Having been to more than 50 hostels throughout Europe, the Eastener Hostel totally missed the mark. It's a tiny and rather basic hostel in a convenient location. Despite its very small size, it lacks a sociable atmosphere. Moreover, the cleanliness leaves much to be desired. What I found very odd, is that the staff frequently isn't present to answer the doorbell or your questions. On the positive side, the location is good, offering easy access to public transport and nearby sights.
Disappointment abounds, unfortunately. The hostel itself is very modern, well designed, kept very clean and offers top-notch security features. The rooms are nice with comfy beds and en-suite bathrooms. However, the rooms facing the train station are noisy all day long, making it hard to sleep even with earplugs. I didn't like the location at all; It's a rather seedy area with nothing of interest and it takes some 30 minutes to get to the main sights. Moreover, the hostel totally lacks a vibe.
A truly massive place that seems to attract mostly groups and families. It is a vibrant hostel yet not the ideal place for individual travellers. Although the rooms are somewhat noisy and the WiFi-connection is intermittent most of the time, the genuinely friendly staff, the great location and the absolutely astonishing amenities make up for that. Overall, I think the Plus Hostel offers an excellent value for money.
I enjoyed my stay at the Alcatraz hostel. It's a small hostel with a cosy atmosphere, where the graffiti on the walls adds up to its quirkiness. It's located close to both the underground station Eberswalder Straße and the Mauerpark as well as in an area offering a plethora of cheap eateries and cafés. The hostel comes with a well-equipped kitchen and a smoothly running WiFi-connection too.
A large yet utterly cramped hostel with a very modern and spotlessly clean interior, excellent amenities and a very central location. Unfortunately, the small size of the common area in combination with the many school groups and families give this place a rather bland atmosphere that is typical for a youth hostel. Nevertheless, this place offers a good value for money.
Such a strange place; It looks partially renovated and partially rundown. My room was so small, I even had difficulty putting my luggage in a place so that no one would stumble over it. Besides, there weren't any lockers in the room and the WiFi connection was consistently awful. The common area has no atmosphere and the bar was never manned. The location wasn't too bad: 5 min. walk to a nightlife/restaurant area, 5 min. walk to the nearest underground station. In short, not recommended.
The very small size of this hostel along with the very friendly and hospitable staff make you quickly feel at home. Furthermore, the place is kept exceptionally clean and offers comfortable bunk beds and top-notch amenities. The only minor drawback is its location at some 20 minutes walk from the river, but once back at the hostel you'll quickly forget about that.
Clean and spacious rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Splendid common areas and a fun bar to top it off. Its staff certainly deserves a mention; they're kind, helpful and succeed very well in creating a lively and sociable atmosphere, where it is easy to meet other travellers. Some minor points: the foam mattresses as well as the location could be better, and I would have liked it, if breakfast would be served. Nevertheless, I enjoyed my stay at Hostel One and can highly recommended it.
Modern, spotlessly clean and very centrally located hostel with a friendly and helpful staff. The hostel also offers top-notch security with keycard access and lockers in every room. In this light, the design of the showers in terms of privacy is strikingly odd. Unfortunately, I found the hostel not to be very lively. Perhaps the time of year? Nevertheless, I would stay here again the next time when I'm in Nuremburg.
Although I stayed here only briefly, I had a pleasant stay. The Meininger is a massive place offering spotless and spacious rooms with ensuite bathroom and top-notch facilities. Although its location next to the Amsterdam-Sloterdijk railway station and amidst office buildings is very convenient, there is nothing of interest in its vicinity. I found its staff to be very attentive and helpful. Having been to other Meininger Hostels before, this one offers clearly a livelier common area.
A massive place offering clean and spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms as well as excellent security and facilities. Its location opposite the Augustiner brewery is not too central (30 minutes' walk to city centre), but with the nearest tram stop at only 100 metres from the hostel one can get around easily. This place seems to attract mostly groups and families, making it more of a budget hotel rather than a true backpacker hostel.
Nice hostel in a convenient location that allows the beautiful city centre to be reached in a mere five minutes' walk and the railway station in a fifteen minutes' walk. Its staff is consistently very kind and helpful, whereas its fully equipped kitchen is a definite asset, too. On the downside, I stayed in a rather cramped mixed room that comes with a tiny bathroom with a semi-transparent sliding door that offers little privacy.
After having stayed at another, much larger and rather anonymous hostel in Berlin, the EastSeven Hostel was a delight. It's a small hostel with spacious and spotless rooms as well as a friendly and homely atmosphere. Its location is simply fantastic, offering a plethora of boutique shops, cheap eateries and cafés nearby. Thanks to the nearby underground station, other parts of Berlin can be easily reached, too. Overall, a great hostel that comes highly recommended.
A massive place offering top-notch amenities and spotless yet tiny rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Although its location right next to Berlin's main railway station is very convenient, there is nothing of interest in its immediate vicinity. In addition, the WiFi-connection was sketchy most of the time and the hostel seems to cater mostly to groups and families. In the end, the lack of a sociable atmosphere made me decide to move to another, smaller hostel in Berlin.
Small and friendly hostel at a convenient location just outside the city centre of Stuttgart. I found its staff to be very helpful and they ensure the place is kept clean. Except for the breakfast, the hostel offers good value for money.
After having stayed at another, much larger hostel in Budapest I appreciated the friendly backpacker atmosphere of this small hostel opposite the Nyugati station. I also liked there are shops and eateries aplenty in the vicinity of the hostel and that both the attractions in the city centre and the former Jewish Quarter can be reached in some 15 minutes walk. Hence, Tiger Tim's Place comes definitely recommended.
Brilliant location in the former Jewish quarter that also allows for easy access to the tourist attractions in the city centre. The surrounding area also offers plenty of nice and cheap little eateries. Although the rooms are spacious, clean and come with top-notch amenities, having stayed at other Wombats hostels before, it surprised me that the Wombar isn't lively at all. Moreover, with groups of school children and a bit of a sterile feel, the hostel felt more like a budget hotel.
It's an old-school youth hostel with a different twist. One should expect school children rather than backpackers. Although the Jufa comes with a kind staff, a convenient location and good amenities, the bunk beds in small basement dorms are the drawback here. Nevertheless, it still offers good value for money.
This hostel is simply brilliant in every way! What distinguishes it from other places is the truly fantastic staff who are increadibly welcoming and who all speak fluent English. They consistently are very helpful and friendly, supplying you with spot-on recommendations for a perfect stay in Budapest. A true backpacker hostel with a cosy and sociable atmosphere rather than an anonymous flashpacker budget place.
To be honest, I expected more of the hostel and its location in Ehrenfeld. Although the location next to underground station Piusstraße is convenient, the hostel still is out of the way from all the attractions. Nevertheless, the hostel comes with a cosy café, where I enjoyed the African lentil soup and the Tannenzäpfle at the bar.
It's the third time I stayed at the Wombats City Hostel in Munich. I guess that says enough. Thanks to the receptionist for sorting out the booking issue I had!
I had a short but pleasant stay at the Cat's Pajamas Hostel. It's a spotless hostel with comfy bunk beds and top-notch amenities. It even comes with a fully equipped kitchen for a change. I liked the modern and hip interior as well as the bicycle hire, though I haven't fallen in love with the location just off Hermannplatz.
After having visited forty odd hostels across Europe and stayed at the Grand Hostel no less than five times, I can say this place can't be faulted! I especially like its convenient location, its quirky interior with a nice atmosphere as well as its friendly and very knowledgeable staff. I would be happy to stay there another time!
Although I found it a quirky and quiet hostel in a convenient location, the Krumlov House just failed to impress me after having visited forty odd hostels across Europe. The hostel doesn't organise any events itself, which is fine to me if the staff would provide adequate information. Unfortunately, the knowledgeability of the American receptionist regarding things to see and do in lovely CK fell short and did not exceed the very basics.
Centrally located hostel with a plethora of quirky bars and shops in its vicinity. The rooms are spotless and come with comfy beds. Although the facilities generally are top-notch, I found the lockers inconveniently small and my key-card frequently hesitated.
The Casa d'Alagoa was a pleasant surprise during my holiday to Portugal. A nicely renovated building on a central location in Faro. Very friendly staff and a dito atmosphere. I enjoyed a nice dinner at the hostel and a night out at The Jam. When staying in Faro, the Casa d'Alagoa comes highly recommended!
I found Pensão Policarpo to be a charming guesthouse on a convenient location in the city centre of Évora and with a very helpful staff. The thing I didn't like, though, was the noise from the traffic in the street at the back of the guesthouse. In addition, the security (locks and lockers) could also be better. Still, this guesthouse offers a great value for money.
Now, I've been to quite a few hostels, among which the Hoscar-winning Jetpak hostels in Berlin, but the staff at the Travellers House are hands down the best ever! Always welcoming, friendly and helpful with great recommendations. For the rest, it's got an excellent location, top-notch facilities and a truly superb atmosphere. Travellers House, you deserve the next Hoscar!
As far as the design and the facilities are concerned, I have never seen anything quite like the Serenata Hostel: simply amazing. On the other hand, the Serenata Hostel definitely lacks atmosphere and felt anonymous to me. The lounge and the bar are empty most of the time. If you want to meet other travellers, you're probably better off elsewhere. That's a pity.
I only stayed here for one night, but really liked the Aveiro Rossio Hostel for its lovely design and homely atmosphere. I wish I had stayed longer. The Aveiro Rossio Hostel comes highly recommended!
I very much enjoyed my stay at the Porto Spot Hostel. It's the friendly and helpful staff together with the top-notch facilities and pleasant atmosphere that make this hostel. The location could be better, though. In addition, it would be nice to have cooling (airco/ceiling fan) in the rooms, because it gets bloody hot at night. The free walking tour by Pancho Tours was a nice way to get to know Porto.
It's the fifth time I stayed at the Grand Hostel. I guess that already says a lot. I find it a quiet, clean and comfy hostel (not a party hostel!) on a top-notch location that hardly any hostel in Berlin can beat. For those looking to get to know the splendid nightlife in Berlin, I can recommend their pub crawl, which leads to several interesting bars in Kreuzberg. Looking forward to my next stay at the Grand Hostel Berlin!
I really enjoyed my stay at the Meininger and lovely Salzburg! Although the location of the hostel is not the best, the public transport connections are excellent and it's only a 15-minutes walk to the old town. I stayed in a spacious and clean room that came with an en-suite bathroom and good-quality bunk beds. The staff is friendly and helpful, too. In short, it's a definite thumbs up for the Meininger hostel from me!
I briefly stayed here, but wasn't impressed by the Hostel Central. Although it's a centrally located hostel that offers excellent security, especially its cleanliness leaves much to be desired and it also totally lacks a vibe. I therefore won't be back.
I stayed at Wombats City Hostel before, as well as another hostel in Munich, so I can therefore honestly say that Wombats is the best by a mile! This hostel offers everything a backpacker can wish for. Go there, you will not regret it! Oh, I can recommend their pub crawl, too.
Nice hostel with helpful staff that gave good tips on where to go. I definitely recommend the rafting pub crawl and the neighbouring Hospoda 99 is also well worth going to for a bite and a drink. A negative aspect is that the lights in the lobby and the toilets switch off so quickly. It would be nice if the sensors were readjusted to stay on longer.
Great design hostel with comfy beds in spotless rooms. Tastefully designed lounge bar where a nice breakfast or a cheap beer can be had. Free WiFi in the lobby. Very friendly and helpful staff that will gladly ensure you enjoy your stay. Not the best location, but the public transport connections are great (even at night!). In short, the Czech Inn comes highly recommended!
What can I say? It's the third time I stayed at the Grand Hostel. Need I say more?
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Unbeatable location, friendly and helpful staff, clean and spacious rooms with normal beds (no bunk beds!) and lockers, free tours and Internet access. It feels more like a hotel than a backpacker hostel, though it's priced like a hostel. I would definitely come back the next time I'm in Berlin!
I was surprised to find that already early September the hostel was almost empty and because of that the Ambient Hostel actually lacked ambience. Keszthely itself was nearly deserted, too. What I found really annoying were the back-breaking beds with mattresses that are far too thin and soft. On the positive side, the dorms and bathrooms were clean, and the hostel is located near the castle and the main street. Unfortunately, I can't recommend the Ambient Hostel.
The Wombats City Hostel â The Lounge is as good as hostels can get! The hostel has a top location opposite the Westbahnhof, and offers comfy bunk beds in spacious and spotless rooms with lockers and en suite bathrooms, great facilities and a fun bar to top it off. Highly recommended!
Top location in the centre of Berlin, great facilities, a great bar and roof terrace. Oh, and the hostel has comfy bunk beds too. What more could you wish for? Highly recommended!
In short, this hostel is impersonal and overpriced! I (and others too) had the \"pleasure\" of meeting with a grumpy staff member for some unknown reason. The hostel is clean, although the kitchen is not. The facilities are poor with no breakfast, paid laundry, free internet (though the computer is occupied most of the time) and beds and lockers that are about to fall apart. The lounge room upstairs is nicely decorated, but deserted most of the time, so not a good the place to meet fellow travellers. The restaurant downstairs is disappointing; smoky and serving food (no breakfast!) that is average at best. It\'s also more popular among local business people than with the guests. Again, not a good the place to meet fellow travellers. The only positive aspect is that this hostel is centrally located, but on the downside there isn\'t much to see or do in Bratislava. I certainly won\'t recommend this hostel! In fact, give Bratislava a miss, since it\'s utterly boring!
I certainly enjoyed my stay at GBL Pub&Garden. Its staff is very friendly and helpful. The hostel itself is clean, relatively small and has very good facilities, such as a free breakfast, internet, tabletop football and -the pièce de résistance- a very nice pub/communal area, which is a great place to meet fellow travellers. The hostel is conveniently located (15 minutes walk) between the city centre and the Jewish neighbourhood (10 minutes walk). The only drawback are the beds, which are too small for me and have too soft mattresses.
The staff is superb and definitely among the most helpful and knowledgeable I\'ve met! The hostel itself is very clean and has spacious rooms and ditto bathrooms/toilets. The facilities are great with free internet, laundry, locker, luggage storage, DVD\'s, XBox and more. The Chinese restaurant next door is good and makes up for the lack of kitchen facilities of the hostel. Although the hostel is located a short distance away from the nearest underground station, it\'s still at least a 20 minute ride to where the action is. The only drawback I found were the guests, who weren\'t my cup of tea (playing Guitar Hero and watching the telly most of the day).