Reviews: brian_o_halloran9913

Pumbas Backpackers

Pretoria, South Africa

Only stayed here one night but it was great! Very near Gautrain station & some good bars and eateries nearby. Breakfast is a nice touch too with juice, cereal and coffee on hand for free. Frank, Craig and the rest are very helpful and Frank even offered to give me a lift in to another part of Pretoria when I was going out the evening of my stay! Place has nice, chilled out atmosphere too. The 10 AM checkout is a bit early but it didn't matter to me as I was going in to Pretoria to explore.


Very good, value for money hostel in the heart of Xining. Near (walking distance) of all the mosques, the park and has great supermarkets and eateries across the road. Staff were very helpful too when you needed anything. Only minor issue was that Wi-Fi was a bit slow and inconsistent at times but otherwise, thought the place was great. Would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to XIning.

Gorky 6 Hostel

Kazan, Russia

Hostel was fine and in a good location within 15 minutes walk of Kremlin etc. Staff in hotel were very helpful (especially young guy who I think was Tatar) and Nina and helped me in arranging trip to Bulgar, getting to Temple of all Religions and recommending places to eat nearby. Very good value for money with good shared facilities. Highly recommended!

Soul Kitchen

St Petersburg, Russia

This was a great place to stay, very well located near Nevsky Prospekt and near supermarkets etc. You can even do the riverboat tours nearby! Hostel is beautiful and rooms are great. Staff very helpful and obliging too. Had to cancel 1 night due to a friend not being able to make it and there was no problem. They even let me stay an extra hour after checkout! Highly recommended.

FAB Hostel Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

Very good place and great value for money. Staff very helpful when needed and place has lovely atmosphere with great facilities. Nice tocuh that it is in local neighbourhood so you can see real Thai life and are right beside shops. BTS station not far and easy to get to main sights from there. Bed a bit hard but no issue as slept very well every night - great that they provided a fan. Only minor issue was light switch in my room at far end away from door but didn't cause any problems. Go for it!

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Hello Brian, Thanks a lot for the review! It means a lot to us. Hope you going well and to see you again next time. Take care Fab & Jaa

Banana Hostel

Taipei, Taiwan

Great place - Lexi, Wilbur, Joy and co. were great and very helpful when you needed them. The hostel is well located right beside MRT station and is within reasonable distance of 101 Tower. Great little eastery next door to the right. Painting and other artwork are fantastic and Lexi's banana bread is something to behold! Room was fine with ample room below bed which was in bunk fashion. Overall, a great hostel in a great city and highly recommended.

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Dear Brian, thank you for the great review! You are one of our best guests honestly. Friendly, talkative, always smile, we wish we could have every guest like you!!

Euro Youth Hostel

Munich, Germany

Very good hostel with great bar and good idea to have sinks in rooms so you spent minimal time in showers and toilets. Great location too and staff let me know about Auschwitz and Third Reich tours as well as helped me to get to castles outside Munich. Overall, highly recommended.

Lux Apartment in Minsk

Minsk, Belarus

Excellent apartment in a very good location and in great condition. Bedroom, balcony etc. are great and plenty of room for everything. Dmitri is very good host and was very helpful in me getting visa on arrival. Would definitely recommend this apartment if staying in Minsk.

Budget B&B Aelbrechtskade

Rotterdam, Netherlands

I had a great stay here! Maarten is a very good host and his apartment is really nice. Was near where my friend was staying and right beside tram stop so only 5 stops (about 10 minutes) from Central Station. Was also near my friends place so perfectly located. Loads of eateries nearby and near Old Harbour area which was good for photos. Breakfast could be had at any time and Maarten stocked it well. I would fully recommend this place!

Penthouse Hostel

Yerevan, Armenia

I really enjoyed my stay here! All the staff were great and helped me with organising the trips along with general advice on seeing the country. Room was fine (if a bit hot, though they did provide me with a fan which was very handy) and breakfast, balcony, common area were great. Good atmosphere among guests, especially at breakfast. Location good too, just off Abovyan Street.....and above all, I got a bonus gift for staying more than 5 nights! :-) All in all, highly recommended!


Hard for me to determine value for money as it was the Euros but had a good stay there despite initial mix-up with the room which differed to what they described on Hostelworld. Martha and the rest of the staff were very nice and helpful and the location of the hostel is very good, near the Cdentral Station and what was the fanzone. The free breakfast was very nice too and good that you could go down after 11 and still get bread and coffee. Would redommend.

Five Stones Hostel

Singapore, Singapore

This place is excellent! Isabel and all the staff are great and the facilities in the hostel are very good too. You even have a TV with a DVD player in the private rooms. The location is very good, near Clarke Quay and can do good walking trips of Singapore City centre. MRT is only a few minutes walk away and I was even able to use it to get back to the airport early in the morning. Place is spotlessly clean too. Very highly recommended if you're staying in Singapore.

Begovic Boarding House

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Had a great time there. We were looked after greatly by the Begovic family and particular praise must go to their aunt who was staying next to us and tended to our every need. Nothing was too much for her! Apartment was beautiful and very atmospheric for the area. A bit far from Old Town but near bus stop (5 minutes walk or so) to get to Old Town and great beach nearby for snorkeling as well as all ammenities. Highly recommended.

Residence Rooms

Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina

One of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Twin room Ensuite was like a hotel room, location was perfect right beside everything like Old Town, bars etc. and Osman and the rest of the staff are great. Free Internet terminals in a few places breakfast free too which was great. Definitely check out Tunnel Tour which is well worth a look. At 20 Euro a night, it was fantastic vale for money (like a lot of things in Sarajevo) and comes very highly recommended.


Beirut, Lebanon

This is a fantastic place! Mike and Mady are amazing hosts and are like your second family in Beirut and gave some great advice on what to do and how to get to where you want to go. Thanks too for the Lebanese bread Mike! Apartment is lovely and in great location - Gemmayze - which is at the centre of the nightlife and shops / restaurants and very near downtown. The hosts even booked a taxi for me for airport pickup and and for going back and even came to ensure the taxi came!! Go for it!

Abbasi Palace Hotel

Amman, Jordan

Excellent place - highly recommended! Aesha and all the staff were great and made the stay all the better. They helped with organising the day trips which was great. Lovely sitting room and breakfast too. Great hostel!

HM Hostel

Moscow, Russia

Great spot with very helpful staff - great unity among guests and excellent facilities. Highly recommended!

HI Bnei Dan - Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

Some staff very nice, some very unfriendly. Nowhere near beach either but relatively near City Centre so not so bad. Bit propogandist too with the rather biased account of Munich terrorist attacks - no need to wave that in visitors faces.

Urban Hideaway Guesthouse

Vancouver, Canada

Jean, Ken and Will are brilliant - a great and highly recommended place to stay