Quaint and quirky with a 650-year- old account of the French-Scots alliance exhibition.
Six by four paintings of William Wallace from etchings at his memorials in Smithfield london and birthplace Elderslie Renfrewshire, two stops from central station and a fair sample of Charles Rennie Makintosh's work and the Burrell collection. This is no run of the mill youth hostel.
Also has a super location opposite the city's Mitchell library and its 100 free computer/internet facilities and around the corner from the exhibition centre.
Attracts an international crowd and has plentiful showers and comfy lounges. Best to book at weekends.
www.glasgowhostels.com,0141 221 7880 ,nearest station Charing cross,at 56 Berkeley street
Although under renovation, this hostel is an excellent place to stay in the centre of town.
The rooms for two offer ensuite facilities and are impeccably clean if basic.
If a couple of chairs were provided they would be even better!
The price might seem expensive for some (70 euros a night for two if booked over the net) but try to find better at a seven minutes walk from the Spire.
There is a kitchen and a minimalist breakfast is included if you want to share it with the school groups.
There is a Thai restaurant across the street and the pub on the corner's public bar (Molloy's) will take you straight back to pre-tourism Dublin - especially at the 11am rush.
A couple of caffs just round the corner on Talbot St offer all-day breakfasts at a very good prices if you can face the cholesterol, yum.
One of the best hostels I've stayed in. I was welcomed by the smell of a pot of soup sitting on an old range.
The lady who runs it is very welcoming and friendly. Lots of pubs nearby and some good music.
corner of henry street and shelborne street
Originally Ireland's flagship youth hostel, it's a little tatty these days and definitely no frills. But it has loads of character and a fantastic view, and at 14 euros a night a perfect base to explore the area settled by St Columb in the 6th century, and the Slieve League - at 600m, Europe's highest sea cliffs.
In the town of Glencolumbcille, take the road beside the Glenhead tavern and it's 1.5km up the road on the left - 973 0130
YH Plakias in the south of Crete is the number one party hostel in Europe. If you are single, eccentric, aged between 21 and 55 and like a chat, a shag and a drink, then this is the place for you.
The cult of YH Plakias has developed over decades as there are many "regulars" who come back year after year. Six marriages and five babies have resulted from relationships formed at the hostel. Chris the manager will make you very welcome. And all this at eight euros a night.
I am expecting a man shortage this year as I am coming back with five of my girlfriends so any eligible guys out there, hope to see you in May!
Mirthios 74060, Rethymno District, Crete, Greece. Tel. +30 28320 32118. The website is at yhplakias.com
nearest airport is Heraklion or Chania
A Youth Hostel on West 83rd Street in a great neighbourhood. It cost me $20 a night to stay - as you would expect, it is basic but clean.
I had a private room with shared bathrooms which are kept clean. Rooms are warm and came with a TV, fridge, microwave and sink.
A stone's throw from central park and a couple of blocks from two different subways that take you to most central locations. There is also internet access and a games room downstairs if you feel like being sociable.
Friendly and helpful multilingual staff. I would give this place a go, you can't lose.
106 West 83rd Street
We stayed here at the end of last summer and really had a great time. A small, friendly, hostel right in the centre of the old town.
The guy who runs the place, Al, is passionate about travel and has been all over the world. He's very helpful with info about Split, history, bars clubs, (even tho he's quite old), the islands or anywhere else he's been.
It was great having a truly international bunch of ppl staying (not just Aussie and Brits). There's a common area and kitchen and Al often gets everyone out for a beer at night so you get to know who you're sleepin with!
He also organises day trips to local sites some not so well known (we had a big day out at the caves).
We got his address from a Guardian article,
Can't remember street address but
10 mins walk from train stn BUT follow directions frm website or you'll lose it!!
Ph is on the website
This is the only hostel by the sea in Rome. I stayed here and loved it. It's a newly renovated building, very spacious and comfortable. Staff is the best...really fun and helpful. It's about a 30 minute train into central Rome very easy, and more relaxing than staying in Rome. Mediterranean is just across the street...and rooms have views of the sea.
via cozza, 7
00121 Roma, Lido di Ostia
train from Piramide to Ostia Centro
Paelltertainment. The twice-weekly paella-cooking presentation on the roof of Home Backpackers is less a gastronomic than a comic experience, as the resident chef regales his audience with a mix of instructions and anecdotes in (deliberately, you suspect) awful Spanglish. And all that while cooking up a giant, delicious version of this quintessential Valenciano dish – served with a cold beer and a joke.
When? Tuesday and Sunday evenings.
Where? Roof terrace of Home Backpackers.
Address: Plaza Vicente Iborra, Barrio del Carmen.
Telephone: (34-96) 3913797.
Ideal accommodation for young travellers and visitors.
One of the few hostels in Croatia, the One Love is perfectly suited for young people looking for a cheap stay in Korcula (around £10 a night). It is ideally situated and certainly value for money.
The rooms are spacious, modern and kept in extremely good condition. Downstairs is a bar and social area, beautifully decorated with Indian materials and furnishing and offering interesting drink offers - try the buckets.
The hostel itself is run by an exuberant part Croatian, part South African former Big Brother contestant who goes by the name of Z. The themed parties in the bar go on late into the night and are a great way of meeting people from all over the world. If aged 18 -30 the One Love is a highly recommended place to stay when visiting Korcula.
Easily found just off the main square, near the marco polo travel agency. For more details go to: www.korculabackpacker.com
Best backpacking hostel in town run by friendly owners. Clean rooms, fab showers, quick internet connection, great ambiance. Very laid back. Lazy sofas, bar and pool table too! Lots of activity taking place in the evening. There is a buzz and great place to meet other travellers and locals.
The cheapest accommodation on the strip, only a short bus ride or walk away from downtown. Friendly people, perfect for those on a tight budget.
1208 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Tel: 702 868 0222
Right in the historic centre of this beautiful town, this attractive and friendly hostel with white-washed walls, terracotta tiles and al fresco dining is a great way to kick start your travels into one of the most culturally rich and beautiful parts of Mexico. Particularly good for travellers on a budget, as it is fantastic value for money.
If you can't afford the Hyatt, stay in Borneo Backpackers, the best hostel in town, and there are lots. The staff are really friendly and will organise trips to Sepilok, white-water rafting, the hot springs and visits to Runguss tribes all of which are totally worth it.
This place apparently just opened under new management. It was very nice though, a bit unique. The area it's in is industrial but really close to the city centre, about 4 streets away. The staff there are really nice and the common room is in an old bar, so its big yet still cozy. I enjoyed my time there. There is a kitchen and free internet which was cool - most places charge you to use it. Would suggest to people looking for a cheap place to stay in Birmingham close to the city centre. Good value.
58 Coventry Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5NH, 0121 643 0033. One street away from the Digbeth Coach Station in Birmingham. www.birminghamcentralbackpackers.com
The layout is great, a large communal area including sofas, a pool table, free Internet, an outside terrace, and beer on tap at reception.
The hostel’s buzz line is “It’s more fun”, with a maximum age for guests of 3; but actually Sleep-in-Heaven is a pretty tight ship, and the over-efficiency of the staff can sterilise the atmosphere a little.
A child friendly hostel - 10 minutes walk from Bella Center metro stop. My son and I stayed for four days last summer. There are places to play outside and a really good breakfast for 15 Krona.
It costs 95 Krona for IYHA/YHA members and 125 Krona for non members.
Bella Center metro - 15 minutes from the centre of Copenhagen.
Having had more than a few ski holidays with the major holiday companies I wanted something cheaper, and the only alternative I could find was to use the big companies to book self-catering accomodation. Then I discovered the French youth hostel website (FUAJ). Cheap accomodation and the most amazing food - and lots of it! One year I couldn't take a whole week off to go boarding so had a long weekend, something that is much harder to organise through the big companies, who tend to deal only in week-long packages.
I speak a little French while the friends I went with don't, but they didn't find it weird being in a hostel where everyone else was French. Yes, you have to organise your own transport but in my experience more and more people are doing this anyway.
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