Some good things about the hostel: its location in Palermo; staff are friendly and helpful; free kitchen and wifi; large communal areas for meeting people; decent breakfast. Some bad things: not sure whether it was deliberate but on three occasions the staff tried to give me less money than I was due when exchanging US dollars for pesos; the bathrooms don't lock and their floors were constantly wet; dorm rooms are cramped; noisy early morning building work. Would I stay there again? Probably.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Eco Hostel. The location is pretty central and I ended up not taking any public transport in Santiago at all (besides the funicular up the huge San Cristobal hill!). Dorm rooms aren't too cramped and there are plenty of communal spaces for meeting people, plus a full kitchen if you want to save money by cooking yourself. The breakfast was pretty decent and the staff are friendly and helpful. This hostel is a bargain and I would definitely stay there again.
Pleasantly surprised! The toilet & shower facilities were kept incredibly clean, and the accommodation is equipped with a full communal kitchen. The room was gorgeous; wooden floors, beds and a chandelier. rooms were cleaned once per day by a chambermaid. There are a bunch of good, affordable restaurants around the corner and the historic city centre is nearby (10-15 minute walk), but not so close that guests are disturbed by the noise of drunk revellers coming back from a heavy night at 5am.
We really enjoyed our time at HBC Hostel, and ended up extending our stay by 2 nights. The hostel boasts a central location and there are plenty of cheap places to eat just around the corner. The hostel is run by an extremely friendly Croatian man who went out of his way to make us feel at home, cooking us a free dinner and providing lots of tips. The room was perfectly acceptable - no complaints. Guests are free to use the kitchen, helping them keep costs even lower during their visits.
Hostel Possonium really feels like a hostel by backpackers for backpackers. Every minor detail, from the room decorations to the outside bar area, has been incredibly well thought out. Arguably the greatest feature of the hostel is the variation of the rooms, which are individually decorated and designed to match their namesakes (ours being Cuba, adorned with Che Guevara and Fidel Castro posters). The only drawback would be the 15-20 min walk into the centre, but otherwise this is a gem.
Mixed feelings. The staff are bilingual and friendly; the bar is cheap; and the hostel recommends city sights and places to eat. The location is great for using public transport and doing day trips to other cities, but the walk into Vienna is long. We felt let down by the room. I didn't expect a couple to be placed in the noisier hostel accommodation. The room was basic; lack of a proper window made it hot and humid; we were given 2 single duvets for a double bed; and there was no bin.
We were very pleasantly surprised by the Hotel Centrale. In an expensive city like Venice, this hotel offers good value for money without many compromises. The staff were helpful, our room was well equipped and the ensuite facilities were relatively basic but clean. The public transport linking the hotel to the island is great; the buses are frequent and tickets are cheap. There are plenty of good restaurants just around the corner from the hotel.
The staff were really friendly and the facilities were great, but the (twin) room we were given was tiny. We couldn't even have both suitcases open at the same time. Breakfast was mediocre but there are many food stalls nearby. The location is great as you only have to walk a couple of metres from Chinatown station. Unfortunately when we were there there was very loud drilling going on from 8am, which is horrible if you're jetlagged.
A lovely cross between a hotel and a hostel, The Welcome Inn has the best of both worlds. The kitchen is fully equipped so we weren't forced to eat out every night. Staff came to clean the hostel every day. Free WIFI was also a bonus. 2 downsides: shower doesn't drain well and there are a LOT of stairs to get up to the hostel.
Really lovely staff in this hostel, the guy on reception helped me plan a day trip to Lake Garda and wrote down all the bus and train times for me :) Room was good (except lots of bugs on the ceiling). There are lockers but you need to bring your own padlock. Small breakfast included in the price. Location is excellent (but directions given by the hostel are useless) - you just walk out of the train station, turn right, walk 300m then you see the street it's on. Cheap supermarket next door.
Good hostel, shame about the location. Bus takes about half an hour to get to the city centre and is not very frequent (only hourly after 8pm!). Breakfast included and free internet (on a touch screen computer) though.
Really great hostel. A bit far out but easy to get to on the bus (though it takes a little while). Would definitely stay again.
Had a great stay in this hostel. Staff were really friendly. Good location and lots of information on how to get around etc. Free lockers also a big plus! Would be nice to have a small breakfast included and a computer, since not everyone travels with a WIFI device. Would definitely recommend this hostel.
I was really impressed by the dorm - it was more like a twin hotel room. Hostel is a bit far out of town but the bus comes regularly, so it wasn't a problem. Not great for socialising and meeting new people. Could also do with a computer to use internet and free breakfast. All in all, not bad though.
The staff really let this place down. They were constantly moody, impolite, unwilling to help and spoke little English. Location was good - near bus and metro but walkable to city centre (if you like walking!). Cheap for Milan. Showers don't really drain but you get what you pay for ;-)
internet broken. keyboards broken. hot water in only one girls' shower. ridiculous magnetic key system means it takes several attempts to get into your room. breakfast hours should be longer and later. no natural light in the lounge and the heating permanently on too high. yes, it's cheap, but if you can afford anywhere better then don't stay here. BUT if you're choosing between cat's hostel and this one then this is the better one.
luckily only spent one sleepless night here. SEVERELY overcrowded rooms (not everyone could have stood up at the same time in the 10 bed dorm), bunk beds so small you can't sit up in the lower bunk. let a 5 year old child stay in our room who cried in the night (age restrictions definitely required). tacky decor. bathrooms pretty filthy. very much for people who want to drink til 5am, if you don't then I wouldn't recommend staying here.
staff are amazing, very friendly and ready to offer advice on haggling, transport, security and sightseeing. free Moroccan tea. beautiful rooftop terrace from which you can see the big mosque. large rooms with comfortable beds, lockers in rooms. breakfast cheap. only problem is initially finding it in the souks, we'd recommend taking their provided airport shuttle or you risk getting ripped off for a taxi (as we did). great place to stay
I'm usually not one to complain about showers, but we had 4 between at least 40 people so there was a lot of queueing in the mornings. also the bunkbeds were ridiculously noisy and they charge 5 euros for breakfast and 6 euros for a padlock so bring one with you. I had booked a 10 person room and was given a 12 (not a massive problem) but the rooms were very crowded. good value though.
I really liked it here, cool people, great location and easy to find. Staff are really friendly, unlimited breakfast, internet that actually works and is available 24/7. Only beware of the showers, there is only a big room with 5 or 6 in, gender divided but no privacy beyond that. Mind you, if you're up early then you get the room to yourself. And there were no problems with noise keeping me up at night. Big thumbs up from here.
Amazing staff, met some brilliant fellow young travellers, had a lot of fun in this hostel, definitely stay here.