I'm going to start off by making other readers aware of one thing, which is that most of the poor reviews on this hostel are absolutely ridiculous. It just smacks of people who want a cheap stay somewhere and then expect the Ritz, complaining that there is noise, drinking, no fridge space, sex and sometimes lapses in security at a backpackers hostel is literally incredible, especially as guests are even informed that the hotel does have a lively atmosphere, what the hell do people expect !
The location is literally perfect, could not be better, and is faultless, right on the beach, gorgeous views in the evening. We wanted to go surfing and skydiving, the hostel staff were quite helpful in getting these sorted, all you have to do is ask !
The rooms and showers are pretty basic but so what, if i wanted luxury i wouldn't be travelling and staying over in hostels, it had everything you need, never seemed to have a problem getting use of the shower when i needed and was rarely bothered by anything or anyone in the rooms really.
I have to be fair and give a couple of criticisms though, i hope they don't take this the wrong way as i am sure they are all nice people, but some of the staff do tend to APPEAR quite cliquey, they can come off as a bit rude and unwelcoming at times, but in the same respect as soon as you open and speak to them you find this is not the case, but i can understand how some people are getting that impression.
One night the power went all over San Diego it was a nightmare, we were very happy we had a huge vodka bottle and a few beers in a cooler as nobody could get any supplies, as expected however after a shower we found all of this had been stolen from our cooler, we asked staff, and all those staying if they had seen anybody take it out the cooler and all said no. We then found a member of staff bringing this very bottle to serve as shots at the party, unbelievable ! The reason was 'oh it was there for ages i thought someone had left it', although it had only been there a matter of hours, it was a blatant excuse but i can't say i was overly bothered, it was returned and no harm done. Also my friends iPhone was taken where it was carelessly left on the side, despite a whole night and newt day frantically trying to find it, using wheresmyiphone application it was being charged in the hostel, yet still no staff member or guest would own up. Eventually it was returned, a staff member had taken it supposedly thinking it belong to his girlfriend and then charged it for her, my friend was extremely annoyed by this and found the story extremely unlikely as his background picture is him and his nephew, again no harm was done and it was returned but this left a bad taste in his eyes.
All in all it was a fantastic stay and i personally would love to go back one day, i couldn't have asked for a better location, party life, and met some fantastic people there who i am still friends with to this day, especially a big thanks to Chris from the staff, he was hilarious !
Don't be put off by the bad reviews, i promise you there is an agenda on all of them, if you are looking for a great time with a good location, its unmatched !
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