Want to know what it’s like staying in a hostel? We asked our Facebook readers to reminisce on their first ever hostel experience and we received a fantastic response...Hilarious moments, memories, shocks, surprises, friends and fun - that’s why hostels are the best and why backpackers always return!
Katarina Da Silva
St Christopher Inns London :D and I guarantee you it changed my whole perspective about hostels.
Katarina saluting her way through London!
Dublin. Couldn't figure out how to open the door (key attached to a brick) so one of the girls inside opened it. She had nothing on. None of the girls were wearing clothes. I'm sure if I was a dude I'd be a lot more interested, but I was a little more in shock.
Robyn in London!
It was with St Christopher’s in Amsterdam. The lovely bar man brought ketchup to my room so I could have it with my chips because I was sick!! Hospitality at its finest. And I have been back every year since!
My first hostel experience with St Christopher's Inns (Paris - Gare du Nord) and it was really fantastic and has changed my opinion about hostels, it's really my best hostel ever till now.
Stockholm. I slept inside a cell. The hostel was an ex prison, now part hostel part museum. Near the cells were mannequins of prisoners. Creepy but a good experience.
Barcelona: Some guy wandered in the room in the middle of the night and decided to pull all the lockers down to the ground and drag them over to the door. The effort he put into this woke me up and I seriously thought he was dragging a dead body across the floor.
Shauna backpacking in Newgrange, Ireland (one her favourite places to visit).
Fun, exciting, everyone snores! (Coming back to dorm drunk to find a snoring woman on your bed) its all about the experience
Mark O’ Shea
Stayed in the Edinburgh one. Very nice place. Was there on my own and was a good place to meet fellow solo travellers. Would highly recommend it.
Natalie Jade Dudding
Absolutely unforgettable in a good way, met some amazing people as well as said goodbye to my best Friend in the best way possible when she moved to South Africa
I got locked in a bathroom for an hour!
Scary at first, then exciting, great new friends, new card games learnt! At st Christopher's inns Amsterdam x 4 words - scary, exciting, friends, games!
SOME BACKPACKERS EVEN TRIED TO DESCRIBE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN JUST 4 WORDS…
Arjon te Raa
Eat, sleep, rave, repeat
Magic mushrooms are antisocial
Taylor went camel riding in Morocco!
Fun, sociable, nudity, snoring
Fearful but incredible experience.
Comfortable rooms, great hospitality.
"Where do we undress"? It was my first time in a mixed sex dorm.
There was free tequila.
Groped by a Frenchman
Drink, Drank, Drunk, TEQUILA!
What the living fuck?!
Bryan overlooking the outstanding, vast Grand Canyon
Farts, snores, laughs, friends.
Anxious. Fun. Enlightening. Cheerful.
Love friendship sharing meeting
Chiara clubbing in Barcelona at Pasha.
Exciting, clean, comfy, relaxing
Drinks, friends, memories, adventures.
Pulled pork Belushi's burger
Jake in LANDAN - right beside the Houses of Parliament.
Surprisingly not that scary.
Eventful, hilarious, ridiculous and banter
'really really really fuzzy' - Amsterdam
Cill du Chatinier
Jagerbombs - unforgettable - Life changing - insane
Cill taking a dip in Queensland, Australia
cross-cultural, eye-opening, convenient, rowdy!
Blurred, magnificent, emotional + unforgettable
Better than I'd expected
"What the f*ck happened?!"
Ilario Dal Maso
Words just can’t describe