Now that Palmer's Lodge has established a guest kitchen, it moves back up to the first rank of London hostels. Importatn to point out, though, that the kitchen is pokey (impossible to work in there with more than two people), But it;s still a guest kitchen, after all. The place also had dropped the included breakfast and lowered its prices -- with a paid-for breakfast. This, too, is a move forward.
Palmer's Lodge has pulled its socks up and put its prices down; so it is back amid my list of favorite boltholes in London. The long-promised guezt kitchen, though, is rudimentary. You coulda dun better, guys, but under the circs, I forgive you. Nice move on charging separately for breakfast -- wonderful for free and independent travelers.
Once again, a great stay -- if you don't count that little eccentricity of supplying multitudinous kitchens, loads of plates, cups, saucers and eating utensils, but no cooking pots. Oh well, still one of my favorite boltholes in London.
Stayed here several times. Will stay here again. But still amused that the hostel provides copious kitchens on every floor along with cups, plates, saucers and cutlery -- as well as refrigerators in the dorm ... but no cooking pots. Yeah, I know the reason is that people kept nicking them. But other, less hospitable, hostels supply pots and pans on a deposit system. Have you considered this, Abercorn? Would make sense, wouldn't it?
This may be the first time in years that I ever have bequeathed a hostel a 100 percent rating. But the magnificent G Guest House earns top marks. Other places around the globe could learn much from the lovely owners Shrek and Fiona (gosh, wonder where they got these names).. Everything is top notch. Great location in Itaewon; great dorm rooms; good bathrooms with necessary toiletries on tap; and towels provided. And each morning a magnificent breakfast with eggs, cereal, toast, juice and coffee.
Cosy, comfortable, and congenial. What's not to like? Grand value for the money and the staff is magnificent. At first blush, the place seems a little snug for all those folks. But it turns out to be just right for making friemds with fellow travelers. I shall stay nowhere else in UB tham this wonderful and cosy guesthous. Did I say it was cosy?
Comfortable, friendly and hospitable place. Not to mention cheap. Great location just shy of Tianabmen. Highly recommended.
Meiningers is the very byword for German efficiency. Neat, clean, well-run and in a superb South Kensington location. There really is nothing wrong with this hostel save this: No guest kitchen. That's a big in this Queen Mary of a hostel. a pretty good second choice.
Another excellent hostel from the folks who brought you Swiss Cottage. Unless you are going to the Buddhist temple down the road or the Sikh temple across the street, you gotta factor in the bus or Tube ride to the city sights from darkest Willesden. A great -- great -- place for chilling out in the burbs, but a far cry from the London charivari. That said, bloody good all round. Except for the journey. You CAN walk into London (I did), but it's not for the faint of heart -- or faint of feet/
Maya Guest House is a hidden gem. Great value for money, super breakfast and Bali culture on the way there. A note to those who whined about having to walk a long streeet to Maya: It's Bali, people. The walk to Maya is along vibrant street full of culure, shops, food stalls and real Balinese life. I loved it. The place itself is a wonderful alternative to a hostel -- en suite bathroom, multi-channel telly (The Simpsons, no less) and breakfast served in lovely surroundings. Just pennies more.
Top marks in every category. A perfect example of the very best of YHA/HI hostels worldwide. Great kitchen, great dorm rooms - with requisite power point and reading light at each bed., and great hangout rooms. Then, too, fellow guests turned out to be top-notch. All in all one of the best hostels I've ever stayed at in 50 years (yikes) of globetrotting and hosteling.
Smashing place. I thought the location by the train station was a plus, not a debit. I heard no train noise at night. But peraps being deaf helps.
Friendly, charming and cosy place in the heart of the fabulous city of Kyoto. Excellent. Easy walking distance -- if you fancy it, and I did -- to the myriad sites of the city and to the main Kyoto station. Situated right in the heart of the busy shopping district.
Great little place. Splendid location, friendly dog.
As a great fan of the noble Saracen known to the nominally Christian West as Saladin, I was tickled beyond pink that the hostel was on Salah ad Din Street. But that's just me. Great place, all in all. Loved the fridge in the room.
Cosy is indeed the word. Small, charming place, very well located for the best of Tel Aviv. In the major dorm room downstairs, the shower is, shall we say, intimate -- not for the squeamish. A great plsce, all in all. Like Gen. MacArthur, I shall return.
Finally, I have the answer why Abercorn House has the odd policy of not supplying cooking utensils though it has copious kitchens. It all has to do with the poor housekeeping habits of some hostel guests twinned with the Abercorn emphasis on cleanliness and hygiene. Good show, Abercorn. After many nights in hostels infested by filthy young people who cannot clean up after themselves, this attitude is a breath of freshness. Abercorn House, you now are my Number One pied-a-terre in London.
Comfortable and very convenient for Stonehenge and the magical city of Salisbury.
Things Fall Apart, says the title of Chinua Achebe's best-known novel. So, apparently, does Palmer's Lodge. Deterioration since I last stayed there a few months ago stunned me. I brought a group of 14 based on previous experience there. Wrong move. The staff was inefficient and sometimes rude. Lights and electricity points at bedside did not work -- and were not fixed despite pleading. And the place was in chaos because of renovation. I was promised a guest kitchen would be installed, It wasn't.
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Wifi was patchy and staff seemed puzzled by how to reboot the router. But hell, we weren't in Cusco to peruse the Internet. Would have been nice, though, to check email more readily. Great hostel otherwise. My favorite bolthole of choice when next I am in Cusco. And I shall be in Cusco again. Beds were comfy and well outfitted with individual reading light and power point. Well done, Millhouse.
The best thing about Sumac Chaska Hostel is its location in the brilliant and lovely Inca village of Ollantatambo. The hostel is on a cobbled street in a place that positively reeks the glorious Inca history. The bed was comfy and warm and the hosts were hospitality itself. A wonderful hostel in a wonderful place for a wonderfully cheap price. Muchas gracias, amigos.
Great place, all in all. My second favorite in Cusco. Comfortable beds and great chilling out spaces. Kitchen was a nice feature. But .... each time I used it, it was filthy. Not the fault of the staff, who do their best. But someone needs to tell the brigades of people who use it and do not clean up that their mothers are not with them on the trip. Such a shame that such revolting behavior mars an otherwise brilliant hostel.
My fourth or fifth stay at this hostel. It's expensive, but hey, it's New York.
Smashing place. Great, hospitable, competent staff. Everything cuts the mustard. Nice warm showers and, yes, warm water at the sinks for shaving ... unlike at that other hostel, which shall remain nameless. Street noise from the jollities on the streets below wafts up into the norms. But hey, it's the Gaslamp Quarter. Fun and games, noisy fun and games, are all the rage. Highly recommended hostel.
I last stayed at this hostel eight years ago. Like the louche and minatory city of New York itself, it has come up in the world since then. It has the greatest kitchen of any hostel I ever have stayed at -- and that's plenty. Beds and rooms were satisfactory and the showers were fine. One bad touch in the bathrooms, though, Unlike the showers, that had copious hot water, the sinks supplied only cold. This give a sharp shock in the mornings when one is shaving. That's a small caveat though.
I stay often at Palmer's Lodge and I'd always bemoaned the lack of a guest kitchen in this favorite bolthole. This trip we discovered a guest microwave. Added to the plentiful free dishes and cutlery, this vaults PL to the top of my London hostel list. Sorry about that, London Eye hostel. The PL free brekkie is much, much better, too.
This hostel gets top marks on everything. A truly wonderful and blessed place. As the estate agent vultures say, location, location, location. But the staff, the amenities and the accommodation itself also cut the mustard. Heartily recommended. And a big shout out to the remarkable and redoubtable Kath.
Good place to stay in calm Montevideo and its charming old city. The stairs are a little steep entering the hostel for untested travelers lugging too much luggage. The place has two kitchens; that makes it difficult to find the fridge where guests can store their perishable comestibles. Still, I worked it out after muttering just a few oaths. Stayed earlier in El Viajero Centro. Think I preferred staying here because of the nighttime noise at Centro. Old City much better for getting shuteye.
I tried hard to find something to dislike about this hostel because I didn't want to appear panglossian. But my search was in vain. I liked everything about El Viajero Brava Beach -- even to Lucas the hostel cat. Great stay, great bed, great breakfast, great staff, great en-suite bathroom with copious hot water. A splendid place to stay and chill out in the chill-out capital of South America, Punte del Este. I already have marked my dance card to return to this haven for weary travelers.
Hostel Suites Florida was smashing -- save for one thing. The guest kitchen was much, much too small to be serviceable. Yeah, we know you have a restaurant downstairs that sells food. But could you, please, think, of the travelers who -- for various reasons, not just cost -- cannot patronize restaurants so often? That one important caveat aside, Hostel Suites Florida is an excellent and welcoming base for exploring South America's Big Apple.
A beautifully clean and well locates hostel with a hint of eccentricity. Apart from that, the place would be damn nigh perfect. It has four floors with toilets and showers and kitchens on each floor. Each dorm room has a fridge for storing one's food. And here's where the eccentricity comes in: A kitchen on each floor is ultra convenient, but .... not cooking pans or utensils are supplied by official hostel policy. How odd. And how annoying. My kingdom for a few pots and pans.
Nowhere to sit but in the pub. No kitchen. No life. A pretty dull hostel.
A guest kitchen would make this top of the heap. Ah well, there's a fish and chip shop nearby.
The bumf on this hostel said there'd be a kitchen. The place didn't live up to that billing. Pity, really, because otherwise it's a charming and cool hostel. A Quebecois couple staying solved the problem by using a small portable stove in the splendid chill-out room. Me, I suffered the slings and arrows of restaurants. A kitchen, as promised, would make this a first-class joint.
SR Backpackers would be just a good hostel were it not for host Tomi. He makes it excellent. Nay, he puts it into the stratosphere of hostelry. The man is a marvel. He was understanding when I missed my ferry and had to rebook; he even met me at the ferry dock when I arrived and shepherded me to the hostel. Tomi (Mr. No Problem) cooked guests breakfast each morning and a wonderful calamari dinner. He is an honored man among hostel hosts -- and rightly so. Tomi, I thank you. And I bow to you.
Great fun. Comfortable -- except for the guy who snored all bloody night. It was great to fnd, finally, that I was not the oldest habitue of the place. Good all round
A little more up-market than I usually choose in a hostel. But worth the money. It is now my second choice for a London bolthole -- after the fleapit I usually choose for pecuniary considerations. If Palmers Lodge had a guest kitchen, it might could vault to the top of my list -- and hang the expense, which ain't that much, after all. Get a guest kitchen and I shall love you the way the Obama worshippers love their tarnished messianic dear leader. You'd be better value for money, anyway.
I once stayed in what was billed as a five-star hostel; didn't hit the mark. The USA Hostel makes no such claim. But it should. It's at least four stars. Everything was pitch perfect, from the sprightly staff to the spotless kitchen and bathrooms, to the free breakfast and the personal bed pods with reading lights and two (two!!!) electric outlets. Just one caveat: The noise from the street outside. Hardly the hostel's fault. It is, after all, bang in the middle of the party hub Gaslamp Quarter.
Some hostels bill themselves as five-star and fall short. This one doesn't claim that exalted rank -- but it should. Absolutely one of the best hostels we've stayed at in decades of hosteling. Magnificent setting, cheek by jowl to the national park; courteous, considerate and helpful staff; a splendid pool and -- good thing in Costa Rica -- grand air conditioning. For my money, one of the best hostels in the known world. Rock on.
Spartan but cheerful place. OK when it comes to any port in a storm. And Monteverde is plenty stormy.
Staff was a great introduction to the hospitality and charm of the Costa Rican people. This was a pretty good place to land for my first night in the country after a flight from the US. Just a short walk to the center of San Jose, past interesting museums and pretty parks. Hostel had a super pool, a good restaurant, and hammocks for loafing. Thumbs up.
A cheap hotel of the French pop-in, pop-out type. Handily located on William Street, hard by King's Cross station. Therefore, just right for walking into town and catching the train to the airport. It was a fine place to spend our last night in Sydney after wanding Oz.
A mass-market hostel from a Down Under chain that does a damn good job. It is Base by name and abase by nature. Great kitchen; a laundry; even an iron. Good place to establish oneself while settling in to Sydney. It even came with entertainment -- of a sort. A good-looking young woman who shared our dorm came home (metaphorically) early one morning with a man she had picked up somewhere. We woke to the familiar sounds of rumpy-pumpy. Then we saw them at it. Hospitality, indeed.
I was in Newfoundland for a trip to L'anse aux Meadows and for St, Pierre et Miquelon. But my stop in St. John's was a treasure, partly because of City Hostel. The place is placed squarely in the middle of the Heritage area. It was very comfortable, easy to find in the city and the staff was very hospitable. Very amused and charmed to find the receptionist who greeted me was from Estonia.
It quicky became one of my favorite hostels anywhere, in a long lifetime of traveling the globe and hostelling. Full marks to all concerned. Great fun, great breakfast, great wifi, great fellow travelers. Keep it up.
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I lost a couple of hundred bucks at Fat Camel. And I have a more than sneaking suspicion that one of my fellow guest nicked it from my wallet while I was in the shower. Can't prove it. And there's nothing the hostel could really do to stop that. But still .. it sours the otherwise good experience.
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