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Category Archives: Hostels

Yim Yam Hostel & Garden in Bangkok, Thailand

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Yim Yam Hostel & Garden in Bangkok, Thailand, epitomizes the new generation of hostel life.  It’s chic design emanates feng shui calmness to chill you out in the midst of your big-city adventure.  The dorms offer big, comfortable bunk beds with privacy curtains and the private rooms provide hotel-level luxury at a hostel price!  The backyard garden is a great space to enjoy the free breakfast, do yoga, or drink beers and play board games with your new hostel friends!

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Yim Yam is more than just a well-designed hostel.  It’s also a community.  “Yim yam” means “Happy smiling” in Thai, and staying here sure will make you smile!  The friendly staff will help you get involved with all the hostel activities, like free yoga classes, game nights, or trips to famous weekend markets.  By hanging out in all the beautiful communal space, you’ll definitely meet some friends who. you can go party it up with on Khao San Road.

Best of all, since Yim Yam has only been open for two months, their rates are still super cheap!  You can get a special 30% off deal for your entire stay just by liking Yim Yam on Facebook.  Just book your stay on Hostelworld and ask the front desk for the Facebook discount when you check in!

Services Included:

Super-fast WiFi

Free continental breakfast with dorm booking

Free hot breakfast with private room booking

Air-conditioning in all rooms

24-hour reception

Cafe and bar serving food and drinks

Activities, games, and books!

Address: 503/2 Petchburi Road, Phaya Thai District, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand 10400.  Only steps away from the Ratchethewi BTS Skytrain station.

Email: info@yimyambkk.com

Website: www.yimyambkk.com

Prices:

12-bed dorm: 420 ฿

8-bed dorm: 483

Female-only 12-bed dorm: 448 ฿

Private for 2: 1113 ฿

Family room for 4: 2450 ฿

Twin room: 1323 ฿

Double room: 1323 ฿

Deluxe double room: 1533 ฿

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Hotel Temazcal in Creel, Mexico

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Hotel Temazcal is a cozy refuge in Creel, easily accessible to all the Copper Canyon (Barrancas del Cobre) activities.  The friendly staff can help you arrange tours and recommend local restaurants.  They also offer periodic “temescal” sweat lodge ceremonies, which we sadly couldn’t try out because we weren’t there on the right day.

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Our room had a comfy queen bed, ample storage space, an awesome loft area with a large mattress (would be great for kids!), TV, bathroom, and super-nice floor heating to keep it nice and toasty.

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The hotel has a DVD and book library you can browse, as well as a common kitchen for cooking and always-available coffee and tea.  Added bonus:  two super-cute chihuahuas, Nacho and her baby Hueso, who will follow you around trying to convince you to play!

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Services:

Free coffee and tea

WiFi

Hot water

Heat

Tourist information

Book and DVD exchange

TVs in rooms

Sweat lodge once a week or for groups of 5+ people

Address: Bakusuki S/N
Barrio Campo de Beisbol (Detrás del Centro Avanzado de Salud)
Creel – Municipio de Bocoyna
33200 Chihuahua

Phone: +52 635 4560990

Email: info@hoteltemazcal.com

Website: https://www.hoteltemazcal.com/

Prices:  Single or Double- 500 pesos

Family Suite- 700-1200 pesos

Equity Point Hostel – Marrakech, Morocco

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Equity Point Hostel is located in the heart of the medina in Marrakech, Morocco.  The entrance is slightly hidden down a small alley, but once you are inside the hostel opens up into a huge complex.  There are different rooms for every traveler’s needs and budgets, along with a bunch of different common rooms to hang out and escape the madness of the Medina.

The best part about this hostel is the central swimming pool.  The cleanest pool we saw in Morocco, it offered a great escape from the intense heat of the city.  Besides the pool, dorms and rooms are also equipped with air conditioning which really makes sleeping easier.

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The top floor has the restaurant and bar, with a very cool view over the medina.  A great spot to sip on a drink, they also offer the cheapest beer that we were able to find in the city.  We really liked this hostel, from the cleanliness to the amenities.  Swimming pools aren’t unheard of in the city, but the price to swim is usually more than the total cost of Equity-Point.

Services:

Wifi

Internet Cafe

Free simple Moroccan breakfast

Restaurant

Bar

24 Hour reception

Swimming pool

Luggage storage

Air-conditioning in rooms

Tourist information

Address:

80, Derb El Hammam Mouassine Marrakech Medina
Tel: (00212) 524440793

Phone:

+34 93.231.20.45

Email:

infomarrakech@equity-point.com

Website:

http://www.equity-point.com/our-hostels/equity-point-marrakech-hostel/general-information.html

Prices:

8 bed dorm – 8.00€

6 bed dorm – 10.00€

4 bed dorm – 12.00€

3 bed private room – 59.70€

Twin bed private room – 51.00€

Double bed private room – 61.00€

Hotel Sherazade in Marrakech, Morocco

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Hotel Sherazade in Marrakesh provides a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with rooms that fit any budget!  Its location in the heart of the Medina just a couple minutes’ walk from Djemaa al Fna (the main square) is perfect for both exploring and finding your way back home!

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Central courtyard

Hotel Sherazade takes its form from a gorgeous old “riad” building- a traditional Moroccan home consisting of an open courtyard with fountain surrounded by different types of rooms on several levels.  The roof provides chairs for sunbathing, a chill space with pillows and shade, and a stellar view of the medina’s rooftops.  Sip some rejuvenating mint tea and catch up on your journal-writing up here after a long day spent getting lost in Marrakesh’s chaos.

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Rooftop hangout

King-size suite

King-size suite

Run by a German-Morroccan family and their friendly, English-speaking staff, the hotel can also help you arrange tours and excursions to other great destinations in the region.  The third-floor terrace has a cozy breakfast room and patio with a daily breakfast buffet that will only set you back 50 Dirhams ($1=8DH).  Half and full board are also available add-ons.  The WiFi is fast and reliable, and the showers are hot!  Private suites are the most luxurious rooms, while less pricey shared-bathroom doubles are still richly decorated with soft mattresses.

Services Included:

WiFi

Hot water

Continental breakfast buffet (50 DH)

Air-conditioning or fans in rooms

Tourist information available

Address: Derb Djama 3, Riad Zitoun l’kedim Marrakech-Medina

Email: sherazade8@gmail.com

Website: www.hotelsherazade.com

Prices:

With A/C and private bathroom: 500-640DH depending on type of beds and number of guests

With fan and private bathroom: 220-500DH depending on type of beds and number of guests

Fan/shared bathroom single: 180DH

Fan/shared bathroom double: 230DH

Half board: 150DH

Full board: 250DH

 

London Town!

The journey from New York to London wasn’t super long, but wasn’t super comfortable either.  Neither of us slept and Zach celebrated our arrival by beginning to throw up repeatedly about an hour before landing.  After we landed, we conveniently found out that our second (because our original had already canceled) Couchsurfing host had to cancel on us!  Great.  So off to a hostel we went, navigating several confusing forms of public transit, Zach dragging all the way.  Thankfully he perked up once we arrived at Restup Hostel UK but we couldn’t check in until 3pm so we stowed our stuff and started walking.  Fortuitous, because as soon as we found some WiFi we had another host offer from someone we met through this very blog!  Hooray!  Now we just had to kill the next 10 hours before we could show up at Tom’s house.

Luckily Zach made a miraculous recovery and we were able to enjoy a great walking day along the Thames River, taking in the skyline, a glimpse of the London Eye, the Old Globe

Sorry for the iPhone pics, we forgot the camera

Sorry for the iPhone pics, we forgot the camera

(very exciting for me, as a former theater nerd)

the London Bridge,

(very unimpressive considering we’ve seen the original London Bridge where it now stands in Lake Havasu City, AZ.  It’s true.)

a classic British pub with warm and flat cask ale,

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Taylor Walker Pub On Thames

the amazing Borough Market which we just stumbled upon,

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and the Tower Bridge with a view of the Tower of London.

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After all this rambling, we got to meet up with our wonderful hosts in Earlsfield, southwest London, for some awesome hard ciders and conversation at their local pub.  They are moving to Colombia soon and that’s why they had been reading our old blog entries.  Although not official Couchsurfers, they definitely had the spirit, and hopefully we were good enough guests to convert them!

Phew, what an exhausting but awesome first day!

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