This is a great hostel if you don't need to plan anything online (or book tickets) , get advice from the front desk (or any customer service for that matter), or talk to friends and family back home.
The internet was the worst here. They have this authentication system where you take a reciept and type in the information in a sign in page after you connect. Sounds okay right?
Here's what actually happens. You sit there for a good 30 minutes trying to get it to accept your login after the RADIUS authentication server doesn't respond (because it's probably overloaded). Then you give up. If you happen to wake up early enough to use the internet, it is less than 0.2mbps and it drops packets a lot which means that google takes about 15 minutes to load.
Pro tip: if you want internet, there is a free kapper.net hotspot across the bridge, or if you're a student there is an eduroam across the bridge as well. Since they are free, be aware that it is just as slow, but it's more reliable and drops less packets.
The person at the desk when we asked about a tour was downright rude. There was no one in line waiting and he was very short with us while we were asking very simple questions about tours.
Also, it was nice to see there were bottles of soap in the bathrooms. This is somewhat unusual for a hostel although the nicer ones usually have it. Too bad they were all empty.
Wish we had chosen a different hostel, but they do have some things going for them. The elevators are great, the key cards resemble an actual hotel, and the sheets are clean. There is also a seperate toilet and shower which is nice when 6 people are sharing them.
Overall 2/5 for the effect it had on our planning for the trip and comparison of the other hostels on the trip (this one was the worst)
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