I know the time and patience it takes to decide on a hostel, to read through the reviews, check the locations, compare prices etc.  I know it can be tough in places.  So with the aim of trying to be a little bit helpful and utilise my own hostel experiences I have drawn up the below, which in effect is my own personal hostel history, but can also be used by your good selves as a hostel guide and recommendations page.




Some things worth noting



Sydney Wake Up!
  • Massive
  • Travel Desk
  • Great location
  • Free tours and occasional free food
  • Big kitchen
  • Cool communal area
  • Basement bar
  • Lockers
  • In house kitchen with cheap food
  • Early nights will not happen if you are on Lv1, the noise from the basement bar travels
  • Could do with more washing machines and places to hang wet clothes
  • Expensive internet
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Byron Bay  Byron Holiday Village
  • Opposite Cheeky Monkey’s
  • Villa type rooms available
  • 5 mins from the beach
  • Opposite Cheeky Monkey’s
  • Deposit needs for all cutlery and room key
 Book here
Hervey Bay  Next Backpackers
  • Air con
  • Clean rooms
  • Clean design – modern/sharp
Noosa  Koala’s
  • Good kitchen
  • Fun bar
  • 10 minutes walk to the beach
Mission Beach  Scotty’s Beach House  Book here
Melbourne  Urban Central
  • Free Breakfast
  • Big, clean rooms
  • Big social space where quiz’s/comedy nights take place
 Book here


Sarajevo Franz Ferdinand
  • Very affordable
  • Super clean
  • Amazing showers
  • FREE breakfast
  • Incredible staff who will help with all tours/transport
  • Cool pod bunks
  • Big lockers
  • Laundry service
  • Free Wifi and computer use
  • Cool communal area
  • 5 mins walk from the old town
  • ?? … seriously struggling to think of one.
 Book here
Mostar Miran Hostel
  • Miran himself, an incredible man
  • The tours on offer from Miran himself
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Free wifi and computer use
  • 5 mins walk from the old town
  • It can get a tad cold, but there are plenty of heaters and blankets around
 Book here


Siem Reap  Golden Mango
  • Huge rooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Travel desk
  • Free wifi and computer use
  • Incredible staff
  • Free tuk tuk into town
  • You need to pay for your own tuk tuk back from town in the evenings, but its hardly expensive
 Book here
Sihanoukville  Footprints
  • Opposite the beach
  • Beach barS and happy hour
  • In house kitchen with cheap food
  • Option of boxing classes
  • Weekly BBQs
  • Volleyball court
  • No air con, so prepare to sweat a little … you are in SE Asia though so this is to be expected
  • They have dogs – in case you’re not a dog person.
 Book here


Split  Fiesta Siesta
  • Cool tours on offer
  • Small bar
  • Right in the middle of the old town
  • Air con is on a timer and switched off too early in the morning in my opinion.  It does make you get up and go out though.
  • Reception only open for selected hours.
 Book here
Dubrovnik  Family Stanos guesthouse
  • An amazing host
  • Amazing view over the old town from the rooms
  • A lovely garden
  • Many many stairs need to be climbed to reach the guesthouse when returning from the old town.
 Book here

Czech Rep

Prague Czech Inn
  • In house bar and cafe
  • Seconds from a tram stop
  • Comfy beds
  • Secure lifts up to the rooms
  • Just incredible value for money, the beds are so cheap
  • A tram ride is required to get into town, but its not far.
 Book here


London Clink 78
  • Set in an old court house
  • You can spend the night in an old jail cell
  • Old court room is now a common area
  • Free breakfast
  • Basement Bar
  • Highly secure
  • Tour desk
  • 10-15 Min walk from Kings Cross station
  • Breakfast can be a bit of a fight  
 Book here
Newcastle Euro Hostel
  • Amazing Bar
  • Centrally located
  • TVs in rooms
  • Common Area
  • Commonly frequented by Stag parties
 Book here


Berlin Wombats Berlin
  • Good sized lockers
  • Bar with a view
  • Free drink voucher
  • Tour desk
  • Minutes from a metro station
 Book here
Munich Wombats Munich
  • Good lockers
  • BIG kitchen
  • Bar
  • Free drink voucher
  • Tour desk
  • Cool chill out area
 Book here


Budapest Budapest Bubble
  • Great staff
  • Cool nights out
  • Bathrooms were a bit rough around the edges, but that really didn’t matter all that much.
  • Not the easiest to find at first.
 Book here

Ireland (Northern and Republic)

Belfast  Vagabonds
  • Nice kitchen area
  • Tour desk
  • Outdoor bar/pool/smoking area.
  • Maybe not a hostel for those that like an early night.  Things are late and loud.
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Derry  Paddy’s Palace
  • Cool lounge area
  • The hostel is spread out over 2 different buildings.  Whilst they are at the same rate, the facilities vary massively.  The secondary building is nowhere near as nice as the main building.
 Book here
Donegal  Malinbeg Hostel
  • AMAZING location.  Right on the Atlantic coast.
  • Log fire
  • Access to the beach just 5 minutes away
  • You will need a car to access the hostel.
 Book here


Petra  Cleopetra
  • Simply amazing hosts, they cannot do enough for you.  This includes setting up onward travel arrangements
  • Cheap and tasty meals offered each evening.
  • Free breakfast in the morning.
  • Pack lunches can be ordered.
  • Free lift down to the Petra site
  • Excellent lounge area, a great place to meet other travellers.
  • Whilst your ride down to Petra is covered, you will have to pay for your own ride back up to the hostel once you’re finished for the day.  This costs a mere 2JD though.
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Amman  Jordan Tower Hostel
  • A great travel desk with a whole host of tours on offer.
  • Central, very very central.
  • Free breakfast.
  • Small cafe downstairs is very handy and fairly priced.
  • Secure!
  • Take ear plugs.  Its very central, and so can get very noisy.
 Book here


Vientiane Vientiane Backpacker Hostel
  • Super tour desk
  • Hostel dog
  • 24 hour reception
 Book here
Vang Vieng  Chaleun Garden
  • Super cheap
  • Nice garden area
  • Very basic rooms
 Book here
Luang Prabang  Villa Merry Lao iii
  • Great location, right next to a host of bars and restaurants.
  • Night guard
  • More a guesthouse than a hostel, so no common room.
 Book here


Riga Naughty Squirrel
  • Brilliantly social
  • Tour desk
  • Table football and quiet reading area
  • You have to do a shot of something awful upon check in.  Almost threw my guts up.
  • Huge Mosquitoes in our room?!
 Book here


Marrakech  Dourskoll Riad
  • Great pick up service from the airport
  • Brilliant host
  • Tradition dinners offered
  • Free breakfast
  • Fantastic roof terrace
  • Not the easiest to find, but you get the hang of it after being shown once or twice.
 Book here

New Zealand

Auckland Base
  • Located on main street
  • Tour desk
  • Bar
  • Pizza nights
  • Female only floor for those ladies looking for an escape from the boys.
 Book here


Sopot  Central Hostel
  • Right at the top of main street.  close to all the bars, restaurants and beach
  • Nice common area
  •  Stairs, lots of them to carry your bags up.
 Book here
Wroclaw  Nathan’s Villa
  • Big rooms with modern design
  • Games room
  • Located 1 minute from the main square
 Book here
Krakow  Greg and Tom Hostel
  • Great tour desk
  • Free meal every evening
  • Fun staff
  • Located 5 mins from the old town.
 Book here

South Africa

Cape Town  Ashanti
  • Great tour desk
  • Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Very secure  – gated
 Book here
Mossel Bay  Santos Express Train Hostel
  • You’re right on the beach
 Book here
Plettenberg Bay  Book here
Jeffreys Bay  Island Vibe
  • Right on the beach
  • Surfing lessons
  • Bar
  • TV room
 Book here


Chang Mai  Gongkaew
  • Free tea and toast
  • Air con
  • Showers housed a fair few mosquitos.
 Book here
Koh Samui  Wave Samui
  • Located right on the beach
  • Has an AMAZING apartment to rent which sleeps 4 people over two floors and has a balcony.  Reasonable price.
  • Nice restaurant.
  • On the main strip, so pretty noisy .. but chances are if you’re booked to stay on Koh Samui, you’re here for the noise.
 Book here
Koh Pangan  Book here