Oh my God. Where to start?
The shabby, shabby location or the fact that they lost our booking? We had to pay in cash while we waited for someone (the very helpful, nice Lydia who handled the booking) to arrive the next day and sort it out.
The man at reception ignored us until he was ready to attend to us. I swear it was as if we had run away with his wife or something, the way he kept scrunching up his face. Maybe he could smell his own attitude - which stank.
Then when we had a medical emergency a few hours later (our son went into anaphylactic shock after we were assured there were no nuts or soya in the food outside) he took his sweet time calling the ambulance. Ugh. We spent 8 hours in the hospital, took a taxi back, grabbed our stuff and went to another hotel.
If you like that kind of ghetto experience (also marketed as 'authentic' in some circles), if you're a smoker or on a boys' trip or if you're a student who doesn't mind pokey rooms, ancient bedsheets and rude staff by all means book this. But I assure you, it's not worth the Groupon price I paid for it.
The only upside is the bathroom but I wonder if it's not because it was the only modern thing in the whole establishment.
Oh and there's no lift until you walk up 2 flights of stairs to the first floor so if you're disabled, this HOSTEL is not for you.
The one star is for Lydia.
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