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Old 07-21-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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That question is like asking if hotels are clean. I would say, most are "clean" but I mean, that really depends on your standards. Don't expect a Hilton when you're paying 6 bucks a night in a 3rd world country.

Also, do you want to share a bathroom and shower with a bunch of people? Or share a bedroom with 10 people in bunk beds? Its just not my cup of tea I guess.
Not mine either ... I value my privacy and leery of sharing close quarters with strangers ...
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Cleverly concealed
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I've never seen a U.S. hostel with an age limit. I'm almost 35, and I go back and forth on the use of hostels. I thoroughly enjoyed by stays in hostels in Fairbanks, Alaska and Cape Cod; I met several interesting people and saved a lot of money on motel costs. On the other hand, I've stayed in hostel rooms with such loud, gasping snorers I wondered if I would have to call 911.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:45 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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The biggest issue I have with hostels is the 8am "everyone out" call and the lockout until 5pm. Sometimes I want to go take a nap or change clothes and many hostels don't allow it. Other than that, it's not a bad option for a cheap, quick trip.

Now that I can afford nicer hotels, I use them.
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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The biggest issue I have with hostels is the 8am "everyone out" call and the lockout until 5pm. Sometimes I want to go take a nap or change clothes and many hostels don't allow it. Other than that, it's not a bad option for a cheap, quick trip.

Now that I can afford nicer hotels, I use them.
WOW! If everyone has to be out between 8am-5pm ... Does that mean that travelers have to carry their luggage with them while sight-seeing?
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Old 07-21-2011, 11:05 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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WOW! If everyone has to be out between 8am-5pm ... Does that mean that travelers have to carry their luggage with them while sight-seeing?
The ones I stayed in had lockers. Just toss it all in, spend your day out, and unlock when you return. Since you're sharing the room with people you don't know, lockers are needed regardless.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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Hostels in USA are completely useless, they are more expensive or the same price as many lower priced hotels. I'd stay in a motel six or equivlent than a hostel.
Depends on the city. I have stayed at hostels in Miami, NYC, and Chicago.

Miami, I paid $18 a night on Ocean Drive. I liked it so much, I stayed 3 weeks!

NYC, has many good hostels.

Chicago, has some ok hostels, but way too expensive.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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To answer the question, there were people of varying ages in the hostels. Most were younger, but there were some older guests.

As for cleanliness, some were better than others. However, anytime you have 10 people in a room sharing a bathroom/dorm, it will get dirty/messy.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Depends on the city. I have stayed at hostels in Miami, NYC, and Chicago.

Miami, I paid $18 a night on Ocean Drive. I liked it so much, I stayed 3 weeks!

NYC, has many good hostels.

Chicago, has some ok hostels, but way too expensive.
Are you familiar with any in DC?
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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I once stayed in a renovated castle overlooking the Rhine River in Germany -- it was clean, comfy and wonderful (except for the loooooooooong trek up the trail to get to it). None of the hostels I've stayed in had either an age limit or a lock-out/curfew time -- but that's because I'd eliminate those facilities from my list.


As for Washington, DC -- I stayed in the AYH hostel there back in the late 1970's and I remember it being fine. It currently has an overall rating of 84% on Hostels.com, with a sub-rating of 82% for cleanliness.
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