A few new friends and I watching the sunset from a Sky Bar in Bangkok.
How to Pick the Perfect Hostel
1. Location. Location. Location. Figure out what you want to do and find a hostel in a central location. If you want to see ALL the sights pick a place close to public transportation. That way you can move around the city easily without paying a grip for uber or taxis.
2. Make sure your needs are met. Do you need wifi and a workspace? What about lockers and hot showers? Make sure the place you choose provides what you need. Some hostels provide meals and a social calendar. Others have late check-out and early check-in options. Contact the places you’re interested in before you book and ask if they can sweeten the deal.
3. Read the reviews. I’ll admit, I’m obsessive when it comes to reading reviews. I could read them for hours…and sometimes I do! I know that I can’t base my potential experience on someone else’s. But if all of the most recent reviews report that the hostel was dirty or the wifi was slow. I know it’s not going to be a good fit for me. One feature that Agoda has is filtering the reviews by type of traveler. So if you’re traveling with a group, you can read the feedback of other groups.
The Co-Living Rules of Conduct
A Few of my Favorite Hostels
Feelin’ myself in Hom‘s Rooftop Garden.
A look at the twin bed private room at Chao Hostel.
Drinks with a view.
Flexin’ at The Printing House Postel Bangkok‘s rooftop bar.
Why blend in when you were born to stand out?
If you’re looking for a party hostel in Miami Beach, look no further than Sobe-Hostel & Bar. This small but mighty hostel has events every night. Ranging from video gaming to partying at some of the most LIT clubs in the area. Don’t worry about being left behind, the staff walks down the halls letting you know when they’re heading out. If the club scene is not your thing, there’s a bar on-site and every guest gets a free drink upon check-in. There’s also free breakfast and dinner daily and a washer and dryer. So you’ll stay well fed and dressed to impress. My favorite thing about staying at Sobe-Hostel & Bar was its proximity to Nikki Beach, the club, and the actual beach. I was at the latter almost daily, tanning my cheeks! My last tip, don’t sleep on the little Peruvian spot directly next door. I had the most delicious poke bowl of my entire life there.
Rock Hostel is the sister hostel to Sobe, I decided to stay at both. One major perk is that both places share a free airport shuttle. But that’s almost all that they share. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed them both for different reasons. Rock Hostel had a vibe that was a little more mature and laid back. There was a bar, restaurant, beats bumping throughout the day and it was just steps away from South Beach. But for some reason, I was able to get a little more work done there, while all I wanted to do at Sobe was turnup! The decor stays true to the name with paintings of rock gods spanning the corridors. If you stay at Rock Hostel you’re automatically invited to all the same clubs and events that guests at Sobe are attending. However, you get to stay in a room that’s double the size and has a private bathroom, lockers, cubbies, lockbox, and small kitchen area.
Pop art that stole my heart.
Finding an affordable place to stay in New York City under any circumstance is almost impossible. But I was there for Fashion Week, which meant the prices were astronomical. I lucked out by finding The Local. Ok, so Queens isn’t exactly central but the subway system in NYC is a dream! So I was never more than thirty minutes away from where I needed to be. My time was tied up going from show to presentation to show. So I didn’t really get to check out the local scene. I did have a few beers at the bar and get LOTS of work done in the co-working space. I really dug the hipster vibe and the bold and bright art on the walls. I did overhear The Wedding Singer being played on the projector and it took all the power in me to continue styling. Another thing I loved about The Local was their helpful staff. They provide a map of the area with directions to the Subway and local restaurants. The map even had closing times to give you a better idea if it was worth the walk. There was also a binder full of places that delivered. But the most delicious thing I ate while in NYC was BBQ from John Brown Smokehouse which is just a few blocks away from the hostel.