What is your experience of a hostel?

same sun backpackers hostel - checked into the samesun backpackers hostel in banff.
Canada
October 18, 2010 4:42pm CST
Hi there, I just booked into a hostel last night. I will be here for two weeks. I haven't really met anyone yet. The two girls in my dorm seem nice. What have been your experiences? Honestly its not quite what I expected.
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8 responses
@Porcospino (16567)
• Denmark
19 Oct 10
I have stayed at hostels in Latvia and Lithuania. In Lithuania the hostel was very crowded, and there was only one bathroom, so there was a lot of waiting time. That was a little annoying, but the room was fine and quite big. At the hostel there were people from around the world and I liked that, it was nice to meet people from many different places. My husband and I stayed in our own room, but there were dorms as well. In Latvia the hostel was situated on the 4th floor. The stairs were very old and the building was dark and a little creepy, but once we got to the 4th floor the hostel was a nice surprice, it was clean and the rooms were nice.
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• Canada
27 Oct 10
This hostel turns out to be okay. We have a jacuzzi tub in our room! I share with 5 other girls. sometimes its a bit loud but I've met a ton of people.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
I've tried booking into a hostel in HongKong. But, I was with friends, so it was alright because we knew and trusted each other. Besides, we did a lot of research on the hostel, and got the reviews which were mostly positive. And, the reviews were true!
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• Canada
19 Oct 10
This one is good so far. I didn't really look into it but from word of mouth I heard lots of good things. Its okay so far... but I'm shy so I find it hard to make friends. Everyone else is buddy buddy.
@doggydimon (1379)
• Philippines
27 Dec 10
I tried one backpacker's hostel in Kota Kinabalu. I stayed there for 3 nights. Although I took a single room, the experience is still different. Was not able to share my room with anyone but the other tenants and I had some bonding at the lobby. We got to share stories there. As we all know rooms in this type of accommodation is just beds and cabinets. In other words, you have nothing to do in your room so you have no choice but to go out or just hang out at the lobby. The front desk was a great help and the owners where nice. They even pick you up at the airport if you stay 3 nights or more. The facilities were nice and clean. I was expecting a place not so tidy considering you pay less but not at this place. Even you have a cr common to all, the shower area and toilet area have different doors so there is still privacy.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
20 Oct 10
I have never lived in a hostel. I had once planned to and had booked it as well but it so happened that I stayed put in one of my friends' houses in the same city. Wish you luck with your stay.
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@surekharathi (14134)
• India
18 Sep 12
Nice experience I know some good and bad persons are there. But final choice depend upon us and how can manage the life the person is understand very well. But I want to say everyone should pay attention on study. Dont start affair and leave study.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
21 Oct 10
I've never been in a hostel. When I travel in country, I stay in motels; and when I travel out of country, I stay in hotels.
@maximax8 (27954)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct 10
In my younger days I liked to stay in youth hostels. I also enjoyed staying in independent backpacker hostels. The first ones I tried were in Europe. Then I stayed at ones in America and Australia. On my way home from my trip around the world I stayed at a youth hostel in Malaysia. Then I stayed in some backpacker hostels in New Zealand. These days I don't stay in a dorm anymore. I get a private room with a double or twin beds. I travel with my disabled toddler son and my baby daughter. I think that hostels vary and I didn't like the first one I went to. Over the years I have been to some of the most lovely youth hostels and backpacker hostels in the world. I loved staying that the youth hostel in Augusta in Western Australia. The youth hostel in Cairns in Australia had a swimming pool. Dorms varied small ones with 4 beds or 6 beds to very large ones with 10 beds to 12 beds. They had a single gender in youth hostels and sometimes both genders in backpacker hostels. Some hostels were peaceful and others were noisy. I found that I met friendly backpackers from all around the world.
@drannhh (15206)
• United States
19 Oct 10
I have never stayed at one of those although when I was in college (a million years ago) I did research them and acquaintances have stayed at elder hostels in Europe. Call me snooty, but I have a bit of a problem sharing a bathroom with a bunch of strangers. I'd rather go camping out without any, err, facilities. I guess sometimes I just do not play well with others.