As I have mentioned previously, hostels can be a great option to use when traveling. However, some can be better than others. Here are a few of my favorites:
M Montreal had great, well kept facilities while I was there. Each bed is equipped with privacy curtains, outlets, shelves, and large lockers. They also have two kitchen, and have added a rooftop sauna in the time since I’ve stayed there. It is well located and a good starting off point to get around Montreal.
The best part of Room2Board is its amazing beachfront location in the Costa Rican beach town of Jaco. They also have a pool that even has a small slide, and they offer cheap surfboard rentals to help take advantage of the awesome location.
Although it is slightly outside any major city, Hostel Paradiso is situated beautifully on the shores of Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua, and it is a great place to get away and relax. I swam in the crater lake, paddle boarded, kayaked, and took in the amazing views. The food is not included, but the options were good and well priced. And the dorm rooms were only $9 a night!
Youth Hostel Plakias-
One of the best and worst things of Youth Hostel Plakias is its location as one of the southernmost hostels in Europe. Getting there can be a slight challenge, because it will likely require getting a plane or boat to the north side of Crete, then taking two bus rides totaling over a couple hours. However, this also seems to help this paradise from getting overrun by too many tourists. The hostel itself is just a short walk from the cool little laid back beach town of Plakias on the south side of Crete. There are lots of beaches and places to hike, and it wasn’t overcrowded even in the high summer season. There were lots of cool people at the hostel when I was there and it had a great environment. They have big, clean showers, clean bathrooms, and good WiFi. Drinks from the fridge can be taken on the honor system, marked down, then paid for at the end of the stay.
Home Lisbon Hostel-
In my opinion, the best hostel I have stayed at is Home Lisbon Hostel. They beds are some of the most comfortable dorm beds I’ve ever slept on, and they are equipped with privacy curtains, outlets, a shelf, a reading light, and larger than average lockers underneath. Also, for €10 I enjoyed “Mama’s dinner,” which was a tasty three course meal cooked by the hostel owner, and came with plenty of food and drink. The hostel had a good social environment, making it easy to meet people while I was there. The staff were also very friendly and helpful.
The Freehand hostels I’ve stayed at in Miami and Chicago had the best bars of any hostel I have stayed at. Sungate One in Madrid had an amazing atmosphere and great hostel dinners, and Mermaid Hostel in Cancun had a great atmosphere and staff that went over and above what was expected. Auberge NOLA hostel also had a great environment and felt more like living in a house/mansion than a hostel. Another hostel with a great atmosphere was Planet Traveller in Toronto, and they also had free dance classes. City Circus had the most convenient laundry service of any hostel I’ve stayed in- just fill up a laundry box with whatever you want and they wash and dry it for you for one price while you are out exploring the city. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel in Brussels offered great craft Belgian beers at their hostel bar and had an absolutely amazing breakfast included.
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