baluba Accommodation Reviews
Edinburgh HOSTEL review: Caledonian Backpackers
Situated at the end of Princes Street there is no doubt this is a prime location. The place is vast! I only stayed one night and it was literally just somewhere to put my head down for the night.
The dorms were comfortable, a little noisy from the traffic outside but nothing major. Pillows and duvets supplied. Bathroom was clean and there was loo roll!
There is a huge bar area with TV pool tables and sofas to slouch on, a vending machine for midnight choc attacks. Staff really friendly and there is oodles of info on where to go and what to do.
There were few people there at the times I was so hard to comment on the atmosphere. The decor is 'interesting'! Lots of murals and purple paint.
Security was good with card entry to the dorms, but remember to take your own padlock if you want to use the lockers. Staff looked after my bag for the day as I arrived real early which was great.
Zakopane HOSTEL review: Good Bye Lenin Hostel Zakopane
If you want to get away from the town then this is a great place to stay, lovely location with great views. Getting into town or the ski slopes is easy with regular buses.
The hostel has a warm friendly atmosphere with helpful English speaking staff. The rooms are warm and comfortable and the bathrooms are immaculate. The communal kitchen is well equipped and centrally located making it a good place to hook up with other travellers.
There is a small supermarket just down the road and a cosy pub which serves excellent, cheap meals.
We thouroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.
Cape Town HOSTEL review: Simon's Town Backpackers
I loved it here, staying in a mixed dorm which opened out onto the communal balcony with great sea views. The communal bathroom had just been refitted and was superb. The dorm was basic with 6 (bunk) beds, clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well fitted out and there were two computers for internet access.
Not always someone on hand for advice and info, but when found, they were friendly and helpful.
Good location, just a short walk from the main town area with a handy pub which had great food.
Wilderness Hostel review: Fairy Knowe Backpackers
This is probably one of the nicest places I have ever stayed! The owners and staff really friendly and helpful and the accommodation exceptional. I stayed in a mixed dorm which was clean and comfortable. The main accomodation block is an old farmhouse with beautifully decorated rooms ranging from family rooms to dorms and all of it has a quaint old fashioned charm. Very well equipped kitchen, fabulous bar area, amazing breakfasts and loads of places to sit and chill, admiring the wonderful views.
I cannot rate this place highly enough. If you are in Wilderness..stay here!
Antananarivo Hotel review: Sunny Hotel
Not exactly a budget hotel but the perfect place to escape the bustle of Antananarivo! The rooms are fabulous, massive with huge beds, en suite bathrooms with big bath or shower ( I stayed in four different rooms). Spotlessly clean, friendly, helpful, English speaking staff, free internet (painfullly slow), wifi access and enormous buffet breakfasts, TV and fridge.
Easy walking distance from the main city, on a main road but pretty quiet. Quiet being the operative word. This is a hotel in all manner of the word, do not go here if you prefer the hostel type environment!
For me it was a home from home, the staff were just lovely and the rooms incredibly comfortable. Great for couples or single travellers that just want to be alone...sat in front of French TV with a bottle of chilled wine and some scrummy cakes from the rediculously expensive Hotel Colbert. Suffice to say, I stayed here four times!
Prague HOSTEL review: Advantage Hostel
Three of us girls stayed here in a triple room with en suite bathroom and thoroughly enjoyed it. The room was basic, 3 beds and a plastic table but it was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was superb, really clean with oodles of hot water.
Staff really helpful and there is lots of info on what to do and where to go etc. Kitchen is very basic with no kettle or mugs, but you can borrow a kettle from reception with a deposit.
Great breakfasts in the restaurant, never got around to eating there in the evening but was told it was very good and reasonable.
Fabulous location, quiet and just a short walk from the metro and Winceslas Square. Would def stay here again!
By the way, the 'towel' is tiny but sufficient!
Sliema HOTEL review: Balco Symphony
I stayed here in Dec '08 having been upgraded from the Balco Harmony due to lack of visitors at this time of year, so I cannot really comment on value for money as I was not charged any extra.
The single room that I had was very comfortable with en suite bathroom, sattelite TV, phone, fridge and plenty of space.
The location is way out from most tourist attractions, however there is a regular bus service to and from Valetta. There is not much in the way of entertainment in the immediate vicinity.
The owners and people working there were very friendly and helpful. A lot of work was going on while I was there, decorating and upgrading the rooms. The kitchen was superb, clean and with all facilities.
The only real downside was the noise, all the rooms are located around the central kitchen and it got pretty noisy, you can hear everything going on in the kitchen, but you can always up the TV to drown it out!
Istanbul HOSTEL review: Bahaus Hostel
I stayed here in January 2009 and absolutely loved it! At 49 1/2 I was a little concerned about the age restriction thinking it would be full of teenagers, but this was not the case and I certainly was not made to feel 'old'!
I had booked a mixed dorm as I was on a relatively tight budget but, being low season there were not many guests so I was automatically upgraded to a female dorm with en suite bathroom which I had to myself for the first 2 nights.
The dorms are basic, beds are supplied with one sheet, a pillow and a blanket. The central heating was a bonus as in January it is damned cold. The shower had oodles of hot, powerful water and all of the toilets have their seats covered with some weird contraption which revolves around leaving you with a perfectly clean piece of plastic on which to park your bum. No towels but lots of toilet paper...and a hairdryer!!!
The upstairs bar cum breakfast room cum lounge area is absolutely gorgeous with a large sumptiously cushioned seating area where you can while away hours watching tv, playing cards, chess or backgammon or chat with fellow travellers over a cold beer. Beer by the way is 7L for a 500 ml bottle.
There is limited food available but it is cheap and filling.
The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, they successfully managed to arrange for me a visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum which involved photocopies of my passport, a fax to the Army headquarters and several phonecalls, none of which they charged me for.
It really felt like a home from home and even after just 4 nights, I did not want to leave.
One point though, if you arrange an airport transfer, make sure they fully understand which airport you are arriving at otherwise, like me, you could face a bus, a metro, the fernicular, a tram and finally a walk to get there. If you choose to go this way, it is actually very easy and will cost you no more than £9.00