Reviews: martincollins

Location: England, Age: 35

Palmira Hostel Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The setup is each room opens into a external corridor. The dorm itself was nice enough, very clean with a good bathroom. However there isn't any social area that I could see. Unfortunately the weather was very cold and windy. The staff were very apologetic for not having blankets. I hope they will get some invade cold weather happens again

Hostal Cumbres del Volcan

San Salvador, El Salvador

No English speaking staff, which seems common during low season. The building is very nice, and the bathroom of the 5 bed dorm is excellent. It is located in a very safe area which may seem boring to some people, but the centre is 1 hour walking or 20 minutes by bus. They are many pages of information put on the walls, which can also be downloaded from the hostel website. ATMs one block away, I felt completely safe here.

Smart Russell Square

London, England

Kind of an average experience. The dorms are ok. There didn't seem to be much atmosphere, but then I was meeting friends in London and didn't really spend much time at the hostel

Dreamkapture Hostal

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Interesting atmosphere here, I guess you get a lot of people just passing through and with very different plans. There is a nice garden/pool area to sit in (might want bug spray), and the city centre (good for a few hours sightseeing) is only 30 minutes by bus. There seem to be a lot of rules, but I think its good if the travelers and hostel know what to expect from each other, its nothing onerous.

Bauhouse Hostel & Bar

Cuenca, Ecuador

Essentially a large space partitioned up so noise could be a problem, however it wasn't noisy while I was there. Even though the hostel was full, the bar was quite empty and I had some very good sleep. The large dorms have an interesting mezzanine floor setup with normal (not bunk) beds. I was given a key, but I never saw the lockable door actually closed during my whole stay. Most beds have a locker, but the screw-in eyelets forming the padlock connection looked pretty weak. Right in the centre

Hotel Glamour

Riobamba, Ecuador

Never stayed in an actual hotel before in South America so don't really have anything to compare it. Was a bit cold in my room, and the hotel was undergoing renovation work on the upper floors, but it was nothing that impacted my stay. I left before breakfast so can't really comment. Only 10 minutes walk from the bus station. The wifi was fast and reliable.


Was expecting a party hostel but it wasn't too bad. The bar closes at a reasonable time. The free food is great, plentiful and very tasty. Bad points, booked a four bed room at extra cost, and there was an additional mattress on the floor for another person, so it was actually 5 bed. Also a guy working at the hostel was in the room and sleeping/awake at odd hours, this is understandable as he is working, however it might be better if staff have their own room.

Hostel Revolution

Quito, Ecuador

Very friendly and sociable hostel with good common areas. Staff/owners excellent, even providing free cake on one of the evenings. I just explored the old town, never even went to the tourist area.

Dijembe Backpackers Hostel

Storms River, South Africa

I felt the main drive from the staff was to sell the activities, it wasn't a hard sell, and I guess this would be where they get most of their income.

Haris Youth Hostel

Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina

The owner of this hostel is very knowledgeable and welcoming. The common room and kitchen are large and well equipped. It was out of season when I was here and very quiet so cannot comment on the atmosphere too much. Overall I had a great time and met a few interesting people. If you want to make sure you can come a go freely without someone needing to buzz you in, make sure you are given a keycard.

Villa Alliya

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The rooms are on the first floor (british floor counting) of a private house, on the side of a hill overlooking the port. You can take the bus to get between here and the bus station, or you can walk about 25 minutes using stairs. Use OpenStreetMap for accurate map of the stairs. Overall its basic (except the bathroom which was very nice), but good for the price and location. Only problem was noise that sounded like a washing machine on spin cycle on floor above at around midnight.

Central Backpackers

Oxford, England

I wasn't bothered by noise, there was some distant bass in the early morning, but i could easily sleep through it. The staff are very friendly and helpful, i had no problem getting a shower in the morning and the breakfast was good. I would go back.

Old Town Hostel

Tbilisi, Georgia

Very friendly little hostel. Instead of getting a key, you press the buzzer and someone will let you in, there is always someone there to help and answer questions. They are renovating the ground floor, I stayed on the second floor and there are no banisters on the stairs, fine for me, but be aware if you have mobility issues or small children. Currently only one bathroom, another on the ground floor on the way.

Granny's Inn Hostel

Sliema, Malta

I had a very relaxing stay in this well organised and clean hostel. I slept amazingly well the beds are very comfortable. Slight down sides, the showers require pressing a button every ten seconds or so. The kitchen is open the same hours as reception, around 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening, but closed two evenings a week. The hop on - hop off tours are pushed a bit, this might be the best option for you, if you are short on time, however public buses are numerous and cheap.

La Iguana Perdida

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

This is almost like a backpackers resort, being self contained, as there is not much else in the village. Its location is on the waterfront of Lake Atitlan in a very beautiful position. There was algae on the lake when I was there, swimming and diving were not possible, BUT this didn\'t affect the enjoyment of my stay, there is plenty else to do. The staff are very friendly, and the mostly young crowd seem to have a good time.

Casa Bellona

Antigua, Guatemala

This small guest house is tucked away in a quiet side street in the south of Antigua. There are a few private rooms and a comfortable six bed dorm. Its great if like me you need a relatively quiet place to study Spanish. Its only 15 minutes walk to the centre, but can be difficult to find when you first arrive. (Print map from website). Danielle (the owner) is very friendly and knows a great deal about the city and surroundings. I enjoyed my stay and will return if I'm in Antigua again.

Posada los Mapaches

Tulum, Mexico

This is small, friendly and family run with lodge style accommodation. Around 40 minutes walk from town, but right next to the entrance to Tulum ruins, with the free bikes you can get there in 5 minutes. The beach here is also amazingly beautiful and quiet. There are many mosquitos, repellent is neccessary, even if you\'ve not had problems in other places. Breakfast is good. Cycling into town is fine in the day, but a little dangerous at night. Luckily there is a place to eat just across the road

Hostel Quetzal

Cancun, Mexico

This hostel has a party atmosphere, however I stayed in an open plan dorm and managed to get a good nights sleep, as the party moves to one of the local bars by 11. The breakfast is good and people friendly, large lockers are provided. The bus station and shops are within walking distance.