Reviews: Anonymous

Location: USA, Gender: Female, Age: 37

Tai Derm Hostel

Bangkok, Thailand

We got to see this place, but couldn't stay here. Our flight got in at 2am and the hostel was locked up and dark. We went back for breakfast at 11 but they were just waking up. Definitely not 24 hour reception. A convenient location, down a quieter side street, but right on Khao San Rd. The restaurant and hotel were attractive, and the staff was really friendly and apologetic that we couldn't get in.

Bella Homestay

Alleppey, India

This was a splurge for us, but well worth it. We were here for the general strike so the hosts actually made dinner for all the guests, delicious! It was great to spend a night in calm luxury with the lovely group of travelers this place attracts.


The ramshackle rooms definitely are the epitome of (comfortable) beach shacks. The service and attention to detail here though rivals any Indian 3 or 4 star hotel. From the stocked fridge to the personalized advice, the owner, his family and the staff were really there to help. Food was great and bathrooms spotless. It's pretty far from town, and the nearest sandy beach is full of young Indian men (bikinis NOT advised), but the relaxed atmosphere means you don't need to leave. Love this place!

Little Flower Home Stay

Cochin, India

This is South Indian hospitality at its most intensely attentive. The friendly owner is very eager to help make your stay the most comfortable and fulfilling possible. Some people are into that level of attention. The room was clean, if sparse. Location is a short walk from the main restaurants and shops, but there are good dining options nearby. It's nice to be away from the tourist center.

Amar Niwas Guesthouse

Jodhpur, India

We were lured by the promise of sleeping in Adrian Brody's bed, and if he did stay there I have more respect for him. The host and his family are fantastic, breakfast on the roof was delicious, location worked well. We were happy to be traveling with our own sheets, but the room had more of a dingy dilapidated charm than true grime. We had the open balcony and the house cat climbed in to sleep at our feet. Not a hostel for everyone, but we loved it.

Hotel Surja Guest House

Jaisalmer, India

The views from the rooftop cafe were breathtaking, definitely made you feel like you were on top of a sandcastle. The camel safari arranged by the hotel to a deserted sand dune to watch the sunset was worth the price, a better experience than the usual Sam Dunes trip. The room was clean and full of character. The quirky bathroom was usable and even had hot water. The staff was really helpful and the breakfast on the roof was tasty. Location is quiet, hidden away, but an easy walk anywhere.

The Explorers Nest

Jaipur, India

Rooms are clean and well decorated, and the beds are comfortable. The bathrooms have individual hot water heaters so you know you can have a hot shower. Mr. and Mrs. Grover are friendly and happy offer travel advice or share their knowledge of India. The common breakfast is a great way to meet fellow travelers, and the set dinner is delicious and a good value. It is a quick walk to MI rd with many restaurants, and the sights of old city. There is a roof with sunset views over the city.

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Thank you both for so many nice words about our place. It was indeed a delight to have you both with us and know you both. You are such wonderful people and so understanding. Its a lucky host who gets guests like you. We are sorry for the unfortunate confusion with the taxi which caused you avoidable trouble. But its your magnanimity that you took it in your stride like good travelers. We wish you all the best and hope to meet you some day again.

Maa Vaishno Guest House

Varanasi, India

The hostel is set back from the ghats, but is a easy walk to the river, or the main street. The roof is a nice place to get away from the city, but there is no view of the ghats as implied by the photos. Rooms are simple, but clean and there are hot bucket showers. Internet is available on the first couple floors. The well-priced guided tour was worth it for the crash course in hinduism, but ends at a silk shop. The tasty breakfast will take over an hour, once you find someone to order from.

Avalon House KTM

Kathmandu, Nepal

Other than the frogger-like crossing of busy Leknath Marg to get to inner Thamel this is a lovely location on a quieter street, we never felt unsafe. The staff are friendly and helpful. The roof is a nice respite from the city below. We would have liked a top sheet on the bed, or at least a cover on the quilt, but we have found that a common occurrence and now carry our own.

Nova Traveller's Lodge

Chengdu, China

We had booked for 2 nights, but ended up staying 7. We loved the staff, they were really friendly and always eager to offer assistance. Our double room was the nicest we had in China. The lobby is less a social backpacker hangout, and more a cafe feel, the beer is cheap and food is tasty. The self-laundry and kitchen were the biggest selling points. We are vegetarian and it is not as easy to find cheap, reliably veg food in China so cooking for ourselves a few nights really helped.

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Thanks for your appreciation. We'll keep doing well.


Great location inside the wall, easy walk to Muslim quarter and Bell Tower. Easy busses to train station/Terracotta buses and Giant Goose Pagoda. The room was big and clean, the many courtyards are gorgeously decorated and worth hanging out in. Bar is pricey but english speaking staff is friendly and helpful. We were there for the dumpling party, which was a nice way to chat with other travelers, dumplings were OK, but that was our fault. We liked it enough to stay an extra night.

Beijing Leo Courtyard

Beijing, China

Simple double room was showing its age, but was clean. Beautiful courtyard and helpful english speaking staff more than made up for it. Easy food and cheap 3 for 2 beers made the attached bar appealing, and the fluffy cats kept us coming back. Great location for the touristy hutongs, as well as tianenmen/forbidden city. Some traveller socializing, but I think the other Leo hostel around the corner is has more of a party atmosphere. We liked it enough to stay an extra 2 nights.

Lotus Guesthouse & Hostel

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Very accessible, walking distance to square and temple. Large, pretty double room was accessed through dorm and across a balcony. Had no lock for the room, but good sized lockers for free. Second floor kitchen was a good size, and the common room was comfortable. All the other travelers were independent types, I think most were there long term. It was a nice respite from the overly-social hostel we were at for the previous 3 days. Staff were helpful, some nice souvenirs for sale as well.

Ulan Ude Travellers House

Ulan Ude, Russia

This place had really, really helpful and friendly staff, who were able to give great advice. Lots of local info on walls. Only 2 toilets/1 shower and small kitchen, but we didn't actually have to wait. Really close to Lenin head and UB bus, but a decent walk from train station (probably better when it's not icy out). We really wish we could have stayed here longer.

Trans-Sib Hostel

Irkutsk, Russia

This is a warm and friendly hostel, with comfortable decor. It's like staying at your well-travelled friend's house. Nice kitchen and clean bathroom. Very close to train station as well as buses and grocery. We really wish we could have stayed there longer. We were the only guests, but if full it would probably have a pretty communal vibe.

8 Floor Hostel

Tomsk, Russia

Very friendly staff, no other travelers when we were there, but it seemed like an extended Russian family were the only other guests. The double room was large and the facilities were clean. It had a full kitchen/living room, and laundry facilities. Walking distance to town and train station, but tram is easier. One of us fell ill, and they were really accommodating, letting us check out late.

Bugrov Hostel

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Only a microwave, kettle and fridge, and all rooms open on shared common space/kitchen/reception area. Friendly staff but not English speaking at all so it was difficult to communicate. Clean bathrooms and facilities. Very close to train station, 5 min walk (exit station, walk left, follow road around, hostel is just past bus station). Was mostly russian travelers staying at the hostel. We had a 6 bed dorm all to ourself, they seemed to put each group in their own room which was nice.

Godzillas Hostel

Moscow, Russia

Organized and clean hostel, with helpful staff. Very social kitchens, but we had enough space to cook. Sometimes we had to visit a different floor for bathroom/shower, but you always found one. The double room was comfortable and spacious. The piped in hostel music depended on the staff person and time of day, but it was never horrible or offensive. We were walking distance to Red Square, and close to the subway (learn your Cyrillic!). We appreciated the DIY laundry!

Mini Hostel Kiev

Kiev, Ukraine

This is a new hostel, by experienced hostel owners. The standard twin was was huge, and had it's own little balcony. There are two clean bathrooms, (one with shower) and we rarely had to wait to use them. The host is gregarious and provides great travel advice for the city and region. He also plays a stellar social coordinator, corralling the lot of us out to a great bar down the street. The shared kitchen/common area can get crowded but is lively and friendly. Overall convivial, clean and safe.

Alice's Secret

Alice Springs, Australia

Alice's Secret strives to be a little different from your average backpackers. It's chill and quiet, and the friendly vibe extends to the travelers. Not a party place, but that is a welcome change.