I and my daughter stayed at the Terrace hostel for three nights at the end of March, 2012.
Pros: good location - close to everything, beautiful view from the rooftop/terrace where the bar is located, regular breakfast which is included with the room price. Friendly staff, (they arranged our pick-up from the airport at once).
Cons: shared bathroom is shared bathroom, so not much to comment here. We stayed in the private room on the second floor. Very dim light, almost impossible to read, only two electric outlets and they were 2-prong, so we needed to buy an addapter. The room had two beds and only one little bedside cabinet, so no place to hang your towels and clothes. The ONLY window faced the inner corridor and here comes two main drawbacks.
First: bad ventilation - when you return after day in the hot sun or hiking etc. the room can soon start to smell stuffy. (I would suggest just a simple ventilator).
Second: no sound isolation. At night the terrace bar is fun for partying people and at the same time the idea of the hotel/hostel/private room is also to sleep, to get ready for tomorrow's adventures (and they, like trip to climb volcan Pacaya can start 6:00AM, when minibus leaves, i.e. you shold wake up like @ 5:00). So, even if you pay for "private"room there will be no "sound privacy" and you will be listening to every "oh my god" and "he is so cute" by American college sophomores and seniors. The squeking stair adds to it and the traffic goes on and on. At least this is what I experienced myself. And you can't ventilate your room, because then the noise from the terrace bar becomes unbearable. Yes, it calms down at about 23:30 when they close the bar. So, join the drinking crowd or put on the earplugs/headphones.
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3 May 2012
Thank you for your feedback. The room you and your daughter stayed in is fairly dark in comparison to the other private rooms on that floor, however it has now been changed into a dorm room to prevent disappoinment and to house the increasing need of dorm beds.
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Ventilation has never seemed to bring up complaints before as we do provide fans if this does come to light. The 2 prong power sockets are a common feature in these old buildings in Antigua, however we do sell adapters for 3 to 2 prongs to make our guests life that little bit easier saving time and effort trying to locate one.
The Terrace Hostel is a party hostel, we do and always have advertised a bar, with a cheap happy hour and a party atmosphere. We also now host late night parties and advise guests prior to arrival that this is not the place to stay if they value their sleep. The ‘college sophmores and seniors’ are the audience we aim to host in our hostel, and we thank you for the free promotion backing up that our hostel is the place to be!
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