Can i hear peoples views on their favourite hostel(s) they have stayed in, no matter how old or recent their experience!
In particular i would like to hear how your stay stood out from the rest! Factors such as cleanliness, value for money, night life, accessibility, size of premises, new or old, you see where im going.
Mine is a toss between Surf N Sun (surfers paradise Australia) and Bungy (Queenstown New Zealand)both hostels were on average 80 person capacity, clean, not right in the centre but close enough, and not too strict.
I understand that the people you meet in the hostels ultimately affect your stay quite considerably.
A tossup between Mahana Homestead on the Queen Charlotte Track (a dozen people there at most, most of them coming in on foot to end the second day of the Queen Charlotte Track, with a fantastic homecooked dinner, really cozy and comfortable _everything_, friendly owners and free glowworms 2 minutes away from the house), The Lake Tekapo YHA (a view from the lounge to humble all other views, a hostel cat with personality, no TV (woo! (sadly no longer the case )) and awesome managers (Andrew is hard to replace, but the new ones were doing pretty okay - I guess you need to, in a tiny village like that)), and Pacific Coast Backpackers at Mount Maunganui (huge, but super-well run, with awesome facilities, a huge kitchen, free tea (!) and owners who easily know 80% of all backpackers staying there at any given time by name).
All three in New Zealand. I stayed at several more than superb hostels in Australia as well, but they wouldn't quite deserve the title "best hostel in the world".
The best hostel? Well, I have a couple 'bests' for different reasons:
Most Modern and Clean: Van Gogh Hostel in Brussels. It was, well, clean and modern. There was no lockout, everyone had a key card; the facilities were great, and the location was pretty darn good
Best Ambiance: uh, can't remember the name! But it was a hostel in Santornini. We booked a triple, and got our own room, bathroom, and patio that led out to the pool and pool bar for 13E/pc/nite. The only thing missing was the beach!
Best for Novelty: The Olymos Treehouses. http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/size/M/photoID/73678/-see my photo. There are several actual hostels in this area of old Roman ruins and the Chimera that have treehouses. Each 'room' is a literal treehouse, with beds and nightstands. Careful walking up the stairs though!
Nathans in Warsaw is the best for me. The staff were fabulous and they have all the little extras thrown in - Breakfast, Internet and laundry. It was clean, good location, secure and I never had to queue for a shower.While the hostel was good the best part was the great people staying there at the same time which really made the experience a good one.
Alice in Wonderland in Rome was another good one - loved the breakfast that was included. Unfortunately, I only got to stay a couple of nights before moving on.
I wouldn't dare rating them 'objectively', but I had a good time in El Mochilero in Ushuaia, Argentina, and also in Hostel Balcon in Cafayate.
My favourite hostel is the flying pig downtown in amsterdam, it has a lovely atmosphere, and since amsterdam is so far west in europe it is usually people last stop before returning home, or first stop before embarking on an inter-railing trip. as a result it has a very unique mix of nostalgic and ecstatic travellers wandering through!
Yes..Nathans Villa in Warsaw or Krakow. The staff were friendly and helpful in both cities, the hostel was new when i was there so it was clean and it just had a great atmosphere.
The clown and bard in Prague had the best breakfast by far and the bar was pretty good value.
Atilla's near Ephisus in Turkey was the most relaxing. Pool, out door bar, pool table and again the staff were good value.
Thinking about this I have realised how many average hostels I have stayed at in Europe. This would of been much easier if we were talking about the worst hostels we had encountered.
The YHA in Augusta, Western Australia. It's so comfortable and cosy it's like being at home, and the manager is extremely helpful and friendly.