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VIP House

Cusco, Peru

The main drawback to this place is that it`s difficult to get hot water from the showers. The floor boards are also creaky in the bedrooms so you make noise when you walk on them. Apart from that I really liked it here. It`s a cosy hostel located in a charming building and is small enough to meet people. Staff are very friendly and a simple breakfast is provided. The dorms are comfortable and there`s plenty of bedding to cope with Cusco`s cold nights. There`s a computer for guest use too.

Ekeko Hostel

Lima, Peru

This isn`t the best located hostel in Miraflores as it`s 8 blocks north of Parque Kennedy. Saying that, the hostel itself is nice and cosy. This isn`t a party hostel at all. The dorms are comfortable, lockers are provided and the bathrooms are clean and the showers are hot. Staff are multilingual and are eager to please and are helpful. A simple breakfast of bread and coffee is served in the morning and there`s a computer for guest use and a kitchen as well. I would happily stay here again.


This is a good option if you wish to explore central Lima (recommended) as it`s walking distance to the main attractions. Unfortunately it`s noisy due to passing traffic and the beeping is especially annoying in the morning. The staff are friendly and a breakfast of bed and jam with tea or coffee is served. The toilets are clean and there`s hot water for showers. Dorms are comfortable and there are lockers too. The bar is a nice place to hang out in the evenings and meet people.

Hostal Yakumama

Cuenca, Ecuador

This is a good place to stay in beautiful Cuenca as it´s close to the historical centre and is cheap. It´s run by a young Swiss sister and brother team who speak both English and Spanish fluently. As well as the usual jam and bread breakfast you can also order extras. The building is large and there are ample toliets and showers with hot water. There is also a yard at the back where you can relax and a room where you can play beer pong. The beds are comfortable and lockers are provided.

Hostal Backpackers� Inn

Quito, Ecuador

Excellent location as the hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the main nightlife area of the Mariscal. Saying that, the hostel is situated down a quiet side street so you will get a quiet night`s sleep. This is a cosy hostel with a nice atmosphere. The staff are friendly and there`s both a computer and kitchen for guest use. The beds are comfortable and there`s a small communal area by the reception. Unfortunately there`s only 1 shower in the building so be prepared to queue in the morning.

Los Pinguinos

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

This place isn´t really a hostel, it´s a house which rents out rooms. It´s biggest drawback is its location: it´s a good 20 minute walk from Charles Darwin Avenue or a 1 dollar taxi ride. (Most taxi drivers know how to get here as the property has a sign now). The family who runs this place are lovely but don´t speak English. My room was comfortable, well furnished and I had hot water too. There was also a TV in my room and the property was secure.

Park Life Hostel

Popayan, Colombia

This is a gem of a hostel. It´s located slap bang in the centre of the historical city and is ideal for exploring Popayan. The reception is manned 24 hours a day and is secure as you have to be buzzed in to enter. The dorms are spacious and clean and there´s a relaxing common area next to reception. Staff are bilingual and helpful, cheap beers are sold, and there´s a room upstairs where you can watch films. There are also adequate shower and toilet facilities and a kitchen for guest use.

Hotel Casa De Nelly

San Agustin, Colombia

The biggest drawback with this place is its location as it´s a good 30 minutes walk from town up a steep hill. Saying that, it´s very peaceful and is ideal for those who wish to relax. The hostel is more like a country house and is both atmospheric and characterful. The staff are friendly but only one member speaks English. Beer is sold and breakfast is served in the morning for a fee. The dorm rooms are clean and comfortable and this place offers a different hostel experience completely.


The staff at this hostel are very helpful and are bilingual. It´s not an easy place to find in a taxi and it´s a good 30 minute walk from town so this is a bit of a disadvantage. The building itself is spacious and the dorms are clean and comfortable and lockers are provided. There is a bar and a swimming pool and a simple breakfast is served daily. The toliets are clean and you have hot showers most of the time. The neighbourhood is safe as well. The biggest annoyance is the hostel dog!

Alegria's Hostel

Bogota, Colombia

This is a cosy hostel that attracts a chilled out crowd. The staff are lovely and helpful. I stayed in the 10 bed dorm which was cramped but comfortable. The beds have plenty of blankets which is important as it gets cold at night in Bogota. There is a simple breakfast of coffee, juice and bread served every day and a computer for guest use. The hostel is located in the tourist area of La Candelaria and is within walking distance of most tourist attractions. I really enjoyed my stay here.

Happy Buddha Boutique Hostal

Medellin, Colombia

This is a classy hostel in an upscale area of Medellin. I wouldn't describe the hostel as homely as it's a bit posh, but the dorm rooms are comfortable and very clean. The bilingual staff are very helpful and professional. There's a breakfast of coffee, eggs and toast served in the morning and there is a laptop available for free use of the internet. Downstairs there is a cheap bar which is a good place to meet locals and other travelers. There are also lockers in the rooms. Highly recommended.

Luna's Castle Hostel

Panama City, Panama

If you love busy hostels with lots of opportunities to party, then you will love Lena`s. Bear in mind that this place is very loud as it is close to many nightclubs. You will not get to sleep before 3am on the weekends and certain nights during the week due to loud music. The hostel is located in the heart of Casco Viejo so its location is great. Some of the dorms are good whilst others are cramped. There are lockers for every guest and 4 computers for guest use. Staff speak very good English.

Hostel Mamallena

Boquete, Panama

Mamallena´s has an excellent location as it is right by the town square and is very easy to find from the bus stop. Bear in mind that this is a very busy hostel with many people coming and going so it may not be ideal for those looking for a relaxing hostel. The facilities are good, there is a large kitchen for guest use, 3 computers, an indoor communal room where you can watch movies and a courtyard at the back. There are also lockers and you can book shuttles or excursions through reception.


This is a good place for a short stay in David. The interior of the hostel looks a bit tired but the dorms are comfortable and the bathrooms are clean. The owner is knowledgeable and has lots of info on the surrounding area. There is a computer for guest use (a bit unreliable), a kitchen and free coffee available all day. The hostel is about a 15 minute walk from downtown David but there is a handy supermarket nearby. There is also a courtyard and hammocks outside which are nice for chilling.

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Thanks for your review! We have spruced up the interior of the hostel with new furniture and a PURPLE paint job. Come visit!

Hostel Van Gogh

San Jose, Costa Rica

The only negative about this hostel is that there is only one bathroom for each gender. Everything else was excellent. It´s an ideal place for a quiet night in San Jose as it´s not a party hostel and it´s located in a nice barrio of the city. However, it´s only a short walk from the downtown area so its location is great. The interior of the hostel is quite elegant and the owner is very helpful and informative. The courtyard at the back is spacious and there´s a kitchen for guest use. Recommended.

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Hello Now, we inaugurated the new mens bathrooms, for that reason we dont any anymore one bathroom for each gender! thanks! :)

Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel

Monteverde, Costa Rica

The only thing I didn't like about this place was the downstairs common room. It's not really relaxing as there are many people passing through. Everything else was great. The English speaking staff are very friendly and helpful. A generous breakfast of eggs and toast, fruit and cereal is served everyday as well as free coffee. Both the dorm rooms and private rooms are comfortable and the bathrooms are spacious and there's hot water for showers. You can book tours through reception. Recommended.

Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel

Montezuma, Costa Rica

I really liked the cosy vibe at this place. It is a short (but steep) walk from Montezuma town centre and the beach. The staff are lovely and the good breakfast they provide justifies the higher price as the local restaurants are expensive. The upstairs and downstairs areas are great for chilling out and there's a kitchen for guest use and free coffee all day. There is also a night watchman for extra security. Some of the dorm rooms are a little cramped but I highly recommend this place.

  • 27th Jan 2014
  • Globetrotter
  • Wales
  • Female, 31-40
  • (42 reviews)

Hospedaje Dodero

Liberia, Costa Rica

This is a good place to stay in Liberia. It is very close to the bus station and security is excellent as the front gate is always locked. You need to be let in or out by a member of staff. There is a basic kitchen and pleasant courtyard at the back where you can relax or eat meals. The interior of the building can feel a little cramped as there isn`t much space to move around and there aren`t many bathrooms either. The staff are English speaking and helpful and the dorms are comfortable.

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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy you found our beds comfortable, the hostel secure and the staff helpful. Enjoy your future travels!

Hostal El Momento

Granada, Nicaragua

The English speaking staff at this hostel are courteous and very professional. There is both a bar and restaurant in the hostel and it is centered on a lovely courtyard which is ideal for chilling. The location is good too as it is only a 5 minute walk to the main square in town. There is a computer for guest use and a tv where guests can relax in the evenings. I stayed in the 11 bed dorm and there is only one bathroom in the room so you may have to wait to use it. It`s a great place to stay.

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Hi Thank you for your review, I would just like to point out and also to apologise that there are actually 4 bathrooms not 1 and if you were not shown around the hostel then I will be speaking to this with the receptionist who checked you in. We are happy though that you did enjoy your stay with us.

Managua Backpackers Inn

Managua, Nicaragua

Most people who stay here only stay for the night as they are either heading to or from the airport. The hostel is located in an upscale and safe area of Managua, close to expensive restaurants and bars. The staff speak good English and there are two computers for guest use, two kitchens and the swimming pool is a nice touch too. There doesn`t seem to be enough showers or toilets for the number of guests who stay in the dorms though. If you wish to explore downtown Managua you will need a taxi.

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Hi, Thanks for providing us with your comments. In general we have 1 bathroom/shower for each dormitory of 8 people (in addition to the bathrooms inside the private rooms). This lies within the recommended ratios for the hosteling industry. Some of the dormitories have an en-suite bathroom, however, perhaps the dormitory you stayed in did not. Thanks again for your comments and we'll keep an eye on the situation with the bathrooms and ensure they are in kept good working order.

Hostel Don Popo

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

This is a new hostel still finding its feet. The location is good as it is close to the cathedral in the city centre. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff are friendly and are eager to please. A good breakfast is included in the price and you get a welcome drink when you arrive at the hostel. The facilities are good as there is a cinema room, kitchen and pool table for guest use. There is no hot water in the dorm rooms unfortunately. Would definitely stay here again though.

Sonati Estelì

Esteli, Nicaragua

The staff at this hostel are eager, very friendly, keen to impress and speak good English. Unfortunately though the hostel doesnt feel very organised. It can be hard to find a staff member at the front desk at times. The front door also needs a door bell. You can wait a while to be let into the building at times. On the plus side the dorms are clean, comfortable and there is hot water. There is also a computer for guest use and a large yard at the back to relax. Great location too.

Tamarindo Hostel

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

This hostel is a little pricey but it´s a good choice as the security is excellent and it is located in a good neighbourhood. It´s about a 20 minute walk to the downtown area. The dorms are clean and comfortable and there´s hot water for showers. The upstairs balcony is a nice place to chill out and there´s a tv downstairs but no common room as such. My only complaint about this place is that the hostel´s computer isn´t reliable and the internet is pricey at 2 dollars an hour.

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Hi Thank you for your commitment We are always working hard to make a comfortable stay to our guests . And we are always learning from the commitments, so from now we will give our guests a half an hour free for those who does not have a cellphone device.Because every one who has a cellphone can use the wi fi for free. We hope to see you again and we hope you enjoy every place you go .Kind regards.Loret

Hotel Don Moises

Copan Ruinas, Honduras

This place is nothing fancy but it's a great place to spend a few days. The American / Honduran couple who run the place are friendly and helpful and the hostel's location is excellent. It's only a couple of minutes walk to all the bars and restaurants. The dorms are comfortable and there's hot waters for showers. The upstairs balcony is a great place to have a beer and watch the sunset as well. There's also a kitchen and a computer for guest use. I would stay here again.

Ximena's Guest House

San Salvador, El Salvador

This is an old guesthouse and is in need of a renovation. However, the rooms are clean and comfortable and there is hot water for showers. The staff are friendly and helpful and it is located in a nice area of San Salvador, close to many shops and restaurants. I stayed here for 7 nights and would happily stay here again.

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Your were great to have Andrew. Thanks for positive comments. Hope you have amazing adventures in your next destination. Merry x-mas.


Guatemala City, Guatemala

This hostel is expensive but you are well looked after here. The owner, Marcos, speaks excellent English and takes guests out for nights out and arranges meals in the hostel on certain nights. The hostel also collects you or takes you to your next mode of transportation. The hostel is located in Zona 10, a safe but pricey part of the city. There´s a computer for free internet use and the dorms are comfortable. I´d recommend this hostel and Guatemala city is worth seeing too.

Place To Stay Antigua

Antigua, Guatemala

The best thing about this hostel were the staff. They were friendly, spoke excellent English and were very helpful. The place itself is a bit basic and the 5 bed dorm I was in was a little cramped but comfortable. The bathrooms were clean and there was some warm water during my stay. There is breakfast served every morning at around 9am. This is not the most centrally located hostel in Antigua but I would stay here again. Bear in mind that the hostel enforces a 12:30 am curfew.

Hostal Casa Luna

Coban, Guatemala

This was a pleasant place to spend a few days as it is close to Coban city centre. The male owner here speaks good English and is very friendly. The hostel itself is basic with few facilities (no internet, kitchen etc.) The beds are comfortable and the dorm I stayed in was spacious. Unfortunately there was no hot water at all during my stay and the rooms can get very chilly at night. Plan accordingly.

Seaside Guesthouse

Belize City, Belize

This is a chilled out hostel in a safe part of a rough city. Staff are very friendly and the balcony at the back is a great place to sink a beer and meet other backpackers. The hostel is also close to the tourist village and is in the city centre. However, the dorms are over priced and the walls between the rooms are thin.

Mama's Home

Tulum, Mexico

I really liked this hostel as the staff were very friendly and they provided a great breakfast as well. Cinthia is a character and speaks great English. The dorms are comfortable and secure and air-conditioned. There's a basic kitchen for guest use and two computers for free internet surfing as well. The courtyard at the front of the hostel is a good place to chill with a beer. The hostel is close to Tulum high street where the bars, restaurants are etc. Highly recommended.


Merida, Mexico

I really liked this hostel as it provided activities for the guests. I especially liked the free salsa lessons! The staff are helpful and speak excellent english. The dorms are comfortable and the pool is a nice bonus as well. The breakfast is quite good and there are 3 computers for free internet use. This isn't the most centrally located hostel in Merida but I would happily stay here again. Lockers are provided in the dorms as well.

Yaxkin Hostel

Palenque, Mexico

The location of the hostel is good as it is close to Palenque town (and the bus station) without being in Palenque itself. The areas outside the dorm areas are good places to chill at night with a beer. The dorms are spacious enough but the bathrooms are average. There is no kitchen but there is a good restaurant and a bar above the hostel. Staff speak very limited English. I would stay here again.

Rossco Backpackers Hostel

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

This hostel has good facilities - a pool table, a mini cinema upstairs, a kitchen for guest use, and the nightly bonfire is a great place to chill and meet people. The staff are friendly and the location is only a 5 minute walk from downtown as well. The basic is breakfast and the free internet is slow but I would gladly recommed this hostel. The dorms are comfortable but are very dark at night so you may need a head torch if you need to get up at this time.


Excellent location as it is only a 10 minute walk from the beach. Staff were helpful. The rooms were stuffy at night though and it was difficult to get a good night´s sleep.

Hollywood Youth Hostel

Los Angeles, USA

Excellent location and very easy to get to from Union station. This hostel has all the facilities you'd expect for a hostel. The rooms were cramped and stuffy though. It is hard to get a good night's sleep here without air con.

San Francisco Guest House

San Francisco, USA

This is a Korean run guesthouse. The management here were lovely and the hostel was very clean. Unfortunately it's around 3 miles from downtown so you have to catch a bus to get there. Buses are very regular though.

Wildflower Village

Reno, USA

The staff were very friendly and helpful at this hostel. However, it is a long walk from the hostel to downtown. I wouldn't stay here again unless I had a car.

Camelot Inn & Hostel

Salt Lake City, USA

Very clean hostel but it feels like a ghost hostel as it's only manned during certain daytime hours. They need to simplify the night in check in system and rely less on computers. For example, you need access to the net to receive certain codes for storage etc.

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=====NEED TO SIMPLIFY CHECK-IN SYSTEM===== Most travelers find that our system is simple and convenient. Many hostels and hotels worldwide are moving to this automated system. 506)... The self check-in is very convenient and the owner/employees are very accessible by phone/text. Peggy Q. (8S) CA, USA 438)...The whole system is remarkable...Nobody was rude or unhappy working late at a front desk. The instructions and simple step by step process is so convenient. Jason N. (CG) UT


Good location as it is only a 15 minute walk from downtown Denver. I thought the rooms were a little cramped and there wasn't much of a backpacker vibe here as most of the rooms seemed to be private rooms. The bathrooms were spotless in all fairness.

FRESH @ The Crown, Clapham

London, England

Very friendly staff and good breakfast. Rooms were cramped and difficult to sleep in due to the heat and noise from outside. Cheap hostel though for London.

Transit Alexandria

Alexandria, Egypt

Excellent location and very friendly staff. The only downside are the cold showers.

Soms Service Homes

Bangalore, India

Great staff, bit far from the center however.