Are Hostels Getting Worse?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Mar 20, 2013 4:23 PM Last Post By: FutbolistaXIV
Feb 6, 2013 12:34 PM
15Just coming to this post... I have stayed in hostels off and on since the 80s. They do differ, even in each country! In Argentina for example, I stayed in one in BA; very noisy, the staff insisted on playing loud club music in the lounge area at all hours, and were just not very friendly at all. Then I went up to Iguazu and had a completely different experience. There was a pool, hot chicks everywhere (actually friendly too!), and the people and staff were very nice.
That said, travelers in general really seem to be self-centered these days and very cliquish. If you go to some backpacker areas, the vibe is a "cooler than thou" negativity that is really off-putting. ESPECIALLY if you are a solo male traveler. Other guys don't want to talk to you or have you hanging around, and women avoid you because they think you are going to chat them up. No-win situation there!
So, I really just try to avoid those places these days and hang with the locals or the occasional solo traveler I run into. They tend to be way more fun and less self-centered.
Feb 20, 2013 1:27 PM
16Mix all that with the average twenty-something hostel-goer preferring to sit at their laptop chatting away on the internet than engage in random conversation with some other person
That is something I've noticed in the last few years. Apart from that though, I don't think hostels generally have got better or worse in the 30 or so years I've been staying in them. There have always been good and bad hostels. I can think of some shockers from the 80s - conversely I was travelling last year and stayed in some lovely places as well as some not-so-lovely ones.
At least these days you can read reviews on the internet before you book.
Feb 20, 2013 1:36 PM
17One good thing about cheap beds; You can bail in the middle of the night and not feel burned.
Stick with the older hostelers. They have enough life mileage, to have things to talk about. Sometimes they say things in poignient ways. Stop you in your tracks.
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Mar 3, 2013 1:21 AM
18"Every hostel is different... Some are better than others... Some hostels can change overnight... when the people staying there change..."
Vasenka said it best. I"ve used them off and on for 30 years and found some are awesome and some are crap, some cater to travelers while others are mostly used by long term workers, some are spotless and others are dirty. Most recently I used the ones in Meknes and Rabat a month before you OP. In Rabat, I got a weird vibe from the other hostelers and in Meknes I was in an empty hostel. Since I do it as much for the camaraderie as for the cost, I found it boring. I found a riad in Fez that had the seen I wanted - it was run like a hostel.
Mar 3, 2013 6:25 AM
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Mar 20, 2013 4:23 PM
21Tombisan I also would have to disagree with that post. I have not traveled extensively yet and would consider myself a rookie backpacker but in my experience and the several countries I have visited hostels arent overall noisy, not hygienic, etc. Perhaps in certain areas but definitely not all. I have stayed at hotels that were MUCH dirtier than hostels.
I dont know about the older generation but as someone in his mid 20's I would have to say that the internet and technology has somewhat taken over getting to know eachother. When I travled throughout Costa Rica I remember most people would do the occasional headnod after picking their head up from their laptop or ipod and wouldnt really be interested in generating a conversation. Even on buses. I do find its much easier to communicate with the older generation. As far as the post as saying as life gets harder so do people I would have to somewhat agree. Really wish this wasnt the case though.
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