We’re a couple of guys who, even in our late 30s and 40s, still prefer hostels to hotels.  That said, we’ll stay in some pretty nice places if the opportunity arises. Aside from those rare occasions though, we’d choose a 4-bed dorm in a nice hostel any day because we feel the experience is better when you interact with lots of people. And if we really want an intimate experience, we’ll use Couchsurfing. We have a whole section dedicated to that which you should read.

Most hostels are staffed by people who know the area very well and know you’re on a budget. Hostels usually have bulletin boards with activities that are happening in the area. Some even include information about ways to save money.

Most hostels will have event boards like this

The people

Another reason we like hostels: we just love the types of people who stay there. Most times, you meet people with the same goals as you who’ve already been in your chosen city for a week. They’re eager to tell you what worked, what didn’t, and how they’d have done it differently if they had a do-over. This is valuable and will make your experience worthwhile.


This is not true everywhere, of course, but most of the hostels we’ve stayed at include a free breakfast – usually coffee, tea, local fruit, cereals, and breads.

Porto, Portugal. Hostels often have full kitchens
Porto, Portugal. Our kitchen.

Many also have a fully equipped kitchen. Go to the supermarket, buy a few day’s worth of good food, and cook your own meals. That can be a tremendous savings, and it’s often nice to share meals and cook your favorite dishes for others you meet.


What you’ll find here

On this page, you’ll mostly find hostel reviews and reviews for inexpensive hotels we found where hostels were not available. But you’ll also find reviews for an occasional luxury property. Sometimes, we need “a vacation from our vacation” and want to pamper ourselves a little bit. Not often. But sometimes the mood strikes us!

By the way, we normally book our hostels at Booking.com. If you use that link to book your accommodations, we’ll make a little money at no cost to you. It helps us keep this place running, and we really would appreciate your support.

Hotel & Hostel Reviews

North America

Downtown DC Hostel – Washington, DC
Sweet Peas Hostel – Asheville, North Carolina

South America

Jungle Lodge Hotel – Tikal, Guatemala


Dreamy Castle Hostel – Minsk, Belarus
Full Moon Design Hostel – Budapest, Hungary
Baroque Hostel Budapest – Budapest, Hungary


Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Singapore
Hotel New Tochigiya – Tokyo, Japan
Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel – Jakarta, Indonesia
Edelweiss Boutique Hotel – Bali, Indonesia
D’City Hotel – Dili, East Timor
Flute Boutique Hotel – Jaipur, India
LVIS Boutique Hotel – Male, Maldives

Middle East

Setareh Hotel – Isfahan, Iran
Rose Hotel – Yazd, Iran
Hotel Eram – Shiraz, Iran
Fardis Hotel – Tehran, Iran

Flute Boutique Hotel Jaipur – Review

As is the case with a lot of hotels with the word “boutique” in them, I found that I couldn’t … Read More

Dreamy Castle Hostel Minsk – Review

In the past, we have selected a few accommodations in the world where the major selling point was not even … Read More

Tikal National Park Accommodations: A Practical Guide

Most visitors to Tikal stay overnight in Flores and do day trips to view the Tikal temples. Flores is a … Read More

Full Moon Design Hostel Budapest – Review

Budapest is a great destination for backpackers. The capital of Hungary is still one of Europe’s cheapest major cities, and Budapest … Read More

Baroque Hostel Budapest – Review

Not too far from the famous Széchenyi Baths, Baroque Hostel can be described as “urban rustic” and a great budget … Read More

Setareh Hotel Isfahan – Review

When you first walk into the Setareh Hotel Isfahan, you will think you’re in a 4-5 star hotel somewhere in … Read More

LVIS Boutique Hotel – Malé, Maldives

Located south of the Asian subcontinent, the Maldives archipelago is a major romantic destination for international visitors. And rightly so. … Read More

Edelweiss Boutique Hotel Bali

When I think of a boutique hotel in Bali, I imagine that it will be a trendy hotel for people … Read More

Downtown DC Hostel, Washington DC – Review

City House Hostel in Washington, DC – commonly known as Downtown DC Hostel – was an easy choice for me. … Read More

Sweet Peas Hostel Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is famous for its laid-back atmosphere. It’s also home to the world-famous Biltmore Estate, the largest private … Read More

D’City Hotel – Dili, East Timor

When I was looking for a Dili hotel, I picked the D’City Hotel because of the clean online presentation and … Read More

Rose Hotel Yazd – Review

The Rose Hotel Yazd is a charming traditional Iranian hotel nestled in an alley in the middle of the city. … Read More

Hotel Eram Shiraz – Review

The Hotel Eram Shiraz is located right in the city center, so it is close to pretty much anything you’ll … Read More

Fardis Hotel Tehran – Review

The Fardis Hotel Tehran is a nice little hotel located in the downtown part of the city. I stayed there … Read More

Six Degrees Backpackers Hostel – Jakarta

When I travel to Indonesia, and I’ve been there a few times now, there is one place I always stay … Read More

Jungle Lodge Hotel – Tikal, Guatemala

Jungle Lodge Hotel Tikal is one of three hotels located inside Tikal National Park. Located behind the park rangers’ hut, … Read More

Hotel New Tochigiya – Japanese Capsule Hotel Tokyo

I love Japan, and there are many things that are culturally unique to this country. One of quirkier things that … Read More

Marina Bay Sands Hotel Singapore

Have you ever had one of those things happen to you that was so un-freaking-believable that it almost seemed stupid … Read More

Hostels – Why We Prefer Them to Hotels

We’re a couple of guys who, even in our late 30s and 40s, still prefer to use hostels over hotels. … Read More