I've been coming here every 3 years for 6 years now to renew a first aid certificate that I use for work. It was the good reviews in the past that drew me to the place before and I've always had a good time but the bad reviews and relatively low rating I saw this time around nearly led me to book elsewhere.
Circumstances conspired to bring me here anyway and I'm very pleased they did.
The hostel is in a great location with fantastic food to be had right on your doorstep. The place is clean with friendly service and all the facilities a guy on a budget could ask for.
Every time I come back the place has been remodeled in some way and always with an eye for improvement. This time around there are more free to use computers, free wifi, a bigger beanbag zone, more double rooms and improved shower facilities. The kitchen has gotten a lot smaller as a result of the downstairs changes but I'm guessing people just weren't making use of the old set up.
They've a big TV and DVD stuff and even a Wii console though I admit this stuff does nothing for me - makes for a major distraction in the evening and is probably a reason for the noise complaints of some people.
I stayed in a dorm (5 bunks =10 beds)and after 2 nights I was sleeping soundly. Can be a bit noisy but that's not the hostel's fault - some backpackers have the social conscience of a newt and think nothing of making a racket late at night by banging doors, turning on lights or talking. And of course there's always someone who snores like a steam train. If this stuff really bugs you - DON'T STAY IN A DORM! Or perhaps just pack some earplugs.
I can't speak for the quality of the double rooms but you probably do want to avoid the one closest to the common area as people stay up pretty late.
The hostel was quite full when I stayed so I heard several people being directed to another building 1 minute away. That has a few double rooms, a dorm and showers but no other facilities so you have to come back to the main bldg for your free breakfast (2 hard boiled eggs and toast with jam), computer and wifi access and chilling out space. Maybe the reception staff don't spell this out when they allocate the rooms in this building which is a mistake on their part because it seems to generate some bad feeling in some customers.
I had a great time and fully expect I'll be back in another 3 years - if not before.
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