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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 22nd Apr 14, 1:46 PM
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    The Great 'Hidden Worldwide Hostel Gems' Hunt
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    The Great 'Hidden Worldwide Hostel Gems' Hunt 22nd Apr 14 at 1:46 PM
    The Great 'Hidden Worldwide Hostel Gems' Hunt

    Don’t think dodgy smelly dorms – some hostels are historic mansions such as Ilam Hall in Derbyshire. Most are clean, have private rooms available and breakfast.

    If you're a hostel fan, we'd love to know your hidden Worldwide hostel gems. Where did you stay, what did you like about it and roughly how much did it cost? Here are a few from Facebook to start with:

    “YMCA West 63rd Street, New York. Excellent value, across from central park.” Watson

    “Augerge de Jeunesse (YHA) in Calais is a brilliant cheap stop-off point - 24hr desk, pool table and bar, plus free breakfast with fresh crepes!” Howard

    “Two of the best hostels in the World: YHA The Rocks, Sydney Australia (for the location) & Hopewell Lodge in New Zealand for the location, friendly hosts Mike & Linley, free mussel nights, great accommodation & just the most beautiful location in the world!” Sheree

    For Blighty, see the Great 'UK Hostel Gems' Hunt.

    Click reply below to share your faves. If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply. If you aren’t sure how it all works, watch our New to Forum? Intro Guide.

    View all past Great Hunts.

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    Don't miss out on new deals, loopholes, and vouchers

    Last edited by MSE Sally; 22-04-2014 at 4:39 PM.
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    • Bluesy23
    • By Bluesy23 22nd Apr 14, 2:24 PM
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    Cloud 9 Hostel, Lagos, Portugal

    Lovely and clean, really friendly staff, great for young people and dirt cheap! I go mos years!
    Started Comping June 2013
    June wins
    : Pearl Drops toothpaste
    July wins: Numerous Beefeater vouchers! - Bottle of Absolut Unique - £100
    Aug wins: Arniston Bay Wine + Hammock
  • ses99
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    Sydney Harbour in The Rocks. I reckon this is the poshest hostel in the world.
    • treddlie
    • By treddlie 22nd Apr 14, 2:32 PM
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    Kaeo Farm Hostel in the far north of the North Island in New Zealand

    International football matches/ quiz nights/ board games are just some of the out of the ordinary activities hosted by Lindsey and Stefano

    I visited first in 1996 and go back when I can

    PS the country is pretty cool too

    • juicylucym
    • By juicylucym 22nd Apr 14, 2:35 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 14, 2:35 PM
    Blue Mountains YHA, Katoomba, Australia
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    • lilian1977
    • By lilian1977 22nd Apr 14, 3:01 PM
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    The Feetup Hotel in Barcelona (and Valencia but I haven't stayed there) is fab - if you're travelling alone, the top floor single room opens out onto the roof garden and it's so tranquil. It's up near Mount Tibidabo (always makes me think of Joey Tribbiani...) so quite far out of the city but still on a Metro line, so it allows you the peace of being outside of the city with the convenience of being close enough to get to the Ramblas in a few minutes!

    It's around 25 Euros a night for the single room, cheaper if you're sharing.

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  • Squirrel1974
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    Ashante Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa, great place for meeting people, right off the main street for bars and food. Beautiful view of Table Mountain from the bar, decking area and even the toilet, Very lively atmosphere with a wide range of people. Amazingly helpful staff on hand to advise you with tours etc.Safe and secure dorms or single,double rooms with lockable storage. Definitely a must go if you are ever in the country. I've been a couple of time and can't wait to go back.
    • Crispy Ambulance
    • By Crispy Ambulance 22nd Apr 14, 6:11 PM
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    The Skyewalker on Skye - really lovely spot with great hosts and a nice chilled vibe.
    "Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men's store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee."
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    Crocodyllus in Far North Queensland, without a doubt. In the rainforest, not far from the Great Barrier Reef. the hostel is made up of dorms, with canvas 'tents' built onto platforms on stilts, above the forest floor. Generator goes off at night and its pitch black! All the better to see the stars! ( and the eyes of the animals in the forest!) Our children absolutely loved it, and so did we.
  • Mona Lisa
    KiriKiri in far north New Zealand too. Very relaxed and laid back. Gorgeous location. However, didn't enjoy the other guests at Rotorua - mad, drunk backpackers partying all through the night.
  • bibbi1264
    The Friary in Beverley Yorkshire some rooms even ensuite.
  • Eliza25
    Generator hostel in Barcelona and Gilligans in cairns, Australia are amazing! Both are more like hotels than hostels. Nomads hostel in Byron Bay Australia is also another good one.
  • jencat
    HI Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel, on Highway 1 in California - a lighthouse turned into a hostel, where all the dorm rooms are in cute little cottages with a proper living room and kitchen, plus sweeping views of the Pacific. Miles from anywhere of course (you have to drive, realistically, so great for road trips) but Pescadero is relatively nearby for supplies (and has a famous Mexican takeaway). It gets very cosy, depending on how many random people you're sharing a dorm room with, but you do meet some interesting folk there.

    There are usually seals camping out on rocks just below the garden, whale watching from the kitchen window (you can waste entire days this way, trust me), and it's right next to a bird sanctuary, but the absolute best bit is the hot tub tucked away behind the lighthouse, overlooking the ocean.
  • dunners85
    International Travelers House - Little Italy, San Diego
    By far the best hostel I have stayed in, and I've stayed in a lot all around the world. ITH is friendly & fun, includes free breakfast, free dinner, free daytime events, free evening events... it's just the best place.
    Plus Florence is pretty good, as is Samesun Vancouver, but I haven't had any terrible hostel experiences, it's always worth saving on accommodation and potentially meeting new friends who add to your experience.
  • Caro200
    The Salisbury YMCA in HONG KONG is great value and has the same views out into the bay as the Penninsular hotel next door. Obviously at a fraction of the price!!!! Single and double rooms available and family ones, there is also a pool.

    Wouldn't stay anywhere else!!!!
  • 1jasper1
    been to several hostels
    christopher inns london expensive
    barcalona ittaca hostel,central, great value, going again in june
    • Mosska 16
    • By Mosska 16 23rd Apr 14, 6:11 PM
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    Just back from Generator Mitte, Berlin. Excellent; had a twin room, basic but spotlessly clean, comfortable beds and a great shower. Wi-fi that works everywhere, a bar, cafe, good breakfast and staff on reception happy to help with anything. Great location in the centre of the city and close to transport. Very impressed indeed.
    • stphnstevey
    • By stphnstevey 23rd Apr 14, 7:43 PM
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    Anybody know any good LA ones or Pacific Coast Highway, California?
  • Bakeacake
    A few years ago we went as a family from UK to Switzerland by train in summer- quite good value booking well in advance and straightforward. We love the Backpackers hostels we stayed at, particularly Lausanne- close to the station and friendly, and those in a twin room got a lovely view with balcony over Lac Leman twds France. Free trams for visitors. Bettmeralp was slightly more basic, like a log cabin, but with good kitchen area and nearby supermarket. Again right near cablecar station- beautiful scenery.
    • mgdavid
    • By mgdavid 25th Apr 14, 1:12 PM
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    Anybody know any good LA ones or Pacific Coast Highway, California?
    Originally posted by stphnstevey
    have you not read the thread? (tip - 14)
    The questions that get the best answers are the questions that give most detail....
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