Reviews: boulton100

Location: England, Gender: Male, Age: 31
83%

The most memorable thing about this hostel is breakfast - self service and top quality food and drink will entice you to jump out of bed in the morning. There's a good feel and atmosphere and the roof terrace has great mountain views. It's a little further away from the town square than other hostels but that's a relatively minor point. The only real negative is finding 3 blocked toilets in 2 days - should really be improved as soon as possible.

  • 12th Apr 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Inka's Rest

Puno, Peru
74%

An ok hostel although anyone arriving from Cuzco should be prepared for a change of quality - both in terms of the city and the hostels. Much of the hostel looks tired (I'm sure some of the posters have been on the walls for years and years) and hostel administration (papers, cleaning products, etc) often spills over into guest areas affecting the atmosphere and feel. I would try a different hostel if I was ever back in Puno.

  • 10th Apr 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Ecopackers

Cusco, Peru
89%

Designed in a similar style to many hostels near the main square - Ecopackers is a pleasant and relatively quiet place to stay with 2 courtyards. It is not a party hostel, and less party-like than Pariwana, so it's more likely you'll have a good night of sleep. Breakfast was good but could be better organised (I often found myself asking for things which had run out like bread etc) and reception could be faster and more enthusiastic. On the whole I enjoyed my time here and would stay here again.

  • 31st Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Pariwana Hostel Cusco

Cusco, Peru
97%

Great hostel a few blocks from the main square. The courtyard is definitely the centrepiece and it is hard to see how anyone could leave with a negative opinion. The bar/restaurant is a good place to chat and watch football. Occasionally it is noisy at night as this hostel attracts the 18 to early 20's crowd as well as older backpackers - but I'd still be very happy to stay here again. This hostel definitely adds to your backpacking experience and is not just "a place to stay".

  • 22nd Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


91%

Great and unmissable location near to restaurants and parks. Dorm rooms are big and the onsite travel agent happily booked bus tickets for me and provided some good advice. Breakfast was good for the price and you could spend an enjoyable morning or afternoon on the rooftop terrace. Would happily stay here again.

  • 18th Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


El Viajero Cartagena Hostel

Cartagena, Colombia
74%

One of the more sociable hostels you can choose - mainly due to a large number of people in a relatively small space. Dorms are aligned on either side of a central, open air, "street" with an array of seats provided outside each room. Such a design is good during the day yet at night noise can be a big issue. I guess it's just luck as to whether you encounter other guests who don't realise how much their voice travels at 2.00am. Would stay here again but would also be willing to try elsewhere.

  • 11th Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Carroll's Hostel

Santa Marta, Colombia
91%

More of a hotel with dorm rooms rather than a pure hostel. The quality is definitely there with big dorm rooms, beds with privacy curtains, big and clean bathrooms, and a big swimming pool. The security door provides a lot of safety and security and I'd happily stay here again.

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Hostel Kasa Guane

Bucaramanga, Colombia
83%

I only stopped in the town to break up a journey to the coast - and this appeared to be the only real choice of hostel. I can only really say that it's a hostel which serves the purpose of providing cost effective and safe accommodation to backpackers. Of all the hostels you'll stay in whilst travelling this will be one which is most easily forgettable as it's not particularly good or particularly bad - you arrive, sleep, and leave.

  • 6th Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Macondo Hostel

San Gil, Colombia
80%

Much better than another hostel I stayed in for 1 night. The reception/sitting area is pleasant and a good place to meet fellow travellers and the hot tub is an added bonus. The dorms are hot and 1 fan is probably insufficient for the size of room I stayed in. Security could be an issue as the front door is always open and the dorm room entrance is very close by and is often open - have a lock and chain to secure your bag and fasten it to your bed.

  • 4th Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Hostal El Papillon

San Gil, Colombia
57%

Based on the reviews I had high hopes for this place but, sadly, it fell a long way short of those expectations. Rather drab and dull and definitely not as described. I have looked on hostelworld and it is no longer listed - probably due to rather dubious and questionable reviews. Avoid and stay somewhere else. Anywhere else.

  • 3rd Mar 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
I am sorry than you didnĀ“t like our hostel, but i don't understand what is the problem. Could you explain better so that we can improve our service please?

Colombian Highlands Renacer Hostel

Villa de Leyva, Colombia
100%

I've given this hostel/"paradise retreat" full marks in every category. The simple reason is that I could not have wished to have stayed in a quieter more relaxing place. Wake up in a spotless and quiet room, have a delicious breakfast, lounge in a hammock near the flowers for a while, walk to the town square for lunch, walk back and spend some more time in the hammock, back to the town square for dinner, and then have a good night's sleep and repeat the next day. Congratulations to the owner.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Fulano Backpackers

Bogota, Colombia
91%

I was very impressed by Fulano - set in a quiet residential street it offers guests unbeatably comfortable beds and covers, spotless rooms and bathrooms, and a pleasant environment throughout. Suggested improvements: 1) Breakfast is tiny - for active backpackers a good breakfast is highly welcomed but, based on the portion sizes, I was hungry again after 1 hour. 2) The music on Friday and Saturday nights is incredibly loud shaking the floor of the dorm above until 2.00am - you have been warned.

  • 24th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


USA Hostels Hollywood

Los Angeles, USA
86%

As per my review of USA Hostels San Francisco, if big corporates pour lots of money into a hostel it ends up looking something like this. Big, well planned, standardised procedures, etc. If that's your thing then this place is perfect for you - if you are looking for somewhere with "character" then this probably isn't right for you.

  • 19th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


USA Hostels San Francisco

San Francisco, USA
91%

When big corporates pour large amounts of money into a hostel the hostel turns out looking something like this. Big, well planned, standardised procedures, etc. I can't fault the security, staff, cleanliness, and how well organised everything is - and that's how I like it. If you are someone looking for a hostel with "character" then this probably isn't right for you. I stayed in both HI San Francisco Downtown and this place - if I was back in San Francisco I'd stay here.

  • 16th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


71%

A little drab and gloomy and probably a prime candidate for a renovation. Breakfast was good yet crowded - the kitchen and sitting area should really be double the size considering the number of people filing in for breakfast every morning. I stayed in both this place and USA Hostel whilst in San Francisco - I'd definitely stay at USA Hostel if I ever went back.

  • 15th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


89%

I can only really describe this as a "do-your-own-thing" hostel. Multi tattooed and pieced staff set the tone in a incense filled reception. It's not what you'd describe as a main stream hostel yet I had a few good days here and the location cannot be beaten. Be mindful that, if you are used to mass market appeal hostels, you may be in for a surprise. I would probably stay here again.

  • 13th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Hostel Buffalo Niagara

Buffalo, USA
89%

The focal point of this hostel is definitely the common room which resembles a cozy sitting room. You would probably be perfectly happy sitting and reading for a few hours and watching the occasional tram goes past out of the window. Bedrooms are perfectly good for purpose and the location is very central. Would happily stay here again.

  • 7th Feb 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Duo Housing DC

Washington DC, USA
89%

I'm not fully convinced by the guesthouse/hostel model. I prefer hostels being hostels rather than feeling like I'm in someone's home - yet given the location it is the only feasible way of doing it. Lots of government interns keep the atmosphere fun and playful and there is a kind of homely feel. I stayed in a dorm which probably had 1 bunk bed too many in it so it felt crowded. Would probably stay here again - but may also be tempted to see what other options there are in the city.

  • 28th Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


89%

Big and bold and, therefore, perfectly in keeping with the rest of the city. Everything hangs together well in what is an old and traditional building. The cafe is top notch and the rooms are perfectly adequate. 2 subway lines (24hrs) are within easy walking distance. Would happily stay here again.

  • 23rd Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


M Montreal

Montreal, Canada
89%

Nice and well run hostel. Clean, smart and well thought out and would happily stay here again. You probably won't leave raving about the hostel but you probably won't leave complaining about it either.

  • 17th Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


Planet Traveler

Toronto, Canada
86%

Sleek, modern, efficient, planned, organised, green. This is a top end hostel where it is clear to see that a long long time was spent in the architects/interior designers office before a single lick of paint touched the walls. Great common area, bedrooms and roof terrace with the best view in Toronto. The only really issue is that it could be a little too clinical and rules based. Many hostels have character and vibe - these words are not applicable here.

  • 13th Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)


St Christopher's Village

London, England
74%

I've been staying here whenever I've need hostel accommodation in London for about 11 years. The fact that I keep coming back indicates that it's good though it is starting to look rather dated compared to newer hostels (those founded in the last 5 years). Bathrooms are a little grubby though I'm sure the cleaners do their best within an ageing building. I suggest that it's a prime hostel to have a thorough renovation and relaunch to reflect the changing demands of backpackers.

  • 12th Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (36 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, It's great that you've been staying at St Christopher's for 11 years! It's always awesome to hear about guests like you, means we must be doing something right! you'll be glad to know we're are starting the process of refurbishing the hostel now, it'll take a while but bit by bit we'll get there! Hopefully you'll be back for another 11 years! Thanks for your loyalty! The St Christopher's team

HI-Toronto

Toronto, Canada
94%

You would probably describe this as a classic Hosteling International city hostel. Big, well organised, main stream, clean and attracts people from all walks of life. Would recommend to others and would happily stay here again.

  • 7th Dec 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


91%

At times you may think you are in a garden centre or botanical garden rather than a hostel such is the obsession with putting flowers and plants in every available place. The flora and fauna provide the basis for this hostel's relaxed feel. Everything is well organised and of high quality though this is reflected in the price of the accomodation (fairly priced) and the attached restaurant (over priced even with the 20% discount for guests). A hostel pitched at the upper end of the market.

  • 7th Nov 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


71%

You'll probably leave this place frustrated. Frustrated that a place which could be brilliant is rather average. I'll explain: Some staff are great and others spend all day on their smart phones. Bathrooms are of good quality but are not cleaned adequately. There are plenty of (Western) toilets yet 1 toilet roll dispenser per approx 5 toilets (yes, you did read that correctly). A strong manager with a firm hand on the rudder could make this place great - but now it is just floundering.

  • 5th Nov 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


Han Tang Inn Hostel

Xi'an, China
97%

Very good hostel with great staff (who remember your name which is always very nice). Can't really fault anything apart from the street outside is rather scruffy and some would feel uncomfortable walking back here late at night. That's a small issue and I'd have no hesitation staying here again.

  • 1st Nov 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. As you said, the location is a very important factor, but believe that, although we are in on a Street, but the security is very good, so please do not worry if you have any problems, please contact us timely, we will try to help you. Thank you for your continued love and support.

SleepyFish Lodge

Dali, China
91%

Overall it was very good - location was away from downtown so it was nice and quiet. A good place to relax with 2 lovely dogs as well! Try to time your visit for a pizza night where the wood burning fire gets lit and the outdoor area is filled with expats and their families. Would happily stay here again.

  • 25th Oct 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


Green Forest Hostel

Yangshuo, China
100%

Great place. Little unusual in that it is located up some rather dirty concrete stairs but you don't notice this after the second time. As per other reviews, it has combined the best qualities of a 4 or 5 star hotel with the atmosphere and feel of a hostel. Would definately stay here again next time.

  • 19th Oct 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We thank you for your understanding and support! Just enter the greenforest Hostel, I believe you will like it.

Wada Hostel in Guilin

Guilin, China
100%

Great hostel. Perfectly well run and the staff are amazing. They hear your name once at check in and then remember it every time they see you for the duration of your stay. The BBQ was great for meeting new people. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • 16th Oct 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


Lazy Gaga Hostel

Guangzhou, China
100%

A truly brilliant hostel. Very modern and clean, great atmosphere, great hang out areas, near double sized bunk beds in the (spotless) rooms, staff who fall over themselves to help (with absolutely everything), great location near to the metro station. Everything has been thought of and addressed for the benefit of guests. I could go on but I would just be repeating what many other reviews have said. This is genuinely a 5 star hostel. The "iPhone 5s" of the hosteling world.

  • 11th Oct 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
These days as we have more and more guests with many different backgrounds, we feel worried that we haven't done enough to make people feel cozy and home at this new hostel. We're very grateful for your words which give us more confidence. Thanks for your chocolate as well. To keep our receptionists away from calories, I think I should eat them ALL, maybe 90% of them! HAHA!

Dragon Hostel Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
91%

As good as can be expected for a hostel in 1 of the most expensive places in the world. You get used to the set up very quickly (with reception in 1 place and the rooms elsewhere in the building - typical for Hong Kong). Staff were very helpful and I would have no hesitation in staying here again when/if I'm back in Hong Kong.

  • 4th Oct 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


Almaty Backpackers

Almaty, Kazakhstan
54%

No check in desk presents an obvious problem with a rather haphazard check in and payment system - some guests are rushing around on their check out morning wondering who to pay. It would be perfectly possible to arrive, sleep in a bed and leave the next morning without the owners realising. However, when my lost taxi driver called the owner's mobile he did answer early in the morning and give good directions to the front door. An ok place to stay if you're prepared for the unusual experience.

  • 21st Sep 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


Zugdidi Hostel

Zugdidi, Georgia
86%

Really nice place and the only accomodation of its kind that I know of in Zugdidi. The staff speak English and do everything they can to help so, if you are looking for a bed for the night in Zugdidi, this would be a great option.

  • 26th Aug 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


94%

No customer comment

  • 23rd Mar 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (36 reviews)


The Haven Guesthouse

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
73%

Good hostel. Not as much atmosphere as there could be as there is no distinction between the reception and the social area. Good free internet and breakfast/tea/coffee all day. The rooms are fine if a little small - do be aware that the rooms are very dark with the lights off and do not get light at any time so if you need some sunlight in the morning to wake up here might not be a good idea. Will stay here again.