aj_mckay Accommodation Reviews
Marrakech HOTEL review: Islane Hotel
Located on one of the main arteries into the centre of the city across the road from the main mosque, this place is just round the corner from the main square. So, if you're looking for somewhere close to the square, but not on it, this place fits the bill.
The rooms were well appointed, clean, tidy, comfortable, quet and cool (thanks to aircon!) and the ensuite bathrooms had hot water (a bonus in Morocco!).
The restaurant on top of the hotel is open to the public and popular with locals in the evening for somewhere to bring a date. The food was 'alright' and priced farily standard. The breakfast was a little un-inspiring, consisting of various types of bread with packets of butter and jams, with coffee and a re-fried egg upon request.
The staff were mostly helpful and friendly, there's free wi-fi in the lobby (also worked in our room but might not in all). Generally a good place to stay and not overly expensive at around £40GBP/night for a double with aircon and ensuite.
Koh Chang GUESTHOUSE review: The Sunflower
We booked online a couple of nights prior to arriving here. When we arrived it was quite late having travelled from Sihanoukville in Cambodia that day so we were rather tired and looking forward to crawling into our pre-booked bed!
However, when we arrived the owner/manager had no knowledge of our online booking. Great.
The manager did, however, speak to one of her friends/colleagues who owned a guesthouse down the road and arranged for us to stay there. This turned out to be an upgrade as the room we got had air-con and we had only paid for a fan room.
So, maybe don't bother booking for this place, just rock up and try your luck. That does seem to be the way in most of Asia!
Sihanoukville GUESTHOUSE review: Sunday Guest House Sihanouk Ville
This place looked like it had only recently opened when we stayed (there were bare wires hanging in some places where light fittings had yet to be fitted) but then maybe that's just part of being in Cambodia!?
The rooms were very clean, well appointed with air con, en suite bathrooms with hot/cold showers, cable TV, balcony & comfortable beds.
The 'restaurant' was not up to much and there was limited availablility on some items on the menu. You could still get a coffee and an omelet for breakfast, though.
The location was a plus for us being close enough to Serendipity beach that you can walk there in less than 10 minutes yet far enough away from the 'bar scene' to let you get a decent night's sleep!
Wi-fi access was available on the lower floors and the lobby, motorbikes available for rent and tours/bus tickets available from the reception.
I'd stay again - good value and a comfortable place to stay.
Phnom Penh GUESTHOUSE review: Sunday Guesthouse
I personally do not like Phnom Penh but this place was nice to stay at. The room we had (a double) was small ish with a bathroom in it (albeit with no ceiling!), air conditioning and cable TV. There was a nice view of next door's wall from our window and the room was a bit of a prison cell but still comfortable to get some sleep.
The staff were helpful and friendly, there was wi-fi access free of charge in the room and DVD players for hire. You could walk to most areas of the city from the guesthouse but to be honest it's probably less effort to give-in to one of the thousands of moto or tuk-tuk drivers and catch a lift!
A decent place to spend a night or two in this manic city but no more.
Chiang Mai Hotel review: Chiang Mai Travel Lodge
We has a very pleasant stay here overall. The staff are very helpful and friendly. The only minor gripes we had are that the bed was way too hard, the shower was either HOT or cold and there were a lot of Mosquitoes around the public areas (guess that can't be helped though!).
The hotel is located far enough away from the busy areas of town to allow you to get some peace and quiet but also close enough to walk to the centre of town within a few minutes if you wish to.
I'd stay here again, a decent place for the price.
Bangkok hotel review: Phiman Water View
A very basic guest house located in dirty, smelly a back-alley off Samsen Road next to the river in Bangkok.
The dorm is basically a wooden shed with thin, hard mattresses on platforms along the edge of the room. We decided to opt for the 'double room' option, which was just a room with a thin, hard mattress on the floor and a ceiling fan.
The bathroom consisted of a non-flushing toilet and a cold weak shower. Oh and some not so friendly cockroaches and spiders.
The 'staff' were not always available and people often waited for long periods to check-in. Very lax attitude.
Not that cheap for what it is either, wouldn't stay again.
Singapore HOSTEL review: Drop Inn
This place makes a very refreshing change to the kind of hostels you all-too-often end up with when travelling around the world!
The Drop Inn had only recently opend at the time of our visit but already the manager had succeeded in achieving a great mixture of services and facilities.
The rooms are clean, fresh, spacious, comfortable, quiet and a joy to sleep in. The beds are comfortable, there is air conditioning in each room, lockers for each person free of charge, free breakfast (which is a bonus!), a really cool area in the lobby to chill out, and there are clean, fully functioning bathrooms. All at a very reasonable price. What more could you ask for?
The location of the hostel is great too being just around the corner from Little India and only across the street from the nearest MRT station for easy access from the airport.
Another great thing about this place is the people who run it; they're very friendly and extremely helpful. Genuinely nice people with time for their guests... great.
I would recommend this place to anyone, from singles to couples to groups of people or even families looking for somewhere to stay in the great city of Singapore... I know I will be going back for sure!!
Cairns HOSTEL review: BHA Central
A big place but still decent enough. It's located a few blocks from the Esplanade (sea/water front) but not out-of-town by any means.
It was quiet when we went (during New Year) but there's a decent bar that I would think gets pretty busy during peak season!
There's also a pool to cool off in and air con in the rooms (vital in humid summer months!).
Mission Beach HOSTEL review: Mission Beach Retreat YHA
The staff are really friendly at this place. It has a nice personal/family feel to it and is not one of those huge backpacker party joints.
The rooms are basic but air conditioned and the location is great (in the middle of the Mission Beach township). We stayed for 3 nights and went rafting on the Tully river from here, which was ideal.
There's free shuttle to & from the Greyhound stop (which is down the road in Wollongong so vital if stying in Mission Beach and using the Greyhound!), a nice pool for cooling down in and internet access, laundry, TV decent kitchen etc. etc. - I'd stay again.
Townsville HOSTEL review: Adventurers Backpackers
A strange place. It is huge and looks like it should be a buzzing backpackers' hostel but it was deathly quiet when we went, which was at a time I'd have expected a few more people to be around (December).
The rooms were basic but clean and air conditioned. The bathrooms were communal and large but again clean. The kitchen and common room, however, appeared (and smelled) rather grubby and we avoided using it because of this reason!
This place is fine for an over night but for anything else I'd recommend somewhere else unless you're really stuck! Having said this, the staff were very friendly and helpful