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Location: Australia, Gender: Female, Age: 36

Sur Hostel

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
71%

Uruguay as a whole is really expensive, still, i think $60 for a double with shared bathroom is too much. Room had no blinds (metal shutter on outside) a dirty couch, no wifi in room, no sheets till 6pm (when we had to make our own bed) & didn't include towels. Aside from these things, the staff were very nice and the kitchen big and well equipped. We did find cheaper rooms on other Uruguay hostel sites, but they required 3 days notice. Would recommend one of these if you're booking in advance.

  • 2nd Jan 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Hostel Natura

Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
46%

It's right near the bus stop, but that's all that's good. We booked this place even tho it was more expensive as a treat for ourselves. Disappointed doesn't cover it. The pool was disgusting & tiny. We asked them to clean it, they said they would & didn't. The only people who swam in it were the owners kids. The room was like a cell complete with a moat - water dripping from another rooms aircon at the entry. The staff were rude towards us. It's 1st world prices with 3rd world standards.

  • 25th Dec 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


La Posada del Sol

Samaipata, Bolivia
86%

The owner was unable to pick us up and our bus from Sucre arrived 1 hour early (4am) so there were no taxis. The directions dont explain that it's 3 blocks up and on a street to the left. Was difficult to find in the dark. We were able to sleep on a couch at reception til our room was ready but given the buses arrive around 5am would be good if they have an early check in or half day rate as it's impossible to sleep on that bus ride and waiting 5+ hours for a room is torture! Great food.

  • 22nd Dec 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Casa Verde B&B

Sucre, Bolivia
83%

We were suppose to stay 3 nights here, but reduced it to 2 nights and moved to another hotel (where we ended up for 4 nights). Ok, so reason we left: too far from the square, overpriced & hot water that takes 10 mins to warm up and turns icy cold during your shower. The people were lovely & the breakfast delicious, but with so many amazing restaurants l'd spend less on accom close to the square & go out for breakfast.

  • 15th Dec 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Hotel Fuentes

La Paz, Bolivia
91%

Really enjoyed this hostel. Location is great, surrounded by touristy shops and 5 min walk to San Fran church heading downhill, then uphill are loads of local markets. We changed rooms, as first was small, second much bigger, so if you have small room, ask for bigger if that would suit you. Rooms are clean, w cable tv, wifi and showers are HOT ! Nice staff. Breakfast is ok - bread jam, tea/coffee juice and eggs (nice change, most places dont include eggs). No access to kitchen is only downside.

  • 30th Nov 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Marlon's House Puno

Puno, Peru
83%

It's at least a 10 min walk from touristy Lima St. The room we were in was huge, big windows and table and chairs. Hot water excellent. Good wifi in room. Breakfast was average - stale roll with jam. Staff are pretty indifferent, not very helpful - to be expected from teenage staff! Overall we enjoyed staying here, even tho we would end up getting a rickshaw back after dinner most nights (only 3 soles).

  • 26th Nov 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Hostal Sol de Oro

Arequipa, Peru
86%

Nice hostel. Double room small, but cosy. Excellent hot water. Had to pay 2 soles extra for eggs with breakfast, which meant no cereal or yogurt ?! Strange. Little kid runs reception during the day and when we tried to book another room took a long time for an adult to appear. Still, was quiet and pleasant enough, good location away from the loud clubs on San Fran.

  • 14th Nov 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Pirwa Hostels Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru
74%

I got food poisoning in Augas Calientes - not from the hotel food, but it should be noted the staff were not helpful at all. Besides that, the room was quiet and the hot water excellent. Breakfast very average, rolls and jam. After getting sick and being unable to see Machu Picchu (we returned a week later) we stayed in a hostel half the price with equal facilities. There's many many hostels in Aguas that would not be online. Easy to get a bargain in off season. Just beware eating chicken!

  • 3rd Nov 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Nomadas

Merida, Mexico
91%

Nomadas has an amazing pool. The rooms are good, basic (no TV) shower hot enough. Self serve breakfast. Attracts a younger crowd, plenty of room to find a quiet corner in the huge varied garden. Location is within a 5 min walk to the square.

  • 25th Aug 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Yucatan Vista Inn

Merida, Mexico
74%

Stayed here because of the pool, but it was very dirty when we were there. Very quiet place, room private. Mould high up on ceilings, but otherwise room was clean. Spa bath didn't have plug, so was useless! Breakfast very basic and kitchen was cluttered with dirty dishes in the sink nearly all the time & had a pretty bad ant problem. Guy running it is a computer programmer and has the personality to match! Nice enough but a bit strange! All in all great value for money.

  • 22nd Aug 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


El Jardin

Merida, Mexico
94%

We loved staying at the El Jardin. It's walking distance to the bus stand, & a few blocks from the main square. We were in the double room downstairs that had it's own kitchen :) Breakfast was varied and served each morning to a cd of Celine Dion playing (eventually, we pressed stop)! It's a quiet hostel, so if you are looking to socialise you'd best go elsewhere, however, if you are wanting a quiet time, this is perfect. That said, we did meet other guests at breakfast each morning. Good value.

  • 27th Jul 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Hotel Tunich Beh

Valladolid, Mexico
83%

Room was spacious altho some more furniture like a table and/or chair would be nice. Breakfast was self serve toast and cereal. Friendly staff. Best part of hotel was the pool which was a bit small but had these awesome beds in it. You'll know what i mean if you stay ! Was an easy walk from bus stop and only a few blocks from main square. There's cheaper around but not with websites or pool. Was ok but overpriced i think and has potential to be better. If in Valladolid don't miss the cenotes :)

  • 25th Jul 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Villa Arqueologica Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, Mexico
100%

The location is fantastic if you are planning on getting to Chichen Itza on opening to avoid the crowd (highly recommended), as the entrance is only a 5 - 10 min walk away. The grounds, pool and rooms are absolutely beautiful. Can't be faulted. Staff were friendly and enough english was spoken to be understood. The breakfast was a little average, eggs cold and bacon mixed in with the scrambled eggs. Not a big deal tho. Would recommend this place. It's one of the nicest places we've stayed in.

  • 24th Jul 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Lete Youth Hostel

Xining, China
97%

We loved this place. Nice and light, clean rooms, great hot showers and the best breakfasts i've had in China! We stayed in the deluxe double which had a great view (granted, of high rised, the whole city is high rise apartments) and room also had a DVD player. We stayed an extra night and moved to the double deluxe apartment and it actually wasn't as nice as just the deluxe double which was cheaper! Still great tho! Wish we could transplant this place to every city we visit in China : )

  • 15th May 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


77%

The room was nice enough. Bathroom stank, a problem in a lot of coutries due to drains, but can be combated with nice smelly stuff easily. Main issue was the restaurant and slightly arrogant staff. On arrival at 9:30pm we were assured meals were available till 10:30. Got down to order at 9:50 to be told the chef went home. The next night 30 mins after ordering we were told they had no peppers, the main ingredient of our meal. Next morning, no bacon. And the fridge is never switched, on warm beer

  • 10th May 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are surprisingly and very sorry to know that all of those unpleasant things happened altogether on you, it's not usual and not happening everyday. Thanks for your feedback, we'll try our best to arrange those things in kitchen to avoid it happened frequently, and buy better fragrant essences put in room. Btw, we've bought another new fridge. Best regards,

LG Guesthouse & Hostel

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
74%

Located close to the station, but at least 30 mins walk to the main shopping/eating area. Neighbourhood felt a bit dodgy, but we soon realised that is pretty much all of UB!! Breakfast was ok , staff spoke english and place was clean. Best part was the excellent shower. Hot, hot water and numerous jets !! Also would highly recommend their Terelj overnight stay. Excellent value for money and beautiful location in the national park.

  • 9th May 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Beijing Leo Courtyard

Beijing, China
63%

Tucked away hard to reach by taxi and long walk from station, but once you're without your luggage, it's a good location with lots of cheap eats around. We booked 4 nights but only stayed 1 as we found a bargain on lastminute.com. Reason we looked for other accom was b/coz thebathroom stank, and there was only hot water in the mornings. Also, the internal courtyard, while beautiful, meant our grand floor room had no privacy. Given the price, it's good value. Yum breakfast at restaurant.

  • 21st Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hello Thank you for your comments. There should be hot water at most times of the day. However, this is a very old building with old plumbing so it can take around 5 minutes for the water to come through. Our staff should have mentioned this on check-in. The courtyard rooms all have frosted glass - perhaps you left your door or windows open wide? You can try a room at the back of the hostel next time, which will also be cheaper. We hope to see you next time. Leo Courtyard Thank you for letting us know about the

46%

Very disappointed. The hot water was luke warm at best. Both nights we found big scary bugs under the bed. The floor between the bed and the bathroom is stone, ok it's old and adds character, but it also hasn't been washed for 100 years so when you step out of the shower and walk to the bed your feet are putrid black !!! Other guests said their floor was the same. Worst was Sara. We didn't get our 10% deposit back! Beware good Lonely Planet reviews coz once they have it, service goes way down.

  • 19th Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Han Tang Inn Hostel

Xi'an, China
97%

Great hostel - bit of a walk to places of interest, but not too far ! Staff very friendly and patient with good english. Rooms of a high standard, more like a hotel with ground floor like a hostel with a bar and chance to talk travels. Food was ok, there 5 nights and think there were two different chefs, with one noticably better. The rooftop was peaceful and plenty of room to accommodate a full house. Highly recommend it.

  • 12th Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


How Flowers Hostel

Guilin, China
80%

Location is great opp train station, but rooms lack character. General hang out area is nice enough and staff friendly. Free laundry is handy- clothes dry on big balcony area (under cover). Rooms and hallways smell a bit and storage rooms (linen) are very grotty. Still, knowing this, would stay again bcoz of great location.

  • 10th Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for choosing us and your kindly feed back .we will try the best to make a better place to the guest .Hope to see you again and have a nice trip in China

Yangshuo Outside Inn

Yangshuo, China
97%

Highly recommend it. Being a bit out of town/West St was a great thing. It's a lovely bike ride to West St anyway, so better to be staying in a semi rural settting. Great starting point for other bike rides too. Staff were very friendly with excellent english. Cook on site is amazing ! Only thing i would suggest for improvement would be if the Inn adopted the same one child policy as China...the place was over run with children!! Tho this was likely due to the fact it was over Easter break.

  • 7th Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Wada Hostel in Guilin

Guilin, China
89%

Wada, while out of the way, was a great place to stay. The buses are easy to catch and only 1 yuan. The staff speak great English and are very helpful. Usual hostel facilities available (tours etc) - and liked that they had a dvd catalogue to pick movies from. Breakfasts were good enough , but set breakfast only so not good value if you only wanted eggs. Have since stayed at another hostel in Guilin (How Flowers) and saw that bamboo raft trip to Yangshuo was only 150 yuan, at Wada we paid 180.

  • 5th Apr 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you very much for staying with us.Thank you for your review as well. About the price you metioned in the review, we think that there are some misunderstandings. Now because of the argument between the local govenment and the famers along the river, there are many kinds of Li River cruise tours. They going on the different sections of the river. So that is easy to understand that the price is different. And we choose to corporate with CITS to make sure we can provide a high standard and good service. Thanks again for your feedback, have a nice trip. Team Wada

Mufasa Backpackers

Johannesburg, South Africa
100%

This place is amazing. The staff are so friendly and helpful, our plans to hire a car fell thru & they went out of their way to help us join a tour and dropped us off and were very patient when we had the wrong drop off point ! The location is a bit out of the way, but who really wants to see Joburg anyway !! If you're heading to Kruger, it's on the right side of town, & tours pick up from here. There's a big comfy couch, tv, swimming pool, bar and 4 gorgeous dogs. Stay here, u wont regret it !

  • 24th Nov 2010
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (31 reviews)


Riad Jddi

Marrakech, Morocco
43%

NO internet NO welcome drink NO DVD library/player NO payphone (all things they claim to have) plus CRAP location CRAP breakfast and lukewarm water. Staff spoke no english and provided no assistance. Tho it was pretty it was 30min walk from main square. In short - stay somewhere else. We easily found a hotel double rm for 120DH right near Dejemaa el fna (main square), we paid 260 here. Disappointing.


Aquaris Camping

Sighisoara, Romania
87%

located just over the bridge from the main town centre, and walking distance to the train station made for a good location. Toilets/showers were inside what seemed like the local sports clubroom, but was fine. Old lady working there spoke no English but was just gorgeous !! There's also a handy mini mart around the corner. We stayed in a double cabin. Really good value.


Budget Guest House

Brasov, Romania
60%

We stayed in the dble private rm which we DO NOT recommend to anyone! While the bed was huge & comfortable, & there was a tv with english channels - it was obvious we were staying in the owners bedroom (their belongings were in the drawers!). The bathroom is also the families. Bit weird. It\'s a 20 min walk from the train station & about 20 - 25 mins to the main town square. On a positive note - the owner Gina was extremely friendly & helpful and the dorm rooms looked FANTASTIC & self contained.


Friends Hostel Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania
57%

First off, it's not 700mtrs from train station, more like 1500 mtrs. Kinda in the middle of nothing, but easy enough to find with directions. Girl at reception was very friendly, but the dorm rooms have no locks ! We were given a tiny locker for bags, but a 5 year old could snap the lock. Breakfast was a loaf of stale bread and some jam and cheese. Friendly receptionist aside, there'd have to be better in Bucharest.


Emre Cave House

Goreme, Turkey
97%

Located a short walk from the bus stand and shops, we found Emre Cave House was awesome value. The rooms had heaters and comfy beds and the breakfast was only 5 TL and enough to fill you up for most of the day ! Free tea and coffee was a real bonus too. We did one of the tours thru Emre and that was great fun/value too ! The owners were super friendly and there's a cute cat hanging around the place to keep you company.


Neverland Hostel

Istanbul, Turkey
83%

We loved staying in the Beyoglu area, not so touristy ! The hostel has a great vibe with a common room for eating and free internet access. The staff were all friendy and heplful. Only real complaint was the sh!t soup in the toilets ! The staff were quick to clean this when we mentioned it tho. There was also a screaming baby in the room next to us, but guess that was just bad luck and not the norm. Highly recommended


Vardar Family Pension

Selcuk, Turkey
87%

We realy enjoyed our stay. The room was a lıttle small but had a balcony. Hot ater runs out ın mornıng ıf you dont get ın fırst! Super frıendly owner and a FANTASTIC breakfast. Just around the corner from the bus and shops. Hıghly recommended.


Hostel Zeus

Athens, Greece
90%

Even tho we read bad reviews, we gave it a go and glad we did ! The staff were really helpful and friendly enough. There were some hookers on the street, but we only noticed when outside for a cigarrette - totally harmless. Room had windows facing inwards so was quiet, heard from others windows on the street were loud. Great location, easy to walk everywhere.