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1. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

Yea just wondering what bad hostel experiences you have had. You hear all these stories and theft etc and of course the awful incident at childers in OZ. I get really paranoid and worried!

2. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I stayed in a crappy hostel in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.
I had a twin room with my mate, the weather at the time was amazing, night temps were around 25 degrees (or at least they felt that hot) and we had one measily fan that barely worked.
I went to the beach, left the windows open got back, they were shut, I agreed ok, they had to come in my room for some reason, but i let them off.
Went out on the slash that night, came back in the humid conditions to a room with no fan. So they had come in my room, stolen th only thing that was remotely good about the room.
I kicked off as i thought that was well out, still didnt get one though!
I moved out the next day, not paying of course- too cheeky for my liking!
Tarik

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I stayed in a guest house in Jerusalem that wanted to hold my passport. I refused to hand it over. I later found out that they locked guests in their rooms at night.

4. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

The infamous ChungKing Mansions in Hong Kong. It was by far and away the most sleazy and run-down place i've ever stayed in. It was really really crappy...but the funny thing is, that's what attracted me and my friends to the area in the first place.

5. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Hey andifras,

When I was in Spain, my friends and I spurred for a few rooms in a pension (in the Old Town, supposedly the better place to stay for budget backpackers). The stairs wound up, and they were concreat and metal, they may have also been slightly rusty . . . I can't remember quite... Anyway, a guy led us up, because we didn't really know where to go once we got to the right block and the right street, the right building. So, anyway, our uni-lingual spanish room, across the hall from the Aussie guys, looked out . . .. into the shade courtyard of weeds and bicycles, surprisingly no shopping cart, and at the open kitchen window, almost the blarring tv. It was hard to sleep. What is worse, but I smacked my stupid knee and shin-bone on that staircase- going OUT! It was so painful. It didn't smell too good. They took our passports. We couldn't unlock our room doors, and who knows if they ever locked, too. On the day we left, we were in such a hurry to get to Cullera that we forgot our jam and bread and who knows what else? in the fridge.

peace,

Steph

6. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

not quiet my own exps but anyway..my brother and his friends came down to london to stay for a few days and booked into this awful hostel in bayswater-it was mad as they gave you a piece of card as a key?!!there was a curfew and the fire exits were blocked up with lovely fire extinguishers, padlocks and chains! the most awful thing was the rickety beds on top of each other and this awful plastic make shift door which led into a bathroom with a dysentry beige sink and smelt awful! the funniest thing however was when we saw that behind the wardrobe was a shower-so this amounted to the ensuite room. i was glad i didnt stay there and smugly left to go home-apparently when id left they had to change rooms cuz one of the beds collapsed!

Grace

7. Posted by fab Rach (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi i stayed in a hostel in Cairo and the bed fell apart which was rather funny at the time. Most places were great. I did however stay at a hotel (if you could call it that) in luxor in egypt and found out later that the manager of the hotel had drugged two Japanese girlls and stole all their money.....It's wise to be careful

8. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

not quiet my own exps but anyway..my brother and his friends came down to london to stay for a few days and booked into this awful hostel in bayswater-it was mad as they gave you a piece of card as a key?!!there was a curfew and the fire exits were blocked up with lovely fire extinguishers, padlocks

I think I know this place. My brothers lived there for a few months (they're a little on the cheap side) and made me swear I would never set foot in it cos it was a rat infested fire trap. I ended up staying a few doors up the road (in a brilliant hostel i might add. So when one day I came strolling home to see this place swarming with fire trucks and police cars and unhappy guests standing around in the cold after a fire in one of the rooms, I had to laugh.

9. Posted by cookieyum (Inactive 75 posts) 11y

I have NEVER been so cold as i was when we stayed in the huellas andinas hostel in mendoza. On the first night we couldn't stay in the room we had booked cos it hadn't been cleaned then when we did get into our room it was covered in dust. The room was on the roof terrace of the building and the door didn't shut from the inside so we spent ages every night trying to pull it closed with our shoelaces! Then we gave up and had to go to bed shivering wearing every item of clothing in our backpacks. And undoubtedly the worst thing was the maseeev hole in the floor which was considerately covered up with an old carpet so i sprained my ankle several times. We laugh about it now but at the time it was not nice. The people who worked there were cute though;)

10. Posted by smackerszj (Full Member 94 posts) 10y

tim o dwyers hostel in dublin where you have to $h!t in a hole in the floor