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Comment by Andrea Spirov on July 19, 2010 at 6:21am
New Blog post and poll: What do you look for in a hostel? http://su.pr/2LvN6T
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Comment by Dave Acton on July 11, 2009 at 9:29am
Just happened to come across a list of the top five gay hostels, put out by HostelBookers.com:

1. Gay Hostel Puerta del Sol, Madrid
2. El Misti Hostel Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
3. Gay Pizarro Hostal, Madrid
4. Elements Hostel, San Francisco
5. London Hostel Gay House, London
Comment by David Paul Appell on April 19, 2009 at 8:37pm
Good list of cool hostels from today's NYT Travel section piece:

LONDON
London Central Youth Hostel (104 Bolsover Street; 44-845-371-9154; www.yha.org.uk) is five minutes from Oxford Street and Regent’s Park. It has a 24-hour cafe/bar, Internet access, Wi-Fi, a self-service kitchen and a laundry. There is even a plasma-screen and Nintendo Wii. Prices for May range from £19.95 (about $30 at $1.50 to the pound) per adult for a single bed in a shared room with no bath to £136.95 for a six-bed family room with its own bath. Temporary membership fees of £3 per adult and £1.50 per child a night are payable upon arrival. Annual memberships are available.

BERLIN
The Circus (Weinbergsweg 1a; 49-30-2000-3939; www.circus-berlin.de) is in the Mitte district, the heart of the city. There are a cafe and bar, and Wi-Fi in every room. The hostel can arrange airport pickup. Prices are 19 euros (about $26 at $1.36 to the euro) for a bed in an eight-person room to 140 euros for a four-person, two-bedroom penthouse apartment with kitchen and bath.

PARIS
Oops! (50, avenue des Gobelins; 33-01-47-07-47-00; www.oops-paris.com) is near the Latin Quarter. All rooms have air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Dorm rooms are 23 euros a person in the low season (usually November through February) and 30 euros a person in the high season. Private rooms are 70 euros in the low season and 80 euros in the high season. All rates include breakfast, Internet, Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

BARCELONA
Urbany (Avinguda Meridiana, 97; 34-93-24-58-414; www.barcelonaurbany.com) has self- service kitchens, a laundry, a bar, a rooftop terrace and a common room with PlayStation consoles, DVDs and games. Guests may also use a fitness club nearby, which has a pool and sauna. All rooms have private baths, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Beds in an eight-room dorm are from 12 euros a night, and from 25 euros for a double. All rates include breakfast. Half- and full-board options are available, with meals at the Tolc bar/restaurant.

ROME
Yellow (Via Palestro, 44; 39-06-49-382-682; www.yellowhostel.com) is normally restricted to guests between 18 and 40, though 17-year-olds may stay under some circumstances. Dorm rooms are all mixed gender and some have private baths. Rates are 35 euros for a four-bed room with a private bath and 24 euros for a mixed-gender dorm with no bathroom. There are Internet access (laptops can be rented), a game room and a bar. The Yellow offers an inexpensive breakfast (French toast for 3 euros), with a menu that changes monthly.
 

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