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Reviews: jrstephens2569

Location USA, Gender Male, Age 41

  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 41+
  • Globetrotter
Travel Joy Hostels Chelsea, London, England
7.1
7th Apr 2016

First, this hostel is *not* in Chelsea. Of if it is technically in Chelsea, it's in the furthest, most awful corner of Chelsea. It's surrounded by an awful council estate which makes the location utterly charmless, and it feels detached from the rest of the city. Kind of an odd atmosphere with many guests who clearly aren't backpackers.

View Property Reply

First of all thank you for taking your time to write us a review on your stay with us. We are indeed "not technically" in Chelsea but so close neighbors that it is easier for people to know us as part of Chelsea. We are sorry you haven't enjoy our location by the river Thames as much as we do. We do hope to welcome you back at Travel Joy Hostels to give you a better impression.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 4.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
El Balsamo, El Sunzal, El Salvador
6.0
14th Feb 2016

I've stayed in hostels everywhere and never encountered such unfriendliness. When a rooster woke us up at 4am two nights in a row, we politely said we were leaving. She not only refused to refund us for one unused night; she forced us to pay for yet another night that we weren't going to use at all. She was utterly unsympathetic and inflexible. This is a terrible business practice, and a totally unfriendly place.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 4.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Light House Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland
7.7
5th Jun 2015

Light House is clean and comfortable, with a few unpleasant quirks. 1. It would be much more friendly were there not a television in the common room. Many times I had hoped to hang out in the common room either to relax or to meet other guests and was greeted by some inane television show. This is not why I go on holiday. 2. The no-shoes rule is ridiculous. It's a hostel, not a hospital. 3. If you're on a lower bunk, headroom is minimal. 4. Nice neighborhood, but inconvenient.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Castanea Old Town Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden
9.4
2nd Jun 2015

Castanea is a lovely, well mannered hostel. It would be perfect if it offered breakfast, but you can't have everything!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
El Hostal, Antigua, Guatemala
10.0
13th Mar 2015

It's a lovely hostel with a capable, friendly staff. I recommend the Ranchera breakfast.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
9.7
10th Sep 2013

The laundry situation is pretty awkward, especially with a perfectly good laundromat down the block. Otherwise, it's a very solid hostel!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Girassol Hostel, Sao Paulo, Brazil
7.1
25th Aug 2013

Girassol is pleasant enough but quite cramped. It's small and there's no real common area, so opportunities for hanging out and meeting other people are limited. It's probably the best neighborhood in SP for backpackers, though.

    • 6.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
BoA Travel House, Seoul, South Korea
9.7
8th May 2013

Make no mistake: BoA is not a fun, party hostel type of place. It doesn't even have the family vibe that some hostels do. It's truly a guesthouse, serving travels of all kinds and all ages. With that said, it's very comfortable and clean, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

View Property Reply

Thank you very much for nice review. We'll do our best to satisfy their comportable stay! Take care! Hope to see you again :)

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Bella Paulista Hostel, Sao Paulo, Brazil
10.0
10th Apr 2013

Bella Paulista is comfortable and well located, with incredibly gracious staff and owners. it is not a party hostel by any means. it's just a comfortable, pleasant place to stay. Love the fresh papaya for breakfast!

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Santa Mix Hostel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9.7
8th Apr 2013

A fantastic hostel. The staff are very friendly. It feels like a family, with plenty of fun but not an aggressive party atmosphere. It's a hike up the hill, but the Gloria metro stop is very convenient and the neighborhood is nice.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Jordan Tower Hostel, Amman, Jordan
8.9
9th Mar 2013

A little rough around the edges, but entirely within reason for a hostel. Perfect location, very helpful staff, friendly common room.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Gap Year Hostel, Singapore, Singapore
9.1
13th Jan 2013

Gap Year is small but perfectly comfortable and friendly. Real estate is at a premium in Singapore, so I suppose the size comes with the territory. The bathroom setup isn't ideal, but everything is clean. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
City Hostel Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
6.9
9th May 2012

Wow. This place is aggressively boring. It's more of a dorm than a hostel. The people who run this place are not in it for the joy of travel, and there's a vaguely condescending attitude towards guests. I guess that's your prerogative when you're in the most expensive city in the world and have almost no competition.

    • 4.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 4.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Euro Youth Hostel, Munich, Germany
9.4
7th Mar 2012

This place is pretty corporate, so it's short on charm. But it's long on competency. The facilities are solid, and they know their clientele. It's really more of a hotel than a hostel, and that's fine. The breakfast is stupid, though. Why pay 4 Euro for corn flakes when you have all the sausages in the world at your disposal?

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 10.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
6.9
1st Mar 2012

I get it. It's Goreme, and character is hard to come by. But, come on. You can at least fix the shower head and get towels that don't feel like they've been sitting in sewage. The staff works hard here and means well, but without a good spring cleaning this place is too gross to recommend.

View Property Reply

We replace heads of showers often as many guests abuse facilities at times .Our towels washed daily in stay soft and stored in cupboards ,no sewage smell ! whose ? Everyone brings in wet snow, mud from outside on their shoes to the dormitories, cleaned daily,never enough...İf tidy person we suggest stay private room instead of sharing 6 or 7 bed mix dormitory with others ...........

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 4.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 6.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Boomerang Guesthouse, Selcuk, Turkey
8.0
28th Feb 2012

This isn't so much a hostel as it is a hotel with a dormitory. And the dormitory is awful. Fortunately, the private rooms were inexpensive so I upgraded. Boomerang doesn't have much character (especially compared to some of the true family-run places in Selcuk), though I imagine that when the weather is nice the rooftop breakfast area/lounge is very pleasant. The real problem with Boomerang is that it's in Selcuk, which is one of the most lackluster towns I can imagine.

    • 8.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 6.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA, Male, 31-40
  • Globetrotter
Cheers Hostel, Istanbul, Turkey
9.4
25th Feb 2012

Cute and homey. It's the only hostel I've stayed in in Istanbul, but as far as I can tell, it's top-notch. A few idiots in the dorm who don't quite know how to come in quietly at 3am, but that's to be expected. The common area is a little cramped but comfortable and friendly. The location is ideal, in the middle of Sultanhamet right by the tram stop. I wouldn't want to be any farther south.

    • 10.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 8.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
7.7
22nd Apr 2008

Big and funcitonal, but not much of a sense of community. "Breakfast" is understated. Incredible location. Lock-able doors are nice, but extra charge for holding valuables isn't great.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Hostal Republica, La Paz, Bolivia
8.7
21st Apr 2008

A notch up from regular hostels, Republica is classy, attentive, and exceedingly pleasant. Worth the extra few Bs for a good night's sleep.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Amsterdam Square Bed and Breakfast, Amsterdam, Netherlands
7.7
20th Jul 2007

Not a traditional hotel, but a fantastic location and a great place to crash if you don't want a typical frat-style hostel.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 6.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Bling Bling Hostel Krakow, Krakow, Poland
7.3
18th Jul 2007

Bling Bling seems like it would be a great party hostel, but it was super-mellow when I was there, so it's hard to tell. The facilities are great, but it's a fair trek to Old Town.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane, Zakopane, Poland
8.3
16th Jul 2007

I stayed only briefly at Good Bye Lenin, but it seemed like a charming place. But because of its isolation, the experience seems to considerably on who else is staying there, since there aren\'t obvious watering holes where backpackers can congregate.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Amazing Hostel, Budapest, Hungary
7.7
13th Jul 2007

Amazing Hostel does plenty of things right, but two flaws stand out: First, the unlit stairway is trecherous at night and not the least bit inviting. Second, forget about a good night's sleep. The dorms are seperated from the large common area by only a door (which closes loudly), and every footstep and whisper from the common room is audible. But the location is fantastic, and it's clean and smartly decorated.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 6.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Alibi B14, Piran, Slovenia
9.0
11th Jul 2007

Alibi is the perfect hostel for a beach town like Prian. It's a little cramped, like the town itself, but it has a ton of character and is friendly, mellow, and comfortable. En suite kitchenettes are a plus, and the rooftop deck is awesome.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 8.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Vila Veselova, Ljubljana, Slovenia
8.0
8th Jul 2007

Villa Veslova is a different sort of hostel since it is in a freestanding building and not tucked away in the bustling center of a town. Even though it's not a long walk to the center of town, it feels far becase its neihghborhood is so different from the charming old town. But the facilities are great, and it's exceedingly pleasant.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Patio Hostel, Bratislava, Slovakia
8.0
5th Jul 2007

Patio Hostel has tremendous potential. With a little imagination and minimal investment, it could be one of the best hostels in Eastern Europe. The room are clean, bathrooms are adequate, and the location is ideal (as long as youre cool with Bratislava). The common room has excellent amenities, including three fast computers, TV, stereo, but it could use some decoration. Likewise, the namesake patio could be a great gathering spot if it was spruced up to be more than just a cement slab with some benches. Staff is friendly and accomodating, though frenzied because of the rediculously early checkout time. It could be fun, but as its set up now, it doesnt really encourage mingling.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Cosy Corner Hostel, Olomouc, Czech Republic
8.7
2nd Jul 2007

Greg and Francie's veneration is well earned. They are consummate hostelers. In many ways, Poet's Corner is the perfect hostel: just enough character to get interesting, but not so much that it borders on grungy. It attracts and eclectic, multigenerational cast of characters who offers a nice respite from the usual college crowd. The four flights of stairs are tough and the location isn't perfect, but it's a delight overall.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 8.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 8.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Tutti Frutti Hostel, Krakow, Poland
9.7
30th Jun 2007

Tutti Frutti is absolutely top-notch. If only every hostel was like this. It's clean, attractive, fun, and well mannered. The 'social chair' is fantastic and both makes everyone feel at home and directs them to great nightlife. There's a bit of a fraternity element, but it's not overwhelming and is all in good fun. The only drawback -- and it's hardly fatal -- is that it could use one more bathroom.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 10.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 10.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Lviv Backpackers, Lviv, Ukraine
9.0
26th Jun 2007

Lviv Backpackers runs a very tight ship, and the result is impressive. It's a friendly, immaculate place that sets the standard in Lviv.

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 10.0Staff
    • 8.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness
  • jrstephens2569
  • USA,
  • Globetrotter
Hostel Ruthensteiner Vienna, Vienna, Austria
8.0
17th Jun 2007

This place is more of a hotel than a backpacker hostel. It´s not fun, and the staff has no sense of humor. However, the place is immaculate; it´s the cleanest, most well appointed hostel I´ve stayed in. Be warned: they charge extra for everything, including 4 euro per hour of internet!

    • 0.0Value For Money
    • 10.0Security
    • 6.0Location
    • 0.0Facilities
    • 8.0Staff
    • 6.0Atmosphere
    • 10.0Cleanliness

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