This is an absolutely superb hostel. On arrival we were welcomed by friendly and efficient staff. We had booked the twin, private room with shared bathroom. The room was clean and comfortable. Throughout the stay we didn't experience any noise from other guests at all, so I have to say also that the room was quiet and peaceful. The toilet and shower room facilities were among the cleanest I have seen at a hostel. All in all, a great place to stay for couples or solo travellers.
The location of USA Hostels San Diego is excellent, right in the heart of a lively area called the Gaslamp District. You won't be short of places to get a drink of something to eat around here. It is also close to the baseball stadium. However, I didn't like the atmosphere of the hostel itself. It didn't suit us well as it is a hostel with a lot of young solo travellers and backpackers, whereas we were older than most of them and were looking for a quiet base.
We enjoyed our stay at Vila Jadran very much. The value for money is absolutely incredible - we had a large room with three beds, a small kitchen and a bathroom all for the price of a budget hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful in getting us oriented in the town of Bar and the location is good too - the walk to the town centre is around 20 minutes along the beach. We were picked up at the bus station by the owner of the hotel on our arrival. Thank you for a great stay.
We stayed at the private en-suite room at the hostel. The room is separate from the main hostel, a minute's walk away. This suited us fine. The room is quite small, with a bed taking up most of the space, a very small kitchen and a bathroom. The bed was comfortable and the room suited our needs overall, but if staying for more than one night I might have wanted more space. The location is amazing - right in the centre of the beautiful Budvar old town. I'd stay here for the location alone.
Clink78 is a lively, friendly place. I used it just as a place to put my head down for one night and it served this need very well - there are wooden sides on the beds, meaning you get a bit of privacy, and the free breakfast was very good indeed. If you were looking for a party place I think Clink78 would be a good choice too, as there is a bar with daily events and the breakfast hall is huge so you are able to meet people there also. I would recommend it most for groups of young travellers.
This is a very pleasant little apartment about 15 to 20 minutes' walk from the city centre. It is clean, neat and nicely decorated. Also, the manager was friendly and helpful. However, sharing the small space with other people was too annoying. If you are trying to sleep in you would almost certainly be woken up by others in kitchen and sharing the kitchen and bathroom could become stressful. As with any shared space, the experience depends on those you are sharing with.
This is a very solid hostel. It is located in the hip district of Neukolln in the south of Berlin. Within ten minutes' walk around the place there are loads and loads of cafes and bars. The hostel itself is very nicely decorated and looked after and the staff are friendly and helpful. A free breakfast is always a bonus and the one here will get you started ok - tea, coffee, bread, cheese, meats and jam. I would recommend this place and would go back myself.
Overall this hostel was just what I have come to expect from private hostels in UK. The price was fair, obviously cheaper than a hotel, it was not dirty and the welcome was OK. However the character unsettled me. There seemed to be a few long-term guests and they did not make me (staying for 1 night) feel welcome. This is not the direct fault of the management, but the staff of a hostel form the atmosphere from the top down. Also could do with thicker curtains in the bedroom to block the light.
This is a place of real character for you to make your home from home while in Zagreb. It is a small two-floored apartment in the rear garden of an apartment block, complete with kitchen, bathroom, lounge and two bedrooms. The place is very cute and cosy, meaning we felt very much at home there, and the warm welcome from the owner helped very much with this too. If you are a couple looking for a value for money and quirky base in Zagreb I'd recommend this.
This is a beautiful, cosy, peaceful apartment very close to the centre of Ljubljana. I would find it hard to pick out any fault with it at all - a snack and a map are provided on arrival, it is clean, tidy and warm, and the beds are so comfortable I had maybe the best four consecutive nights' sleep of my life. This is the perfect base for exploring Ljubljana, which is itself a pretty, relaxing place to visit. Highly recommended.
This is a reasonable place to put your head down at a cheap price. The good features are the location (very near Waterloo), the free breakfast and helpful staff. And of course the 24-hour bar, if you are able to make use of that!
What a place! The hostel is located in an office-type building on the top floor. At first you wonder where you have arrived but when you step out of the lift you find a stylish, clean and welcoming place. The staff were extremely helpful and happy to chat about Cologne and other matters. There is not a free breakfast but you get a 10% discount at a nearby cafe, which is a good substitute. The dormitory is secure, comfortable and offers privacy, with use of curtains for each bed. Recommended.
This was my second stay at Sleephere and it was equally as brilliant as the first. Karel runs a very clean, friendly and comfortable place where the guests can feel very much at home. There is free tea and coffee at all times and a very nice breakfast on offer. If you need a calm and relaxing base of operations in Brussels I would recommend this place.
If you are looking for accommodation in Brussels your search should stop with Sleephere. It's a fabulous place to stay - a beautiful house with clean rooms, friendly and knowledgeable staff and a wonderful dog. Karel even played piano to entertain the guests one evening.
This is a perfectly reasonable place to stay in Vienna. It is within easy walking distance of the city centre sights and access from the airport is also easy. Marc Aurel itself is clean and the staff were welcoming. We stayed in the four-bed room, which was four single beds. Perfect for our needs but not what you'd call luxury. Breakfast was buffet style and tasty enough.
This was my third stay at the Williamsburg HostL and I still regard it as one of the best places to stay in the world, let alone the city of New York. It is a great place to meet real New Yorkers and other travellers, and is ideally located to explore Brooklyn. Manhattan is also close by if you feel like going there. Highly recommended.
This was my second stay at the Williamsburg HostL and I still regard it as one of the best places to stay in the world, let alone the city of New York. It is a great place to meet real New Yorkers and other travellers, and is ideally located to explore Brooklyn. Manhattan is also close by if you feel like going there. Highly recommended.
If you are visiting Newport this is your only budget option. However, it is still a good hostel. Merrilee (the hostel manager) will ensure that you have all the information you could possibly need for places to go, see, eat, drink and watch music. Her nightly walking tours are an excellent way to meet new people. Just be warned if you are expecting a party - this hostel is in a residential area and you will have to be respectful of the neighbours and other guests late at night.
First things first, the breakfast here is INCREDIBLE. I would stay again for that alone. The location is good. Who cares if you're 20 minutes from Manhattan? Brooklyn is the best borough of New York City. The staff were friendly and the hostel seems clean and well decorated.
If you need a hostel close to Paddington or Notting Hill this is a good bet at a reasonable price. However, it is not the cleanest or nicest hostel I have stayed in. Breakfast was due to start at 8am but on the day I stayed it was at least ten minutes late - which is inconvenient for those in a hurry.
A serviceable hostel - not remarkable in terms of character or atmosphere, but it is clean, tidy and you can get a good night's rest. It is still very new, so some of it is still under construction - this did not impact my stay at all. The free breakfast was good but watch out for the 'hot chocolate'.
An excellent hostel. Clean, well located in the throbbing-night-life disctrict of Kreuzberg and with a very nicely decorated reception/lounge/bar. My bed was very comfortable, and check-out is a reasonable 11am. Highly recommended.
One of the cleanest hostels I have been in - everything from the floors, walls and ceilings to the beds, shower and toilet seemed new. Location is excellent, but no free breakfast and not much character to the place.
I have had some bad experiences with large HI Hostels, but this one was a real pleasure. Boston is quite a relaxed placed, and I think this rubs off on the staff and visitors. The location is ideal for catching baseball at Fenway Park (and if you aren't doing this why are you in Boston?) but not great for the town centre or train stations. Free breakfast and perfectly clean.
For a hostel in central New York (a place with a reputation for being rude) the staff here were remarkably friendly. They helped me with an array of questions, and were on-hand 24 hours a day. The rooms are clean and well-decorated, and breakfast on the roof is a real pleasure. A warning: the traffic on 8th Avenue is very loud - take ear plugs.
A serviceable hostel. It is much improved from its previous incarnation (they no longer lock you out during the day) but it is still quite a bland place, and some of the staff were not too friendly. It is clean and tidy, but why is there free breakfast only on weekends and not every day?
This is an excellent hostel. Right from the very start the staff did everything they could to orientate me and help me meet other people. The free make your own pancake breakfast is great (though I burnt mine) and it is a beautiful building. Highly recommended.
There probably isn't a better place to stay in Brooklyn than this, and maybe not even in the whole of New York. Be aware that this isn't a normal hostel as you will be used to them, but for me this was a good thing. This is someone's flat, and this means you can live like a real New Yorker during your stay. The hosts are VERY friendly, and the area is brilliant.
This is an excellent hostel, but you can expect that from YHA. It won't be the best place for a party because there seem to be families staying, and other hostels are located nearer to good night spots, but if you're doing the tourist thing this is a serious option. Clean, tidy, friendly and breakfast included.
The Generator is a good place to stay if you want a party. They have their own bar, which is open later than a lot of other pubs in the area. There are also so many other guests staying that you are sure to meet someone. There are always a lot of staff around to help and the breakfast is excellent.
This is an excellent hostel. I booked one night in the private room for £30. The room was comfortable, and had a table, mirror and lamp. The toilets and shower facilities were pleasant and clean. The 24 hour free tea, coffee and toast is a great idea, and much appreciated - you can have breakfast at 3am if you want to. Very good hostel.
The revolutionary 'pod' beds are a total nightmare, and not conducive to a good night's sleep. They are very short indeed, and if you are on the top bunk you are very close to the lights in the room. In the room I was in a number of the bed's curtains were broken too. The breakfast was good, similar to other hostels, and location excellent. There are better hostels in London than this.
A perfectly serviceable hostel. I only used it to put my head down for the night, and it was warm and secure enough for this purpose. The shower was clean and worked well. There is a free breakfast but I missed it.
An excellent hostel. Central London location, reasonably priced, a good free breakfast and a cheap bar open until late. There are always lots of staff around to help if you need anything, and they were friendly too. Don't come here if you're looking for peace and quiet though - it is big and very lively.
This is a charming hostel, located about ten minutes walk from the centre of Brighton. There is always free tea and coffee, a TV is available 24 hours a day and the member of staff I met was very friendly. Probably not the best hostel to stay in if you want to meet people, but otherwise it does the job well.
This is a pretty good hostel. The location is not right in the heart of down town,but it is only a ten minute walk from centre of the city. The staff were very friendly, and there is a good chance of meeting fellow travellers because of the good communal areas. The lounge, in particular, was lovely - really warm and comfortable. The bathrooms are maybe not plentiful enough, but you can get around this problem. I would recommend this hostel.
I would give this hostel great marks for security, but only because there are so few keys that it is difficult to get into your room yourself, so of course no one else can get in. There is a 24 hour reception, which is very useful. The breakfast is ok, toast and cereal. Our bathroom had no plug for the hot tub, nor a shower curtain, but at least it had a hot tub. Overall ok.
Kinlay House is quite well located once you are there, but a long way from the train station. There is a 24 hour reception, which is great, but the staff themselves are not overly helpful. They weren't rude, but they didn't make any extra effort beyond checking you in and out. The breakfast is just toast, but the long tables in the dining room mean you get a chance to meet people. The shower in our room was clean, and the tv room is very comfortable. Internet is not free, but cheap.
I stayed at here because of its proximity to the Natural History Museum, and certainly this was the best feature of the hostel. Perhaps if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the very centre of London this is not the best hostel for you, though it is still in Zone One. The staff were very friendly, allowing me to check out a little late with no hassle. The free breakfast is a great feature, but the door on my room did not ever seem to be locked and this concerned me greatly.
Castle Rock is nicely located about ten minutes walk from Edinburgh Waverley, the main train station. The best thing about it is that they give you three keys, including ones for a locker and safe, which means your belongings will be very secure. You do have to give a £10 deposit for these though. Breakfast is not free, and they had run out of everything but cereal when I was there - very disappointing. There are plenty of showers, and the rooms and bathrooms are clean but not exceptional.
This hostel was not totally awful because it provided a safe, clean and warm place to sleep, but there were a few bad points. There are probably better located hostels in Hamburg, but even here you are only ten minutes walk from the Reeperbahn, which is where most of the action is. The worst aspect of the hostel is the policy of requesting a deposit of 50 euros (or your passport) for the key. This is far too much money for a backpacker or budget traveller to part with. Other hostels in Germany request a two or even one euro deposit. There is free tea and coffee, and excellent showers, but no breakfast.
If you want something a little different this is the hostel for you - it's a boat! The hostel floats on the River Spree and the rooms are cabins on the boat. My dormitory had port holes as windows, and though it was small (what else do you expect with a cabin?) it was warm and pleasant. The breakfast was not the best you will ever have, but you could eat out and enjoy the good parts this hostel has to offer.
My first impressions of the hostel were that it was simply superb. The twenty bed dorm. I was in was completely made out of wood giving it a pleasant character, and the bar was more like a proper pub than a hostel bar. Beer was cheap too, especially at the three hour 'happy hour'. This is a very secure hostel, with lockers under the bed (free if you have your own lock) and two doors to get to the rooms. The 24 hour reception is very useful. My criticism would be that there are added costs once you arrive, such as for breakfast and internet, which are offered free at other hostels.
If this isn't one of the best hostels in London, and concomitantly the world, then please show me one better. The beds are supremely comfortable with excellent clean sheets, and breakfast is provided free. The pool table is free after 12am, and the bar open all night selling reasonable priced beer. What more could you want? My only criticism would be that the staff can be slightly intimidating at times, but they are friendly overall and I'm sure they mean no harm by it.
I have stayed here twice now, and really I expect you will not find a better hostel in Oxford. It is 2 minutes from the train station, and 5 from the city centre. It is very colourfully decorated, free towels are provided and the rooms were warm enough. The showers were hot and plentiful also. There are two outer doors and then your room door, which provides good security.
Some may not like the fact there is no lock for the individual rooms, but this did not bother me too much as there were very few other people using the hostel. The shower was hot and the bathroom clean. The price is very good for what you get.