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Santa Cruz, California
August 10, 2004
The accommodations were scary at best. The narrow staircase that wound up to our fourth-floor room was steep and not maneuverable at all. The blankets were tattered, stained and itchy, the lighting in the room was dismal, and the bathroom was two treacherous flights down, along with the two showers in the joint. I am a hot, steamy shower kind of girl, and this is not the place to relax. The pin-and-needle-y water that is spewed from the showerhead is neither warm nor relaxing, especially when you have to press a button to turn it back on every 10 seconds.
One morning at around 4AM there was a fire alarm. From our top floor "suite" we made it, single file, down the steep, narrow, spiraling staircase to the second floor, in a throng of scared teenagers, when the alarm was shut off. That's right...if there had really been a fire, and it had not been a drunken prank, we might have been outta luck.
Don't stay here. For the same amount of money, we could have rented our very own flat with a clean bathroom, no curfew or mid-morning shut-out, and no life-threatening alarms.
From journal Fabulous In Le City
December 4, 2000
Check-in is located on the first floor, where they also serve (bottled) beer (Corona and Heineken) and have some tables. Good place to hang out at night. Oh, there is also a Internet computer (only one) that is 1F/minute... (one of the best rates we saw).
The breakfast (bread, jam, coffee, juice, and milk) is served each morning in the basement (below the Check-in room) by a large black woman who ONLY SPEAKS FRENCH and will only serve you if you say it IN FRENCH.
The location of the hostel is another thing to note: it is near the Pantheon and within walking distance of Notre Dame and the Seine. The street it is on is full of little bakeries, stores, and restaurants...very fun to just walk down. It is also near a little square with a fountain, that is perfect for unwinding or beginning a long day with a pastry and a Dr. Pepper.
Overall, the hostel is a little dirty, but definitely interesting and in a great area. I would DEFINITELY stay there again... and we did. We came back later in our trip and stayed there a few more nights and once again they had our reservation mixed up.. it worked out ok, though.
So, my recommendation is to confirm your reservation a couple days before you get there (they are really nice if they do mess up and try to accommodate you as best as possible).
Also, there is no laundry room at the hostel, but there is a Washateria about a block away (across from where you come up from the metro station). It''s very nice and easy to follow.
From journal Backpacking in Paris