The staff were friendly and helpful, and the location good, but the hostel itself was fairly lacking. Asceticism would perhaps be a good thing if you were staying for religious reasons, but not so much for tourists. The rooms were squishy and the showers quite dodgy. Security also seemed to rely on a trust system, with the only locked door being the front entrance, and only tiny lockers being available for hire. You'd generally hope a hostel is more secure.
Very homely! Smaller hostels generally have much more personable staff, and this place was certainly a great example of that, giving it a bit of a B&B feel. Completely arranged my transport for me and let me know the best places to see & eat at. A small downside might be that the dorm is fairly open-plan, so doesn't necessarily afford as much privacy as hostels with bunks & curtains. My only other small issue would be that the carpet conceals a bit of an unexpected bump!
A fairly decent choice. I was in an ensuite dorm entered via the lobby/foyer, and the main problem was that the room was not at all soundproof, so you could hear everything happening in the lobby. This would be problematic for light sleepers, as it means drunks at 3am. One night it sounded like the receptionist was watching a movie on a laptop, which was audible in the room. There's a window above the door, and the lobby light is on all night, shining in. Facilities were good, wifi excellent.
The shared bathroom contained two showers, each simply having translucent doors, with the bathroom itself also having a translucent door out to the corridor. No mat to step out onto from the showers, and the floor was dirty from people's shoes. Nothing to dry hands with after using toilets. Provided sheets were starchy and the quilt was barely big enough for the bed. Pretty terrible location - a long walk to the city centre! Wifi was good and staff were helpful. Had the dorm to myself.
Quite good. Could be described as 'sterile', but that's not a bad thing; everything was very clean, though without much character. Dorm was spacious, though there were only four lockers for six beds. The showers were odd - two showers in the bathroom, each with non-locking doors, and nowhere in the cubicles to place valuables (or the room key!), or towel & clothes. Travelling alone, being able to safeguard my passport/money etc. is a pretty fundamental concern, even though theft is unlikely.
A nice, quiet place with good facilities (the wifi is excellent). The ensuite bathroom is quite small, but clean and sufficient. If you're looking to socialise, this hostel won't be for you, but it is a good choice if you're wanting to relax. Very good central location, with public transport and supermarket less than 5 minutes walk away.
Decent enough, though with some faults. The bathroom didn't have a mat, which made it a bit of a minefield. The wifi in the room was awful, almost non-existent, but it was good in the common areas. The location is decent, and the staff were quite good, organising a taxi to the train station.
A good place to stay, overall. Reception was closed from 8pm-8am, so there was no-one around to tell the really loud & drunk people to shut up when they came into the building at 2am. Not the staff's fault that some guests were really rude, but it is a drawback of having no night reception. It's not a party hostel, so would normally be a nice, quiet & relaxing place, I imagine. Facilities were good, though the beds would benefit from privacy curtains, and the top bunk doesn't have a powerpoint.
Fairly decent overall (would stay again if needing a sleep factory), with a few issues. The location is truly atrocious, but this shouldn't come as a surprise; look at the map! Facilities were good, but the lockers were not. Too thin to fit luggage in, and very loud to open/close, which is something I could do without having to take my padlock off! Requiring a keycard for the electricity to work in a dorm is a terrible idea; taking it out when you have to go leaves everyone else in the dark.
Great place to stay. The dorm is spacious and comfortable, with its own shower/toilet. Staff are excellent (full of energy!), wifi is good, facilities are clean. The location isn't the best for the lake or town, but is good for the castle or Vintgar Gorge (a must-see). Potentially difficult to find when you're first arriving. Discounts to some local restaurants are a nice bonus.
I'd describe this hostel as 'ruthlessly efficient' rather than 'friendly'. The facilities were great, but they weren't particularly clean (the bathroom looked like it had been attacked with a fire hose, as every surface was completely soaked). Fantastic location for the train station, so a good choice if that's where you're coming from or going to (as I was), but it's not very close to Zagreb's attractions, so those without heavy luggage might be better off finding somewhere more central.
Top notch place to stay, great location and staff, and very spacious rooms and beds. The free breakfast was nice. Good wifi. The light in the hallway was a bit annoying at night (it'd be nice if they turned it off earlier, as it shines through the top glass panel into the dorm room), but didn't detract from everything else.
Fantastic place to stay. Very welcoming, helpful and friendly staff. The only real problem was that I had to wait 40 minutes to him to turn up when I wanted to check out. Great facilities, very clean, excellent wifi. The location is right on the main street leading to the bridge, just a couple of minutes walk away.
A fantastic place to stay! Amazing location and aesthetic. Only real downside was that there were only three powerpoints in the whole dorm room, two of which were hidden in a cupboard. It's understandably difficult to wire up an old stone building, but it'd be good to have powerboards from the powerpoints to maximise the number available. Beds were comfortable and seemed new, though more basic than lots of hostels offer nowadays (e.g. no curtains). Inconveniently placed light-switches.
Staff were super friendly and helpful, but the hostel itself wasn't that flash. My room had no working powerpoints, the wifi was poor, and the beds creaky. No lockers, and once you made it through the front gate (which was sometimes left unlocked), you could freely roam into any room. The bathroom was OK, but the door was opaque glass; a completely self-defeating design. Similar doors for rooms, with a light on in the hallway all night. Twenty minute walk from centre; at least taxis are cheap.
Once you make it past the dodgy stairwell you're greeted by exceptionally friendly/helpful staff (though it sometimes seemed as if they'd all disappeared?). Overall it's a pretty good place in all regards. Clean, comfortable, good wifi, curtains on beds, lockers, etc.
Very friendly staff, though it'd be good if they provided some more city info. In a great location for sightseeing, but not so great if you're a light-sleeper; there was loud live music next door past midnight. Also very hard to find (entrance via courtyard off the main street), and more prominent signs are desperately needed. Great wifi and comfortable beds (curtains!), though the lockers need fixing. Chronic shortage of toilet paper, and bathrooms were persistently dirty.
It's easy to be overly critical when the sale's pitch is 'best in the world', and overall this was outstanding as expected. Just not perfect. For me an excellent atmosphere requires not just somewhere to meet other people and listen to music, but also somewhere (hopefully not crowded) to relax. The only such option was staying in the room, so that's where I was confined when I became sick. Another small issue was the bathroom design - more about aesthetics than functionality.
Very good value for money and excellent, clean facilities. Staff were exceptionally friendly/helpful. Only problems were that it was a bit of a hike to the bus station in scorching weather, and the lockers didn't look like they'd keep anyone half-determined out. There weren't many other people there when I was, so it was a good place to escape the heat and relax, but it didn't really have much atmosphere in the conventional sense.
The free breakfast was good, but there was a severe spoon shortage. The rooms didn't seem to have the right number of lockers, and they looked pretty flimsy and not very secure. But a good stay overall. The courtyard was a good place to hang out and relax. Staff were good, but sometimes you had to wait awhile before anyone was available to answer your questions.
A budget hotel masquerading as a hostel. Had good facilities, though the room was a bit small & cramped (but had 2 showers for 8 people, which was great). A bit stuffy at night (even though outside day temp was only 20C), which meant opening windows, and a surprising amount of noise carried up to the 6th floor from the street. So not very quiet in summer. Staff were quite unhelpful, but it's a large hostel, so you're not going there for helpful staff in any case. Overall a solid choice.
A good choice, but with some flaws. There was a severe shortage of powerpoints in rooms. There were plenty in the common area, but it's been quite a long time since I've been to a hostel that doesn't have a socket for every bed. The showers weren't exactly in convenient locations. The staff seemed nice but it's a large hostel so you're not going to get the same front desk service as in a small hostel. Overall, very clean and functional, and located conveniently near train/bus station.
Room was laid out well, and the lockers were useful. The beds could benefit from curtains. Location is very handy for the city centre, and staff were generally quite helpful. Wifi was fairly ordinary, but adequate (and I had to pay for it, though apparently that practice was ending the day after I stayed). Would be nice if the free breakfast was available after 9am. I certainly wouldn't call the place vibrant, but it's a very solid choice all the same.
'Deluxe' would seem a very charitable description for the room. It was certainly perfectly adequate, functional and comfortable (especially the A/C), but there were a raft of small issues. Such as the horrendous bathroom design (its apparent commonality in Korea doesn't change its ridiculousness). Witnessed someone waiting for 40 minutes at reception during office hours before a staff member arrived, though staff were great when actually there. Very hard to find - bring a good map! Great wifi.
Professional and clean, almost more of a hotel than a hostel. Rooms and (ensuite) bathrooms were great, though the beds could really benefit from curtains. Only bad thing was that the wifi was horrendous unless you sat in the lobby. The location is decent if you don't mind the 10 minute walk to the subway station you'll be using the most (Tawaramachi). A solid choice unless wifi is too much of a deal-breaker.
A major selling point of small hostels is their capacity to be personable, and MBP exemplifies that rule. Exceedingly friendly and helpful, making our stay very enjoyable. The downside is that futons on tatami mats might not suit those used to very soft beds, and paper thin walls mean light and sound flood in from the street very early in the morning (problematic for light sleepers, though it was perfectly fine for us). Facilities are great, given the small number of guests. Fantastic wifi.
Fantastically welcoming and helpful. Optional activities were great (we loved the okonomiyaki), and proximity to the JR Station, supermarket and post office was quite useful. Although we didn't have any difficulties, the guesthouse could be hard to cope with for very tall people, and being a very light-sleeper could be problematic (there aren't any doors, just curtains). Also, the wifi refused to work with my laptop, though I could still access it with my phone.
Fantastic dorm beds, curtained off and with plenty of space even for my ludicrously oversized luggage. Only criticisms are that the stairs would be difficult for those with limited mobility, and the dorms aren't the best for light sleepers - sirens could be heard late at night and early in the morning. Location is better than it appears on a map, given you'll have to catch public transport to see Kyoto's sights no matter where you're staying. Wifi was excellent.
Our room was somehow double booked, so the 2nd night we were asked to move across to the backpackers (they were profusely apologetic). However, the room we had on the 1st night was very good, way better than you'd expect for $8pp (I suspect we were put in a better room than the one we'd booked). Staff were helpful when asked, but didn't volunteer much. Solid choice in a good location, and I'm sure it would've left a much better impression had the double booking not occurred.
Fantastically helpful staff, ensuring you'll have an enjoyable stay. It's not the most central location, but not a long walk from Pub Street, etc., and the distance is irrelevant when you've got a tuk-tuk anyway (and the tuk-tuk driver we had was great). The only criticisms with the room may be that the air-conditioner was a little noisy, and there was some exposed wiring high up on the bathroom walls. Both were still perfectly functional, though, and made for a very pleasant stay.
Great location and helpful staff (booked an early morning taxi for us and came to check we were awake for it). Nice room (great air conditioning), surprisingly soundproof, but the 'ensuite' was evidently not designed for anyone tall, being a ~1m squared cubicle for the shower and the same for the toilet. They were perfectly functional, but if you're claustrophobic, or even if you just have knees, you may find sitting down on the toilet an interesting experience. Overall, a solid choice.
The best hostel I've stayed in. The rooms and showers were clean, the facilities useful, and staff helpful. I would definitely stay there again.
Centrally located, just 5 min. from the train station and 1 min. from the nearest tram stop. The terrace is a great place to chill, and a great place to socialise, so suits all. We only got one sheet, so you could either sleep on it, or under it, but not both. This may be fine for some, but not for others. The toilets and showers were plentiful and clean, although each had some sort of minor problem, whether it was a dodgy lock or a lack of toilet paper. Solid option, although not flawless.
The staff were absolutely fantastic and very welcoming. The location may seem tedious from the train or bus stations, but pretty much anywhere in Veliko Tarnovo is going to be a bit of an effort to get to. Free pickup makes this a non-issue. The bathroom was very, very weird, however. The toilet is literally in the shower, which makes going to the toilet reasonably awkward. And general cleanliness is not the best. But don't let that put you off, as this is an all-round great hostel.
Excellent hostel. Located literally right next to the last bus 51 stop, it's a cinch to get across town. Easy 15 min. walk from the centre, although you don't have to go that far for a decent eating option. The staff were some of the best I've ever encountered; exceptionally friendly and helpful. The place is spotless, so if you like clean, you'll like here. Under renovation currently, so doesn't quite have all the bells and whistles, or an exceptional character, but will be a gem when complete.
Close enough to the train station, but a bit too far from the town to have an excellent location. The facilities were nice and clean and the beds were comfortable. When coming back to collect our bags after checkout, however, we didn't encounter any staff (who seemed to be sparse for the entire stay), so security is a bit of an issue. Solid option, though.
Excellent cheap choice for Timisoara. It may seem a long way out from the train station, but taxis are cheap, and it's only a 10 minute walk, via a supermarket, to the centre. There's a great restaurant of exceptional value across the road, too, with backpacker prices, but top draw food and service, that make the location even more acceptable. The lady in charge was great, organising an early morning taxi for us, and the rooms were refreshingly comfortable, modern and spacious.
Centrally located, but that's the major positive. Everything is 'alright'. By no means an absolute dive, whilst certainly being adequate, it was a bit scruffy and unclean, the doors didn't have locks, and the staff were quite brash (not unfriendly, just with their own unique style). 'Nice' would definitely not be a word you would use to describe this hostel, but it'll certainly do if you don't want to have to hike to your hostel.