Reviews: craigpers9309

Location: Australia, Gender: Male, Age: 56

Central Park North

New York, USA
20%

This hostel has closed down & is now an apartment block. You should have known about this, Hostelworld. They transferred my reservation to the HI Hostel without my consent and only emailed me about it 3 days before I was due to arrive in NYC. From a 4 bed dorm with free breakfast & internet I was now forced to stay in a 12 bed dorm at the HI Hostel with no free breakfast or internet. And I was supposed to pay an extra $81 for this. I didn't like the HI Hostel much at all. Too big & too crowded.

  • 24th Mar 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


Wanderfalls Guesthouse

Niagara Falls, USA
89%

Great hostel. Small and homely in an old wooden house, very clean, very friendly staff and very easy to meet other travellers. 5 mins walk to a supermarket & cheap restaurants & 20 mins walk to the falls. The only problems are that the dorms are fairly small so it could be a bit cramped when it's full and something other than bland, boring pancakes for breakfast would've been nice. That's being too fussy, though. In general, an excellent hostel. Highly recommended.

  • 18th Mar 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


HI - Chicago

Chicago, USA
86%

An excellent hostel in most regards. Great location right in the heart of downtown, fantastic breakfast, ultra secure and clean, and spacious dorms. Terrible atmosphere, though, thanks to the majority of guests seemingly spending their whole time with their noses buried in their computers or smart phones. If this sounds like you wake up to yourself. Hostels are supposed to be about meeting other travellers & making friends. So put your computer or phone away & talk to people!

  • 13th Mar 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


60%

One of the dirtiest, messiest hostels I've ever stayed in but I actually had a good time there thanks to a good, friendly bunch of travellers staying there who actually talked to each other instead of spending their whole time on their computer or smart phone. Inconveniently located in a suburb a long way from downtown but reachable by public transport. More like staying in someone's very messy house than a hostel but friendly vibe and the woman who runs it is lovely.

  • 9th Mar 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
.......... Thanks for your comments, Yes, it's spring time so we are a little messy, cleaning up for the upcoming season, cleaning and our new set up has been completed as of today, 3/20/13. ... And we apologize for refusing to give you a free ride to downtown Dallas at 4am. That's what cabs are for. Thank you!

94%

I've stayed in literally hundreds of hostels around the world & this one would rate right up the top as one of the best I've ever stayed in. Ultra-clean, spacious dorms with air-con, soft mattress, quiet and relaxed but friendly atmosphere, a great breakfast and the staff, especially Jessie, were lovely. Plus a swimming pool and nice patios outside. If nothing is perfect this hostel comes very close. Unfortunately I was only able to stay there for 1 night. It was worth more.

  • 8th Mar 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Craig, thank you so much for the positive feedback! It was our pleasure to host you. If you are ever in Houston again, please pay us a visit! -Jessie guest services supervisor

71%

I had mixed feelings about this place. The dorms are ultra-modern & spotlessly clean with nice soft mattresses BUT those overlooking the bar are VERY noisy till the bar closes at 2am. I stayed in one on my 1st night & had to take a sleeping pill. On my 2nd night I moved to one on the other side of the building & it was fine. No computers there (a problem if you don't have your own) & the atmosphere was fairly snobby & yuppyish. Also the breakfast is ridiculous. Big 'busy and fairly impersonal.

  • 11th Feb 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


66%

Not a bad place but nothing special. More like a motel with a few dorms.The dorms are average but adequate. The guy who runs it is friendly & helpful and it's straight across the road from a supermarket & a few cheap restaurants. Unfortunately I was stuck in a dorm with 3 guys who had the heating on full (in Florida!) and all snored. The next night I paid an extra $20 for a single room & it was really nice. Overall the place was fine but nothing to write home about.

  • 9th Feb 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


DC Lofty - Convention Center

Washington DC, USA
80%

Really nice hostel. Small, quiet and relaxed with a friendly vibe. A bit far from the major sights (about 20-30 mins walk) but close to a metro station, small supermarket and shops & restaurants a few blocks away.The only problem was with their 3 computers - either not working, or if they were they were SO slow and often crashed. The shoes-off policy is a bit of a pain but overall I had a really pleasant stay there & I doubt if you could find a nicer hostel in DC. Easy to meet other travellers.

  • 23rd Jan 2013
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


Athens Backpackers

Athens, Greece
94%

Really great hostel. Fantastic location on a quiet side street 2 minutes walk from the metro station and right near the Acropolis, very friendly staff and nice, clean, spacious dorms. I doubt if there could be a better hostel in Athens.

  • 15th Jan 2012
  • Globetrotter
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (25 reviews)


Seoul Walker

Seoul, South Korea
87%

I stayed in 2 hostels in Seoul & this was easily the best. Homely, quiet, clean & friendly with free internet & satellite TV. Who could ask for more?


Kim's Myungdong Hostel

Seoul, South Korea
80%

Homely, friendly, sociable place & Mr Kim is a really nice guy. Also free internet & an actual bathtub. Now the bad points - very hard to find at first, up a really steep hill, both the single room & 8 bed dorm have no windows so with the light off it's as dark as night all the time & the 10 bed dorm would be like sleeping in the lounge room. No privacy whatsoever. Also, the night I stayed people were in the living room talking till 3 or 4am & the noise carried through the whole place.


San Martin Hostal

Madrid, Spain
73%

All I needed from this place was a good night's sleep in a quiet single room before a long flight to South Korea & in that respect it was perfect. No frills but clean, good location & very quiet at night. Understand, though, that this is a pension, not a hostel, so it's not the place for anyone wanting to meet other travellers & have fun. But if your main priority is good sleep in a quiet place it's just right.


Lisboa Central Hostel

Lisbon, Portugal
97%

Fantastic hostel. In 31 years travelling the world on & off I've stayed in hundreds of hostels & this is right up the top with the best of them. Incredibly friendly staff, very clean, relaxed, great free breakfast (as much as you can eat), free internet plus satellite TV. Also some nice little extras like free soup & even a chocolate bar one day. Not a party hostel. Close to perfect.


La Caja Habitada

Seville, Spain
77%

Excellent hostel. Very modern, clean, friendly staff plus free breakfast & internet. The only drawbacks are that it's not in the best location (about 20 mins walk to the Cathedral, though close to bars & restaurants) & there were very few other guests when I was there so it wasn't much fun. At least that made it nice & quiet & I imagine there'd be more guests in high season. A 'quiet after midnight' policy is another plus. Highly recommended.


CasaBlues

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
83%

Excellent place. My rating would've been higher but for the fact that I was the only guest there so the fun aspect was zero. Otherwise, the rooms are beautiful, the views are spectacular and Nick, the English owner, is a nice guy. Total peace and quiet. Highly recommended, especially for couples or anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing stay in a beautiful historic 'pueblo blanco'.


La Casa Del Sol

Marrakech, Morocco
97%

Excellent place. Small & homely, friendly staff, very clean, easy to meet other travellers & only 5 mins walk from Djemaa el Fna, down a quiet alley among the souks. Nice, spacious dorms & the private rooms are even better.The only problem could be for people who like to sleep early or sleep in in the morning. The noise of everyone talking downstairs does carry through the whole building so earplugs are a must but it's only a minor problem & the place is generally quiet between midnight & 8.30am. Highly rec


Hotel San Francisco

Ronda, Spain
80%

This place deserves a better rating than I'm giving it. It's just that being on my own & being a hotel, not a hostel, the fun aspect was zero. Otherwise a beautiful place. Lovely room, nice staff & super-clean. My only complaint was a noisy machine in a courtyard below my room which came on & off all night but my earplugs blocked it out.


Hostal AB**

Granada, Spain
67%

The rooms are really nice, the girl on duty in the afternoons and nights is lovely & speaks perfect English and it's close to lots of cheapish bars & restaurants. But I can't believe the reviewer who said it's quiet. He must be deaf! The walls are really thin so you can hear everyone else on your floor, who when I was there, were VERY noisy. Bring earplugs! Also, being a pension, not a hostel, the fun was zero.


77%

I wasn't able to stay in the Seneca Hostel 'cause it's closed at the moment. A note on the door there directed me to the Añil Hostel, where I didn't want to stay, but the girl on duty there said I had to. My 1st night there, in a rooftop dorm, was horrible. Freezing cold and only 1 paper-thin blanket for cover so I had to sleep in all my clothes. The next day I paid an extra €13 to upgrade to a single room & it was well worth it. Very nice room. Not a bad place but be sure to avoid a rooftop dorm in wint


HostelOne Puerta Del Sol

Madrid, Spain
63%

The worst hostel I've stayed at in a long, long time. Small, cramped, crowded and VERY noisy at night. My dorm was nice enough but opened onto the common room. After nearly 2 full days on planes all I wanted was a good sleep so thank God for my earplugs and sleeping pills! Probably fun for under 25s who want to party all night but for anyone who wants a good night's sleep, forget it! I definitely would NOT stay here again.


Aizuya Inn

Tokyo, Japan
80%

Another pleasant stay at the Aizuya. Very clean, peaceful, quiet, friendly staff and great value. Where else in Tokyo can you get a private room for dorm prices? I still don't like having to pay for a shower, though, and the other guests weren't the slightest bit friendly to me so it wasn't exactly a fun time but that can happen sometimes and was certainly no fault of the hostel. Recommended.


Guesthouse Namaste

Kanazawa, Japan
97%

In 6 & a half weeks in Japan I stayed in some excellent hostels and the Namaste was right up with the best of them. A very modern, super-clean, quiet and peaceful Japanese-style guest house with a fantastically friendly manager, Makoto. I felt more like I was staying in his home than a hostel. And only 7 minutes walk from the train station. Highly recommended.


90%

Excellent hostel. Ultra-modern, super-clean, very friendly staff and quiet dorms (as long as you don't get stuck with a snorer). Nice pub downstairs, the buffet breakfast is great and only 10 min walk from Kyoto Station. Highly recommended.


Aizuya Inn

Tokyo, Japan
87%

A really nice hostel. Where else in Tokyo can you get a private room at dorm prices? Very clean, friendly, helpful staff who all speak fluent English and very peaceful and quiet. If you're after a rowdy party hostel this is not the place for you but if you want a peaceful, relaxing stay in Tokyo the Aizuya can't be beaten for the price.The only downsides were having to pay 100 Yen for a 5 minute shower, thin walls in the rooms so you can hear your neighbours and hard pillows so bring earplugs.