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Koh Tao Central Hostel
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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10 reviews
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“Great hostel!”
Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

Would recommend this hostel to everyone! Very clean, great beds, warm showers and the staff is so friendly!
Even though there is no common area it is a social hostel. Just have a beer at the little hangout spot outside of the hostel and you'll meet heaps of people.
Drinks and food at the reef bar is cheap because of the discount...!
Long story short, stay here and you'll have a great time at Koh Tao!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 20 December 2013 via mobile

The concept for this hostel is a really good one. One of the best aspects is the dividers between the (very large) beds which offers some really good privacy. The staff were really welcoming on arrival and at one point I even heard them offering to look after some bags of a couple of people who weren't even staying there but wanted to explore the island for the day.
The free WiFi is excellent.
The pictures here represent the best rooms in the hostel i would guess. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm on the main floor just inside the door. There is no window in this room and the only lighting is small blue lights by each bed. Given the great value in terms of price per night I won't be too picky about this but if you're staying here for more than one night try and get a room with a window if possible.
The Reef bar across the road didn't really fit the bill of a "common area" when we were there but that could be reflective of timing , even though the hostel was full. It is also an expensive place to have a few beers relative to the rest of the island and closes at 11pm!
The other negative I have is the constant smell of damp that seemed to linger on the ground floor, almost like a dirty mop?
There are some fantastic restaurants close to the hostel. 2 Thai restaurants (baan Thai and Nana) are great choices for dinner. The Taco shack is definitely worth a visit.
All in all, the beds are great, it's a cheap option to stay,the WiFi is excellent and there are quality restaurants nearby. Proximity to the pier (2-3 mins walk) is an added bonus after jumping off the ferry.
But the smell of damp and the lack of natural light in our room is what would prevent me from giving this a 4/5.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

mint hostel & dividers between the beds which is unusual for a hostel but good to have. Such a good location & one of the Dutch owners is hilarious, all the staff were really helpful and friendly. Having constant air conditioning was a god send too

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

Brilliant place, clean and comfy. Everything brand new.
Very friendly people and owner very very helpfully, let us hang around til our boat off the island and offered the use of the showers even after check out. to the only place to stay in tao :)

  • Stayed November 2013
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Winterswijk, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Friendly staff, they help you with everything. There is a bar across the street were you can hang out with your fellow backpackers and you get a discount on all the food and drinks. Good showers and nice and clean.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Hostel is ideally located close to all kinds of restaurants, bars, diving & regular shops. While it's rather quiet around the hostel at night (excellent for sleeping), it is only a short walk away to the party zone. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Renting motor bikes, planning trips, storing luggage, visa extensions, diving trips, ... you just have to ask. The excellent Reef bar on the opposite side of the street serves as common area. A truly great and safe experience!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Central hostel is a great friendly hostel perfect way to introduce me into the hostel world! Highly recommend this hostel to anyone in koh Tao wanting a great experience hit up central hostel and also attend the chopper pub crawl as well!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Property: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Address: 9/20 Moo 2 | Mae Haad, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Koh Tao Central Hostel is centrally located in Mae Haad just 50 meters from the beach and piers and 10 minutes’ walk from Sairee Beach. NO TAXI NEEDED FROM THE PIERS! We offer: -24 hour air-conditioning -Hot showers -Wi-Fi -Island discounts, (in bars/restaurants/shops/massage/tattoo/activities) -Western staff -Partition walls between each bed are designed for your privacy and comfort. -Each bed is equipped with a reading light and socket for charging phones/ laptops etc. -Secure lockable lockers are provided for personal belongings, with 24hour CCTV security. Note: there is no indoor common area. We have two balconies and an outside deck with cushions. Across the street there is the Reef bar with pool table, free board games, and travel library. And a 10% discount for hostel customers. 24 hour auto-switching/stabalizing power supply in the hostel is providing the most reliable power available on the island. Central Hostel reception and service inside Island Travel right next to the hostel. ... more   less 
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