Reviews: martincollins

Location: England, Age: 36

Hostel Poesia

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
97%

New building, nice bunks, and great value in their opening promotion. It is a bit far out of town in a residential area but that could be an advantage. You can get the bus to airport/falls/argentina from a bus stop 10 minutes walk away without needing to go into town and change buses!

  • 14th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Casa Alta Hostel

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
94%

Very quiet when I was here. The building itself is in an area being newly developed. Some way out but still walkable from the bus station. Its more like an upmarket B&B than a hostel, but still with a friendly feel / pool table etc. Great air conditioning, beds, lockers etc. If the weather was good I could imagine hanging here for a few days.

  • 13th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


El Jardin Hostal

Asuncion, Paraguay
97%

This is probably the most friendly hostel i've ever stayed in. Check-in was a bit disorganised, mostly because they were preparing an asado. Beds, air conditioning, breakfast etc all good. Walking distance to all downtown sights, very easy to get to by bus from the bus station

  • 11th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Colonial Hostel & Camping

Encarnacion, Paraguay
91%

Don't let the 'Camping' put you off. Its more like a quality B&B that has camping in the back garden. Great beds, showers, wifi etc. Near to the beach and riverside area for running/walking. I was impressed by the breakfast.

  • 10th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Tarambana Hostel

Posadas, Argentina
80%

Hostel is in quiet residential area, near the riverside and a nice place to walk or run. There were lockers for each person in the dorm room, large enough for laptop. Breakfast was a bit minimal, I was served with a tiny bowl of cornflakes, i would normally eat 10x as much, also provided coffee and two small bread rolls. Mostly the building was nice, except for the guys toilet/shower room which doesn't lock or stay closed.

  • 8th Apr 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)

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Willy Fogg Hostel

Montevideo, Uruguay
71%

The hostel is nice enough, there are lots of toilets and showers, big TV etc. The checking in process seemed a little chaotic. There was no obvious way to turn off the air conditioning in the dorm, so it was left on 24/7. And the breakfast was a little disappointing, just toast and coffee

  • 25th Mar 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


El Viajero - Hostel & Suites

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
86%

Dorm, breakfast, wifi etc all great. There is an outside sitting area immediately outside the dorm. Convenient in the day time, inconvenient when someone starts a loud conversation at 1am. Choose a different room if you are a light sleeper.

  • 23rd Mar 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Chepatagonia Hostel

Puerto Madryn, Argentina
91%

Friendly hostel, comfortable bed, lots of power points, good size personal lockers, nice breakfast. Some traffic noise in dorm room. Would stay again.

  • 20th Mar 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Los Cormoranes

Ushuaia, Argentina
71%

The hostel is expensive for what you get but this generally the same for the whole town. Rooms facing the outside around a courtyard. Kitchen door is left open 24/7, there is cctv, but essentially one door protecting your stuff. My room had three working lockers for 8 beds and one power point. There are a lot of small maintenance issues throughout the building eg impossible to lock window. Having said all the above I still got a few good nights sleep

  • 15th Mar 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Moai Viajero Hostel

Santiago, Chile
91%

Based in a quirky old building surrounded by small universities. The staff are very friendly and the breakfast excellent. Washing machine use a bit pricey at 4500 pesos. I was in the 8 bed dorm and had no problems with noise or anything

  • 2nd Mar 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Punto Urbano

Mendoza, Argentina
91%

I enjoyed my stay here, the only downside was the traffic noise in the 8 bed dorm. Free washing, great breakfast, free wine, and extremely helpful staff

  • 28th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)

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Hostel Mora Mendoza

Mendoza, Argentina
89%

This hostel is friendly and quiet with a great free breakfast. They have free wine every evening and great evening events. The staff are super helpful and speak great english which is useful for me

  • 26th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


El Argentino Hostel

Salta, Argentina
77%

I have rated low for security because often there us nobody at the front desk and the door is not locked. Otherwise it was fine for the price. The building isn't the best but pretty normal for a hostel in south america.

  • 22nd Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


HI-Valle Hermosa

Tupiza, Bolivia
74%

Comfortable single beds in the dorm room. I didn't have breakfast or use the kitchen as this incurs an extra charge

  • 18th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hostal Wasi Masi

Sucre, Bolivia
97%

This excellent guest house is only a few blocks from the main square, has hot gas powered showers, the best breakfast i've had in south america, friendly staff, clean, and great value private rooms. Also lockers big enough for large laptops, super fast wifi, lunch for 14 bolivianos, plenty of DVD's, and a kitchen. Highly recommended. Some english is spoken.

  • 6th Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


The Adventure Brew Hostel

La Paz, Bolivia
89%

Although I got the impression this was a party hostel, I had some good nights sleep here, couldn't hear the music from my dorm, and the bunks were solid and comfortable. The luggage storage room is the most secure I have ever seen, you get a number and room is locked by security guard. Free beer is nice and the food in the bar is reasonably priced compared to tourist restaurants, expensive compared to locals places. Bar staff are volunteers and it shows in their lack or experience

  • 3rd Feb 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Kantaya Hostel

Puno, Peru
89%

Puno is cold, but this hostel has gas heaters and does a good job at keeping the draught out. However there is no ventilation in the dorm bathroom and the damp smell is covered up with incense. The breakfast is good and there is a nice TV/Common Room. Staff are helpful and happy to sell tours and bus tickets, but I would recommend walking over to the bus station (30 minutes) to pay 50% less.

  • 31st Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Friendly AQP

Arequipa, Peru
91%

Like the name says, the staff here are very friendly and helpful. Comfortable beds, and generally very quiet. Lots of people getting early nights for the treks that start at 3.30am

  • 28th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hospedaje Brabant

Nazca, Peru
91%

Small and friendly, this place sells inexpensive tours and has comfortable beds. Was allowed to stay in the hostel all day before my overnight bus. Recommend.

  • 26th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Ica Wasi Hospedaje

Ica, Peru
89%

This small guest house is conveniently located in town. The two brothers running the place are very friendly and helpful.

  • 24th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


89%

Amazing, atmospheric old building. Lots of lockers, inc the right shape for laptops, some with power inside. The bunks were comfortable and sturdy. Location is close to the historic centre and central station. Free walking tour was great. Only downsides for me was no wifi in dorms, and the small breakfast, two light bread rolls, although this isn't unusual for Peru. Slightly older crowd than miraflores, I would recommend.

  • 23rd Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Condor's House

Lima, Peru
66%

Great location and fun hostel. They organise nights out clubbing, possibly one for the younger crowd. Impressive large bathroom in my dorm, scalding hot water. Downsides lockers very small so nowhere convenient to put my laptop. The wifi seemed somewhat slow and overburdened.

  • 20th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hopi Hostel

Bogota, Colombia
86%

Brand new hostel, nice sheets, climbing wall (with overhang so quite tricky). They were assembling more beds while I was there. The hostel works great with only a few people, not so sure what it will be like when full. They need to provide more of everything for the kitchen, pots/pans/cups. However the bathrooms are great and no shortage. The guy on the front desk was super friendly and helpful. I had a great time and would recommend.

  • 18th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Mama Waldy Hostel

Cartagena, Colombia
80%

I was in Cartagena in peak season and booked the cheapest place available. This place is OK considering everywhere else is so much more expensive. I didn't like that the plaster on the wall next to my bunk was falling off, and anything brushing against it was covered in white dust. However the bunk itself was sturdy and comfortable. The bathroom was inside the dorm and frequently people not staying in the dorm would come inside to use the bathroom. Breakfast was good

  • 14th Jan 2015
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Casa CamaleĆ³n Hostal

Cali, Colombia
94%

Great staff, nice terrace on the roof, enjoyed my stay

  • 30th Dec 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Bambu Glamping City House

Medellin, Colombia
77%

I stayed here over Christmas. It was full of big groups, which is not ideal for a solo traveler. However the staff were helpful and the location good. Generally the curtains around the beds are a good idea and add to a feeling of privacy. Only a few small things, not many small saucepans in kitchen and sometimes there was no hot water in the shower. Some biting insects in the garden. Only 2 showers.

  • 22nd Dec 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Palmira Hostel Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
74%

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

  • 27th Nov 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hostal Cumbres del Volcan

San Salvador, El Salvador
86%

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.

  • 19th Nov 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Smart Russell Square

London, England
63%

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

  • 14th Jun 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Dreamkapture Hostal

Guayaquil, Ecuador
80%

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.

  • 3rd Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Bauhouse Hostel & Bar

Cuenca, Ecuador
80%

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

  • 1st Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hotel Glamour

Riobamba, Ecuador
83%

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.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


80%

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.

  • 25th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Hostel Revolution

Quito, Ecuador
86%

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.

  • 23rd Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Dijembe Backpackers Hostel

Storms River, South Africa
71%

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.

  • 19th Nov 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Haris Youth Hostel

Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
80%

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.

  • 5th May 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Villa Alliya

Dubrovnik, Croatia
83%

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.

  • 4th May 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Central Backpackers

Oxford, England
89%

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.

  • 30th Mar 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (45 reviews)


Old Town Hostel

Tbilisi, Georgia
87%

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
97%

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
83%

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
97%

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
80%

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
73%

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.