I will volunteer to travel to compare hostels worldwide..
To be honest, at 27.37 per person per night (up from 19.00 on member 5 years ago) for a hostel that you must check out of by 10:30 am and doesn't open again until 5:30 pm I think they could put some comfortable foam rubber on the beds, plus, the hours are not accommodating I feel. I was disappointed. The same manager was there, and he is very nice, but the hostel shouldn't just be a home for whoever runs it.
When I was here many times before waffles batter was mixed in the morning. Iron on, at least..Now I guess there is a bread machine that makes bread automatically, and it's put out for the customers. I didn't have any. To be honest, it wasn't comfortable there anymore with the new restrictions. I felt that I wasn't really welcome, that somehow I was just in the way of whoever lived there.
Wasn't a good feeling.
I understand maybe they don't get enough help or funding, but if you can't operate it as a hostel is to be operated where people feel comfortable and have a place during the day to go in and out and prepare food, then what is it for?
I decided to check other hostels for prices to be fair, you can compare:
Portland 2 hostels 20 and 22.00 I have stayed here as well.
8am - 12midnight; 24 hour access for registered guestshttp://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostel060112.en.htm?n=n&hiavail=Y&hinearby=Y
San Diego 2 hostels 32.00 breakfast included and another 23. 00breakfast included.
I am not sure of the breakfast is just bread machine bread or not?
I've been invited to SD in May for a lecture and seeing my friends Lisa; Rachel and Ron.
Philadelphia, 2 hostels 31.00 and 20. 00
I see that most of the links for the hostels on this site aren't listed with them actually, so I looked into other hostels to compare. But I noticed the ones that were more expensive were definitely upgraded from what the photos show. Nice modern kitchens etc. Now I see these links only take you to the hi hostel page, sorry.. Maybe I'll fix it! Later..
I see some prices increase seasonally, prices I am posting are for tonight for example.
Sweden 16.00 to 22.00
Hanoi, 2.00 to 25.00 US
Glasgow 16 GBP
330. NOK= 58.00 american
with breakfast buffet
Amsterdam 16.50 EUR
12.75 Euro with breakfast, very nice accommodations
165.00 MAD, (20.59 US)
Rabat 70 MAD (8.73 US) This is in a Riad
Japan 2211 JPY (27.00 US)
Hakodate (3800 JPY)http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostel032013.en.htm
Italy Venice 22 EUR
Salerno 15 EUR ( looks inviting)
15 EUR (21.00 US)
France Lyon 21 EUR
with breakfast, and I bet it is good!
Finland Helsinki 22 EUR
Germany Berlin 26 EUR
Greece, Athens 12 to 17 EUR
Ok, I'm stopping now..:)