Reviews: hilaryjgrant7834

HI-Vancouver Central

Vancouver, Canada
83%

Well run large hostel. Private room was reasonable size with air conditioning unit. Bathroom was really clean & shower had decent pressure. Surrounding the hostel are a variety of cheap places to eat & drink but if you were looking for somewhere a smidge more sophisticated then head down to Yaletown, five minutes walk & a world away with plenty of grown-up places to eat & drink. Granville street isn't the nicest but seemed safe enough & handy for shops if that floats your boat,

  • 28th Aug 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (25 reviews)


City Hostel Seattle

Seattle, USA
71%

Fantastic location, a few minutes walk to Space Needle & Pike Place market. We recommend Rocco pizza and the Whisky Bar which are both really close by to the hostel. It was handy to have a sink in the room but didn't have to wait for the washrooms. They were clean & the shower pressure was good. On the instructions on how to get to the hostel, it says there is a free bus which takes you up 1st Ave- this has been discontinued. It's about a 50 minute walk from the station.

  • 27th Aug 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (25 reviews)


Riad Layla Rouge

Marrakech, Morocco
89%

We stayed in the private room on the top floor. Beautiful room with gorgeous sink and shower units.The staff are helpful here. Riad is really handy for the square - we ate at stall 100 twice, but they all offer lovely soup for 5dirham, bargain!. We took advantage of one of the tours on offer - if you're going to the Ourika valley waterfall, bring a sturdy pair of shoes! The roof terrace is lovely with killer sunsets & views and good place to swap tips with other travellers. .

  • 22nd Feb 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Dar Hafsa

Fez, Morocco
94%

Oasis in the heart of the Fez medina - lovely breakfast can be taken on the tranquil terrace with views stretching across town to the mountains. This charming family run place is so chilled out that it's almost horizontal. Ask any of the family for recommendations for sights, views, shopping ideas and the response will be spot on. Could be a bit difficult for you to find yourself - so give them a call and they will retrieve you from Bab Jaloud!

  • 17th Feb 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Dar Jameel

Tangier, Morocco
100%

Potentially the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. Gorgeous room in terrific riad. Ridiculously good breakfast eaten on the terrace with views out to sea. Leyton also kindly took the time to provide detailed, accurate and helpful instructions on eating and sights to see in Tangier. Our recommendations are for a coffee/snack in the cool Cine Rif on the Grand Socco and dinner at Hamadi for traditional food & music. Tangier was a surprising delight - two nights if you can manage.

  • 16th Feb 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Hostal Santillan

Madrid, Spain
86%

Private room was more like a hotel room - excellent shower pressure for the 5th floor (always a bonus). Didn't have a lot of interaction with the staff or any other guests so I wouldn't recommend this hostel if you're looking to meet people. Literally on the corner of the next block is Cevezeria Surena where you can get a bucket of 5 beers for 3 euro!! Madrid doesn't need to be a drain on the finances! Easy to access all the sights from here, theatres right on the doorstep.

  • 13th Feb 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


97%

Easy to find this hostel using the instructions from this site & we were welcomed by the delightful Jasmina who spent time providing lots of information about Pula. We went to both of her suggested restaurants & a day trip to the utterly gorgeous Rovinj (as per Gordana's suggestion). The 5 bed dorm is in a large, airy room. It's spotless, has security lockers, the bunks are well spaced out. The communal living area (with internet) & kitchen are useful too. Super, well-run hostel.

  • 19th Jul 2011
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


97%

Central room in the middle of the Varos action in the old town. Fab street cafes right outside the building. Owner really helpful. Room very clean, shower pressure great & fridge useful. Zadar terrific town - recommend day trip to Uglian island , 25m on the ferry to main village Preko then a wander along the front. Garden Bar effortlessly cool & worth splashing out on a fancy cocktail! You'll find great places to eat without any trouble at all.

  • 11th Jul 2011
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Montreal Central

Montreal, Canada
93%

Excellent hotel - I echo the comments of the other users. We stayed here twice during our time in Canada and found it brilliant. Lovely clean rooms with plenty of room for our stuff. We got the 7.30am bus to New York and were able to pop back for breakfast after joining the queue. Rue St Denis is great - definitely try Commensal for hearty veggie fare, you can try different dishes as you pay by the weight of the food. Many Thanks to all at Montreal Centrale - you were awesome!

  • 4th Oct 2010
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Canadiana Backpackers Inn

Toronto, Canada
77%

Great location - very handy for airport bus and train station. BUT the bed was very very creaky - even just getting in & out... get your mind out of the gutter ;) The hostel is spread out over a few terraced houses so there's the possibility of missing out on social activity if you don't go to the main house. We had to pay for breakfast but there was a good selection of items available including decent fruit (the holy grail of hostel breakfasts)

  • 2nd Oct 2010
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Hilary. I'm glad you found us easily accessible (one of the perks of being downtown) and that you enjoyed our breakfast options. We do offer free all-you-can-eat pancakes every morning to appeal to the masses however we also want to please the more health-conscious backpackers who may prefer fruit, yogurt or granola bars. I hope you didn't miss out on any activities while you were here! Our main building is home to our common areas so we do make sure that all guests may access these areas at any time. Thanks for the review!

90%

Great hostel on the Western road to Yosemite. The food in the cafe was excellent and offering a pack lunch service that was extremely good value. Stayed in a private room - shared bathroom and it was ideal. The location is peaceful and handy for the park. Free wifi a bonus.

  • 29th Sep 2010
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


USA Hostels San Francisco

San Francisco, USA
93%

Great hostel in a fantastic location (car hirers, this is less than a block away from the Avis downtown drop off point, a bonus for us!) The staff are great - knowledgable, friendly, not pushy and even gave me a travel pass which had been left behind by a previous guest. The four bed dorms are fine with big lockers which rather brilliantly have sockets inside so you can charge stuff up when you are out. The kitchen and lounge are a good size with various events organised.

  • 25th Sep 2010
  • Globetrotter
  • Scotland
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (25 reviews)


Around The World Backpackers

Christchurch, New Zealand
93%

Lovely hostel - really refreshing to be somewhere homely and with lots of personal touches. Massive enormo-hostels could learn a few things from this place. Rooms a reasonable size - didn't have to queue for a shower and free herbs, tea and coffee was a rather sweet touch. Only a short walk into central CC. Well Done Around the World hostel!!


Base Sydney

Sydney, Australia
67%

This hostel is in an amazing location, the beds are big with nice linen and the bathrooms were clean. However, for me, it was too noisy, too busy, too impersonal. The kitchen doesn't have enough pans or cookers/hobs that work. There's a bar next door which pounds the tunes till late and offers great bar deals. There was always a queue to speak to someone at reception. It didn't really affect my enjoyment as Sydney is a terrific city.


67%

This hostel is really convenient for the lagoon and central Cairns. Rooms were fine. Plenty of self catering facilities and a free dinner at the Woolshed if you fancied which was quite a nice touch. Nice and quiet at night which I definitely appreciated.


Tresor Tavern

Singapore, Singapore
73%

Great value hostel in an expensive city. A few minutes walk from Farrar Park Metro station and nearby to the wonderful Little India. Dorms slightly crowded but good sized lockers and free breakfast were great. Singapore will seem expensive after SE Asia but is an easy city to travel around & there's lots to do if you've plenty of dosh. Particularly recommend the Battle Box in Fort Canning Park and the National Museum.


The Urban Age

Bangkok, Thailand
77%

Staff are great here at the Urban Age hostel. The 'two bed dorm' was a good way for us - a couple - to save a few $ but it would be very strange to share such a small room with a stranger. Also there was no storage in the room. Silom is a good area to stay in as it's well connected via the Skytrain etc. Run the gauntlet of pingpong show touts to Soi 4 as there are some bars here which aren't too expensive or get down to the Skybar for an excellent but pricy cocktail (only ten mins walk)!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Hilary, Thank you for your review. We are glad you have enjoyed your stay here. In the two-bed dorm, actually there are two lockers which you can put your valuable in it. For the big luggage, most travellers put it in the room and lock the door. If not, it can be easily put in our storage room, next to it. Cheers, Urban age

Phuket Backpacker

Phuket, Thailand
77%

A good option. Really nice common rooms. Loads of DVDs which you can rent & watch in your room if feeling antisocial - amazing idea. Reasonably priced breakfast.Private rooms was big and shower pressure was good.


Green Tulip House

Chiang Mai, Thailand
97%

Loved the Green Tulip hostel. It's SO CLEAN! The staff are really nice, enthusiastic, always remember your name. A good selection of tours to choose from and not too pushy. Some of the lower rooms are quite noisy with people going past the door but rooms on floor 5 were amazing with great views. Shower pressure wasn't up to much. Food in the cafe considerably better than others like it. All round a great hostel! Thanks to all.


A Little Bird Guesthouse

Chiang Mai, Thailand
73%

Cute guesthouse, good location, excellent value for money. Only stayed one night but thought free internet and hot showers were great given the low price.


Angkor Spirit Palace

Siem Reap, Cambodia
93%

This is not a hostel but a beautiful hotel set outside the centre of Siem Reap. You could walk into town but it would take about half an hour on foot so the free tuk tuk is a great idea.. It's quiet and full of character. The on site restaurant isn't the cheapest but the facilities available (swimming pool and free internet) compensate a lot! The staff are fantastic - the rooms are spotless.


Backpackers House

Nha Trang, Vietnam
77%

This is an OK hostel. It is noisy as the bar/club is very close to the hostel - which is fine if you fancy a night out but challenging if you need to get up early for the bus. All the facilities are clean. The rooms a little on the small side. The breakfast is excellent - best I have seen in a hostel (the bottle of water included was a really nice touch).


97%

Awesome hostel! Dorms are large and the lockers are big. Bring your own lock but if you forget, they sell little ones at reception. Tours are good value & pickup/drop off at hostel so hassle-free. I hurt my ankle so had to cancel a tour to Sapa at short notice, the staff couldn't have been better. I got a full refund and they sorted me out with a bed for a couple of nights, gave me ice and tons of sympathy. Slightly far away from Old Quarter but benefits far outweigh the small inconvenience.


83%

Good bathrooms as everyone says. The hostel isn't really a party hostle and we found it quite chilled out. It's easy to organise your vietnam visa and bus tickets from here. Room 201 is quite noisy from within the hostel and be aware that 202 and others on the same side are opposite a steel(?) works where they are making big pans so you will probably be woken up by their work after 7.30 am. No real complaints though.


Dragon Hostel Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Hong Kong
83%

This hostel is very handy for Mong Kok MTR station. The room was small with no window but clean. We didn't spend too long there as the delights of HK were too great. A bargain in an expensive city. We walked past the Chungking mansions with their many touts and were glad we were not staying there. There is no hassle at the doors to this buiding and at most a five min wait for the lift. Staff were excellent and the Chinese visa was VERY quick in arriving.