I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories that surround staying in a hostel, from the never-ending partying, to the dirty, drug-filled hostels that are not safe for anyone.
I’m not here to dispel the myths of hostels, not in this post anyway.
I’m here to tell you about my first experience of staying in a hostel.
I stayed in a hostel for the first time on my solo trip to Bucharest in May. The hostel I stayed in was called First Hostel and here’s a little insight into my stay.
When travelling alone, staying in a hotel becomes quite pricey. What I ended up paying for four nights in a hostel, is around what I would have had to pay for one night in a hotel.
With all the travelling I need to do to reach my goal of visiting 25 countries before I turn 25, I am all about saving some coins! 🤑
Before my trip, for some reason I had already decided in my head that I would be sharing my room with two women and one man. So imagine my shock when – wait hold on! Mum if you’re reading this, please stop now! 😥
So, yes imagine my shock when I found out that I would actually be sharing a room with not one man, but three! 😳
I know some of y’all are probably thinking what a scandal and coming up with all kinds of stories, but I came back home with my honour intact thank you very much! 😂
It actually wasn’t that bad…
By the second night, one of the guys had left the hostel and another had changed rooms, so it was just one guy for most of my stay.
Thankfully, all of the guys were pretty nice, although none of the conversations I had went past “Hi, how are you?”
However, most importantly, none of them were loud snorers! 😅
If I do find myself staying in a hostel again and there is female only dormitories, I will definitely be staying in one. I was lucky this time to be sharing a room with some nice guys, but I don’t want take the risk again of putting myself in an uncomfortable situation.
As much as I am all about saving some money, for the sake of having my own space and most importantly my own bathroom, I wouldn’t have minded forking up some more money to stay in a hotel.
However, on this solo trip, I really wanted to meet and connect with other travellers. I also had the challenges set by y’all to complete and I thought that staying in a hostel would make it easier to complete.
Unfortunately, this was not the case.
The other guests in my hostel were friendly, but they kept to themselves or were travelling with their friends. During my whole stay, I didn’t have a proper conversation with any of the other guests.
Maybe I just need to work on my social skills, okay yes I know I definitely need to work on my social skills 🙈, but I think it may have also helped if I had chosen a different hostel.
The hostel I had chosen was more on the quieter side of things, while there are some hostels that organise a different social event for each day of the week.
The staff in the hostel were very friendly and helpful. I had more conversations with the staff than I did with the actual guests.
My hostel stay included free breakfast. I’m kind of a picky eater lol, especially when it comes to breakfast, so I didn’t have high expectations of the food that would be provided.
The breakfast in the hostel included cereal, bread and cold meat slices. I’m not a fan of any of this; I’m more of an eggs and bacon kinda girl.
I ended up eating out for breakfast for my whole stay and I wasn’t too fussed about missing out on free food (which is a change lol) since I hadn’t paid much for the hostel in the first place.
The hostels amenities included WiFi, Netflix and board games. There were lockers in my room (thankfully large enough to fit my laptop) and each bed (even the top bunks) had a night table with a plug and a USB charger.
This is probably the most important factor; I can’t stand staying in a dirty place. Thankfully, the hostel was very clean.
In the hostel, there were three bathrooms, one of which was in one of the bedrooms, not mine unfortunately. The other two were accessible to everyone else.
Understandably, when a bathroom is used by a number of people, it can get a bit messy. Although, there was a housekeeping staff that was always present in the morning to keep the bathroom clean, it is not possible or feasible for her to clean up after each person.
I have a bit of thing when it comes to using public showers… I shower in my flip flops. 🙈 Is that weird? I just have a thing with not letting my skin touch the bottom of the shower, especially after seeing people’s hair and stuff there. 😷
Well that was my first hostel experience. If you have any funny, bad or even good hostel experiences, I would love to hear them, so please do share them in the comments below. Also, if you have any questions about my stay in a hostel, feel free to ask. 😊
Well, until next time guys!
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