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Best HI Hostel and Why (Competition)

May 16, 2011
Stephen

Enter our competitionWith over 4,000 hostels in more than 90 countries from around the world, sometimes it can be a little tricky knowing which hostel to stay at. This can be even more difficult for newbie hostellers who have never stayed in one of our hostels before. Well, to offer some inspiration to our visitors, we would like to create a page that contains all the best recommendations from the people who know what they’re talking about, our visitors!

 

 

Best Hostel Recommendation

If you have a favourite hostel you have stayed at; read about a hostel you just can’t wait to visit, or simply had a fantastic experience in one of our hostels and want to tell everyone how good it was, please tell us about it here. As well as leaving a comment, why not link to the HI hostel itself or to a picture of you at the hostel. As a thank you for taking part, we are offering a prize for one person who leaves a comment below.

Competition Details

Everyone who leaves a comment on this page will be automatically entered into our 5th Anniversary Competition draw where a winner will be chosen at random in 5 weeks’ time on Thursday the 23rd June. The prize for the winner will be a 2-night stay for 2 people in a HI hostel up to the value of £100.

When you leave your comment, you will be asked to provide an email address which we will use to contact the winner so please ensure it is typed in correctly. Please read our Competition T&Cs for full details.

After leaving a comment here, why not visit our Best Advice for Newbie Hostellers page and leave a comment there for the chance to win another great prize!

Your Best HI Hostel and Why

With so many hostels to choose from, it’s going to be interesting to see which ones are your favourites!

17 Comments. Leave new

My favorite hostel in the US is the Phoenix Youth Hostel. I love the staff that works there and love the community filled hostel. The decorations, book room, kitchen, and even bathrooms are amazing. I met so many cool people there and hope to visit again. I felt relaxed and had a true vacation away from LA.

Washington DC’s fabulous HI is only a couple of blocks from the White House, and not much further to downtown, and the terrific Museums and Memorials on The National Mall.
It also has a great, friendly atmosphere, and is the perfect place to get some travel tips and talk to fellow travellers about your experiences.

Chicago is also sensationally located – in the Downtown Loop, close to subway stations (for easy, cheap travel from and to O’Hare and around the city), across the road from the terrific Auditorium Theatre, and a short walk to The Art Institute and Millenium Park. It’s a great base to explore Chicago, after building up your energy with the great free breakfasts!

My favorite HI hostel was in Frankfurt Germany. This was my first time on vacation alone and this place made me feel very comfortable and safe. I will definately go back and stay here again. This Hostel was extremly clean and was very close to the city center and everything was within walking distance. The staff here was extremly helpful with every type of question from local transportation info, to where some good places to eat and visit are.

I cannot wait to stay in the Santa Monica hostel next month! It will be my first time to the US and can’t wait to see the sights and make some new friends :)

Kristine Evjen Wikstroem
Wednesday May 25th, 2011 01:12 PM

Two years ago I travelled through Australia. I stayed only at YHA hostels. Well, in Brisbane I couldn’t stay there because it was fully booked. I booked at another hostel. IT SUCKED!! I had a good amount of money, so I actually stayed 3 nights at a hotel…
The number one hostel was Sydney Central YHA! I stayed there for 4 weeks all together. The facilities was great, and the staff were really helpful, with everything. The location is great, walking distance to some of the “biggest” attractions. I hope to someday be able to go back, and I will absolutely stay there!
Enjoy Australia!! :-D

mohamed zabeehulla
Friday June 3rd, 2011 06:39 AM

The good one within the reach of Jim Corbett national park-is YH-JIM CORBETT
AMAZING

COALPORT – VERY NEW WITH EN SUITE ROOMS – DELIGHTFUL LOCATION ON RIVERBANK. CONVERTED FROM PART OF HUGE CHINA FACTORY – EXCELLENT CARPARK ALSO HOSTING LARGE CHINA MUSEUM IN SEPARATE BUILDING. VERY CLEAN, GREAT SECURITY. WALKS ALONG RIVERBANK INTO OPEN COUNTRYSIDE. GROUND FLOOR CAFE OPEN ALL EVENING/DAY AND YHA KITCHEN ON FIRST FLOOR. STAIRLIFT FOR DISABLED. TV. INTERNET ONLY AVAILABLE AT COST, POOR RECEPTION ON MOBILE DUE TO LOCATION. BEST BEDS IN A YHA. METAL AND SECURE. CAN SIT UP FULLY IN LOWER BUNK WITHOUT DISTURBING TOP BUNK. EACH BED HAS OWN WALL LIGHT.

WOOLER
VERY FRIENDLY. MAJORS ON HISTORY OF LAND GIRLS DURING LAST WAR. IN VILLAGE WITH LOCAL SHOPS AND PUBS. WONDERFUL WALKS AND RAMBLES INTO COUNTRYSIDE. CAR RIDE TO LINDESFARNE, BAMBROUGH, AND SCOTTISH BORDERS. CAR PARK. LARGE YHA KITCHEN . PLUS SIZABLE DINING/LOUNGE AREA. FREE WI FI. WASHROOMS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION AND CLEANED TO AN INCH OF THEIR LIVES BY LOCAL LADIES EACH DAY.

If you find yourself in Australia, head to Yamba, NSW and stay at the YHA there! One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed at. Brand new family run hostel in a beautiful town. Couldn’t get enough of the place. Read more about my stay there: http://www.travelfreak.net/au/nsw-au/shanes-ten-buck-tour-yamba-nsw/

Just returned from a brilliant 10 days in Iceland staying in youth hostels. All the seven HI hostels we stayed at were great, but one was amazing – the HI hostel in Broddanes is a converted school, with a fairly small number of rooms, a great kitchen, stylish living room space and a computer/wifi. The best part was the lovely view out into the fjord, and the small island right next to the hostel with puffins and lots of other interesting birds (the hostel owner even provided binoculars in the kitchen to watch them!). It well worth the drive on gravel roads to get to the remote location for a nice relaxing stay! Also, I really commend the team at HI Iceland for their help in booking our trip (and car hire), especially after the Grimsvotn volcano erupted, forcing us to change our route – they helpfully suggested an alternative and rebooked different hostels (including Broddanes!) for us a couple of days before we arrived.

My first experience with a HI hostel was in Chicago last year. My overall impression of the hostel is that it is an excellent place to stay. It is in a great location close to Grant Park and Millennium Park.

The large kitchen which has all the amenities impressed me as did the common space decked out with foosball, pool table and table tennis table.

I believe the thing that makes or breaks a hostel is the staff and I can say the staff at Chicago HI Hostel are pleasant, informative and willing to help.

Hi Hostels have impressed me so much that I have booked the Boston HI Hostel for my next trip in which I leave for in a few weeks!

San Luis Obispo. Great location and staff (although this was a few years ago, so staff may have changed)

Disclaimer: I work for YHA in Australia, so I won’t pick one of their hostels. All of them are my favourites of course! Sydney and Yamba mentioned above are great!

My favourite international HI Hostel would be Peking Yard YHA in Beijing. It’s a beauttiful and peaceful hostel in the historic Hutong area. It’s a secret oasis in the city with a lovely, flower filled courtyard. I just fell in love with it the first time I was there.

my favorite is the hi hostel at Puerto Iguazu in Argentina! With a carvery roast, great pool, amazing and deadly happy hour specials! Also so close to such as amazing world class attraction, what else is there!!

Hi Julie … thanks for your comment, couldn’t agree with you more :)

Hi, Just wondering who won this competition?

Thanks,

Rob

Hi Rob and everyone else,

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner. The person drawn out of the hat was Michelle. I have been waiting the last 10 days for Michelle to respond to my email and she has just done so this morning,

So congratulations to Michelle for her HI Hostel in Frankfurt Germany choice.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to post their Best HI Hostel comments here!

Steve

bonjour je suis francaise et je suis arrivée à l auberge de jeunesse de HOUMT SOUK à DJERBA pour un séjour de 3 semaines a mon arrivée j ai été accueilli par TOUFIK et MAKLOUF très chaleureusement cette auberge est située en plein centre ville avec tout à coté l ambiance est très sympathique et les soirées calmes on se retrouve tous ensemble les chambres sont comfortables et propres avec douche les sanitaires sont propres aussi le petit déjeuner est offert le matin et le soir on peut manger ensemble aussi de la bonne cuisine je me sens en sécurité ici comme avec ma famille qui a très bon coeur qui vous aide tous les jours pour les ballades et les marchés a coté VENEZ A CETTE AUBERGE VOUS PASSEREZ DE JOLIES VACANCES ICI !!!!!!!!

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