reviews

Arty Hostel Lisbon

The thing that made me stay at Arty Hostel was definitely the view from their balcony. And I was not disappointed. The Hostel is located above a vegetarian Restaurant in one of Lisbons typical colourfull houses in a quiet street. The interior style is individual and creative, without trying to be something it's not. I arrived before check-in time but was given a short tour and my keyes immediatly. 

The front view

The front view

Stunning Rooftop Views at Nighfall

Stunning Rooftop Views at Nighfall

The common area is located on 2 small floors connected by beautifull old wooden stairs. They lead all the way up to the roof were another surprise awaits the curious guest. A tiny rooftop terasse gives you a stunning 360 degree view of Lissbon. Truly breathtaking! 

Breakfast is served right infront of the nice terasse, also feautering a beautifull view of the citys orange rooftops. There's a small kitchen free to use and they do laundry.  

The dorm holds 8 beds and is a bit cramped. At night the noise from people in the common room is quite loud because everything is so close together. But the beds are really comfortable. There's a nicely siced and clean bathroom as well as a second one in the common area. 

Breakfast with a view

Breakfast with a view

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Good Dream Hostel

When we entered our dorm at good dream Hostel there was a group of young germans packing to move out, while loudly complaining how horrible the place was in german. I have to admit, it was not the best form of advertisment. We had been looking arround the island for a low budget place to stay and alltough this one was on the other side of sairee beach we moved all the way there from blue wave guesthouse. It’s located a bit lost in a cluster of newly buildt houses on the very end of this bustling corner of sairee. That way you have peace and quiet at night but you’re only a few steps away from bars and all night open food stands, of course there’s a 7eleven arround the corner.  

Welcome to Good Dream Hostel

Welcome to Good Dream Hostel

A snack by the road

A snack by the road

After staying in good dream hostel I don’t really know why the germans disliked it so much. Ok, somebody threw up in the sink and left it there but that’s hardly the hotels fault. The reception manager was doing a great job, we booked the room a few days in advance and had to pay 500 Baht deposit. My friend lost his recipt but he remembered him right away and he was most helpfull every time we had to deal with him. He really was exeptionally friendly and helpfull.

The reception area

The reception area

the outdoor gym

the outdoor gym

 

After 2 nights in the normal dorm we had to move to the so called deluxe dorms. They had Aircon and nice beds with a safe for your valuables. The dorm ceiling was painted to look like a cloudy sky, that really was a nice detail. There were 2 Showers and 2 Bathrooms of decent size and and outdoor gym right infront of our door. There was a nightlamp for reading, unfortunatly the one at my bed was broken and even tough the guy who was suposed to fix it came twice it didn’t work. They did offer me to move beds tough. The rooms were cleaned every day by lovely burmese girls.

 

 

Loft Hostel

Koh Tao, the cheapest place in the world for diving is, compared to the north of Thailand, rather expensive when in comes to accomondation. So paying 500 Baht for an A/C Dorm seemed a bit expensive. Besides that, Loft Hostel left a mainly good impression.

the reception

the reception

For a Hostel in a Partyplace like Koh Tao, checkout at 10am seems a bit early, especially since we had a nervous burmese staff member trying to get us out. Loft Hostel has a nice minimalistic, industrial concept with lots of concrete and metal, the only color used is the bright yellow of the power cords. Somebody clearly thought this trough, even all the fonts used fit this warehouse look.

Black, white, silver and yellow are Loft Hostels Colors

Black, white, silver and yellow are Loft Hostels Colors

My favourite part about Loft Hostel is the way they made individuall booths for each bed which gives the customer a maximum uf privacy. You have a little shelv for your bag, a light, a power plug and a curtain to draw for nighttime - what else could a backpacker ask for?

Again, it's a nice place but the small details make it or break it. After paying 500 Baht for a night, 500 Baht key deposit they asked for 50 Baht to use a towel and 200 Baht deposit for it. I understand from a business perspective but as a customer, and hostel travelers are not known to be big spenders, it's a bit annoying.

There's a nice open common are with a bar, sofas, books and a guitar, the location is very central in walking distance from the main pier. I would recommand this place even tough the price is a bit high and you have other options.

Mapping Hostel

The Front View does not give much away

The Front View does not give much away

The Reception Girls

The Reception Girls

After a trip in the Night Train from busy Bangkok trough lush green Forrest we arrived at Chiang Mai at 8 am. I chose Mapping Hostel because of it's beautiful location right by the riverside of Mae Nam Ping River, it's a little outside the city center which I personally like. The girl at the reception was very friendly, there's nothing better than beeing greeted by a warm smile.

It's the small details that makes the charme

It's the small details that makes the charme

the 4-legged Staff

the 4-legged Staff

Now beeing a graphic designer, I like Places that feature a specific style, some kind of design concept. It doesn't have to be posh to have style or charm. Mapping Hostel doesn't satisfy my interior design dreams but it has it's own charm comming from small details. The best thing about it is definitely the little back garden right by the riverside. Comming from noisy Bangkok just sitting here in the cozy bamboo huts enjoying the peacefull view is great.

it's right by the river

it's right by the river

Cozy Bamboo Huts

Cozy Bamboo Huts

the outside area

the outside area

There are dorms as well as single rooms and even tent beds in the back garden with mosquito nets, I'd like to try these out but for our first night we chose a mixed 8 A/C Dorm with bunk beds. Bed Sheets are handed to you on check in, there are safety deposite lockers and a common fridge. Everything a backpacker could need is there.

our Dorm

our Dorm

Outside Common Area

Outside Common Area

a little boxing place

a little boxing place

Even tough it's frontside is close to a busy road our room was not noisy, there are inside and outside showers and western toilets in relatively clean standarts - the inside shower I used had a lot of ants in it but they didn't bother me too much. After all we only paid 159 Baht (4.50 Swiss Franks) for the bed. After about 15 min of walking you're in the main city area. There are a view caffee's and restaurants on the way.

I would recommand Mapping Hostel because of the lovely backyard and the nice staff.  

Hello Bangkok Hostel

A Hostel can be a wonderfull place. Its staff can make you feel like home away from home, it can be a hub for travelers, it can help you meet the most amazing people and charm you with it's atmosphere. Or it can be none of these things, just a dirty matress in a room as hot as a sauna.

The front view

The front view

Hello Guesthouse aka. Hello Bangkok Hostel and a glimpse of the Temple.

Hello Guesthouse aka. Hello Bangkok Hostel and a glimpse of the Temple.

I chose Hello Bangkok Guesthouse because of its great location and the affordable prices. Arriving at 6 am, after an 11h flight next to the most annoying italian lady I've ever met, the only thing that kept me on my feet was the thought of sinking into a soft bed and sleeping like a baby.

I booked a mixed dorm with aircon. From my last visit to Thailand I knew that i'm not a fan of fans (hah). As I said the Location of this Guesthouse is great, at the end of Soi Kraisi Street, opposite a colourfull chinese Temple and with a lovely view of the golden Bell of Wat Bowonniwet. It's right in the center, 5 min. to Kaosan Road and in my humble opinion the much nicer Rambuttri Alley. Even tough it's so close to the touristic area, this street shows a lot of Thai life, you have people selling fried fish for breakfast in the morning, monks in their orange robes collecting food, a little market with mainly clothes in the afternoon and small soup kitchens were the thais sit and eat untill the early morning hours. It's nice!

View from the Balcony on Wat Bowonniwet

View from the Balcony on Wat Bowonniwet

On the 5th floor you get a nice view (despite the fence) were the Thai Staff set up a Temple.

On the 5th floor you get a nice view (despite the fence) were the Thai Staff set up a Temple.

The Hostel Lobby is shared with a Five Star Coffee (that's not my rating but the name), they sell coffee, drinks and fast food. So you check in next to a display case with chicken that looks like it was burried with one of the egyptian pharaos 2000 years ago. The Hotel staff is a mix of lovely Thai people of all ages who even speak some basic english. As I said - basic. Besides doing Hostel Reception they also serve in the "restaurant" so for check in I had to wait until the reception girl was done serving coffee. After some paperwork (my hostelworld online reservation was found immediatly) I was handed a key, bed No. 7 was all mine and so and made my way up the stairway (no elevator). Luckily my dorm room was on the first floor of 5. 

The Dining Area

The Dining Area

Hello Guesthouse Internet Corner incl. Food delivered to your table

Hello Guesthouse Internet Corner incl. Food delivered to your table

So the first thing I noticed when entering the dorm room (6 Beds) was the heat. I'm not talking about the 32 degrees of regular stinky Bangkok big city heat I mean heat as hot and like a sauna filled with a sweaty soccer team (not that I've ever been in a sauna with a soccer team but you get the picture). I was shure the site I booked on statet it was a dorm with A/C but this was a fan room. I was so tired that I just dropped my bag and tried to climb to one of the top bunk beds. Bed No. 7 was allready occupied with a drunk backpacker snoring peacefully. I tried to be as quiet as possible, which was not easy because the metall frame was pretty shaky and squeky. Finally I made it and rested my tired body on the dirty pillow and the even dirtier blanket, closed my eyes and was ready to sink into the land of dreams. 5 seconds later I sat back up. Even tough the fan was as loud as an airplane it managed to get absolutely no cool air in my direction. I begann to regret choosing a top bunk because up here it was even hotter and every time I moved my bed protested by making more squeky sounds. After trying to ignore all this out of sheer desperation and giving up again a couple of times I climbed down and tried my luck with the lower bunk bed. Aaahh sweet cool fan air in my face. After a few hours of well deserved sleep I made the mistake of entering the shower (did something die in here?) I decided that this would be my first and last night in the Hello Bangkok Dorm.

So if you want great service, clean rooms, comfortable beds and great atmosphere; don't come here. You know what they say: you get what you pay for. If you're just looking for a cheap place in a great location this could be the place for you!

 

Mixed Dorm with Fan: 200 Baht

Dorm with A/C: 300 Baht

Single Room with A/C: 700 Baht