It's either a boutique hostel or a super-mini resort..... Building a second layer of rooms is only disruptive if you party all night and need the daytime to sleep off your hangover.
Good atmosphere, spacious hostel, pool, nice breakfast, free classes, helpful staff. It's one of the best hostels I ever stayed in. The only downside is being so close to the main road instead of further inside San Antonio.
If you are a 21 year old gap-year Cancun party seeker, then this is for you. It's a house converted to a day/nightclub with very little else to recommend about it. I just wanted a one night stopover, but the music didn't stop even when the main group had left for the clubs, 1-2am ! Poor noisy aircon in the small dorm.
The beds are the most comfortable dorm beds you will ever find. The courtyard is nicely presented, it is more of a low cost boutique hotel than a hostel. Helpful staff too.
Comfortable dorm mattresses, decent sized rooms, helpful staff with some with excellent English. Nice view from the roof terrace, they could make more of a feature of it. The manager genuinely cares about customer service, which is refreshing.
Excellent English-speaking young staff, very helpful. The location is rather isolated next to a low-tech distribution centre and nearly under one a huge new bridge, still under construction (no noise as it's so far above!) There are cheap eats towards Chaotianmen area and the night time river cruise can be purchased much cheaper at the dock (eg 75 not 98Y) The dorm beds could be better constructed as they tend to creak with any small. The hostel is overall really clean, modern and comfortable
It's a high quality compound of music, bar, pool on the ground floor with the rooms above. Don't come here if you want a quiet time, do come here if you don't. Suits the gap year crowd.
Breakfast is almost not worth having at all. The wifi has some configuration errors which they have not made the effort to fix, so it only works about half the time. I offered to fix it and was told that the owner is in Malaysia and nobody else knows anything about it. Location is good, easy to find from the metro station. The local food places in front of the park are pretty good too. Functional hostel, nothing more.
Functional, nothing to get excited about but
The exterior of the building is indeed 'vintage', but the inside has been remodelled beyond recognition, so that tiny rooms have been made with paper-thin walls. The shared bathrooms were clean though the toilets/showers have cheap doors that can be difficult to close properly. The small shared kitchen is useful for the fridge/freezer. The general impression is clean, lacking character, creaking stairs but also helpful staff and convenient location for street food walks and the seafront..
The owner offered to do an airport pickup for 5USD in his private car and it worked fine. Taxis from the airport are apparently unreliable as hawkers overcharge foreigners. He is well informed about the political and economic situation in Nepal, which is useful. He even booked me a flight at a discount rate to Pokhara (50USD instead of 80). The hotel is in a quiet backstreet but close to Thamel, to the north side. The breakfast is generous.
I booked the dorm but they kindly upgraded me to a private room at no extra charge. The food is good, the chef has been there a long time. Relaxed place in general. I met some westerners doing a programme called workstay and some Indian business men choose to stay here because the food is good and it is quiet. The neighbourhood makes a pleasant change from all the beep-beep and manic street life elsewhere. Wifi pwd samarshekhawat
The owner is a switched on cool guy and knows what foreign backpackers need. Once the creases are ironed out it should get a high rating :) Cleanliness was good except for the awful kitchen, with a high window used by a local pair of pigeons, for example I witnessed them feasting on the cooked rice. Banana-Nutella pancake is simple and great. Some high season profiteering on jeep tours for the desert festival, hopefully an isolated incident. Reviewer is a seasoned traveller in India.
Lovely area, great natural outdoors setting. Good pub less than a mile down the road with amazing views of Glen Coe. Cafes for breakfast in the village. The only problem with the bunkhouse is the quality of the beds and particularly the mattresses. They are cheap and not clean. The airborne bugs can be a nightmare outside (midges) so bring repellent for spring and summer.
Good relaxed atmosphere, 2 kitchens and a conservatory. One problem is the same as all the old flats in Marchmont - mice !
Once again, Melting Pot is a good few days/nights in Tarifa. Lots of night time socialising if you want to find it, if not then just keep the windows open when you sleep, or you will bake !
A great place to relax not party, the onsite onsen and the 8pm nightly free sake is a real plus. Top floor private rooms are best. v.clean as with almost all japanese hostels. Suspicions that the building itself may have had a 'colourful' history adds to the ambiance ;) Hidden hillside onsen tour is cool too !
Lots of space compared to Tokyo hostels, very helpful staff, comfortable bedding, aircon and clean everything. Easy 10 mins walk from Hakata station - much easier than the directions suggest !
I asked for another blanket (December nights) but they didn't have any spare, so they went out and bought a new one the next day. Good service and a nice breakfast included.
Free bus station pickup is a bonus as saves $5 each way! Good pool for a dip and cooked breakfast included, Rooms have aircon for the hot hot summer! The taxi drivers can never find it (I've been 3 times now) but keep insisting that it exists at 21 Calle A, parallel to 22 Calle (the A means a different road to 21 Calle!). The new Mall close by is handy for dinner etc too.
Good location opposite the Forest Hill MTR station and airport bus stops but on very busy road. NB the 2 entrances labelled 183 will both get you there but only the left hand one has the porter at night. Ugly building inside. Staff cheerful and helpful, dorm rooms tiny but well decorated. There were problems (overflowing toilet) but these were fixed fast. No real common area so no atmosphere to speak of, but does the job for a night or two.
It's a bit grotty, looks cool at night though. The owner is a relaly nice guy, but the price is too high - it's all about location and the fact that the 'Backpackers' is always full so this place gets the overflow ....
The cleaning staff appear to be running a Stalinist Siberian Gulag, as Everyone has to leave their room by 10am and not return until 2pm JUST so they can do the cleaning! Not even allowed to access your lockers without getting shouted at ! So, not the best idea if you went out the night before :/ The evening meal is not recommended, once again the 'institutionalised' kitchen staff call the shots and provide very poor food even for the 8 euros. The reception is fine, everyone there is helpful and can speak many languages. Overall - stay here if you are either desperate, uncool, like to eat bad food, like to get up early and don't like to party. LOL I have stayed in hostels all-over on two round-the-world trips. Torino needs a decent fun hostel, cos it's not this one !
This is the best hostel I have stayed at in Europe (south america kicks-ass) because it is regularly full of cool people who want to finally chill-out, go to the beach and party at night - cos they have been stressed-out backpacking in Europe or Morocco for too long!! I booked 5 days and stayed 3 weeks. Often fully-booked so reserve ahead. A bonus is that it is also like living with a cool french/spanish family in their house, sharing their kitchen, etc. It is not too big, about 30 beds or so but there are not enough showers or toilets, yet. Rooms have kit lockers. If you can manage to avoid the peak times with your showering and eating routine, then you can't go wrong here. 2 mins from the beach, great and cheap Mojitos at the bar, 3-4 mins from the centre of the nightlife, but very quiet road. Tarifa is a cool beach town, very spanish but also international cos of the kitesurfing and windsurfing. Best news - no English holiday tw@ts to ruin it all! i.e. Avoid Costa del Sol.