My boyfriend and I booked two nights at Hostel Sweet Hostel based on the recommendation in the Lonely Planet guidebook. From our experience, it is apparent that the reviewer did not actually stay in the hostel or the place has seriously gone downhill. The good: The bed was large and comfortable, the shower in the private bath was spacious, the staff was friendly, and the Thursday night barbecue was delicious. The bad: The room, blankets, and towels first reeked of cleaning products, which resolved into the unmistakable and overwhelming stench of mold. Moving the sheets revealed that the mattress was covered with a fine black patina on the sides. The air conditioner rattled and fizzled out after the first night. I left my computer on one of the bunk beds, only to discover a swarm of tiny ants on top of and inside it when I returned. The music in the bar area continued until 4 am, although no one was at the bar. The pool was small and dirty. Construction on the crumbling infrastructure of the main hostel area began at 8 am outside our window. The breakfast bread was stale and there weren´t enough cups for coffee. The wifi was temperamental. Finally, we were overcharged by 30 pesos per night compared to the prices listed on the website, but we were so happy to get out of there that we didn´t raise a fuss. We won´t be back. From speaking with other travelers at the hostel, we learned that Hostel Inn and Bambu Inn both charge a bit more but are much cleaner. It does seem as though they are fixing a lot of the problems, but you should wait until they are done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a beautiful brick road (no car sounds) only a block and a half away from the bus station it is set in a tranquil setting surrounded by trees and native plants only two blocks from downtown.The brand new private rooms and dormitories are richly decorated with local artisan crafts. Most of them include air conditioning, en suite bathroom and comfortable new mattresses.Private rooms are furnished with plush mattresses, box springs, and some of them has cable TV, and the most importante thing, you'll be able to sleep without noises.Each day begins with a complinetary hearty breakfast (Ham, Eggs, Corn Flakes, Milk, Bread, Butter, Jam, Fruit, Coffee, Tea, and Juice) by the swimming pool. Later enjoy reading, relaxing or drinking a refreshing cocktail in a hammock.A fully equipped kitchen allows guests to prepare their own meals throughout the day. Travel agency, & free wifi even in some of the rooms are available as well.Our Staff, included me, the owner, provides the most ideal place to chill out and enjoy your stay. We are pleased in giving you advice of what to do . Almost every night we prepare a big barbecue for having a good time and for you to enjoy your stay at the waterfalls lands. ... more less
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