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11. Posted by amotravl (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

do they fit in lockers in all the hostels that have lockers or just some of them?

12. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Yep - and there's room to put your daypack on top of it too. Has to be done, not only for security - but backpackers are generally messy people. If there was no locker or lock-up drum, the junk would be strewn all over the floor and there'd be people tripping up and falling on others that are sleeping, when they come in at 2am from a mad session - who have to be up for 3am to get that onward 6pm flight

13. Posted by amotravl (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

do large suitcases fit in lockers in all the hostels that have lockers or just some of them?

14. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

I don't agree that all hostels have lockers. Only a few of mine did and they wouldn't have allowed a large suitcase. Most of the time, I unpacked my stuff into them. They were about 1 foot wide and 3 feet tall and stacked one lower and one higher. Every hostel is different.

I didn't have issues with the cleanliness of the sheets but I did think the shared bathrooms were pretty dirty. I brought cheap sandals to wear in the shower and was glad I did.

Keep in mind that many hostels don't have elevators so you are going to have to carry a large suitcase up several flights of stairs. I remember a rich girl in one hostel who had a huge hard-sided suitcase as big as she was and she had to try to lug that around or find someone to help her with it. When I was in Cinque Terre, I saw other girls struggling to drag huge suitcases up the hills with cobblestone streets and was so glad I had my small suitcase/backpack.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Aug-2010, at 10:34 by laurim ]

15. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

[quote=laurim]
I don't agree that all hostels have lockers.

Everyone's entitled to agree or disagree. I'm just stating fact about every hostel I've stayed in thoroughout Europe - and I've stayed in so many, from Holland to Albania, from Ukraine to Finland. If you've found some without lockers, then fine. Please let the forums know where they are, so as to allow travellers to decide whether they want to use those particular ones or not.

16. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

It's simply not a good idea assure a person that ALL hostels have lockers when you haven't been to ALL hostels. That's not doing anyone any favors. All any of us can do is tell what we have personally experienced and none of it will be absolutely true for anyone else. Sorry you aren't happy that I contradicted you but it was necessary to get the right information to the person who asked the question.

17. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

I don't see any contradiction from you or anyone, I simply said all the hostels I've stayed in - have had lockers, never found one that hasn't - and politely asked you to let us know of some you've stayed in that haven't.
No contradiction at all - from you, me or anyone - from what I can see.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Aug-2010, at 11:30 by flyingbob ]

18. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Incidentally going back to OP, yes - I've had problems when booking hostels in advance. The biggest pain has been flight delays and getting to the place the following morning (instead of the afternoon before) to be told that my bed for the night has been taken by someone else and I can't check in till 12. Oh and I need to pay again.
Double your money - eh?
That's why I'm always suggesting.. 'Never' book a hostel in advance. Just find one when you get to your arrival point. It's gonna sometimes tale awhile - but you'll find one, for sure.

19. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

I've definitely stayed in a few hostels without lockers in the room, and the ones with lockers would not always fit a very large suitcase (guessing everyone's definition of large differs, but I'm estimating one of these gigantic things I see some people with at airports :)). Then again, I can't remember for sure in the case of the European hostels, and it could very well be that most European hostels have lockers, but I don't think it's a 'guaranteed' kind of thing.

20. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Okay, here's where I stayed:

Cinque Terre Manarola- Hostel 5 Terre medium locker, little wider than most I had
Florence- HOSTEL ARCHI ROSSI small locker
Rome- The Beehive no locker
Rimini- HOSTEL JAMMIN' RIMINI small locker
Athens- Athens Backpackers Hostel small locker

None of these lockers were big enough to store a large suitcase, mostly because they aren't deep enough. You could unpack the stuff you want to wear/protect and shove your suitcase somewhere, I suppose. Helps if you get the bottom bunk.

As far as reserving ahead, I definitely would if you don't want to be dragging your suitcase around town for hours looking for one with availability at the price you want, especially during peak season. If you travel by train, the area around train stations seems to often be sketchy so it's not like you will want to take the first place right outside the station. You will probably be exhausted from traveling, too, so do yourself a favor and know where you are headed right away. Save your hunting adventures for where you want to eat :)