort-of reception), but a) it's more a hotel than a hostel anyway, and b) you're so knackered after walking Petra that who needs socialising! :p

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Cliff Hotel, Amman, Jordan
7.1
20th Feb 2013

Down a souk in central Amman, on the top floor of a building (the floor below seemed to be some kind of men's canteen), so centrally located if hard to find. Nice reception/lounge area. It was £7 for a single private room; I wasn't expecting a great deal, and my expectations were well met - as a stopover it served my needs perfectly.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 4.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 4.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
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Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth, Israel
9.4
18th Feb 2013

Takes a bit of trekking through the Old City to find (this is no bad thing) but definitely worth the effort to seek out. Large decent kitchen (acts as a social area), friendly staff, picturesque inside (up and down), close to the restaurant with the best hummus I found all trip (!), spacious dorms (not bunks) ... just go there! :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
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  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Gordon Inn, Tel Aviv, Israel
6.9
16th Feb 2013

Only used it as a stopover (late flight arrival, early departure next morning). Great lady on reception who joked and smiled, dorm room nice enough, bathroom ok but needed a little renovation, dorm door kept sticking (kept waking up the poor lass on the other side!), good enough location, had issues with wi-fi, decent enough breakfast!

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Dear Guest, We appreciate the time you took to review our hostel. Since you were last here we have hired a new maintenance crew to make the necessary needed changes to our building. We also have fixed the wifi so it is now available on every floor, including the roof. Thanks again for writing a review and for staying with us! Sincerely, Gordon Inn

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  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Hostel Magaza, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
8.9
15th Nov 2012

I can't really comment on atmosphere as I stayed 2 nights in a 4-bed doorm ... on my own! (out-of-season, obviously!). The staff were more than excellent (I forget his name, alas, but he was kind enough to taxi me to the airport at 5.30am for less than the taxis would have, and very friendly to boot). Tricky to find because Sarajevo doesn't *do* street name signs, but very very close to the Old Town - surroundings very noisy at night, but excellent location for food and drink! Small but cool!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Sax Hostel, Ljubljana, Slovenia
9.4
7th Nov 2012

Quirky! Small (so not a place for party animals!) and comfortable, quiet neighbourhood, excellent bar with a nice mix of backpackers and locals. Nice Jazz theme (even down to the vinyl records on the toilet wall!). Friendly staff, excellent bathroom. At the opposite end of the city to the bus/train stations but it's a very safe and pretty walk, even at night.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • barefoot_backpacker
  • England, Male, 31-40
  • Avid Traveller
Clink78, London, England
8.9
30th May 2012

Needed somewhere cheap and close to St Pancras for an early morning train - this fitted the bill perfectly! Lively, atmospheric, interesting - the only downside (partly because it was so full and partly because it was summertime I guess) was that the dorm was too warm (no aircon or fresh air flowing), so felt a bit stuffy.

    • 8.0Value For Money
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    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness

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