As you probably know if you either know me or read the blog, I am a staunch advocate of hostelling. Hostels are fun, safe, social and cheap. They’re usually in great locations, often with great stories behind them (I mean, you can stay in jails or old military buildings!) and you get to meet tons of people that you would never meet in a hotel.
And did I mention they’re cheap? That means more money for doing things! (Often with the new friends you’ve just met!)
Something I find that’s missing a lot on blogs is where people have stayed (unless it’s a sponsored stay, in which case are you getting the whole truth?). Lots of bloggers even talk about their horror stories in hostels, but then don’t mention the name, even when something terrible happens. Thankfully due to researching, we haven’t had any terrible experiences, but I’ve compiled short reviews of everywhere we’ve stayed, which will hopefully help a few of you.
Here’s a list of everywhere we’ve stayed along with prices we paid, TripAdvisor reviews and booking links (now split into continents!).
Booking a hostel
I almost always book the first night in a new place, even if it’s hours in advance. I’ve seen plenty of people turned away from a great hostel and nowhere else to stay. It almost happened to us a few times; most times we got lucky and found nice alternatives, but it added hassle that we didn’t really need (in Koh Tao we had to go around 5 different places before we found somewhere!). All part of the adventure of course, but I’d rather get off a 12 hour bus journey knowing that I’m going to have a decent night’s sleep.
Hostelworld is my go-to booking site now that they seem to have merged with Hostelbookers, and I always TripAdvisor any that catch my eye to check the reviews. I also double check the price on agoda (they don’t always list hostels but I’ve made some fab savings through them, particularly in Asia!) and booking.com.
Plus don’t forget that you can earn cashback with Hostelworld, Agoda & many other booking sites here! This is one of my best money-saving tips for accommodation.
(for more blogger hostel reviews, check out The Hostel Girl’s fab directory!)