Reviews: Sita_Austria

Amsterdam Hostel

San Francisco, USA

original SF house, feels nearly like a bigger homestay, nice atmosphere. i only stayed overnight so can't comment on common areas / meeting people, but there's free wifi and usually people chilling around reception and the front door. couldn't try the free breakfast but they even seem to have pancakes. we had an ensuite bathroom with our 4-bed dorm, which was very nice.

Harbourside City Backpackers

Tauranga, New Zealand

perfect location. close to intercity bus stop and all restaurants & bars, but quiet at night. nice style. our room smelled a bit funny but the others seemed fine. if you can, try to get up for sunrise & watch it from the kitchen balcony :)

Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua NZ

Rotorua, New Zealand

great location between iSite and pak n save, in the center of town. really unique with the climbing wall! awesome and helpful people at reception (dry humor) and, surprisingly for NZ, free (unlimited) wifi! tiny downsides: bathroom for girls is only on the first floor so that's a tiny bit inconvenient, and there's not really any space to sit/eat outside.

Sequoia Lodge Backpackers

Picton, New Zealand

very cozy place, great staff and free spa!! picton is a small place, so you can walk there in 10 mins from the docks, but they have a free pick-up / drop-off service. also, there's hammocks :) maybe not as unique as the tombstone (where i had stayed before), but definitely just as friendly.

Albatross Backpacker Inn

Kaikoura, New Zealand

best hostel in NZ and one of the best i've ever stayed at!! the atmosphere here is absolutely unique. i immediately felt welcome, it was like joining a family. there's always someone around and up for games or cooking together. with 3 separate 1-storey houses there's lot's of space for eating outside or chilling in the hammock. and if you're lucky someone might do a little fire torch show in the evening. also, the free rental bikes were awesome. btw when you're in kaikoura: do the dolphin swim!

Haka Lodge Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

i had stayed in base before and never wanted to go back there. haka lodge was perfect, a warm and cozy place to come home to. i met nice people there, there's lockers under the sturdy wooden beds (no creaking / swaying). the kitchen & lounge area was very inviting (with games and dvds etc), clean and stylish, but we decided to go to town for a beer. location-wise it was great cause it's very close to the center, but not on the base / fergburger side of town.

Base Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand

huge hostel, quite impersonal. the only nice place to meet other travelers is the bar downstairs (and maybe the not-very-cozy kitchen). the bar is pretty cool (esp when there's live music) and they give you discounts if you're staying there, but it's often flooded with kiwi experience groups. if you're an individual traveler out to meet & talk to nice people i'd recommend haka lodge. if you're in queenstown to party then base is perfect.

Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Mt Cook, New Zealand

the bar upstairs is a great place to hang out and meet other travelers / learn about walking tours around. with very (!) limited other options for food in town (no supermarket/restaurant apart from the heritage hotel) and sudden weather changes i was very happy about that. it's not a noisy bar so no worries. no free wifi but the regular global gossip deal. otherwise nice place with small balconies for each room. one girl behind the bar was socially incompetent, but all the others were fine.

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Thank you Sita for the information shared and the kind words, the young girl you mention here no longer works for us and unfortunately you met her during her leave period, so I apologise for this.

City Garden Lodge

Auckland, New Zealand

really cozy place! great relaxed atmosphere and lots of common areas that invite talking to other travelers, indoor and outdoor. feels like something between a hostel and a bigger homestay. i've walked there from the ferry (uphill) - it's possible but better to just catch one of the frequent buses. no free wifi (as almost everywhere in NZ) and very few showers. the area isnt very close to the center, but the church and esp the park nearby are worth a visit and everything's pretty walkable.

  • 13th Feb 2014
  • Avid Traveller
  • Austria
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (15 reviews)

USA Hostels San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

aweseome free breakfast (pancakes, oatmeal, juice, fruit, bagels...) and small dorms. i've stayed here twice for a few nights and always met really nice, relaxed people (most don't stay long and travel alone or in small groups). free pub crawl was awesome, they organize stuff nearly every day. location is great (close to union square), but a few homeless around (it's SF...)


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HEY Backpackers

Seoul, South Korea

Definitely one of the best hostels I've stayed at. The best location in Seoul plus small enough so you'll meet awesome people all the time. Plus: The owner is an excellent host!!! Thank you! I had THE greatest time there!


Don't be put off by the relatively dark reception area (plus on busy days loong waiting time). The courtyard and the rooms are excellent, this hostel has really nice little areas to relax and chat, plus spotless rooms. Very close to the subway stop People's Square and walking distance to lots of sights. (regarding directions: JW Marriott Hotel looks like a fancy office building/highriser.)

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Very convenient & easy-to-find location.The courtyard is perfect for jam sessions!! Had such a great time there! Awesome combination of Chinese architecture and Western chill-out atmosphere. After they tell you to let others sleep (23h) you can just go down 1 floor to the bar. Most dorms seem to be in the basement (=quiet,completely dark,smell in corridor so-so,in rooms ok) and you have to go upstairs for showers&toilets (VERY CLEAN) - but I think there is at least 1 dorm on 2nd floor.

Yamen Hostel

Pingyao, China

Great atmosphere, perfect mix of the nice things from West & East in the heart of Pingyao! clean rooms in traditional house and a cozy room to get together + veranda to relax and watch the passers-by. I was in dorm with attached bathroom, really nice. Try to make it to the 'dumpling party' (Fri) (you get to make your own Chinese dumplings + eat them +_+ ) If you need a break from Chinese food, the salads are amazing!