I read the reviews and I thought it would be alright; but it wasn't. Basically, you wake up in the morning, you hastily grab breakfast, and then you are (sometimes rudely) chased out of your room, the door is locked, and you are stuck with no where to go for 6 hours. After they lock the door, you can't go to the bathroom here - the staff will coldly point you to public restrooms 5 blocks away - and then you are allowed back in at (not a moment before) 5pm. Just at dark.
The hostel would rank with one of the best in the world, in my opinion. Good kitchen, good mattresses, quaint setting, good location. But I HATE not being able to take a nap in my room; not being able to drop stuff off and pick stuff up as I go from one activity to another. Forget stuff in your room? That's too bad for you dude - you can get it at 5pm.
Having asked several of the staff, no one can tell me why they do this. I have concluded it is simply so they can work shorter days and have everyone out to clean it. If you stay here, you are basically buying a bed - sleep here, and do practically everything somewhere else. Oh yeah, and there is an 11pm curfew if that's a problem for you too.
If it wasn't for the fact it was half the price of the hotels, I wouldn't have stayed here - and I don't think I would stay here again, even so. If you're traveling with a partner, stay in a hotel - it will be the same price (~50$ for 2), and you can actually use your room when and how you want.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Cruz Youth Hostel Carmelita Cottages Hotel Santa Cruz