Hostels I have stayed in – Part 2

I did this last time I went travelling and thought I would do it again.

South Africa

Cape Town

Big Blue Backpackers – Great location, just 10 minutes from the Waterfront and 15 minutes from town. Pool, bar and very sociable atmosphere. Stay 2 nights, get a 3rd free. Free airport pick-up. Free internet.


Hermanus Backpackers – Free breakfast. Free night if you book a shark dive with them. Slightly out of town, but a nice walk. Honesty bar.


Beach House Backpackers – I’d move here if I could. Right on the beach front, beautiful views. Pizza dinner in a stone oven, breakfast on request. Town just a few minutes walk away. Bar.

Port Elizabeth

Jikeleza Lodge – Were we the only people there? Dead. Only stayed overnight, but didnt seem too central. Guy on front desk didnt have a clue what he was doing.


The Kraal – No electricity, no hot water, free weed! Traditional mud huts. Dinner on request. 20k from main road down a ver bumpy track. Honesty bar.


Hippo Hide Backpackers – Nice hostel, but not as advertised. Not near town, no meals. Does have a pool and a bar though.


Secret Spot – Close to beach. Lovely hostel. Pool. Breakfast and dinner on request. Free internet.

St Lucia

Bibs – Great hostel, in a great place. Right by the wharf for estuary tours. Free 2 hour guided walk around the nature reserve every morning. Zulu dancing on a Saturday night. Meals some nights. Shuttle to beach.



Swaziland Backpackers – Bit out of town, but nice hostel. Staff can be hard to track down. Dinner available each night. Cultural tours available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

South Africa


Funky Monkeys – Out of town. Meals provided. Pool. Very loud tv. Safari tours available.

Kruger National Park

Bundu Safaris Campsite – On a private reserve just outside one of the main gates. Very filling meals. Can stand up in your tent. Cleaned every day. Pool. Jacuzzi. Campfire weather permitting.


Umhloti Lodge – 5 star luxury. Dressing gowns provided. Delicious 3 course meals. Beautiful view. Right by the Jane Goodall Chimp Sanctuary.


Bob’s Bunkhouse – Very friendly family run place. Airport pick up and drop offs. Close to airport rather than centre of the city, but in a safe neighbourhood.



One World Backpackers – Free breakfast. Close to bars. Popular with workers. Quite loud on the weekends, but quiet during the week. Very well equipped kitchen.


Kalbarri Backpackers – Greyhound drop off. YHA. Used by tour groups. Close to beach. Car or tour needed for National Park. Pool.

Monkey Mia

Dolphin Lodge – The backpacker part of the resort. Large kitchen, bar. Right on the beach. Keys left for late check ins. Greyhound drop off. Free phone booking number.

Coral Bay

Ningaloo Club – On one end of the only road in town. Close to beach. Next to supermarket. Bar. Pool. Greyhound drop off.


Cable Beach Backpackers – By the beach, not in town. Free bus to town, free pick up/drop off to Greyhound. Bar. Pool. Pool table. Air con must be paid for, but has fan. Free phone number.


Kununurra Backpackers – Free pick up/drop off to Greyhound. Tour bookings. Busy at 5.00am due to fruit pickers. TV room. Large kitchen. Air con in all rooms as well as fan. Free phone number.


Chillis – Free breakfast. Air con and fans. Next to transit centre for Greyhound. Tour bookings. On main street in town. Free phone number.



Apples Guesthouse – I love this place. Really friendly, knowledgable owners. Close to main Museum. River Kwai Bridge a 20 minute walk. Very good restaurant. Decent sized rooms with private bathroom. Tours arranged.


Sawasadee Inn – Close to but not on Khao San Road. Bar and travel desk. Open 24 hours. Very small rooms. Shared bathrooms. Quite hot, even in the evening, despite the fans and air con.


Tony’s Place – Walking distance to the main sites. Good restaurant. Small but friendly. TV lounge.

Chiang Mai

Safe House Court – Huge rooms. Clean and crisp. Walking distance to main sites. Outdoor area. Little pricey for solo traveller.

Eagle Guesthouse 2 – Runs a Thai cooking school. In a good location. Supposedly had a restaurant, but not sure where.

Your House – On same Soi as Eagle House. Spread over 2 buildings. Tour desk and food. Very helpful staff.


Huay Xai

BAP Guesthouse – Very lovely, helpful owners (3 sisters). Speak good English. Food is good. Will make you lunch for the slowboat. Food served.

Pak Beng

Phanthavong Guesthouse – all guesthouses here are similar as cater for people off boat for one night. Shared or private bathrooms but cold water. Mossies nets. Power in town goes off around 9.30 – 10.00.

Luang Pranang

Phashoke Guesthouse – Friendly staff but not a lot of English. Close to market. Free bananas and bottled water.


Kong’s Keo – What to say? Dont drink Mr Kongs Laolao. Great owner, but dont drink his laolao. Will do food if required and help yourself to beer. Tours operate to Plain of Jars and surrounding areas. Dont drink the laolao. Bungalows available. Hot or cold showers. Guesthouse decorated with old war remnants. Picks up from bus station. Oh, and dont drink his laolao!!

Vang Vieng

Riverside Bungalows – On the edge of the river, just off the main strip. Bit of peace and quiet. Huge grassy area used by locals. Bungalow accomodation. Shared or private bathrooms.


Sabaidy Guesthouse – Dorm rooms, so nice and cheap. Shared bathroom. Tour and visa facilities. In centre of town. Close to attractions.



Hanoi Plaza – Newly opened. Expensive, but we arrived late and everywhere else was fully booked. Minibar. Bathroom. Air-con. TV.

Tam Thu’o’ng – Not all have windows. Tour office. Negotiation on prices. Down an alleyway. Walking distance to lake. TV.

Halong Bay

Phuong Tin – Boat with private rooms and private bathrooms. Food included. Kayaking.

Cat Ba

Cat Ba Plaza Hotel – No one else staying there. Food tasty. Not in the main town. Nothing in area after dark. TV.


Phuoc An-DMZ – Fairly central location. Not many backpackers there. TV. No windows in cheaper rooms.

Hoi An

Hop Yen Hotel – YHA run hotel. Close to Old Town but far enough away to avoid the floods. Tour booking office. TV.

Nha Trang

Phong Lan Hotel – Walking distance to beach. TV. Minibar. Tours. Very friendly owners, family run.


Peace Hotel 1 – The best place for backpackers to stay. In Central Dalat. Cafe downstairs is THE place to get an Easyrider tour as well as having great food. TV.


Vuong Hoa – Cheap dorm rooms. Cold water shared bathrooms. Above an internet cafe. In the main backpacker area.

Chau Doc

Chau Doc – Not the actual name of the guesthouse, but wouldnt recommend it anyway. Lots of mossies in room. Private bathroom. TV. Restaurant food not great.


Phnom Penh

Kings Guesthouse – The only reason we stopped here was because the tour dropped us and we couldnt be bothered going elsewhere. Not clean. Loud. Away from backpacker area. Restaurant had nice food though.

Floating Island – On the lakeside, the place to be. Bar. Cold water bathrooms were very cold. Great place for sunset. Plenty of tuk tuk drivers for going places.


Monkey Republic – Bungalows near the beach. Great food. Great English owners. Late night bar can keep you awake at night. Opposite the cinema.

Siem Reap

Garden Village Guesthouse – Down a quiet alleyway. Very cheap rooms if sharing a bathroom. Great restaurant/bar. Free internet. Very easy to pick up tuk-tuk driver as they sleep here. Football pitch.



Rambutri Village Inn – Close to but not on Khao San. 2 pools on roof. Big guesthouse. Hot water showers. TV.



Brisbane Manor Hotel – 20 minute walk to town. Bit of a hotel feel to it. Travel desk. Clean kitchen.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Waterfront Backpackers – far enough away from the main bars not to be kept awake. Air-con. Ocean views in slightly more expensive dorm. 2 big, clean kitchens. Balconys overlooking beach.

The Whitsundays

Siska – Sailing boat. Sleeps 22 in single or double bunks. Food great. Help out with putting up sails.


Billabong Gardens – In a nice suburb about 10 mins train ride from the city. Favourite of long termers. En suite bathrooms in dorms. Kitchen a little small for the number of people.

Sydney Central YHA – Close to main station and only 20 min walk to Harbour. Pool on roof. Travel desk. Very helpful staff.


Easter Island

Kona Tau – Small place, yet nice communal garden for meeting people. Kitchen a little small. Free airport pick up with flowers. Free breakfast.



Lighthouse Hostel – Fantastic place. Very small so book ahead. Very friendly and helpful staff. Secure location close to Ipanema. Lockers. Free breakfast. Free water. Air con and fan. Look after you really well.

Foz Do Iguaçu

Hostel Bambu – Free breakfast. Helpful with advice on getting to falls, Paraguay and Argentina. Fairly central. Great for meeting others. Pool. Cold water shower tap broken so had to have hot shower in 40 degree heat.


Peurto Iguazu

Aguarar Hostel – Free internet. Free breakfast at cafe round the corner. Good location. Free water. Room was rather hot as fan barely worked. No air con.

San Marcos

San Marcos Orphanage – Always on the look out for volunteers. 3 full meals a day plus merienda. Help out looking after the kids, playing with them and taking them in trips. Internet.


Corre Caminos Hostel – not right in the centre of town, but only 20 minute walk. Close to telerifico up Cerro San Bernado. Free breakfast a bit lacking in substance.

Buenos Aires

BA Stop – Free breakfast. Good location. Friendly staff. Free internet. TV room. Bathrooms not brilliant but passable.


Patanuk Lake – Right on the edge of the lake with stunning views. Free breakfast and internet. Close to town. Helpful and friendly staff.



Hostal Backpackers – Close to bus station. Helpful staff. Free internet. Tour agency next door helps with volcano trips.


Hostal de Sammy – Free breakfast until 1.00. Free internet. Huge communal areas. Games room. Massive widescreen tv. Not in centre but close to metro to town and bus station. Spanish lessons available.

San Pedro de Atacama

Residencial Rayko – Communal garden, owner speaks English. Close to centre, walking distance from bus station. Hot water at certain times.


Laguna Colorado

Hostel Huallajara – No showers, in middle of nowhere. Close to Laguna Colorado. Plenty of blankets.

Salar de Uyuni

Villa Candelaria – Salt hotel. Hot water. Close to Salar. Plenty of plug sockets for charging.


Hostal Marith – Just out of centre but on main road. Communal courtyard. Alledgedly hot water. Small restaurant does breakfast.


Hostal Charcas – Hot water. Private rooms. Shared or private bathroom. Close to Plaza.

La Paz

Loki Hostel – Where the party is. Renovated old hotel. Dorms with lockers. Hot water. Good security. Walking distance to all sights. Free breakfast till 1.00, free internet. Bar with pool table. TV room.


Hotel Brisas del Titicaca – Very cheap, close to lake and near shops. Has restaurant at back. English spoken.



Hotel España – Dorm or private. Close to central Lima sights. Some English. Will get you a taxi at a good rate. Rooftop restaurant for breakfast and dinner.



Hotel Ejecutivo – Little bit pricey, but very few options in town. Helpful staff. Hot water. Air-con. In centre of town. Walking distance to all bus stations.


El Cafecito – Very loud at night. Great restaurant. Dorms or private. But where were the showers?!

Hostal El Monarco – Family run. Huge rooms. Breakfast for small fee. TV. Hot water.


Secret Garden – Little bit pricey but great atmosphere. Views from rooftop terrace are unbeatable. All-you-can-eat breakfast extra. Do dinners as well. Bar. Show films on Sundays. Luggage storage. Spanish school. Can volunteer.


Cuyabeno Lodge – Beds. Mosquito nets. Showers lacking in water pressure. Good food. Next to jungle.

Cuyabeno Campsite – Wooden huts to put tents in. On river bank. Basic but okay. Good food. Close to jungle for hikes.

Cuyabeno Shaman – Lots of bugs including the worlds biggest cockroach. Shaman will tell you about his life and training. Performs the hiawaska ceremony.



Flying Dog Backpackers – In the Miraflores area, close to the central park. Big tv lounge. One of 4 different buildings. One has a bar. Free internet.

Hostelare Los Girasoles – Bit expensive. Used by tour groups. Free internet. Free breakfast.


Hotel Prisma – Pricey, used by tour groups. Free, slow internet. Free breakfast. Central location. Laundry. TV in rooms.


Tiki Wasi Valley – Used by tours. Free coffee and tea. Free breakfast. Close to ruins.

Inca Trail

El Mirador Campsite – Private campsite. Squat toilets. No showers. Views over the valley.

Pacamayo Campsite – Just after the worst part of the trek. Cold showers. Close to ruins. Proper toilets.

Wiñay Wayna Campsite – Hot showers. Bar. Restaurant. By ruins. Next to checkpoint for final day descent.


Hostal Santa Maria – Next to Plaza. Free breakfast. Private rooms only. Hot showers.


Bothy Hostel – Close to Plaza. Free breakfast. Free internet. Kitchen. Luggage storage. Rooftop area with great views. TV lounge with DVD`s.


Hospedaje Brabant – Free pick up from bus station. Rooftop area with hammocks. Can arrange flights. Close to town.



Hotel Arenas de Cartagena – Hot rooms despite fans. Secure door entry. In main backpacker area. TV in reception. Friendly staff, despite lack of English.

Caribbean Sea

Tarona – 30ft sailboat owned by Swedish captain. Slightly pervy. Food included. Smelt a little. Bathroom barely big enough.


San Blas

Hotel El Porvenir – dorms or hammocks. Right next to the beach. Bar and restaurant. Airport. Social place as all boat crews come to the island in the evening.

Panama City

Luna`s Castle – In the Old Town. Huge movie theatre. Free internet. Free breakfast. Kitchen.

Bocas Del Toro

Mondo Taitu – Sister to Luna`s but no internet or breakfast. Bar at happy hour is THE place to start the night. Really friendly staff/owners.

Costa Rica

San Jose

Hostel Pangea – Pool. Bar. Restaurant. Dance floor. Free internet. Bilingual staff. Large hostel but not that full.


Isla de Ometepe

Hostel Chico Largo – In the Chaco Verde area, on the beach. 10 min walk from main road and the bus. Food available. Sister hotel next door with another restaurant.


Bearded Monkey – Set around a courtyard. Bar. Films. Sister hostel near the lake. Free internet. Fairly central. Food.


Big Foot Hostel – Small pool. Bar. Kitchen. TV and DVD´s. Cafe next door.


Hospedaje El Molinito – Basic, private rooms. Clean. Very close to bus stations, good for early morning buses. Careul when walking the are at night. Free purified water.



Hotel Hedman Alas – a little pricey. TV. Huge bathroom. Cant buy bus tickets though.


Hotel Los Gemelos – small courtyard in the centre. Walking distance to bus station and ruins. Front door shuts at 11.


Guatemala City

Xamanek Inn – In zona 7, one of the nicer areas. Free breakfast. Free internet. Close to airport. Rooms at back are close to nightclub.



Hostal Quetzal – Rooftop terrace. Free breakfast. Free internet. In central Cancun near bars and bus terminal. TV.

Isla Mujeres

Poc Na Hostel – Central bar and restaurant can make dorms a little noisy. On beach. Live music in evenings.

Playa Del Carmen

Hostel El Palomar – on the main pedestrian strip. Close to beach. Free breakfast. Free internet. Rooftop area.


Hotel Zaci – Bit pricey, but close to bus station and centre. Pool.


Weary Traveller Hostel – Bathrooms in dorms. Bar. Free breakfast. Free internet. Free bus to beach twice a day.



Maya World Guesthouse – my word does the owner like to chat! Walking distance from buses and to boat to the Cayes. Hammocks out back.

Orange Walk

Lamanai Riverside Retreat – Little pricey, but lovely. Restaurant and bar. On river, so not in town. Boat trips to Lamanai pick you up from here. TV in room.

San Ignacio

Plaza Guesthouse – Fairly central. Friendly, elderly owners. Tour office downstairs.



Hostal Los Amigos – Courtyard in centre. Bar. Restaurant. Tours available. In centre of island so no view of the lake.


Posada Ruiz 2 – Basic rooms, but very cheap. Clean. Family run, who seem not to like guests! Central location.

San Pedro

Hotel Mendez – Cheap, but basic. Small kitchen. No view of Lago Atitlan.


San Cristobal

Backpackers Hostel – Free breakfast. Free internet. Nightly bonfires. Fairly central. Social atmosphere.


Hostal San Miguel – In the centre of town. Private rooms. Fan or a/c. TV.

Mexico City

Hostel Moneda – Free breakfast. Free dinner. Free internet. Bar. Large hostel. Tour agency. Rooftop terrace. Hammock deck.

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