I've been on the road for almost two full weeks and have wanted to
stay at a hostel to see what it’s like. I guess I had imagined a grungy
building with tattered ceilings and bunk beds that smelled and were riddled with
My experience has been the complete opposite of my imagination.
I got into Houston late at night and found thehostel, a charming and inviting place. Going in I paid a small rate
of $33 and was given a towel and a grand tour of the place by the desk clerk
who just so happened to be my birthday buddy. The place was quiet, and I was
showed my room where there were 3 bunk beds with a total of 6 people sleeping
in one room with a single shared restroom.
There were 3 lounge rooms, a fireplace, a large screen TV, and
many comfy couches to hang out with and meet other travelers. There was a
kitchen where you could cook your own food, a dining room, an outdoor pool, and
a laundry room.
I slept like a baby on a surprisingly comfortable bunk bed
mattress and woke up to free breakfast in the morning. There was coffee, tea, toast,
Nutella, cereal, and eggs all provided in the fridge for a cook your own
breakfast. It was fantastic.
I met the people that had been sleeping in my room when I had
arrived and enjoyed a delicious breakfast and a great conversation.
I wish this type of lodging were as popular in the states as it is
in foreign countries!