Reviews: smarshall

Location: Australia, Gender: Male, Age: 30

Castle Rock Hostel

Edinburgh, Scotland

Large hostel which I think loses some of the atmosphere of smaller places which organise activities/dinners etc for travellers. Facilities were good with pool table, cinema etc, but mattress was pretty thin and showers compact. Breakfast was simple but cheap and filling. Great location next to the castle and other attractions.

Borgmann Villa Hotel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I was looking for a reasonably priced single hotel room a bit west of the city centre, and this did the trick nicely. Friendly staff, nice view of Vondelpark and being able to hire a bike was very convenient.

Home Lisbon Hostel

Lisbon, Portugal

Brilliant, the only reason you might not want to come here is that no other future hostel will stack up in comparison. Don't miss out on the nightly dinner, a superb 3 course meal with booze that's great for meeting other travellers. The free breakfast was also outstanding. Clean, well located, has a movie room, great organised walking tour of Lisbon and drive out to Sintra (+ beach & most western point in Europe). Oh, and very friendly & welcoming staff!

Sevilla Hostel One Centro

Seville, Spain

I was very impressed with this hostel. The staff and volunteers were amazing - they would always go out of their way to help, give suggestions, organise free sangria nights, take travellers out to bars etc etc. If you have a couple of spare euros, I definitely recommend getting the single room with ensuite which must be the best value in Spain.


It's a hotel rather than hostel (so I haven't marked down atmosphere), but this was a good little place. Staff were helpful and friendly, good location between rail station and major sights and near cafe's. Pillow a little hard if I'm being picky, but if you're after a basic, reasonably priced hotel for a night or 2 then look no further.

Las Musas Hostel

Madrid, Spain

The room itself was brilliant - nicely decorated 2 bed dorm which i had to myself for most nights. Atmosphere was OK and joins in with other hostels for walking & tapas tours and pub crawls etc. Offering a breakfast (even if charging for it) other then churros would be a nice touch. Great location, quite clean.

Hostel One Paralelo

Barcelona, Spain

This was a fantastic hostel - very friendly staff who would take you out on pub crawls, clean and a good atmosphere where it was easy to meet other travellers over dinner. Having 2 bed dorms also a big plus in my books, and location was pretty central along with being a 5 min walk to the metro. Breakfast (a couple of euros) was also quite good.

Lemon Spirit Hostel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is a fantastic hostel. Very clean, in a safe area and easy to meet people/arrange nights out. Close to the beach and shop. Late breakfast is good and staff were always friendly and helpful.

USA Hostels San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

Fantastic hostel, really enjoyed the stay - fun karaoke night and pub crawl! Staff are very helpful and friendly as well.

USA Hostels Hollywood

Los Angeles, USA

Good vibe and character, and location is pretty good. Maybe a bit more choice for breakfast would be nice but very happy with the hostel

Downtown Washington Hostel

Washington DC, USA

Small, quiet hostel with friendly staff. I know hostels are bound to get bedbugs every now and again but there were a couple of beds in our room with them (one of the girls notified staff, who by the smell applied a bit of spray) and am now having the financial & literal nightmares of dealing with the stowaways back at home....

HI NYC Hostel

New York, USA

Good facilities, and the hostel run tours, welcome parties & pub crawls are a great way to meet people. Little far away from mid-lower Manhattan but close to the subway.

Astor Museum Inn

London, England

Really impressed with my stay - great location, top value & comfortable. The staff were helpful and a lot of fun! Internet is on a timed card so you dont have to use your credit all at once. Wish I could get back there again!


Fantastic hostel - spotless, comfy (king single beds!) and great breakfast. Really helpful & friendy staff


Good location, basically some dorm rooms above a pub. Stayed during week so noise wasn\'t a problem, only the beds were fairly squeaky