Reviews: Anonymous

Location: USA, Gender: Male, Age: 31

Very basic place to stay. The lockers are really small, and not big enough for even a small backpack. No shelf or lamps beside each bed, so no place to put your alarm clock, for example. Bathrooms are in each room, so, in a 8 person room, there was a long wait for the shower. But at least it's pretty clean. It's convenient to the Metro - just a 5 minute walk.


Perhaps one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. Clean, beautiful, and convenient to everything in town. Staff was incredibly friendly and helped with planning my hike. Friendly atmosphere, and laid-back. Kitchen is big and fully equipped. Great place to stay!

Hostel Strowis

Utrecht, Netherlands

The good: super friendly staff, great location (3 min walk to downtown). The bad: really basic hostel, with just a lot of steel beds in each room. The lockers, ridiculously, are downstairs while the rooms are upstairs, so it becomes really annoying.

MEININGER Amsterdam City West

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed at, by far. Really clean and luxurious rooms, great bathrooms, and very helpful staff. The hostel bar downstairs is also filled with people in the evenings. It's really nice. The only catch is the location: not walking distance from the city center, and if you get one of the bus/tram/metro passes, like I did, it will take 25-35 minutes to get into the city.

Youthhostel Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Stayed here for two great nights in October 2012. The staff is super friendly and helpful, and the rooms are very clean. I like how each room has a separate sink and locker area. The breakfast in the morning is the best hostel breakfast I've seen. It's about a 12 minute tram ride from downtown. It wasn't as social as I'd hoped, but maybe that varies from week to week.

Hostel Fangdieck

Hamburg, Germany

Fangdieck was very clean, and the manager, Kiki, is incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms were comfortable, and there was a nice TV area. Lockers are provided, with keys to each room as well. However, it is in a random office park on the edge of the city, with nothing around there except office buildings and construction sites. It's about a 10 minute walk from the S-Bahn station, so at least getting into Hamburg is not a problem.

Backpackers St. Pauli

Hamburg, Germany

I stayed at the Backpackers St. Pauli and had a great time. It's clean, with comfortable rooms, and secure lockers for each person. Plus the rooms have their own locks. I met up with a bunch of other travelers here, and we all ended up hanging out together. The location is great, too, only a 10 minute walk to a lot of sights.

Pfefferbett Hostel

Berlin, Germany

The rooms were really clean, and the staff keeps the bathrooms very clean as well. The location is fantastic - right across from the U-Bahn, with many cafes and restaurants and bars nearby. But it's true what other travelers have posted - this place was overrun by large groups of 15-year-old German kids. If you're 15 years old, you'll like it, but, otherwise, you'll be one of the few older people.

Die Wohngemeinschaft

Cologne, Germany

Die Wohngemeinschaft is one of the sharpest hostels I've ever stayed in, having traveled a lot... the beds are incredibly comfortable, queen-sized, and each bunk has a curtain and reading lamp. The rooms all have their own locks and everyone has a locker. It is a 2-minute walk to the tram lines. The staff is super friendly and helpful. There's also a bar downstairs that is quite popular with the locals.

Cabinas Icaco Tortuguero

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Hostel El Icaco is right on the beach, so you have great views and a 50 ft walk down to the ocean. The rooms are clean but pretty basic. The staff is really friendly and can help with tour guides, boot rentals, etc. A nice, quiet place to stay.

Cabinas la Catarata

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Great cabins and great place to stay. They're close to the waterfall of La Fortuna, but be aware that it's a 30 min walk into town, or go by taxi. The cabins are clean, each has its own balcony, kitchen, and bathroom - really charming views also. The family that runs this place is super friendly and helpful.

Cabinas El Pueblo

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Fantastic place to stay in Monteverde-Santa Elena. Staff is really friendly and very helpful with arrangements. Rooms were clean as were common areas and bathroom - the whole place is very homey. A nice breakfast is served in the morning, and a big group of travellers spent the evening hanging out on the patio. 2 minute walk to the town center.

Hostel Casa del Parque

San Jose, Costa Rica

Great place to stay overall. The staff is awesome, with Nathan taking us out to a local bar the night we got in - it's a fun hostel. We made sure to go stay with them a second time on our trip. Very convenient location. Rooms are clean, but lack locks, and bathrooms are generally clean, although ours was flooded. Note that if you're getting in after 9 PM, you'll have to find the doorbell on the mural side of the building. Lights are out at midnight.

City Public Hostel

Copenhagen, Denmark

It's a pretty barebones place, but on the other hand very social and friendly. Much of the hostel feels very old and shabby, with the bathrooms like those of an old, grungy high school. Our 12-bed room was clean enough, with lockers. That said, this is one of the most social places I've ever stayed in: staff was really helpful and friendly, and the lounge is full of travelers from all around eager to talk and hang out. Had a great time talking to everyone.

Skanstulls Hostel

Stockholm, Sweden

Skanstulls Vandrarhem was among the sharpest hostels I've ever stayed in: very clean, hardwood floors, very secure, really nice furniture. The kitchen's nice and people hang out and talk in the evening, but it's not a huge place. It's really convenient to the Stockholm Metro and just 2 stops to downtown. The only annoyance is that the desk isn't 24 hours, so, while you can check in after 8 PM, you can't drop off your bags and come back after 8.

Sleep in Heaven

Copenhagen, Denmark

Sleep-in-Heaven was a great hostel to stay in. A very social place, with lots of people hanging out in the lounge, and really helpful staff. They serve beer in the lounge as well. The beds and bathrooms were very clean. Only annoyance was that lockers aren't all located inside the rooms, so you might have to lock up your daily stuff somewhere down the hall. Easy access to the Metro; a great stay overall.

Loki Backpackers La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia

We enjoyed our week at LOKI La Paz. Staff was really friendly and helpful, bar was good, breakfast was good. Rooms and bathrooms were always clean. No security lockers though. Things were under construction, so a bit dusty. Their dog is mostly playful but can be aggressive, made for some amusing stories.


We spent six great days at LOKI Cusco. Rooms were clean, bathrooms were generally clean, and everything was definitely secure. (There's a security guard at all times). Bar was great, with good parties, and amazing breakfasts available in the mornings. Location is good but is up a steep hill - hard to climb in the thin air.

Hostal Condor Pass

Salta, Argentina

After one night of staying in Condor Pass, I was annoyed with it. It's very clean and has friendly staff, but not much else. The bathrooms flood when you take a shower, the rooms were very cold in the winter, and there were no security lockers. The desk closes at night, and I had to go wake the manager in order to leave around 7 AM. It was also under construction when I was there.

Hostel Park Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Very friendly staff, with great advice on sightseeing. However, the rooms are a bit sparse and feel old and creaky. There were also mosquitos in the room, but that might be true of all hostels near Iguazu.

Sandanzas Cultural Hostel

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Great place to stay in Buenos Aires. The staff are all incredibly friendly and helpful. Nice neighborhood too. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Breakfast is great.


Galway, Ireland

Nice place to stay. Spacious rooms, clean bathrooms, friendly staff. The place was too much on the quiet side though, but that might be because I was there in the offseason (January).

Flying Pig Downtown

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flying Pig Downtown is in a really convenient location. Very hippy-esque feel, with a high dreadlock count. The rooms are really clean and no one smokes there, but, for those who aren't enthusiastic about smoking, all the common lounges and lobbies reek of weed; everyone's always smoking in them.

City Hostel Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland

A really great place to stay. Very friendly staff, clean and comfortable rooms, and in a very convenient location. Good facilities, too - kitchens, internet, movie room, etc. It's the type of place you enjoy coming to after travelling.

Hotel New Milan

Milan, Italy

Our stay here was awesome. The hotel is in a nice neighborhood, with a 10 minute walk to the subway, and a tram stop right outside. The staff, especially the friendly lady, are the greatest. Clean, comfortable rooms. Kinda tricky to find, just be sure to find Via Lulli on a map before you go; or read the directions provided by one of the earlier reviewers.

Gardette Park Hotel

Paris, France

Garden Hotel was disappointing to say the least; it's the sort of place you don't really enjoy coming back to at the end of the day. On the up side, the bathrooms and halls are fairly clean, and the neighborhood is charming and convenient. On the downside, however, the beds were really dirty when we checked in, and even on subsequent days the supposedly cleaned sheets had hair on them. Some of the staff was rude also. The BIGGEST problem though, is the key system for shared/dorm rooms. There's only one key per room, so if your roommate accidentally leaves with it, you're locked out. EVEN WORSE, if you're sleeping when they leave with it, you're locked inside the room. Stupid, confusing system. You're probably better off staying elsewhere.