Reviews: tomkincaid

Location: USA, Gender: Male, Age: 39

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.


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.