If Alexander the Great had started off conquering central Asia in 323 BC by having his mechanical engineers install such a flawless world class central air conditioning system, the same that makes such a brilliant night of sleep always possible at Equity Point Centric, at the end of each days horse ride through to Delhi the world would now be 20 times more prosperous, and Alexander the Great would probably have lived much longer.
Churchillian hard work and preparation have obviously been put into this very British offering - with 586 well fashioned beds, and such conveniences as Eurostar disembarking literally across Blvd La Fayette. So much is so generously offered to everybody at breakfast that the accountants must be furious !
Just outside Keystone House Hostel on Euston Road there been so much that has gone on during any period of time - take your pick - Londoners struggling through bad winters and economics. Indeed having a fully useful toasty bunk bed just up these stairs in London means everything.
Savoy House feels like a 4 star hotel. All of the details are mid 21st Century! The lounge is amazing, with 12 big cushy chairs and 2 totally independent television sets of the highest quality. The duvets at night are like driving into a warm sea.
All that counts works well at Avalon House. It acts as a seamless introduction to Ireland as an entity to be reasoned with forever. Even the clientele here are all well behaved! The deal maker right from the start is that #16 city bus at Dublin International Airport there to drop you off right in front of Avalon Hostel, like the start of a well thought out episode of televised series Good Wife! .
Morningside Heights, featuring Columbia University, is only six New York blocks north of this extraordinary hosteling facility. The Bronx itself is not that far either, right up Amsterdam Avenue then down a hill to the 207th Street bridge to University Heights and Fordham Road on the Bronx side. And you thought you knew New York! The elevated rail from the hardscrabble chase scene in The French Connection is partway east up Fordham Road.
To take advantage of the excellent sleeping facilities at Orange Village you don't require the Pacific Crest Trail. Just take off on foot on Geary Street to the Cliff House overlooking the Pacific Ocean at lands end, then hike along the exotic coastal trails of the Presidio to Golden Gate Bridge, which takes only 30 minutes to cross each way, then follow the friendly bike/pedestrian paths back toward Ghirardelli Square and Orange Village. You don't even require to bond up with cable cars.
This international hostel is truly that! Lotsa well-traveled Germans, people from places you might not even be able to pronounce, or travellers headed for instance to spots like the island of Reunion, a small geography-quiz nation in the fabled Indian Ocean (well off the shipping lanes of the new movie All Is Lost). And do see the folks at the Metropolitan Transit System information office nearby on Broadway. An MTS bus pass under any circumstance in San Diego County is of inestimable value.
The front desk people at this stunningly enjoyable hostel in the heart of New York City are hysterically funny - Kelly Ripa from ABC TV could be potentially rendered speechless by these unrelentingly talented people-experts! They are truly the NBA - throw anything challenging at them at any hour and any one of them will rebound with surprisingly penetrating resources aimed at making your visit to one of the most resourceful cities in the world more AAA than you had ever expected.
A visit to this fine, Brideshead-revisited, waterpfroof, unflappable Palmers Lodge at Swiss Cottage is anyone's palpable reward for making this the serious best choice in London. Lay down that plastic - and say, "bed me down Palmers" - and also activate an equally indispensable Transport for London "Oyster Card" at the Swiss Cottage station a mere block away - and nothing about London can or will go anything but tip top.
Business travelers in serious English cities quite like Newcastle upon Tyne are demonstrably becoming more attuned to the merits of well-placed hostels in England like Albatross, and they should be. A rock solid night of sleep is guaranteed (just bring earplugs to din out the late-night arrivals in a 12-bed room) then find that welcoming lounge with wifi and a big kitchen nearby, and you are ready for any kind of rigorous schedule the next day, emanating from this truly fine hostel facility.
Four medieval ledgers from the eleventh century surprise you at the friendly check-in - and you begin to wonder if the Castle Rock is somehow the middle ages made real, or perhaps this lot could just use a quick seminar in check-in software engineering - and then bingo! An owl swoops down and delivers your room key - and suddenly you are 100 percent sold on this perfectly up to date and most personable hostel, for life!
The spacious television lounge at Aviemore Youth Hostel - with rabbits everywhere racing across vast green views outside its bay windows - is befitting a ritzy national park lodge. In fact, Aviemore is precisely in Cairngorm National Park. A quick 9-mile ride on the number 31 city bus climbs to the Cairngorm Ski Lodge, which is a steep but short 90-minute hike to the 1,245-meter summit of Cairngorm Mtn itself - featuring deep frost everywhere, freezing temperatures and near gale force winds.
There are actually 516 Cafe Nero coffee shops in London. On Earl's Court Road, one block from Saint James Backpackers, there are none! I told a Metropolitan Police officer: "By Jove!", he said. But just three blocks in the other direction (west) from this beutiful new hostel there is a fabulous Tesco superstore.The hostal has piping hot coffee and satellite TV in the mornings anyway.
St Christopher's Inn - Canal might be the fully refurbished good ship Titanic, huge and romantic survivor since nearly destroying an iceberg in 1912, now parked conveniently and expertly next to the Villette Canal in the now stunning 19th arrondissement in northeast Paris, now rivaling, say, Budapest. The expansive ballroom below is Europe unexperiencing war, the canal view at night is lit like Buckingham Palace - plus modern privacy curtains, breakfast with proteins. Kate Winslet is everywhere.
These privacy curtains in the 14-bed facilities at Equity Point Gothic might be likened to the luxury of rich persons' safari tents on the slopes of Mount Kilaminjaro - with lights! Just ignore that blood-curdling roar outside, its just a ferocious lion enjoining in the cuisine of an unsuspecting wildebeast - your safari tent is safe - and in the morning whoosh - the immense civility of Barcelona, where really the most ferocious thing is their 2013 football club.
This is such a mighty base for enormous fox-hunting-style day hikes in Madrid, and even a menú of seamless days-away to Toledo or El Escorial and beyond, out and back by bedtime. The Metro and this sturdy hostel will never leave you stranded - and it is being consistently resupplied with such readily talkative folks!
Gothic thought, about 13 years ago, has been architected in to invent solid unique self-contained heavy curtain contained living arrangements that avail you the function that you are in a 21st century Summer Camp with all your friends, exactly like a hostal in Barcelona should do.These individual bedding units are purposeful and not simple. Neither is Nicole Richie. Anyone planning to construct or reconstruct a hostal anywhere in the world should spend at least a night here, and take notes.
Equity Point Centric has the most expert central air conditioning system invented by man! You wake up ready to confront and ward off everything from aardvarks to World War Z. I love this place.
St James Backpackers is fine and new, thoughtfully refurbished from stem to stern into this pointedly user friendly and comfy hostel facility, a People's Premisis, as Tony Blair might have put it, on a very proper SW 5 London Street, less than a one minute hop from and to Earl's Court Road and the ever so usable number 74 red bus line (Marylebone and Marble Arch to Putney High Street), with a huge life-altering Tesco (!) hidden away just three blocks west, also Brompton Cemetary (1859) nearby.
CNN every morning on the giant TV in the downstairs lounge: priceless!
This hostel feels like life at UCLA! All the peanut & jelly sandwiches you can eat, plus healthy cheese on wheat, OJ, a bowl of corn flakes, two kinds of yoghurt atop ladles of sliced peaches and hot coffee at the ready. The two palatial reading rooms are Ivy League, the internet facilities are at graduate level and the TV room when I visited featured a tutorial in foreign & domestic policy taught by Joe Biden. Total "tuition" is only $30 and a place to sleep is included!
Is this the largest hostel in the world? It is so, so popular and an essential foundation to one's accomplishing an optimum visit to New York City. Its like getting in to see the David Letterman Show! The only thing this hostel doesn't have is its own Orchestra.
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This cafe-powerful, tree lined universe-in-itself (does that sound like Sartre?) is not only one of the most civilised streets in Paris and the world, Rue Caulaincourt is placed firmly in the 19th century as well - with this magnificent hostel nestled in to back up every need, featuring consistently erudite clients from all corners, 3 extra on-line terminals by the dining room, plus a quisine magazine-in-itself Marche Franprix supermarket an intensely pleasurable tree-lined minute's walk away.
Also, the Inter Marche supermarket one block east of Annecy Hostel was excellent, the conversations were excellent and the downstairs TV running compelling stories on the BBC was excellent.
Central Station hostel in Milan has everything do need once you arrive in Milan - sleep - fine wide pillows, wide open windows to the relatively quiet street, a very well-tuned strong shower facility and real four-post beds with no overhead bunks above at all. It has, as the young Chinese women there will readily admit in good English, nothing you don't need, which is everything else. Terrific! Leave your stuff and travel to any city in northern Italy and return late, there's a grocery below.
The early president of the US, Abraham Lincoln would die for this place! Theodore Roosevelt, the scrivener Ernest Hemingway, JFK could write, thrive and sustain gravitas throughout any stay at Equity Point Centric at this most esteemed and lively Passeig de Gracia site-to-die for. Set yourself in, be prepared to learn, there is only Paris (eh!) on the Continent to learn from - and if learning only gags for a while, hey, Starbucks wifi - only around the corner @ Via Catalunya. Love this place!
Center-Valencia, right around two corners from the Plaza de las Virgins (a map of Valencia is essential), is comprised of a spacious common area plus four internet terminals in the reception hall. The air conditioning in the rooms all night long is a delight.
Solid as a rock, this No Name City Hostel, the best of clients, the staff tip-top, a tight ship all around anchored a triple jump away from Puerta del Sol sporting clean linens on all four masts in Madrid´s fine weather.
High Definition flat screen TV, in addition to everythig else going right at this brilliant hostel, had me at Haw-aya! The Olympic Womens´ marathon began at exactly check-out time, 12 noon. But Hugo, the generous Aloha Hostel proprieter, let us watch all 2 hours and 23 minutes of this mometous run through London, meaning a full breakfast then 8 hours of the London Olympics. Aloha ka haki aka!
Murcia is 41 centigrade outside and wet - like the underwater crying scene in The Descendants! But hail, The Cathedral Hostel is air conditioned, and has cable TV. So, esteemed city of Murcia, I´m watching the London Olympics tonight and not venturing out till morn.
Fawlty Towers! In the best sense, of course - meaning the staff has indeed viewed Fawlty Towers episodes on Portuguese TV and learned - never to employ daffy EU help or anyone named Basil or Prunella. Garden House Hostel is almost British, though, and very popular. Porto is not comparable to anything. This fine hostel has a big patio, 3 internet terminals, generous breakfasts, a studied staff, a Pingo Doce supermarket nearby on Rue Paos Manuel and beds upstairs like boucy Elizabethan caverns.
Rossio Hostel includes a bewitching breakfast room complete with scrambled eggs, juice, everyone's own breakfast cook, bunkrooms with windows that open right over the huge famous Praca dom Pedro IV and all its environs spread out below, a young morning check-in woman totally versed in the challenges of English communication after 2 years in Macau, an ample and versitile Pingo Doce supermarket just two doors up the street, plus 3 eager-to-serve internet terminals amongst yummy big cushy chairs.
Stupendous location, splotch right in the heart of Seville. The Samay Hostal staff is as friendly as newborn puppies and exceptionally well organized. Plus there is sumptuous bedding so welcome to the seriously curious visitor after strenuous hours of bivouacing in and about Seville.
Palmer's Lodge at Swiss Cottage is the most problem-free place to stay in London. I look forward to it on every London visit now, like the President & Michelle reserving a table at Alan Wong's Restaurant in Honolulu soon after Air Force One sets down.
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Noah's Bondi Hostel is just fine. The atmosphere there might remind some vintage film viewers of the black and white war film "Stalag 17", but remember, you came to surf! Westwood Shopping Center is huge and formidably useful for any and everything; also the Event Cinema multiplex is first rate-plus (A+); and - wow - everything you could and should want in a library is at the excellent Waverly Library, open 9:30 am to 9:00 pm most days - all just up the hill at Bondi Junction
I love this place. An acerbic American chick (sic) was, on the first morning, so absorbed in the one downstairs computer and my chic (!) comment about the traffic noise and forecast thunderstorms did not intellectually hold water with her - but fair enough, of course, because this is a really intelligent clientele in the Tokyo Village, as you will find. Man! The cable TV is so terrific - I whinged in the 6-sofa TV room for hours both days (and nights as well) accessing world news. I love it!
This is still, this far north in Manahattan, Woody Allen territory - meaning, almost like "Midnight in Paris". The trees are Parisian, the neighbors are primed for conversation - Harlem is still past East 96th Street. A big modern DR Pharmacy is caddy-corner across from Tone on Lex, on 3rd Avenue, open 24 hours and, unlike Paris, even has an ample beer frig. If you arrive past midnight on Virgin Atlantic late from London with just a US $5, that store has Foster's - and Tone on Lex takes Visa.
Palmer House is stupendous - weloming and full of possibilities - so look for me next May! Right around the corner are the hugely servicable Swiss Cottage Public Library, the quite recently renovated Swiss Cottage Odeon Theatres, a big swimming pool next to the library for doing laps, the #113 bus to Marble Arch, the Fichley Road Shopping Centre with a Waterston's open till 8, a giant Sainsbury's, Primrose Hill Park - plus a Continental breakfast downstairs, complete with many continentals!
Square Caulaincourt is just off Rue Caulaincourt, a street with tree lining on steroids like a dark mythical passageway in Harry Potter, on the north edge of the Montmartre west of Cathedral Sacre-Coeur. Internet use is unlimited and there are plenty of terminals, six. Breakfast is unlimited too and a robust Franprix supermarket is a minute away.
Hostel of the Sun is the ultimate Palazzo Reale of Napoli, the Acadamy Award of hostels, it has indefatigable friendliness, CNN, yogurt, toasted salami & cheese all you can eat breakfasts, adapters for recharges plus an overall human recharge that makes a difficult city suddenly really easy.
Ozcan Pansiyon is located 3 blocks west of the huge very servicable Tansas Supermarket at the western edge of Old City. After the three blocks simply cross the bridge over the small stream and follow the pedesrian path for a block south and you are home in this super nice accomodation.
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The one room sıngle at the Luxor Guesthouse can do you no wrong. Borrow theır ample travel lıterature and read up on Cyprus hıstory and hıkıng callıng out from mountaıns just an hour north.
Sky Hostel was so welcome! Its really just an annex of the Momo Hostel a few doors south on Ben Yehuda Street where all the freindlies and CNN and free breakfasts are.
Absolutely delicious suppers, 3 meter deep swimming pool, only 9 Euros to sleep soundly under blankets on the rooftop, diving appuratae to use for the Red Sea accross the highway and a universal mix of chatty westerners. One more reason Jordanian visas are for a full month! It actually is named the Bedouin Garden Village and the big roof deck has stunning views of 4 quite different countries.
An absolute charm the Queen Nourhan Hotel - a balcony with a wide balmy Nile view attached to each peachy comfortable room, A/C, satellite TV and its a pebbles throw from the Aswan Train Station, meaning romantic train whistles in the air! Plus, a short 4-block walk to the Cleopatra nearby where there's a big coffee-rich dining room with wide-screen TV with four news channels in English.
I stalked Old Vic without a map in a driving thunderstorm stumbling as a clueless American free-independent-traveller with just a faulty mappage drawn fron google until the Nelspruit-wide power blackout. What could be more African than that! Old Vic is absolutely superb.
Pretoria Backpackers is a palace, in case you ever wanted to live up market this is the place, with all kinds of dignities starting from dining room conversational breakfasts each morning.
Fine quarters for exploring Durban, with very usable digital satellite TV and lots of chatty company.
Mostly million dollar properties abound, for good reason, in the Sea Point section of Cape Town, the most delicious super long term destination imaginable for thousands of miles - while Afrique du Sud Backpackers right amidst it charges but ten euros per night. Sign me up! Adult, seasoned, totally recommendable atmosphere - everything a hostel should be - plus, look, that Olympic-sized Sea Point swimming pool shimmering in the sun just 3 blocks away.
This is a magnificent abode! I've just extended for eight more days here because it's so comfortable. Digital satellite TV, plus a morning shower facility that responds directly to all commands, plus an excellent kitchen. It's right around the corner from the Salt River Road Metro station - at the corner of Albert Road and Lower Main Road.
Super friendly by day. Exuding friendliness by night when everybody shows up. Really comfy places to sleep. The three dogs will love you.
First of all, the huge cushy very international lounge at Jikeleza Lodge with brilliant satellite television and two internet connections will keep you wrapt for at least the two or three days it can take to sort out Port Elizabeth.
The Backpackers' Ritz is so good it could not be better! I can imagine the days huge organized groups route through here, plenty of comfy beds for them, all of their great international expectations are ready to be met. The sensational Hyde Park shopping center is a few eager steps north on Jan Smuts Road. This is home! The swimming pool is deep enough for running dives. Acres of grounds, English breakfast, steeped in years of tradition and always conducive to ample conversation.