In my time traipsing around this globe, I have stayed in some hostels that felt like a home away from home.
But I have also stayed in some... less than pleasant accommodations.
While in Sarajevo, my friends and I laughed about this fact, and decided to come up with a list of qualities "the Perfect Hostel" would have. Also, I say 'my friends,' but what I really mean is Jane, and this older couple that actively tried to ditch us the entire time we were with them... so 'friends' is a generous description. Ah, sweet memories of travel.
Anyways, despite the fact they didn't want my friendship, I still have the list of everything we decided the perfect hostel would have. I've added to it, moved things around, and threw in any insight I gained while in Asia.
SO, without further ado, allow me to present...
THE QUALITIES OF "THE PERFECT HOSTEL":
1. FREE FILTERED WATER
2. FLEXIBLE PAY
I just walked 2 miles with 40 liters strapped to my back to find your hostel. I really don't want to get out my wallet, I just want to put my stuff down. Trust me, I'm not going anywhere.
3. BIG, ORGANIZED KITCHEN, WITH ALL THE BASICS FOR COOKING
Butter, spices, bowls... a spatula.
4. GUESTS THAT ACTUALLY DO THEIR DISHES
5. GREAT SOCIAL SPACE
This truly makes or breaks a hostel. There are people I now consider friends for life that I wouldn't have met if our hostel didn't have an adequate social space.
6. BAR WITH HONORS SYSTEM
If I want to just grab a beer from the fridge, let me tally it and I'll get ya later.
7. FREE COFFEE AND TEA
This made a world of difference in the places that had it.
8. GOOD WIFI
By this I don't just mean a strong connection. I want it to actually reach all of the rooms.
I had never seen a hostel with a pool until Asia... but let me tell you... I am now spoiled.
10. A GOOD MAP
Nothing is better than when a hostel gives you a wonderful map to conquer the city with.
11. OUTDOOR SEATING
12. QUIET HOURS
I like to have fun, but not when I have a 6:00 AM bus the next day.
13. BODY WASH DISPENSER IN THE SHOWER
So I don't have to ration my 3 oz bottle.
14. TRANSIT INFORMATION/BUS BOOKINGS
This is golden. I am willing to pay a little extra for the convenience of booking my bus through my hostel... but don't rip me off.
15. REASONABLY PRICED LAUNDRY SERVICE
16. OUTLET BY EVERY BED
Allow me to mention my 20 person dorm in Switzerland with one outlet and how it basically turned into the Hunger Games.
17. FREE BREAKFAST
The places that don't do this are just kidding themselves.
18. COMPUTERS FOR USE
You think booking airfare and buses on your phone is fine, and then you do it on a computer and you're like wait a second... this is 500x better.
Once again, I will pay a little extra to book all the "must do" stuff through my hostel if I get door to door hostel service.
20. KNOWLEDGABLE STAFF WITH GREAT LOCAL TIPS
21. MOVIE BOOK/MOVIES NIGHT
Sometimes (often) I want to do nothing.
So if I like you, I can rep you!
Now, I know. It is extremely unlikely this place would exist... and half of you are probably like, "If you're so high maintenance, why don't you just stay in a hotel?"
Well, a girl can dream!
What would your dream hostel have?