I disagree with the HW green thumb up badge; surely no one found it a chore that there is only one toilet and shower for so many gents, a very Spartan shower with open door and loose toilet seat. The upside down furniture on the ceiling was quite a laugh, but to discover in the dark that there were no light bulbs in the bedside lamps not so much! Queen size beds are a bit excessive, and they were uncomfy. I suffered a painful shoulder and it took me a week to lose it. Tables were wobbly/sticky
I enjoyed my stay, the rooms were spacious and there was an abundance of nice big showers and washrooms. Just a few points off for the daily cleaning crew, it was as if they were trying to be as loud and obnoxious as they could be always in the way and always there where I want to go, doing what they want..above all the hostel is a place for the guests! Also the oven was completely rubbish with no key symbols on it and didn't work at all. I had to go to their other sister hostel for my pizza's.
I chose to stay with them by word of mouth, expecting to have great views over Rossio....but where was it then? Most of it is facing the side streets and alleys unless you go out of the station, but that's a free viewpoint! Certainly the staff could tell you about this instead of the same and old "if you have questions.." Also striking is that top and bottom bunks differ like day and night, the upper bunk has 0 privacy while the lower bunks have curtains and what not. Breakfast was chaotic and c
Ancient building that is impossible to turn into a hostel, as a result the atmosphere is very grimy. Odd location with nothing interesting near besides a McDonalds for a tasty McBifana. It is rather near station Santos than Cais do Sodre and still far to Belem. And really, did they name the hostel after the little park next door? Wifi only worked WITHIN the common room, one foot outside that space and your connection dies!!! If you wish to go here, I'd recommend you to book a bed in the 4-dorm.
Essential location for long days around Parque Das Nacoes with the vasco da gama mall and bridge, Torre Sao Gabriel, oceanarium, marina, unique bus/train station, and much more, so not just only to be near the airport. Hostel is cozy by all means, but facilities are basic. Although I witnessed the place cleaned daily, I couldn't sleep well because of some rashes that I got from the bedding. It may have been bites but it could also have been a reaction from Portuguese washing powders.
Literally ten footsteps from baixa-chiado metro exit. Makes a great location for your first day in Lisbon. After a while I jokingly called this the lost and found hostel, XD. Dorm is big and spacious with cool Tim-Burton-esque wall decorations. However, could never cook because the chef apparently needed the entire kitchen from 8pm-midnight and if you didn't buy diner with them you were more or less air for the rest of the day. Breakfast was alright but pancakes and rolls had no taste
Tourists from OZ are gonna enjoy the bunks because you will have to climb like a Koala to get in the upper beds. Breakfast was a real delight, usually I just try to avoid the early crowds and make my own but it was impressive in such a way that it was worth getting up for really really early. Wonderful washrooms, awesome communal area, nice staff and something I really appreciate, the big hostel sign telling you that the entrance is up the alley.
Aahh, doesn't the name of this hostel just roll right off your tongue? More so like the street names in Portugal, lol. This s my home in Lisbon...or my terrace in Lisbon!
I would give this place a miss. Sure they had a good rate for new years eve, although I was given the worst bed after having booked two months before. Extra painful since most roommates didn't return until 6am. The place has no lockers (dunno about free brekkie), since almost all other hostels in Lisbon seem to have lockers, that was a bit of a let down. Very fair key bond though!
After a while it was annoying to be surrounded in a st where pushy waiters linger to pull you into their restaurants. Rooms were too small for 4dorms with 2 bunks in them and the ceiling was quite low. Mattress uncomfywith hard springs.The walls were paper thin so I could hear what the obnoxious German was doing with his fresh Albanian mail order bride. Sad that the girl with blue hair was only in charge for one night because she seemed nice. I wonder what the place looks like after renovations.
I have traveled to dozens of countries stayed at hundreds of hostels but I have hardly seen anyone so nice, caring, thoughtful, helpful and welcoming as Joao (takes some practice to pronounce this name right) EXCEPTIONALLY nice!!! He is genuinely interested in your travels and tries to give you the best ideas.To tell you the truth, after all these years I didn't expect to see this anymore, please everyone go stay there and check around the weekends when this wonderful chatty bloke is there.
No individual lockers and the checkout is 10AM, whereas almost all of the other 200 hostels in Lisbon provide them and checkout is around 11:30-12AM.
Rooms are a bit tiny especially the 4 bed dorms are in such a way already quite small to be a single room. Unbelievable that everyone is going along with this fact so easily. And for most of the time the hostel was full so go figure...there could be max 3-4 persons in the kitchen. Pedro and his wife were extremely caring and thoughtful, although the same can't be said for the other staff. I do have to say that I admired his entrepreneurship of turning two top floors of a flat into a cozyhostel
I so wished the staff were a little more eager to help and greet the guests, I seriously felt like a ghost here as if nobody knew about me. But since it was partly a restaurant and pub it's excusable. The 5 euro diner with the staff was fair priced but greasy, not very nutritious and appetizing so better grab some diner elsewhere. After a few days I was starting to get a rash from the bedding, it may have been bites but I am not sure. Could be that they use very aggressive washing detergents.
I am baffled why this gets such a low overall score. I was impressed enough to extend with an extra night. I could complain about something that could need improvement, but the biggest mistake is not to come to this hostel but to come to Adelaide instead. What a sterile, soulless city with 0 landmarks for sight seeing. Needless to say I did spend more time in the hostel than the city itself. Staff was truly very helpful and nice, complete opposite of what is written in other reviews.
It was alright, although I didn't like the balcony. Always strange, loud, bare chested, beer drinking types hanging out there. Adelaide must be the most boring city I have ever been to after having traveled fifty countries and three hundred cities, that is really saying something. Mount lofty is a huge disappointment-great views? sure! Spend more time in Tasmania instead or Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, skip and avoid Adelaide. The only reason to go there is for a cheap flight out of Australia.
I could take some points off for the location as it was closer to the luna park than to the cbd, but here you go. What makes my blood boil is that the place is full of long term stayers who lurk around all day and steal your food. C~mon now, they have enough money for drinking out every night (and hit on every girl they see) but 0 to eat, who steals like ONE LEAF of celery and a plastic bag, how low is that. I am glad to help if someone doesn~t have money to eat, but do not touch my stuff!!!
I stayed one night because this place didn't convince me enough (except for the awesome terrace) and my senses were right. The 6-dorm is either too small or has one to many bunks in them, take your pic. I was only like 20 cm's away from someone's feet. The next day I walked a bit further down Liverpool and decided to stay at one with a 20-dorm bed room, but guess what, that one had much more private space!
Always crowded and intense long wait at the reception desk, just a short question could takes minutes, always long check-in procedures with the guests before me. Staff was truly very helpful, they arranged me a key card so I could use the kitchen at WS. was surprised that the kitchen at Strattons was shut after midnight, but since I was welcome to stay in the common room..or hall.. and use the kitchen there, I can't really nag. Was definitely very fair priced for a tremendously expensive $idn€¥.
it was not all that bad especially if you want to save a dime in $idn€¥. When I checked in and went to see my room, there was a guy humping a girl. My appearance didn't seem to bother them. Later I found out that the girl wasn't a guest at all but selling her body for a free place to sleep. The kitchen/roof terrace basically had fridges and kitchen sinks, ah gee it wouldn't kill you to invest in a kettle and microwave. Fan in the room is welcome but a bit noisy (when you got the top bunk)
hard to comment on. When I saw the kitchen and the dorm I didn't had the felling anymore I was still in a major advanced first world country. The kitchen looks like it has been burnt-out multiple times and the dorm smelt of hazardous disinfectant. The bunk was rickety with no safety rail, and the owner provided me 1(!) sheet that I wouldn't even use to wipe the floors with. The place was full with poor long staying vagrants that were relying on the free 85ct mc donald bread and rice, 'nuff said.
It was great and felt like luxury, but I still prefer a real hostel vibe.
I was intrigued by a huge Sun of May drawn on the walls by a crazy Argentine; a must-see really! A master piece
This time I was in the 6-dorm "paris" and I didn't have the feeling that it mattered a lot. The passing street cars make a terrible exhausted loud noise. Additionally I would like to advice you to avoid the nearby TESCO because the queues are always long and the customer comes last, Always the same crock of SH1T there, It is not worth your precious time in pretty Bratislava, honestly, do yourself a favour go to Billa near Hviezdoslav Sq.
Not much too say, it's great and had a nice stay. Gorgeous young lady checked me in swiftly, got a towel too which was truly appreciated. Wished Bratislava got more attention, one of my most favourite cities in Europe and beautiful well preserved cute capital of Slovakia.
overall a very great place, location and budget-wise perfect considering that this is Vienna. Staff friendly and helpful. Will come again.
on a late hot humid evening before 10pm, the check in was smooth but I was allocated a different bed in a cheaper dorm I didn't book or pay for..
I don't have much to say. Reception was in another house, were able to exchange foreign currency and sell postcards. Cleanliness wasn't the best. Some girl entered the room and quickly wiped a cloth over the table, that's it. while some dopey hungarian-canadian cooked a stinky traditional meal but left all his waste in the kitchen/dorm. Because there is no control over the kitchen everyone can leave his mess there. I ended up doing the dishes myself because the stench was killing me.
Some things were quite Spartan, such as no toilet seats, no kitchen, no keys, no allocated bed numbers, but I bet they are working on improvement. Nice, interesting bunks! Although situated on the first block at via Etnea from the piazza dei doumo it can be quite looking for a needle in a haystack. It is where the current scaffolding is. Overall the strongest point is that the staff was very welcoming and friendly to me.
Compared to a previous accommodation I stayed at in Catania (see my review history) this felt like heaven. I enjoyed my stay. The bunks were placed quite close to the other beds, but thankfully really comfy. Could use some more (working) individual bed lamps. Regretfully I had spend three days already in an average, overrated B&B while I should have booked with CCLy instead, clever name btw. Nice spacious lockers and good hostel vibe.
This is a BB with 10 beds in a crampy dormroom with space for say 6, still the "director" as he calls himself made me pay 5 euro "tax" which I didn't have to pay anywhere else. He was unhelpful & useless, would constantly enter your room, doesn't speak decent English unless ur female, he didn't want to answer my questions let alone about sidetrips or visits to Etna etc don't expect a hostel vibe here. Kitchen is shut almost half the day. For 3 days it felt like h*ll, wished I stayed elsewhere.
Die Küche war so klein, dass ich endlich essen könnte, wenn es 02.00 Uhr war und endlich nicht in Gebrauch ist. Denken Sie daran, dass es nicht nur 20 Minuten zu Fuß ist, aber man muss auch mit Autobahnverkehr und viele Ampeln umzugehen. Unterschied Wochenend-Raten sind ein wenig steil, sonst hätte ich noch ein paar Tage in diesem Hotel übernachten möchten. Und, Wer will wirklich für spätes Auschecken bezahlen? Tschüss!!!
Could only stay three days because of the four-day Austrian Railways Slovenia-train ticket special. But I would have loved to stay longer for the lake and this awesome hostel. Castle1004 has taken care of anything! Maybe you will miss a grill or an oven, but other than that it has it all. Miha is a fabulous host. Very scenic Julian Alps landscape is only a few steps away from this hostel. Go there by taking a right from the Mercator grocery store and enjoy the stunning views.
They commanded me like a dog, hey boy go to your pen (when ordering me to move over to a cheaper, smaller dorm, which I didn't pay for, at almost 11pm at night). Very amateurish, immature and disrespectful, this kind of behaviour can't be tolerated and is absolutely unacceptable.
It didn't turn out to be as scary as some feedback made me believe, I didn't encounter pest or anything filthy. But a nuisance here is that only a few were able to speak English. Therefore I never knew if the dinner was free or not, no one tells you and if they do, they keep talking it in their own languages. I don't even know if these guys were Italian or Spanish. Didn't really feel like a hostel to me, if you are looking for that I would say give this a miss. But overall it was alright.
As for the rooms - amazing, could use more power sockets though! The hostel has great vibes, but all the partying in which a lot of the boys and girls were drunk, loud and horny amazed me for just an ordinary Thursday in the first week of February, is it always like this?? It seemed to be always full and crowded there, and all the music, the Tarzan-like yelling and the TV cranked at the loudest volume setting was just a bit too much for me to bear. Thanks for returning me my lost media player!
Uncomfy beds, hard to sit in. The ladder is placed in the middle making it hard to get in and out. I woke up with excruciating pain in my shoulder, because the mattress is so hard. Would have dislocated it if I was staying more days. Also the place plays outrageously loud ebony music all-day long, I am absolutely NOT interested in hearing a squealing Rihanna half of the day, it was forcing me to stay far away from the common room.
Me and my travel mate were extremely pleased, Villas has class. Nice building, with lovely traditional wall paintings. Very well equipped and we even enjoyed the local channel watching santorini football games. Fira is an absolute high light of marv Santoroni, but same could be said for mister George. He went above and beyond to make our stay pleasant. Maybe the best place I have ever stayed at, but George was definitely the nicest host ever.
as a rule of thumb all hostels near the old market are all alike, tucked away in dark alleyways, always have to press buzzer to get in, always three flights of dark stairs, your room being somewhere far away from the reception and common room, and always noisy..security is done so that YOU can never enter smoothly, there is a defect 100$ dollar lock on a 1$ termite infested door, when I woke up there was random cleaning staff sneaking around the rooms, even with lockers I feel unsafe.neveragain
Arrived at 11am, had to wait until 2pm to check-in. Came back in the evening to see that I still had to make up the beds myself and it didn't look like the room was cleaned, so why can't they check me in earlier, because it is the policy? Also, I grabbed a frying pan from the chests and it had a layer of water in in..ICK!! cups, plates and cutlery didn't look very clean, I needed to extra afterwash them to be safe. Even though they have cleaning crew wandering around it didn't feel spotless.
(box)beds+mattress are ancient and begging for replacements, it's as if Lenin and Gorbachev themselves ever slept in these beds. Window was missing some glass! Security of the lockers which were a part of Lenin's former bed were also questionable, one wild yank and you could virtually tear it open, also the lockers lack a handle. WIFI was crap, very rarely did it connect in the common room and it was SLOW. For a place that promotes itself with rocking, there wasn't much to rock out and about.
Style over substance. Would never ever return to this place. Staff=still lifes. They deliberately checked me in late, avoided telling me important things, it was as if they were working there on their first day or couldn't care less. There are international volunteers from Canada, Ireland, Spain..etc all over the world who would work for free with much better work ethics, what I saw and how I was helped was completely rubbish 0 customer service. Just sayin'
Scary, I was glad to move out after one nite. No keys, no lockers, no entertainment but a crummy chess board and polish free magazines, under-equipped kitchen, someone living in the kitchen 24/7, someone living in the dorm 24/7 staying in bed all day.. just imagine you book a bed and yesterday someone stayed in there for an entire week sleeping. There were also old men staying and lots of poles only making me feel this was some kind of homeless shelter. It was pricier than other better hostels
It was okay, not much to say here. There is an alright view from the 5th floor, thank god there is an elevator, but depending on where you are - there isn't much to look at besides a boring interstate. The entire atmosphere was black, what kind of madman thought black was a good idea? The common room was nice too, but the wall decoration look very poorly drawn from models. Also, the staff is very stiff and depressive and I don't think they would make a shout if there was a fire in there.
Rooms are okay, but in general the entire place feels like it is put together and different parts are scattered around one strange building that has lots of stairs that begin in wood and change into stone! It smells of cigarettes b/c locals smoke there and there are just way to many Poles staying at. Could you at least do a quota, as you have the blatant audacity to put an international YHA sign up there, what's international about it when there is only loud Poles staying there?
organisation has flaws. I booked a bed almost 1 month beforehand and still I get the upper bunk. The girl didn't even know how to handle my complaint, according to her it's first come first serve, so you could still book last minute but arrive earlier than me and you get the better bed. Also it really sucks that no one was there during NYE and check out even before 7AM way before I wake up.. could you just have this information sorted and give the beds to who really need it???
I got a fever so unfortunately I couldn't celebrate NYE but to stay longer around the hostel. What I totally hate is to be about to open the shower faucets & receive only cold water. It's okay if they tell you that there is limited hot water, but do they tell you? You hardly get any information. Also I don't like to have my credit card double charged, booking 1 month beforehand and still get the most awkward top bunk that even Barbados Slim would have hard times with to climb into. Also NOISY!!
A poor man's hostel. Everything seems to be discarded trash and damaged beyond repair. Receptionists, like anywhere in Poland, are completely uninterested and were more busy with watching the spycams. good to know you are being followed. Maybe there is even a cam in the showers, who knows. Their accents were thicker than Mother Russia from Kick-Ass 2. It is a staggering three flights of stairs so think about it before you are going here for just the view. Glad I stayed only one nite.
When I got there all the radiators were pumping heat, set to "Brazilian Heat Wave" with no possibility to regulate this. It was +15 degrees outside. Just open the windows, they said as the solution. ???!! Thank you, because of that I am now sick and have to stay in bed, can't celebrate NYE. Who is going to pay for my medical bill and my melted liquor chocolates? The irony was stunning, turn of the lights to save power...face palm. Why do you have to turn on the radiators so hot, ridiculous!!
Male receptionist was very formal and way too serious. I hope he finds a balance, step by step, because he could loosen up a little. Other than that, it is a very nice place and I would return any time. I don't care much for that it is not by any means near anything, except the Jewish Quarter, and quite a brisk walk from the stations, but the hostel vibe is alright and it is not as noisy as at the old market. I recommend booking the 4-dorm here.
Igor(?) on 12/25 was very sweet and enthusiastic, the girl on 12/27 was so too. Best wishes and true happiness for 2014.
the best view on the high Tatras from this traditional wooden home. Even at night with clear sky you can still see them under a blanket of bright stars; although I have been to Zdiar many times it still was an unforgettable experience. Fantastic bathrooms, not a word said to much here. When coming from direction of Zakopane get off at the first stop, from within Slovakia get off at the last or second to last stop in Zdiar walk towards the green penzion house close to the two hat sculptures.
I can confirm all the complaints, I would say too that the receptionists aren't very welcoming, silent, absent (mentally or physically) not helpful.. I am sorry I have to say this, I better stop making this sound way worse. What's so wrong about cracking a smile or just simply say a modest hello?? But what I have understood is that they are working overtime. Other than that, nice classic wooden Zakopanian hostel experience.
Although located a bit on the border of Zakopane, I just had to try this one out for once. I like the wooden house, and it is in the area with an interesting hiking course and the Nosal. the cheerful international staff is very helpful and always available for a chat. They asked me many times what my plans were for the day and if everything was OK. I enjoyed that, especially after staying in a couple of hostels where Polish employees don't say anything unless you ask specifically for something,
the small 4-bed dorm wasn't really extra value as there was little room to put your baggage somewhere besides the lockers. There was no place to sit down and only one bedside cabinet, while the 6-dorm had like 2 sofa's, chairs, a bathroom and more space.
there were only Polish ppl there and I don't mean Polish travelers; construction workers, carpenters, old men and students. Very rarely did I hear someone speak a language other than Polish. Would have appreciated it if I could be put in the room with the other travelers.
I was amazed to see spacious dorms, an abundance of power sockets and that a breakfast was even available.
Still disappointed. Chose this place because of the massive positive reviews, and needed a place the store luggage and use the kitchen because of going home very late at night. This wasn't possible because of a "group" and suddenly I wasn't welcome anymore. When I asked to use the loo, it felt like asking for a big favour. I have half a life of hostel experiences, but this is the very first time that they rather see me leave a quick as possible.
A good hostel means a happy guest. I go as a far as to say that this was the best one from the couple of hostels I stayed in during one of my regular visites to Auld Reekie, looking forward to stay a few days with them again... although I'll wait until hog-many and Christmas are over. :-p
it's okay if you are staying only 1 nite and looking for a cheap n nearby place from the stations to crash in while arriving late. Make sure you cross through Waverley railway station, don't go around it or you'll end up in high street. Beds were alright. A special greeting and thank you for the dutch staff there, if you are reading this, keep on rockin'
nice staff. money for value...and the other way around
oh my..it's..IT'S ..a churchstel? GROOVY!! peter and maria(?) were some of the nicest hosts I have ever met. I enjoyed my stay, in the Scottish highlands in general, and I will definitely stay with them again during a next visit.
I had a fantastic stay. Thank you, mister Ali!
staff is very nice..and plentiful. It was a mansion converted to a hostel with nice view over the valley of the outdoor capital of the UK. Pretty near the station, grocery stores and the city high street. There aren't enough restrooms, but it has that real travelers vibe with hiking trails on the wall and information on mountaineering and such. I would feel a bit more relaxed if the reception was somewhere else and the common room was different, but just my thoughts. Would stay with them again.
very quiet location, if you snore a bit at night it is very likely you are disturbing your roommates. The last person in the 4th dorm gets the upper bunk - it's hard to get in, it is also close to the ceiling. Not saying that it is a complaint though! Pretty near the amazing cow hill circuit, just go to the main road and exit town by walking left. Would been perfect experience if the owners gave me a full tour at arrival, just discovered the bouldering wall shared space/hikers/drying room late
If this is supposed to be the best Hatters, I'd hate to see the other ones! Was very stuffy basically everywhere. There were 8 beds in a dorm with room for max 6, bad ventilation, no privacy, nothing to put you stuff on and horrible drinking/smoking room mates. the kitchen area was in a dark basement, though clean and well equipped. Soulless freaky ball room as communal area. Tiny reception. Crappy showers, ditto WIFI access. It kept disconnecting perpetually, read full review on tripadvisor.
due to high popularity, travelers come and go in this place. Every day new faces, even beyond that. You don't see them at all!! they arrive 3am in the night and the leave the same day. I must admit it was funny that one guy couldn't find his bed (no one could) and we were woken up by the piercing screams of a girl. She really screamed louder than bombs. The Spanish staff deserve more credits, they made the place very lively and brought colour to the bland dull evenings.
I didn't feel safe at all. The 18dorm is just greedy and unhealthy. Put some cupboards in there at least! I ended up going out with all my bags and sleeping with all my stuff in the top bunk. Also, the staff threw 8€ worth of food away including an entire cheese which was a present from the lads in wales. Unless you have the perception of a pigeon, you can see that the packages were entire new and unopened. Could at least give a voucher instead of saying it was my own fault.
To be honest, I didn't feel at ease here. I sensed a tense situation in the lobby. Guests were sitting with their netbooks acting uninterested and annoyed. Same thing in the room, other guys went to sleep even before 8 pm on a Sunday. It was completely unclear which bed I was given. I found out only after everyone came back to sleep. It was typical that exactly my drawer under the bed was missing. Bunks weren't comfy but at least they had a ladder on them. Wireless was just....weird...
14-dorm was a bit excessive. Beds are really close to each other. A part of the common room was right in front of the door to the 14-dorm, didn't really like that to constantly play hopscotch over a couple of legs . The free pocket city maps that the hostel provides is a nice gesture, but they look like it was drawn by an 8-year old and not really helpful if you for instance want to walk your own mural tours. Just get one (these sheet maps) from airport or visitor info centre.
I had a good stay on an ordinary Monday. A note to the owner: your hostel business is easily mistaken for Backpackers Newcastle in New South Wales, D/U. Well, I almost made that mistake, until I realised that I didn't recognise the streets which looked suspiciously dead straight and on a grid . Maybe you can add an extra words to distinguish it from the one in Australia? Just my thoughts, peace.
Between bus station and city centre. Has a urinal for the gents, which is also easy accessible form any dorm. Good dorms with lots of power sockets. Staff very nice and caring, a very cosy living room with couches. Lovely terrace with Hugo's plants! Regularly cleaned. Cons: the kitchen is a bit small and could use a bigger fridge. There was no room for my food and what's not in the fridge, there is a big chance of losing your bottles of wine, bread, pizza...
Ideal place to stay if you are arriving late from french basque country or bus/train or/and looking for something very close to the bay and in the middle of the old city. The staff and the owner are going above and beyond to socialize with the guests and keep the place clean and nice. I LIKE THAT! KUDOS! Unfortunately i didn't want to stay longer than one night as some things were a bit poor, like the beds, and the small corridors gave me an unpleasant creepy feeling.
Interesting hostel to stay in, because of the design with ceramic tiles and the interior. Feels very solid and allround, only nitpick would be the staff they could be more professionl. After all, being nice=the guest is coming back
semi-professional hostel to stay in, feels very complete with enough acivity ideas in case you have exhausted all the sight seeing options in the fantastic city of oranges. Nice roof terrace and a good place for staying in the city's historic center. Valencia is way better than Barcelona, but Malaga is the best in Spain!!
Had a fantastic stay and absolutely great chats with the staff. This was the smoothest check-in I every experienced. The hostel has a cool rooftop and the wifi works like a charm in the dorm rooms. Roomy lockers are provided. Every day there is a vibrant atmosphere present with all the guests. I can't wait to come back to Malta next year and bring more drop ;-). Iliked my stay at Hostel Malti very much, highly recommended.
extended my stay +4 days, because I thought it was alright and there was a F# monsoon in Madrid that lasted the entire week..so I had no choice but to spend a long time in the hostel as my shoes were completely soaked. If you knew how to walk it from Bilbao station~only 1 long street away~. Another big plus is that they are the first one, believe it or not, with AN EASY WIFI password!! Sadly, I didn't like Madrid at all. After 5 days I moved to Bilbao, dropping all the remaining 11 other days.
After staying in 4 other Sant Jordi hostels, Arago was a bit of a let down. The location is unbeatable~a few jumps from the renfe airport train/metro&famous Gaudí buildings. Hence, Casa Batlló is in the same block! But other than that it was noisy, and not just from the Arago highway. It was small, almost too small. The big dorm had some weird construction in it and in general the overall feeling wasn't right for me. I still feel sorry for the Japanese girl who couldn't sleep due to the noise.
Among 12-14 hostels I stayed at during my visit to Barcelona, this was the best one. I think I was the first guest of the season as they close down temporarily during the winter. It is very modern, better yet~ brand new, and I felt like I was on the USG ishimura space ship, with all the floor lights, numbers on the beds, the ultra bright lighting. Definitely worth a visit, although I found Gracia to be a boring neighbourhood and a bit out of the way from the places everyone wants to see in BCN
It's been almost six months ago since I stayed at Urbany and I miss it sometimes. In the mean time I have seen similar hostels in the same style, there is one in Belfast with the same swipe card system and such but doesn't hold a candle to Urbany Barcelona. Would stay again if I was back in the region. I even miss the British school groups. Although I admit it can be too crowded at the reception or in the kitchen. Date of review~7/17
My score adds up to 80% but doesn't mean anything necessarily. Go to this place or it is your loss. If you miss out Sagrada Familia you haven't been to BCN. If you don't stay in Urbany, you haven't enjoyed BCN!
Enjoyed my stay here, but atmosphere was static like I was in a giant deserted place. A bunker, defunct hospital or indoors swimming pool. Only some of the staff speak English, which is mandatory for a hostel. There are too many beds in the dorm and it seems to be always hot in there. You can reach the beach within minutes but the uppity locals and the excessive car traffic of Badalona is what kills everything as there is almost nothing special besides the beach. Better stay somewhere else.
I had a good stay. The showers were a bit weird because there were three cabins in one bathroom meaning that others can walk in any time. Also, I could have sworn I was put in a 10-dorm and not 8 as listed on HW. The big dorms are inconveniently full rather in a bothering way than making strangers meet each other. But you can persevere for one night. There is no 24/7 staff here, but they were helpful nontheless.
only thing lacking is better equipment for the kitchen, but other than that it had everything. If there were only hostels like this worldwide not just barcelona. I don't understand why ppl are complaining about long queues or waiting time at the reception desk..it's a big place for hundereds of guests, withe scool classes and excursion groups staying..be patient! didn't see rude unhelpful staff as well. They provide good service for every single guest which explains the wait
Had a good stay, but it's mindboggling to read all those great staff and nice to meet ppl reviews here. When I was there no one speaks unless you force them to speak and the staff was silent when I arrived at 6AM from the carnaval in Sitges. The staff doesn't interact much with the guests, and I can understand why you don;t ..but c'mon there were only a few guests staying in such a big place during low season. It is sometimes the travelers and the staff who make the place great.
was let down that it wasn't as great as the Sant Jordi SF, but had a great stay nontheless. The 10-12 dorm is something I can't recommend because it is a bit cramped in there but acceptable. I also didn't like the impersonal way of working yourself through a U-shape to get from begin to end of the hostel. Felt like I was continuesly interrupting other guests
After two weeks staying in different hostels every day, this turned out to be my favourite. I felt like in my highschool years again during school excursions. the place is nearly perfect, but I wished they stopped placing every new guest in the same rooms. They have 13 floors, yes, even a floor labeled 13!!! and there are 12 rooms on every floor, still they place every person in number 1 of every floor. The rooms aren't ideal to house 8 persons and after every night it smelled with body odors.
The perfect place for large group of youngsters and teenagers who love to party. Not that I participated in anything of the many nightly events but surrounded by all those kids and skating peripherals I felt 15 again.
It was alright. Good but not great. The vibe was sterile and static and therefore I am glad I only stayed one night. The place consists of one long corridor and I was in a good room. Sadly, travelers don't come to Barcelona to socialise and meet others, but are there to party and so they don't give a rat's ass about roommates. And in this particular place I could cut that kind of atmosphere with a knife. Such a pity for a great city like Barcelona.
Had anice stay. Wifi worked like a charm here. the signal was strong in the 4-dorm. The bald guy who was in charge that day was really nice to the guests and he acted like he really enjoyed his job. Muchas gracias.
Wifi signal was quite weak once you left reception's, and then you still have to go upstairs to enter the room via the kitchen. Also the design of the hostel wasn't tempting to meet other travelers. Not that it will be easy though, because Barcelona attracts way too many stereotypical buttheads who care only about themselves. I have never seen it so sterile and always had better experiences in the many other hostels I have been to in the entire world.
Hard to fault anything besides the lock out. I really wanted to sleep a little longer because I was in Rome for a small stopover from Athens. The place is a bit small with one bathroom, but basically has all you could ask for. The beds were clean, at least I didn't see anything that justifies those bedbug stories. Overall I had a good sleep, the WIFI was perfect and the Romanians who run the hostel are humble and uncomplicated nice people!
good hostel vibe and nice character. both thumbs up!
I had a great stay..these guys were making me forget that I was coming to rome to see the old city..after a few days I wanted to stay in this remote location for the vibe
Fantastic! really wished I booked more days with them
I arrived at night and the other 4 persons in the 5 dorm room were already at sleep. I had to find my way in the very dark room, blinds couldn't be opened, lights didn't work and only the middle bed was left with no safe place to store my belongings as there was one guy sleeping near me on the left and on the right..but it is acceptable as a easy to find location when you need time to find your way in Rome and it is a good place to crash in
Had a great, unforgettable stay during new years celebrations. Marius' interacting with the guests is very special and I never got the feeling he was doing that to promote the name of his hostel, but really because he wants to and it is coming right from the heart. I think he could even turn a prison into a cozy place!
My additional booking to stay longer in V.Tarnovo and I enjoyed every nanosecond I stayed here. I hope to see the place again during a completely different season.