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Staying in a hostel on vacation can save you a lot of money, but will it dampen your experience? The first time I stayed in a hostel in Europe, I wasn’t sure about the whole experience as I had only stayed in hotels. I’m here to tell you all about what hostels are like and figure out, should you stay in a hostel?
While in Dublin I stayed at the Generator Hostel, this place was a real treat! I’d give it an A-, only because the wifi was limited in the rooms and we could hear the music from downstairs late at night. The beds were comfy, security was top notch, and it was in a prime location! All things you should look for when picking a hostel. The breakfast wasn’t much to write home about but there’s a grocery store right across the way as well as a few cafes.
I stayed in the female suite and met amazing ladies there. We wound up becoming a sort of band of travelers, which made the trip even better! Not that I can, or the hostel, guarantee that you’ll get along as swimmingly as I did with my hostel mates, but there’s a decent chance. Tip, Brazen Head is an excellent place to eat nearby! Good food and cheap!
YHA London Central Hostel
In London I stayed at YHA London Central, this place is the Ritz Carlton of European hostels! I give it an A+, the only thing I disliked is that the wifi didn’t work in most of the rooms. I stayed in a female suite here as well. The beds are comfy, the room was clean, and there’s plenty of activities for visitors. Everything from pub crawls to walking tours was available.
My favorite thing about it was that they served pretty good breakfast and pizza; they also do drinks. Make sure to ask about discounts on London attractions, I saved a few pounds that way. It’s incredibly close to everything as well, guess I should have known that by the name Center! I walked nearly everywhere. The picture above is of the main room on the ground floor. Security is top priority here! YHA is located in London’s media area so if you’re into film and television like I am it’s an added bonus. I would definitely recommend a stay in a hostel like YHA. It was definitely my favorite hostel in Europe.
Young & Happy Hostel
Paris was pathetic by comparison. I stayed at Young & Happy, basically because it sounded like a half way decent place and it’s a decent location. No hostel I researched sounded like a winner. This time I stayed in a private room, since my Aunt requested it. To begin, the walls are paper thin, you can and will hear everything. Hopefully, you’ll be lucky enough to have quite neighbors, unlike me.
There is a spiral staircase to the rooms, no elevator so be careful going up and down. This is more common for European hostels and hotels. The showers have one button, on, so if it’s hot, it’s hot, if it’s cold, it’s cold. There was a night that they ran out of toilet paper, not fun. The bathrooms and showers were pretty dirty from everyone tracking in dirt from their shoes.
Our room faced the street, which was nice for a view, but not so nice when the glass didn’t muffle any of the sound. On my last night there the fire alarm went off at 12:15 am! Ugh! On a good note, the staff was nice and they did include free breakfast, the only hostel I stayed at that did. However, management needs to put some money into this place to improve necessities. Of all the hostels in Europe I’ve ever stayed at, it was the worst.
Should You Stay in a Hostel?
So, did I answer your question? Should you stay in a hostel? Get some more info from my how to pick a hostel for your next vacation post. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.