Reviews: Anonymous

Location: USA, Gender: Male, Age: 29

2W Beach Hostel

Koh Samui, Thailand

Very nice hostel -- the 3-person room is clean and comfortable, and the hostel has strong Wi-Fi and laundry facilities. Natalie and her Mom are gracious hosts, and the hostel attracts a variety of backpackers. Only issue is the location -- without a taxi or motorbike, it's a hike to Bophut, which also has a fun Friday Night Market. But there's easy pick-up for island tours and the airport.

American Dream Hostel

New York, USA

American Dream is a solid stay -- clean, basic rooms with no outside light, shared but clean bathrooms, and strong Wi-Fi. Staff are welcoming, even for late-night check-ins, and the location is excellent near a subway stop, bodgeas, and breakfast bagel places and restaurants.

THC Bergantin Hostel

Madrid, Spain

Hotel-quality hostel right in the heart of Madrid! Clean rooms, comfortable bed, strong Wi-Fi, and nice en suite bathrooms. The staff may speak varying levels of English, but they are generally helpful and available 24/7. Street-facing rooms are a bit noisy at night because it's a buzzing area near restaurants, bars, and historic and cultural sights.

RentRooms Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

Private rooms are clean, comfortable, and near-hotel quality, with good Wi-Fi. Be warned about their strict terms and conditions -- I took an overnight train from Athens, and had booked the night prior so I'd have a place to sleep, but they refused to let me pay on arrival! Other than that, staff were friendly and helpful on-site, and there's good breakfast. Thessaloniki is wonderful, and Rent Rooms is around the corner from the classic pastry shop Hatzis!


Chania, Greece

Only here for a day trip in the off-season, and the B&B was unexpectedly closed when I arrived with the owner at a family emergency. The owner of the hostel across the street helpfully handled the check-in and payment, though no receipt. Great location, and nice albeit small rooms, which are a hike up stairs.

Pension Stella

Santorini, Greece

Great hostel - the friendly owner George does free airport pickup and departure. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and there's Wi-Fi throughout the complex. A bit of a walk to the town of Fira, where you can catch the buses across the lovely island of Santorini. (Not much is open in the winter.)

Be My Guest Bed and Breakfast

Bangkok, Thailand

Spacious, comfortable rooms cleaned daily, and breakfast provided. Excellent hospitality from the owner Charn and his encyclopedic knowledge of Thailand. If you want to book a tour, you'll have to go elsewhere (like Bodega Bangkok hostel, only 3 metro stops away at Sukhumvit). Spotty wi-fi, and B&B is tucked away on a residential back alley that's not too close to metro, though motorbike taxis are nearby. Near a 24-hour gym and street food (and sketchy massage parlors).

Balcony Hostel Patong

Phuket, Thailand

Very friendly and helpful staff! Though it's a little pricy, it does have hotel-quality rooms and a restaurant/bar. Located at the end of the strip, so it's a steep 200 bat tuk-tuk ride downtown, but it's close to the beach and bus station.

Diva Guesthouse

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Very helpful and friendly staff! Booked with them a fun cooking class and day of Adventure Trekking. Great downtown location, and solid restaurant/shake stall. Very sociable. Stayed in a spacious double bed with hot shower…though some ants and a little mold, clean sheets and fresh towel. Bring a padlock for your door.


Bangkok, Thailand

Clean, comfortable, spacious room and great facilities (gym, pool, rooftop), and friendly and helpful staff. Bit of a walk from metro, but near a ferry stop and they have a free tuk-tuk. Be ALERT to extra charges -- breakfast (200 bat/USD 7) is NOT included. And their tour operator claimed there were no overnight trains to Chiang Mai, but when I went to the train station I bought a train ticket that was CHEAPER than the overnight bus! iSanook did refund the bus ticket.

Penthouse Hostel

Yerevan, Armenia

Great central location (across from a late-night supermarket and lahmajun stall), clean and comfortable rooms, hot showers, good breakfasts, and beautiful view. Best of all, incredibly friendly and helpful staff -- Catherine showed us how to make delicious dolma! (When booking, try to get the Bonus 5 Days offer.) Highly recommend, one of the best hostels I've ever been to!

Thanh Thuong Guesthouse

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Great family-run guesthouse -- friendly 24-hour service, free strong wi-fi and two free computers, sheets and towels changed daily (though bathroom had some mold), well-stocked refrigerator, solid tours booked through them. No breakfast, but great location in District 1 near everything, with lots of restaurants, street carts, bars and cafes.

Nhi Trung Hotel

Hoi An, Vietnam

I only spent one night here and had an average stay. Clean, solid downtown location, and strong wi-fi. But the beds were hard, they didn't take credit cards, and it's not social. Great (if a bit overpriced) tailor on their recommendation.

Jade Hotel

Hue, Vietnam

Incredible service -- porter for your luggage, fresh juice when you arrive, rose petals on the bed and great breakfast! Room was clean and comfortable, though small bathroom. Great downtown location, too.

Little Hanoi Hostel

Hanoi, Vietnam

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in! Great staff with Kim and David, clean and comfortable room, great tours booked through them, excellent breakfast and three computers, plus porter and motorbike driver at your service. Very social hostel that's around the corner from great restaurants and bars, and they hosted a fun Christmas Eve party!

Sleep Inn Hostel Tbilisi

Tbilisi, Georgia

Helpful and fun staff make up for two rooms of bunk beds and only one (clean) bathroom. Great downtown location (on a hard-to-find side street), with a supermarket and metro nearby, plus decent free wi-fi. Every night ex-pats stop by, which is a great way to meet people, but can also be frustrating to find someone's cousin sleeping in your bed…and though it's a safe city, there aren't lockers for your stuff.

Old City Esma Hostel

Istanbul, Turkey

Only stayed a few nights, but had a great clean, safe room with working a/c (though still a bit stuffy). Great location in Sultanahmet, friendly and helpful English-speaking staff, plus nice bathrooms and rooftop terrace.

Normas Hotel

Amman, Jordan

For the price it's decent -- there's a large comfortable bed, an ensuite bathroom/shower, space heater and TV that's convenient to downtown sites. However, it's right across from 5 CD stands that blast late-night music, the room was never cleaned while I was there, and it generally smelled of smoke. The older manager is friendly and helpful, but the punk teenage kid who can't count on his fingers said I owed an extra 5 dinar and didn't take credit cards. Not a place to meet travelers, either.

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Safe, clean, and friendly 24-hour English-speaking staff are all positives, as is being in a real ethnic neighborhood. But non-ensuite bathrooms are communal by floor (with only two shower stalls), no laundry room or kitchen, downstairs lockers are pricy, and Internet kiosks are usually not available later at night (though wi-fi is free). Big bubble for Westerners…which may be cool with the ground floor bar, or may make you want to have a real cultural experience.


Solid hostel -- affordable, clean, safe and 24-hour English speaking reception. There are affordable Internet kiosks (and free wi-fi), and a washer and dryer, plus space to hang out with friends. Location is great, Montmartre is touristy but also beautiful and romantic. Rooms are a bit small and stuffy, and opening the window at night for circulation is a problem due to noisy tourists and trash trucks early in the morning.