Stay here only if you are immune to street noise or can use ear plug to sleep. On my first night I have ~1 hour of sleep. Being San Francisco the street is never quiet and the wall is paper thin (or porous). All through the night you can constantly hear cars, sirens, people talking in the street etc etc. Not possible to change room while I was there. No use as well as all dorms are street facing. Breakfast is simple and basic. Location wise is good. Just stay away from Tenderloin.
The place is really close to the Mahaneh Yehuda Market. It's situated between the central station & Old city. about 1km walk to either of them (~15 to 20min walk). You can talk the light rail and it'll make the journey very easy except on Shabbat. If you like the old city there are hostel inside the old city. It's also close to bars and cafe that open on Shabbat and lively atmosphere in the hostel.
The location of this hostel is very far from the town. Kinda hard to find especially at night. Although I expected to walk when booking this hostel, but it is still a very long walk. Bear this in mind and the rest will be ok. Also the ants are real. You can spot them but not a nuisance. I guess it's because of the food crumbs left over from the guests.
I end up spending more than 1 day in this hostel. It is located very near to ROME termini station, ~ 5 mins walk so it's very convenient for me as I use it as my base for exploring the near by cities. Helpful staff, clean room and nice bed.
I really love this place. Would definitely stay here again if in Prague. The location couldn't be any better. Right in front is a busy touristy street. Charles bridge is really close and the clock tower is less than 10 min away with plenty of shops and restaurant in between. The staff is friendly, the room is spacious and clean. Just love it.
The host is such a nice lady, very friendly, very helpful. keeping the place spotless and very comfortable. I love the extra touches she puts in. every room has a small TV, a table with boiler, tea leaves so that you can enjoy a hot cup of o-cha right in the room. She also has very nice yukata prepared for the guests. My friend and I really enjoy the stay. It was excellent. Make us always remember Hiroshima and the good people we met.
The place has some character in it but there are 2 things that impress me the most. First is to find the way there. It's hiding in some back lane so not that easy to find. We ask people who stayed in that area but they also got us to another hostel (youth hostel) which happen to be in the proximity. So that trick is follow direction to the youth hostel (which is on alot of lamp post) and then ask teh youth hostel folks. The second one is small size lift. so don't bring big luagages.
The owner of the hostel are very nice people. They make everyone feels so at home. They are very helpful and it's really fun to stay there.
The hostel is ok, just very cold at night. Has a very small heater in the dorm room, that looks and works more like a hair dryer. Although it's spring time but it's still very cold. I sure don't want to stay there in the winter.
YHA staff are colder than the weather in Te Anau. Also they charge extra $3 for non member per night. Can find plenty of other better places to stay. In my opinion, YHAs are the most unwelcoming hotels to stay.
I love their TV lounge. Beautiful deco :) Love the room too, with a really fine view to the lake. Very clean, very nice and very comfy. Should definitely check them out.
The staff is colder than the weather at Mt Cook. This is the commonality i find across all the YHA hostel we stayed with. Pretty cold there in the dorm room too.
We stayed inside a little chalet beside the main building. Pretty comfy with the tiniest basin I have ever seen :)
Ponsonby is quite a tiring walk from the city. since it's located on a hill, the way back there is tougher than getting to the city. But around the corner there is a shop selling fantastic burger with great night view to the city.