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Flippin' awesome wine in a beautiful Napa setting. A little pretentious, and though our wine-guide was knowledgable and friendly, after a certain point I really wanted to just enjoy the scenery and a glass of wine, rather than listen to her very detailed history of the winery (I know, I know, that's part of the experience). Overall, I'd be back in a heartbeat the next time I'm in Napa, though.
If I lived anywhere near this bakery, I would weight approximately 300% of my current weight. Ugh. This place is pretty amazing. Skip the typical bakery fare (okay, don't skip it, but save room for...) in favor of the pork belly roll. Oh. My. Tastebuds. Yum.
What a lovely little hostel. It's so... quaint. Located in a house just across the river from the city center, this out-of-a-storybook home has been converted into a little hostel. With co-ed rooms that sleep 4-6, a beautiful garden in the back, and all the tea and toast you can eat -- well, I fell in love. After a day spent exploring what Cardiff had to offer, I spent the rest of my time snuggled up in a blanket reading my book, drinking tea, and enjoying some needed down time in the like-home comfort of the River House.
Another in the Palmer's Lodge line of London hostels, you can't really go wrong if what you're looking for is cheap (in an incredibly expensive city), safe, and clean. This location is a little bit out of the way of your typical tourist, but not too inconvenient (just a few long blocks from the nearest tube). The staff was friendly, and everything was clean (though the rooms in this location were a bit more crowded, and a bit less bright/cheerful).
Very centrally located, this hostel is perfect for exploring Brussels. It tries to be a bit too hip for my tastes, and the rooms could use an update, but overall it's a clean, safe place to store your stuff and sleep. The free wifi is nice, as is the ample common-area space. Don't try the Italian restaurant across the street.
A pretty nice hostel, in a pretty decent location, for a great price. Just a few blocks behind the central train station, the YMCA is a modern, clean hostel that pretty much fulfills the needs of your average backpacker. I didn't find the 'community' to be very active, but that could have just been my timing. It was a perfect home base for exploring Basel for a couple of days, though.
I stayed in the hostel portion of this hotel/hostel, which is in the basement. The room is co-ed, if that matters to you then private rooms are also available. Overall, the place is pretty comfortable and offers amazing views (it's on the mountain above the train station, overlooking the town/lake). Just a quick trek down the hill into town puts you in walking distance of pretty much everything Lugano has to offer.
I stayed here before their recent remodel, which looks amazing, but even back then: two thumbs up for this great hostel. The positives: amazing location (right on the main drag of the city, so very close to lots of restaurants, shops, bars, and activities in Reykjavik), great staff (everyone was really friendly and helpful), pretty comfortable (I stayed in a 4-bed room; it wasn't very big, but I didn't spend much time in it and the beds were comfortable enough for me to sleep through my alarm, causing me to almost miss my flight to Amsterdam), and great atmosphere (they foster a true hostel vibe, and the hostel generally feels alive and fun). The cons: this is more about Reykjavik than the hostel, but ack! It's so, so far from the main airport.
What a pleasant surprise of a hostel. Located in Sant'agnello, what appears to be a suburb of Sorrento, Seven Hostel offers amazing amenities and a dirt-cheap price with a location convenient to one of the more expensive destinations in Italy. The hostel is very, very clean; very, very spacious; and very, very cheap. Each room sleeps anywhere from 8-12 (if memory serves) and each room has a dedicated bathroom that can accommodate up to 4 showerers at a time (very appreciated). The best part about this hostel is the roof deck. It overlooks the hills and the coast (seriously, amazing sunset views), there's a bar that's pretty reasonable, and plenty of comfy lounging chairs and areas to set up an intimate space with friends or a giant group 'hang' with new people you've met at the hostel.
I stayed here in the middle of a 3-4 month-long trek around Europe and, in that context, this hostel was pretty run-of-the-mill. In retrospect, though, I probably should have been a bit more concerned. Staying at the Twins Minbak was a lot like I imagine being a refugee is like (you know, without the intense emotional trauma and scarring that being forced from your home, possibly by violence, carries with it -- it's not my intent to minimize the very real struggles of forced emigration). The hostel is in what seems to be a commercial space of a complex whose other residents included (at the time) some sort of martial arts studio. There are only two dorms, split by gender, with something like 16 beds in each. It's quite cramped. Electrical outlet space is limited. Bathroom space is *very* limited. The real standout of this hostel are the owners, who are incredibly kind. They make breakfast every morning (korean bimimbap, if I'm not mistaken), which is pretty tasty.