Hostelbookers is one of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite websites for booking cheap hostels, inexpensive inns and budget hotels. In addition to offering a wide selection of accommodations (most of which aren’t available on sites like Travelocity or Hotels.com), what’s cool about Hostelbookers is their extensive database of customers reviews—they’re a huge help in separating out those hostels that are high value from those that are cheap for a reason.
Hostelbookers reviewers grade properties on eight criteria: atmosphere, location, facilities, fun, staff, cleanliness, safety and value.
Below is the first of our two part review of the budget lodgings that Hostelbookers users rated the best over the last year. Scroll down to read through them all. Or click on the region you are most interested in:
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Atlantic Point Backpackers (Cape Town, South Africa)
In a city full of cool, inexpensive places to stay the Atlantic Point Backpackers managed to stand out most to Hostelbookers users. Guests raved about the hostels location (close to The Waterfront) and the value of the accommodations (starting from R130, or about US$20). Atlantic Point also got very high marks for safety—no small thing in urban South Africa.
That said, Spot Cool Stuff disagrees with the prevailing wisdom among Hostelbookers users. When in Cape Town we’d much rather stay around Long Street. That’s where the action is; the central location is also ideal for hiking Table Mountain and exploring the rest of Cape Town. For a super-funky, supremely-high value guesthouse with private rooms we love the Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel. For more of a hostel atmosphere, The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre is extraordinarily well run, low-rise home with a cool communale spirit. In our opinion, both of those also have rooms nicer than those at the Atlantic Point Backpackers.
ASO Base Backpackers (Aso, Japan)
In general, Japan is a low-value country to travel in. Yet among Hostelbookers users nearly 97% found the ASO Base Backpackers to be a good value. Free coffee and tea is available as is free wifi and car parking.
ASO Base Backpackers feels more like a Japanese inn than it does a hostel, which makes it an excellent choice for travel families and old farts. It also happens that these family-owned and run accommodations are also ideally located for exploring one of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite national attractions in Japan: Mt. Aso on Kyushu island.
Okay, Montreal Central has all the physical charm of a cheap airport chain hotel. But it is an extremely well-run hostel with free breakfast and luggage storage. It’s also in the middle of Montreal’s Latin Quarter.
If you are looking for a more guesthouse, less party-oriented sort of place in Montreal, Spot Cool Stuff suggests the Alexandre Logan; it’s in an 1870 house that retains a lot more charm than the guest house’s meagre room rates would suggest.
Caribbean & Mexico
La Casa del Tío Dach (Merida, Mexico)
The super-friendly staff at the 24-hour reception stood out to former guests of La Casa del Tio Dach. The guesthouse features 24 private, en-suite rooms as well as shared dorms, though it is the plentiful artwork around the public areas that gives this casa it’s charm. The location couldn’t be more downtown; that’s not optimum for quiet but it is for exploring Merida’s historic buildings and bustling nightlife.
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