Friendly owner, knowledgeable about the island - is eager to share the tips on things to do, see and eat. Pick up/drop off at the port, can arrange a hired car which will be waiting for you at the hostel in the morning. Basic cooking facilities (stove takes ages to heat) but good for the breakfast or occasional pasta. Our room was facing the road and primary school which was noisy at times.
A budget hotel, very conveniently located for late arrivals/early departures - 300 m away from a metro station, from where it's only 2 stops to the train station and there's a direct line to Piraeus port (30 min). For the price of dorm elsewhere you get a small, but clean and functional private ensuite room - daily cleaning service, free toiletries, breakfast; good for couples.
It's best to have your own car to get to this place, although still possible to walk from the train station as we did. The owner drove us the next day to Litochoro for a hike in the Olympus park (a return taxi cost 10 euros) and dropped us at the train station before departure. Home-cooked food prepared on site is tasty and cheap.
It's a bit out of the way (just as Thessaloniki itself) but a very nice place to see less-touristy face of Greece. Coffee-shop with lounge music on-site, where Greeks from the neighborhood come by for their frappe-fix. We took a taxi from the airport at night (20 euros) not to get lost in the maze of streets, but during the day it's 10-15 min walk to the city-center and there's a bus to train station nearby.
If coming at night the street is badly lit and may look dodgy, but it's in the very city center, so should be fine (look for the school yard). 8-bed dorm is in the attic which may bother some people due to lack of privacy. Beds are actually mattresses on wooden planks (nearly floor level), but turned out to be extremely comfortable! Individual lights or some hooks would be handy, same for showers (to hang towels/clothes or shelves to put toiletries). No real common area and small kitchen.
Both Veliko Tarnovo and Hostel Mostel turned out to be very nice surprises, well worth spending some time there. HM seems to be the place to stay while in town and fully deserves its reputation, as reflected in numerous positive reviews - can hardly complain about anything. I arrived late and was pleasantly surprised by pasta dinner waiting there for guests!
All of the dorms (spacious rooms, comfy beds) are facing a common area, which fosters interaction among the guests. I liked the lounge music they played, giant map of the world on the wall to explain where you are from or show off where to you have traveled and cool idea with improvised currency exchange. Large equipped kitchen to cook your meals. Located in a quiet and secure area. The only drawback - mixed showers and toilets are little cramped.
It's dirt cheap, so you can't be too picky about the place - it serves the purpose. May attract younger crowd, like a group of scouts, though it's a small hostel so doesn't get loud. Large, equipped kitchen to cook your meals at home. In proximity to public transportation to get to train station (it's far away) and to bus station for Bran castle, 5 min walking distance from the city center.
Conveniently located to get to/from the bus or train stations, easy to find. The rooms are spartan, dimly lit; but nicely decorated common areas. If you are staying in an 8-bed dorm in the front part of the hostel - you need to cross the courtyard to get to the showers, which may seem awkward to some people. Make sure you stick around till 9am for the delicious home-made breakfast (included).
We stayed at the Goldsmith Hall, which is at the far end of the campus - some 10 min walk to city center. It is more like a hotel stay in a student environment, rather than hostel - including towels changed daily and free toiletries. Not much socializing - we haven't seen a person in 3 days from our block of 4 rooms. Continental breakfast is included (upgrade to Irish costs 4 euros), fully-equipped kitchen available as well.
Convenient location - within walking distance of the Union Station (Amtrak) and direct subway line to O'Hare airport (50 min). The private room is basic but serves the purpose, complimentary breakfast is always nice to have (toasts and jam, cereals, eggs, fruits), common showers are modern and spotlessly clean. The only thing I didn't get was coffee/tea offered in the common room but no cups (or place to wash them up)? Although fully-equipped kitchen is available in the adjacent building.
Convenient location - within walking distance of the Union Station (buses, Amtrak). No shoes rule may seem weird at first but is actually quite nice - slippers help to keep the place clean. Unfortunately, wasn't able to enjoy the roof-top terrace due to rainy weather but it looked like a cool place to chill out. But you can hang out indoors as well - plenty of movies, sat TV, coffee and tea.
Ideal location right next to the subway stop with direct access to JFK and Manhattan. Perfectly clean, hotel-like security, nice showers (stayed in a private ensuite), fully equipped kitchen, grocery and take-away 5 min away on foot. I'm usually very sensitive to it but the noise from subway is bearable and saves you on higher costs of staying in Manhattan. Aircon is a bit tricky - either too hot or cold.
Ideal location 3 min away from the bus and train station - for any late or early departures and arrivals, the city center is only 10 min walk away . Large supermarket nearby for any shopping and grocery needs, nice common area to chill out and friendly staff - enjoyed my stay and recommend to others.
Djoko (the host and the owner of this place) is a great guy, especially if you are into sports! He knows everything around, and the price of it, so will be able to give plenty of advice. Even though it snowed in the morning the day I arrived and I couldn't enjoy the "sunny lake" Ohrid at its best, it looked like a great place to hang out and explore the beautiful environments.
This hostel (and I've been to quite a few of them) has probably one of the coolest common rooms/lounges, including outdoor terrace - with a cool vintage decor, it could have been a trendy bar in Europe. On top of that, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, individual reading lights and curtains for each bunk bed is a plus, there's a professional coffee machine at the bar and breakfast served-to-order is great.
You are not likely to spend a lot of time in Podgorica, so this place is more than enough for a quick stopover - very close to the bus-station for late arrivals or early departures and it's dirt cheap. An organized transfer to Albania was convenient.
Conveniently located in the very centre of the old town with a nice view from a common room, extremely friendly and helpful staff. But the dorm facilities are in need of renovation pretty soon (mattresses, etc.). We were 4 in a 6-bed dorm and it was already quite messy inside, imagine that during the high season if it gets full - it will get cramped. It is part of the chain in Podgorica and Budva as well, which is convenient.
If there were a Hoscar for the best host, then Miran is definitely the number one favorite. The hostel itself is a small, family-run place and has all the facilities a traveler might need. But, as the name suggests, it is Miran himself that makes it so special. If you want not only just to snap few pictures, but to know the country, its history, traditions, discover Mostar and its surroundings - then Miran is your guy!
Nice place, run by a friendly and welcoming host - Unkas. He's in the process of arranging a outdoor terrace. The only negative point for me as a non-smoker was that common area (like everything else in the Balkans, it seems) was with a heavy tobacco smell
There are plenty of hostels to choose from in Belgrade, but I opted for this one due to its small size - unlike large party places, it's a cozy apartment with 2 dorm rooms only, and another apartment on a separate floor with 2 privates. It was recently renovated and is spotlessly clean as the host, who is very welcoming, seem to be obsessed with cleanliness - constantly tidying up. There's a supermarket around the corner and it's an easy walk to all the major sights in the city center.
It's a large apartment building transformed into a hotel/hostel. Good if you are looking for a cheap, simple private room - towels, sheets, wi-fi included.
Typical chain hotel-like place - noisy, crowded (tourist groups) and disorganized. We only needed to crash somewhere for one night before our flight back home so it was OK, but otherwise - not my favourite. They tried to overcharge me 30reais by telling sth about that 10% deposit doesn't count, Hostelworld will give it back and exchange rates went up. Don't pay more than what it says on your reservation - should be in both currencies. 60reais for a car to the airport booked through them was OK.
I rarely give 100% ratings but this place is close to perfection of what a hostel should be: small - only 10 beds or so, clean - the cleaning lady was meticulously doing her job every morning, friendly - the owner/host actually lives on-site herself, cooking facilities+breakfast, free Internet and wifi. The only problem is that apparently it's normal for the local students to party till 4am in the streets, so bring a pair of ear-plugs if you are looking for some sleep.
We thought it was the best location on a beach compared to other hostels nearby (not so loud). Friendly staff, good breakfast which you can enjoy with a view of the ocean. When we were leaving they started some renovations to improve the place (check in beforehand whether it has been finished).
Location between Copacabana and Ipanema is unbeatable, great host with tons of advice and is always reachable for any help you may need. Ideal for couples, small groups who want some privacy and flexibility at an affordable price.
A guy at the reception went out of his way to make sure that everything was alright (e.g. a locker was broken and they came to fix it at 11pm). They tend to encourage you taking one of the activities from the associated travel agency, or hang out in their pub - but nothing too pushy. Seemed to be more of a party place, but the beds are extremely comfy as well. 6-bed dorm was in a sort of basement (with a window), so nice and chilly in hot weather. Kitchen is good, supermarket is 200m away.
An OK place, but nothing spectacular. Ljubljana is fairly small so location is not that important. Staff is friendly and helpful but their non-24h reception seems to be causing some troubles (e.g. when you want to leave earlier in the morning - don't forget to get your deposit/passport back the night before!). Credit cards not accepted, tourist tax of €1 pp/pn was not included, bed mattress is extremely soft. Kitchen is minuscule, and is actually part of reception/common area room.
Great value for money! Very close to two tube stations or you can even walk to the city center via Hyde park. Breakfast is basic but is always nice to have, and you can easily upgrade it by buying eggs/bacon/whatever at nearby supermarkets (open daily 7-23 pm). Kitchen is very well equipped and plenty of restaurants just two blocks away. Our 4-bed ensuite dorm was on the 6th floor without lift - was OK for us, but if you are unfit, drunk or have a large suitcase - I imagine might be painful.
Nothing fancy, but one of the cheapest options in town compared to a multitude of B&Bs - OK for a short stopover while touring the Highlands
Most of the people seem to be actually living at this place and hang out in the kitchen (spacious and well-equipped). Other travelers are spread along the staircase and the reception, staring at their tablets/iphones. Beds are super-comfy, location is unbeatable. There was a mix-up with our reservation but we were given a discount and free breakfast which I appreciated. Minor irritant - even if you try, you can't possibly close the doors quietly - lots of slamming noise in the mornings/at night
The room was a bit smaller than it looks on a picture but is more than enough for a short-time stay (we stayed overnight in a triple one). The hosts, a couple, are very friendly and helpful though little English is spoken. Good Italian-style breakfast is included and there's a supermarket around the corner.
We stayed only one night, but overall it's a nice place - comfy rooms, great jacuzzi-showers. It only lacks a common room or kitchen.
Friendly host, impeccably clean place, spacious rooms and good breakfast - strongly recommended (and of course - don't forget about the terrace!)
We stayed for only one night, and apart from snoring guests form China in our dorm - hardly any complaints. Although shared hand soap in a dorm bathroom - would be a (minor) appreciated add-on. All-you-can-eat breakfast and the hostel overall is an excellent value for money. Stayed previously at Meininger on two occasions, in terms of price-value ratio - heads up to Wombats!
You can't beat the location and I think they exaggerate saying that the hostel is 2min away from transport, it is literally just 30 sec away from the most important shopping, partying and eating monorail station - Bukit Bintang. Which means noise as well, so just grab a pair of good ear-plugs. Shared bathroom facilities are impeccably clean all the time, and you can get discount tickets for bird park and other activities from the hostel.
A little off the beaten track and some 45min/750baht drive from Krabi airport but that's the best part about this place. We didn't actually bother to get into Krabi itself, just relaxing and eating great food in Bananas, boat trip around the islands and kayaking - all easily arranged from the hostel. Olli, the owner , has been leaving in Thailand for 20 years so you feel like you can get to know better the country and its people through him, and he's the most cheerful German I have ever met!
We booked a stay here just the night before arrival and were pleasantly surprised at how nice this place is. All the necessary facilities are available on-site - great restaurant, internet, laundry, free shuttle to bus station/stop to old city, long distance taxi service.
Excellent host, Aor - is very helpful and friendly. Great breakfast to fill you up for the day as well as free water/juice/yoghurt all day round are pleasant compliments. Easy to organize any tours/transportation and the restaurant she suggested for dinner just next to the hostel was my best authentic meal in Thailand!
Our flight was late for almost two hours so we arrived after 11pm but were pleasantly surprised that a guy from the hostel was still waiting for us at the airport as agreed. We were staying for the New Year's eve, and the hostel provided some nice thai food for all the guests at dinner, home-made coconut ice-cream with chocolate brownies were delicious!
The Place is excellent in all respects, especially for longer stays. Very modern rooms, extremely friendly and helpful staff, simple little restaurant on-site, fully equipped fitness centre and giant swimming pool (25m, 8 lanes). We wished we had more time just to relax and do nothing there. And, of course, the cheapest mini-bar in Thailand!
this place is impeccable in all respects, well-worth its 90%+ rating. still few things which could improve for 100% reputation - background music in communal areas, though really nice is very loud and often disturbs rather then relaxing. check out at 10am and late check-in at 3 pm is somewhat annoying, e.g. making the beds in dorms every day is not essential if that could speed up cleaning/check-in. and of course key-cards should be the way to go for such a modern place! keep up the great job!
the main reason for staying here is of course their great swimming pool, which makes it a great value place. on a downside - guest kitchen is a pityful place, and pillows/mattresses are in need of replacement
you are most likely to spend only a night or two in Jujuy on the way to/from Bolivia as there is not much to do in the town itself, and so this place is more than enough for the purpose
private room is simple but you shouldnt expect for more in Uyuni, that is in the middle of nowhere. The bed and shower were some of the most comfortable/warmest on our trip so far across Peru and Bolivia. seemed very popular with backpackers so can get full - try to book in advance
Very friendly and helpful French owner, spacious and clean rooms. kitchen available and mercado central just around the corner. You can really relax and say that you are having a Dolce Vita...
a hotel-like place, somewhat pricy but you get appropriate comfort, ideally located in the tourist area although taxi drivers/people in the street may not know the direction as this is a small passage. ask for eggs at the breakfast. the only thing we didn´t like is that they start cleaning straight after people check out, which can be pretty early, cleaning lady in the next room woke us up at 7am listening to loud music on her mobile at 7am
Basic rooms but it does the trick for a night or two you are likely to stay in Puno, friendly owners and home-like atmosphere
Small kitchen to use, decent breakfast, friendly owner and staff, nicely decorated rooms - great place for a quieter stay
Friendly owners, great banana pancakes for breakfast and terrace to chill out
Good value for money in Switzerland, great location (close to the West train station, supermarket across the street), kitchen is handy if you want to save on food, warm blankets. Though more shared toilets and showers (separated, as is not the case presently) would be desirable, as well as lockers in a dorm. Wooden floor is noisy so grab a pair of solid earplugs.
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Large, hotel-like and thus feels a bit impersonal but otherwise very neat dorms with comfy beds, clean showers, and conveniently located - good value for money!
The location could have been better, but otherwise the hostel has very homey atmosphere and you get to meet all the fellow travelers.
Just like any place in UB I suppose, this is more of a tourist agency rather than a place to hang around. The hostel itself is nothing special, but you are very likely to take a tour (ger camp, desert, etc.) and Kim with his team are doing pretty good job at it - reliable (tickets), organised (pick-up), price competitive. That is - recommended!
Nice place for a quiet relaxing stay if that's what you are looking for. A small breakfast or guest-kitchen would be a desirable add-on but there's a bakery nearby and you absolutely have to try the "milk bar" for lunch - just as the locals do. Even if its raining like during our stay you have unlimited choice of cable-TV channels :)
Perfect place! You get the keys, brief crash-course on Prague sightseeing by friendly owner, and full freedom over your stay - exactly what we needed. Super convenient location, clean bathroom, spacious room and equipped kitchenette. Strongly recommended!
Good value for money, delivers all that is promised. On a minus side - showers/toilet are shared on a floor which may mean a "trip" all across the building (probably privates have ensuite facilities); gets noisy in the morning when everybody starts slamming their doors (corridor has good acoustics, unfortunately) - no street noise though and a pair of ear-plugs solved the first issue. Otherwise - recommended, especially their alternative city-map and hammocks in the common-area!
My second stay at Meininger - no complaints, more of a decent hotel type, abundant breakfast, not central but very convenient location. Minor drawbacks - they'd better invest in a new set of pillows and blankets, common area/bar is for smokers only as it smells like hell. Otherwise - recommend, and would stay again with this chain in the future
Decent, perfectly located place. If not only drunken punks singing in the street at 3 am and 8 kids (3-7 years old) in my dorm, who woke up at 7am spoiling a good night of sleep and generally positive experience with this hostel and Riga at large. Overall - good value for very little of money.
Excellent place - clean, quiet, spacious and thematically decorated rooms, comfy beds - ideal for a relaxing getaway. Not in the centre (as Berlin does not really have one as such) but there is a direct bus to main train station, and 2 min to uBahn station. Breakfast, or rather the idea of serving it is absolutely brilliant! Danke shonne, Andreas!
Very nice place despite being the cheapest in town. Large and well-equipped guest kitchen to make your own meals and socialize with other people. recommend
Most likely to be closed or merged with nearby dizzy-daisy hostel soon, and you have to check-in there actually right now, which is not a problem at all. And might be tricky to find at first, but special "hostels task force" at the train station will help you out. As for the rest - clean and spacious dorms, secure, communal area to socialize, friendly and cute girls at the reception! Recommended
a very nice place except for a weird and extremely annoying noise during the whole night which I believe belonged to rats. might depend on a room you stay in or whatever, but owners definitely need to tackle the "issue" to reflect otherwise almost perfect image of the hostel.
A very good place for such a ridicolous sum of money. 3 min walk from train station, clean and spacious rooms, hot shower. Apparently can help to organize some excursions, but were not too pushy about that. Although there is one computer, the inet connection didnt work most of the time I was there. A nice add-on is a funky-decorated roof-top terrace, where the breakfast is served, with mattresses and pillows to lay down and relax.
A decent and reputable in Aswan budget hotel. A good place to relax and have a good night of sleep and probably sunbath on a roof-top terrace, rather than socialize and meet other young globetrotters, as it tends to attract older clientele as well. Abu-Simbel and felucca trips are easily arranged for a fair price (although add-up baksheesh cost to the latter one, as the captain of the boat was quite pushy in the end about substantial tips).
The best place I have stayed in on my two-week stroll through Egypt. The only place in Egypt where I was not asked to buy anything, take an excursion, guide, taxi, etc. Hassan and Zizo (who claims to be the best guy not only in Egypt, but on Earth!) are simple and friendly chaps, ready to help on your request, and make sure you are having a pleasant stay. The common room with satelite TV was always crowded to talk with the same-minded globetrotters. PC with free inet access is handy, and people with laptops are pleased with wi-fi. Tea or coffee free of charge is at your disposal throughout the day (and night I guess). Some people apparently like it so much that simply live there for weeks, have they got to do some work/studies in Cairo, or use it a basecamp for their travels around Middle East/Africa and always come back. Keep up with good work guys!
The place seemed to be ok until the last day when I was about to leave (around 4 p.m.) and the guy at reception tried to charge me for an extra night bec I didnt check-out before 11 a.m. Although there was not a single word or note in the hotel about the check-out time, it was half-empty, and i was away on diving trip from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. Only after there came by another guest and apparently supporting me, and discovering about check-out rule for himself, the receptionist changed his mind. Otherwise not a bad place in egyptian standarts, hot shower, close to the sea. Although you should bargain for a discount in low season, or be able to find cheaper budget option. Diving trip I booked through them was good, instructor turned out to be a friendly and serious about his work.
A nice and pleasant place with all the basic features which a budget traveller is looking for: cheap, clean, minutes away from main railway station (not in the historical centre, but as Bratislava is fairly small the latter is within 10 min walk from the hostel), guest kitchen for your use, friendly staff, free internet (one desktop plus wi-fi), mini-bar. Although it was dead at the time I stayed in(as the whole city as well - Christmas) but seemed to be possibly a sociable place once it gets packed. A remark would be that if you get the cheapest 10-bed dorm, on your way from the shared bathroom you\'ll have to pass the main entrance, reception, kitchen...
Not a funky hostel as such but rather a decent hotel, with six stores of rooms packed with families, kids, oldies, and evebtually some backpackers. Otherwise one of the cheapest options to stay in Vienna, at the same time extremely clean, abundant and very good breakfast is included, helpful staff, seemed to be very secure (key-cards), bar, pool table, even PlayStation (although internet is for extra charge). Not in the centre, but you can easily reach it from metro station located just outside the hostel. The only remark is that they let you in your room only after 3 p.m which is kind of annoying if you show up there early in the morning.
A clean, safe place to stay. However not a hostel as such, seems to be a former hotel, can accommodate tons of people, and targets mostly long-staying guests (by far not only students!). And note they really do not allow you to make use of the kitchen if you are staying less than two weeks.
Location seems to be unbeatable, just at the foot of the hill leading to Alhambra (most likely your main point of interest). Might get packed not only with backpackers, but with students staying for quite a while, looking for a permanent accommodation. Only kitchen desires to be better.
Although booked at hostelworld this is a truly hotel, i wonder why they dont have any star-rating. Although the prices are still of hostel nature, very low as for venice. Very clean - they change sheets and towels every morning, even provide with disposable slippers,toothpaste and toothbrush...Abundant breakfast is a good start of a day in Venice . Probably not for a fun backpacking stay, but rather for a quality, relaxing holidays. The location is extremely easy to find if you are coming to the main train station. When in Venice will undoubtedly go back there