I booked by phoning the day before and said I would be arriving late, I was told it would not be a problem and was given a phone number, I arrived and the door was still open, the manager was just leaving and directed me to another manager upstairs, she was extremely friendly and helpful!
The building is Spanish mission in style and is just beautiful, it's an 1930's grand hotel apparently, there was also "big band" and "swing" style music playing most nights which really went with the look of the place (not too loud though) there's also a long balcony you can sit on just outside the common room.
Later on the balcony I was chatting with the manager guy (the one who was leaving as I arrived) and he was explaining how much effort went into bringing the place up to scratch after the recent change in management.
This is not a party hostel that I have seen, it's nice, relaxed and gives a feeling of luxury (because of the style and vibe).
Room was fine, everything seemed clean, and breakfast was provided on a morning! Showers were good, and nice comfy leather sofas in the common room.
Definately would return to this hostel. P.s. Im a bit of an accommodation snob.
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