During my travels I have always managed to stay in some pretty amazing places. Yet finding a great hostel isn’t an easy task at all, so I may have to say thank you to lady luck or these 3 simple rules.
The first thing I always do is go to my favorite sites (HostelWorld and TripAdvisor), find the top 5 rated places and cross-reference them between sites. The ones that overlap, are the ones I keep in my selection. And in all honesty places with less then 75-80% as a score, will be crossed off my list immediately.
Once the mini-selection is established it is time to dig deep and find the perfect match. The first criteria I use is the location. It would suck if your hostel were in a dodgy area or hours away from any kind of attractions. Trust me, you don’t want to be scared to roam the streets at night. Nor do you want to stay in the middle of nowhere and have to “hike” a massive distance every single time you need/want to go to the hostel.
This is also the time you check any other criteria’s you may have, such as price, room types and flexible booking options.
Before you make your final decision, spend an obscene amount of time reading peoples comments. Yes, I mean it; don’t just skim through the first three reviews. Take your time and choose the comments of people who are similar to you. For example if you travel solo, read solo travelers reviews, they might have had a completely different experience then a family with two kids. This will give you an adequate idea of the vibe of the place and it will more likely suit your style.
That’s it. These 3 little tips have helped me stay in places that have contributed to my adventures in more ways that I can say.
And last but not least here are my TOP 3 hostels in Europe so far.
1. 3 Ducks Boutique Hostel, Paris
10 minute walk from the Eiffel tower, best bar in the city and super nice rooms.
2. Wombat Nachmarket, Vienna
Great transportation connections, happening bar and beautiful interior everywhere.
3. Dreaming in Rome, Rome
The best hostel owner and loads of activities with fellow guests.