Reviews: tomk

Location: USA, Gender: Male, Age: 38

Staroff Hostel

St Petersburg, Russia

This hostel is like a stylish boutique hotel. It's in an area with a lot of trendy bars and clubs, so would be a good base for someone looking to explore the local nightlife. It's about 15 minutes from the metro and walking distance to the train station and palace square. It has a large kitchen and common area, so could have a nice social atmosphere. As I was here in October, there weren't many other travelers around though.

Godzillas Hostel

Moscow, Russia

I chose this hostel because they could issue a visa invitation. The hostel itself is clean and comfortable, almost hotel-like. The staff are friendly and helpful. Wifi is excellent. The location is close to the metro and 30 minutes walking to red square. There's nothing much close by in terms of nightlife. The atmosphere in the hostel is pretty quiet. You probably won't meet many other travelers here. Booze is forbidden. Probably best for people looking for a nice quiet place to sleep, not peopl

Simple Hostel

St Petersburg, Russia

I chose this hostel because they were able to issue a visa invitation. Their main selling point is their ideal location right next to the Admiralty. The hostel itself is somewhat small with rooms constructed from particle board. The double private has a glass wall if you are planning to engage in "private" activity. The common area consists of a single sofa by the door and a dining table, the later of which doubles as the reception desk.

City Backpackers Hostel

Stockholm, Sweden

This hostel is like a labyrinthian underground bunker. It's walking distance from the train station. The immediate area is not so interesting, mostly tall modern offices. There's no bar, but you can bring your own booze and hang out with other travelers in one of several common areas. The wifi constantly prompts you to check in on Facebook, which is fine if you're using a web browser, but causes apps to frequently stop working

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Copenhagen, Denmark

The hostel is in a great location in Indre By between the town hall and Christiansborg. There's a large bar/restaurant downstairs where everyone hangs out. Being so large though, people are in their own little groups so it could be more difficult for a solo traveler to meet people than in a smaller hostel. The staff are fun and friendly. They were doing construction, so the elevator was periodically unavailable and the water was turned off for a whole day.

The One

Wroclaw, Poland

The selling point of this hostel is its location right on the main square. If you get a double, splurge for the deluxe which has a window to the square. The hostel is filled with large school groups and has an institutional atmosphere like a HI hostel. The common room is a bunch of folding tables, not a place to hang out and meet other travelers. This is not a social backpackers place. There's an unrelated pub downstairs that blasts awful technopop music, so you're better off hanging elsewhere.


This is a very large hostel close to both the Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est. The downstairs bar/restaurant is good but also large so lacking a more social backpacker atmosphere. This is more of a party hostel. There is a small club in the basement that’s fun. We had a double private on the top floor which had no AC, so was sweltering in the Paris summer heat.


This is a chain hostel and lacking in that social backpacker vibe. It's about 400m from the train station, but in the opposite direction of where you probably want to go, so that makes it an extra kilometer back and forth every time you go out versus hostels closer to marienplatz. It's also a combination hotel with nice basic single rooms. The elevator was not working when I was there.

Hostel Jamaika

Vilnius, Lithuania

The hostel is close to the train station on the outskirts of the old town and has spacious rooms. There's a combination lounge and kitchen that's the social point. The bar next door is vey lively in the evenings although it's mostly groups of locals and not travelers. The hostel also has a fridge of beer for sale, but oddly will not let you buy any. The biggest problem is that there are only two combination toilet/showers on each floor, making them quite busy.

The Monk's Bunk Kaunas

Kaunas, Lithuania

I foolishly played poker at Baro Saskaita next to the hostel, where I was drugged, robbed, and left unconscious in a parking lot. I awoke at dawn disoriented with bruises on my head and managed to make it back to the hostel where I passed out in my bed. Upon explaining my plight to the owner, instead of doing what a normal decent person would do like offering to call the police or a doctor, she yelled at me about my shoes and repeatedly said I deserved it because I was probably very drunk.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Your comment doesn't reflect reality. We are friendly people and we never yell on our guests in any occasion. We just reminded you the no-shoe policy once we found you sleeping with shoes. You did not ask us for any help. We would have gladly helped you with all your needs. It looks like you had a bad experience in this city, but put the blame on us by writing bad review. p.s.You had no phone in the morning, but the wallet with money and ID's was there. Maybe it wasn't a robbery after all?

Hill Hostel

Poznan, Poland

You can't beat this hostel for location. It is one short block from the old town square and literally right next to the castle. You can stand on the terrace and lean on the castle wall. There weren't many other travelers here in May, but it looks like it could be a nice place to meet other backpackers in a busier season. Overall, a very nice hostel. My only issue was that my "non-smoking" room reeked like an ashtray.

Three Little Pigs Hostel

Berlin, Germany

This hostel is in a beautiful old building next to Anhalter Bahnhof. It's within walking distance of the Brandenburg Tor and Kreuzberg, but there is nothing that interesting in the immediate area. It is fairly large and has an institutional atmosphere, which is exacerbated by the hostel being almost exclusively occupied by multiple large groups of 12 to 16 year-old students. You've been warned.

Hostel Strowis

Utrecht, Netherlands

This place is a little run down but filled with good vibes. It's not just a backpackers' hostel but a former squat turned communal hostel. The lobby bar is a great place to hang out with free wifi. There's a great vegan restaurant around the corner and a coffee shop around the other one.

Hello I'm Local Boutique Hostel

Haarlem, Netherlands

This is a beautiful hostel in a beautiful town. The decor and construction are clean and modern with whimsical details. There is a nice lobby lounge with a bar and light snacks. There's also an outdoor courtyard that looks like it could be great in warmer weather. The owners are very friendly and helpful, recommending an amazing local brewery.

Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt

Frankfurt, Germany

This is a big and modern hostel near the train station. It's in the red light district, but nothing too seedy or dangerous. Nice bar downstairs.

OldHouse Hostel

Tallinn, Estonia

In a quiet area of the old town. The single room was actually in a guesthouse down the street. Only one toilet and shower for a whole floor of rooms. Very quiet and nice, but not good for meeting other travelers.

Wombats City Hostel Munich

Munich, Germany

This is a big and modern hostel just steps from the train station. Marienplatz is within walking distance. There's a great bar in the evenings, but maybe because of its size, people tend to be in insular groups that make it difficult to meet other travelers.

Eighty8 Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This hostel is in a nondescript area within walking distance of the central market. It has a great pool/bar area and serves full meals. Tuk tuks are waiting outside to take you anywhere and the staff organizes activities.

The Mad Monkey Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Great hostel for seeing Angkor. Walking distance to the pub street. They also have a great rooftop bar for meeting other travelers.

The Mad Monkey Siem Reap

Siem Reap, Cambodia

There is no hot water, the wifi is essentially unusable, and the electric power shuts off every few hours. There is constant construction so you're always asked to move from wherever you happen to be sitting. The staff are somewhat disorganized. I had booked a single private room, but they first gave me a dorm room and insisted that's what I booked, then moved me to a more expensive double room. I rented a bike for three days and on the third day, I found that they had given it to someone else.

WE Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

I had a private room which was like one in a boutique hotel. The location is close enough to the sky train and there's a 7-11 across the street along with street food. The rest of neighborhood itself is pretty dull. They sell beer and have a roof deck where travelers party before heading out.

Ayutthaya Place Youth Hostel

Ayutthaya, Thailand

The hostel is in a desolate area on a very busy street next to the main bridge into town. There's not much nearby, but thankfully there is a convenience store next door. My private room was basically a run down wooden shack with ants in the bathroom.You can walk to the temples and train station in about 30 minutes.

At Home Sukhothai

Sukhothai, Thailand

This is actually more a guest house than a hostel. It's a traditional wooden building surrounded by lovely gardens off a side street in the new town. It's a quiet and peaceful, go to bed at 10 kind of place. It's not a good place to meet other travelers. The bus to the old town is a short walk away and a map was provided on arrival. The place is family run and provides food and drink in an outdoor courtyard, but look out for the mosquitos

Bodega Phuket

Phuket, Thailand

I stayed in a private room which was spacious and clean with a balcony and ensuite bathroom. The AC made it very comfortable. The hostel's cafe/bar is a great place to hang out and meet other travelers. Free wifi was available in the bar and room. The location is good in the center of town and a quick walk to the beach and bars.The staff are all friendly and helpful.

Albergue los Pascuales

Toledo, Spain

This is an HI hostel, so the atmosphere is institutional. The location is in the middle of the old town and close to all the sights. It’s quite a long hike from the train station, but there is a bus that runs to a plaza nearby. The hostel has a nice lounge area, but only two other travelers were here in November. There’s no place to go out nearby and all of Toledo seems rather dead at night.


The hostel is more like a trendy hotel. It’s quite large and very well appointed. There is a rooftop terrace and bar as well as a large kitchen and lounge. I took a walking tour which was a nice introduction to Sevilla and other travelers. It’s a bit of a hike from both the train and bus stations, but somewhat close to the main sites. The area around the hostel is absolutely dead at night, so you’ll have to go quite a ways for nightlife.

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Hi Thomas, Thank you for your comments! Kind regards, Maxi, Palace Team

Babia Backpackers

Ronda, Spain

The hostel is actually a beautiful three bedroom apartment. There are two huge terraces with spectacular views to the Puente Nuevo. You should come to Ronda just to share a bottle of wine with other travelers here. The only downside is there is only one bathroom. This didn’t matter when I stayed since there were only three travelers there, but could be an issue when full.

Funky Granada

Granada, Spain

The hostel is on a small side street about 30 minutes walk from the train station. The directions on Hostelworld didn’t help me, but the map shows exactly where it is, so put it on your phone. It’s a perfect distance from all the sights and the train station. I stayed in a large private that had its own kitchen and bath. It was a bit noisy being on the ground floor facing a street and the lobby. The upper floors are arranged around an interior courtyard that is probably nice in the summer, but m

Funky Cordoba

Cordoba, Spain

The hostel, though a bit of a hike from the train station, is in an excellent location for exploring the old town and mezquita. It’s a little worn around the edges but comfortable. There is a rooftop terrace and small kitchen where travelers congregate. Most of the people staying there seemed to be chill independent travelers. There is a restaurant next door where breakfast is served, but no travelers went there in the evening. A couple of local bars are nearby.

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thank you Thomas, we are pleased to have had you ha ve to come back in May,we have all the parties(feria,cruces,patio cata de vino)

MOJO Budva

Budva, Montenegro

The hostel is on a residential sidestreet about 10 minutes from the bus station. Follow the directions on Hostelworld and you will find it. It has a wide variety of rooms from huge privates with a terraces to small dorms. There’s several areas to hang out and there was a great BBQ party on Thursday. It’s about 30 minutes walking to the old town. The beach and some trashier outdoor clubs are 5 minutes away.

Hostel Villa Skansi

Hvar, Croatia

The hostel is in a residential area, up the hill from the port. It’s slightly up the road from where the Hostelworld map shows. Look for the scooter rental out front. The hostel has an amazing double level terrace, great for hanging out and meeting other travelers. The owners and staff are friendly and helpful. My room was clean and had a small balcony with a sea view. The only downside is not enough showers for the number of beds, so shower early before the pre-bar rush.

White House Hostel Bol

Bol, Croatia

The hostel is in a residential area up the hill from the waterfront, about 10 minutes to the port and 30 to Zlatni Rat beach. Follow the directions on Hostelworld and you will find it. The owner, Stipe, is amazingly friendly and helpful , and told me how to catch a local tour boat to Hvar. He also owns an organic restaurant on the island where you can sample authentic Croatian cuisine instead of the touristy stuff at the port. Nice clean rooms with ensuite baths, but no common area.

Design Hostel Goli&Bosi

Split, Croatia

A perfect location in the heart of the old town. A little hard to find. From the dock, walk down the waterfront until almost the end where you turn right on a big street, then shortly after that turn right through an archway. The minimalist modern design of the hostel of the hostel makes you feel like you’re in Tokyo instead of Split. Nice clean room. No common area, but a nice café downstairs.