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Sin City Hostel is located just north of the Strip at 1208 South Las Vegas Boulevard. When trying to find the hostel if you drive/walk/bus and reach East Charleston Boulevard, you've gone too far. Sin City is approximately one kilometer north of the Stratosphere if headed north on South Las Vegas Boulevard. It is on your left side, and there's a small neon sign that says "Hostel." It is a two-story building, and looks like a motel in outward appearance.

There is sufficient free parking for your car at the hostel. There is also a convenient bus stop by the hostel that runs from downtown Las Vegas through the Strip twenty-four hours a day. The location of Sin City gets you off the bustle of the Strip for a quaint night's rest, but you'll have to bank on taking the bus to and from the hostel. We found that walking the Strip is doable, but after a long day/night, walking the extra distance to the hostel is daunting.

The hostel staff is friendly and the place is clean and cozy. There is a main reception area, a roomy kitchen that is tidy and stink-free with a microwave, fridge, sink, storage shelves, and hot water and hot coffee. Breakfast is served every morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and it usually consists of white toast, peanut butter and jelly, and tea or coffee. Of course you can bring your own food and use the communal kitchen to prepare what you wish (as we did -- we found it works out well). Bear in mind that the kitchen and lounge rooms close after a certain hour -- we found ourselves back at the hostel at 5 a.m. (two hours before they open the kitchen) and unable to access our food in the fridge!

Next to the kitchen there is a TV room with a billiard table. Most of the travelers hang out there in the mornings as they eat breakfast. And for the outdoor folks, there is a basketball hoop next to the hostel, at the end of the parking lot, along with a BBQ and some old lawn furniture.

The rooms in the hostel are pleasant and comfortable. We had a six-person co-ed dorm room. They are set up with bunk beds and linens are provided. A heater is in each room, which makes it nice and toasty on cold winter nights. The bathroom is shared among the six dormmates and two others in a private room. Unfortunately, to reach the private room, you must go through the dorm room first, which can prove to be an annoyance to the light sleepers in the dorm room. We found we were so tired from the day, the traffic didn't bother us, and we were sleeping next to the door! Finally, each door room has six metal lockers, so if you bring your own lock you can safely and securely store your belongings in the room. And there's a fully refundable deposit for each key (included in this fee is also the use of linens).

All in all, Sin City Hostel is a great accommodation, but if you're traveling with a group, you're better off booking a hotel room if a cheap night's accommodation is what you're looking for. Sin City is great for the lone or partnered traveler, but not stellar for groups.

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December 2006

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Sin City Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   It 's a great Hostel!!! What a hostel! they have clean rooms and clean bathrooms since the staff cleaners work every day! Great breakfast, WiFi and friendly staff! They are very close from Fremont and the bus stop to the strip is right next to them in case you don't want to walk all the way ... I will recommend this place to all my friends who want to stay a few nights in Las Vegas!  , Canada ()
5   Friendly people, decent rooms They've got some good people running this place, very friendly. I would definitely recommend it to a friend.  , US ()
1   Horrible! Not recommended! The Romanian chick is one of the most distasteful hostel worker i have met. The Aussie dude, i think his name is Sean, is such f**kin tool and the manager dude is pretty shady. I've been to about twenty hostels in my travels and these guys are by far the worst. The Romanian chick was so rude and aloof. I thought she was just like that with me but after discussion with my bunkmates and observing her treat the other guests, i realized that she was just a b**ch. She had the kitchen/common room closed for cleaning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Who does that at hostel full of travelers wanting to use the kitchen. I saw her lazy ass doing nothing during that time while guest after guest tried to get in the kitchen to make lunch. This Sean guy was just so clueless. He was just so suspicious of everything. I was in the office when a guest called to cancel a reservation for his friend because his friend didn't speak english and he was like,"well how do i know if this is not just a crank call?" What a tool? He also got into an argument with a guy that came in wanting to take pics of the hostel for a website and he's like, "well i never heard of your website, it seems kind of dodgy that you want to take pics at night." What a friggin tool! Unshaven homeless looking f**k trying to pick up on the youngins. As far as the manager, if you look at the picture board of the travelers that have been through the hostels, every pic on the board is of the manager with a different female traveler. His friends were so frigging ghetto walking up to a few hostelers having a bbq and trying to take their beer. Naturally they said no because he looked like a gangbanger with the baggy jeans he was wearing almost down to his knees. Then when this dude got turned down by these travelers, he just went off on them with an expletive laced tirade and threats. I was walking back to the hostel one night and i saw a girl sitting in the front and she struck up a conversation with me and at first i thought she was a hostel guest but then quickly realized she was a street prostitute and of course she propositions me and i tell her that i'm a hostel guest and that there are five other people in the room with me. She doesn't seem fazed by this as she explains that she's been in the rooms before and i'm like, "how?" She says she knows the manager who's been a facilitator for her business. What a f**kin staff!  , USA ()
2   No the worst hostel I've stayed in, but close A British hostelmate noticed bedbugs, and said this was the worst hostel he's stayed in after a year of traveling around the world. It isn't high on my list either. Honestly, as someone else mentioned the only reason to stay in a hostel in Las Vegas is to meet and commiserate with other travelers and have some kind of vibe, which you won't get in a super cheap (if not free) hotel room. This hostel doesn't really have any vibe or much of a common area, and the staff didn't seem terribly content either. Honestly, I'd probably just get the hotel room if I ever went back.  ()
1   Worst Hostel from our whole trip We were two females traveling around California and Vegas in Oct '08. Three weeks before we arrived here we called and asked to change our dates, which we were advised was fine, as we were only going to end up staying one night and book into a hotel the other two nights. When we arrived we were met by a woman who seemed so bored like she didnt even want to be there, and was totally rude and unhelpful. We were told that we would have to pay for all three nights, even though we were only there for one, and she wasnt budging. As we arrived on a Sat night, there was no where else to stay and we didnt have the money for a hotel. She then took us to our room, where we found out that the room attached (occupied by guys) could only be entered via them coming into our room! great so no privacy there -- they could come in whenever, not very safe! The beds where disgusting! Sheets were dirty and stained and there were actual bugs crawling on them! I would advise you not to stay!  , Scottish ()
2   Too close for Comfort Ok, there are only two hostels in Vegas, and I've been to both of them. The only reason I went was to hang out with travelers. For we all know, a hotel for two, Sunday though Friday (in Las Vegas) is cheaper than a hostel, and much more comfortable. So Sin City was cold and unfriendly and the staff just didn't want to be there, know what I mean. I actually felt sorry for them. They were all being taken advantage of by the" generous owner" who uses slave labor (travelers) to run the damn place. The common area was too small and it closed way too early. I've stayed in homeless shelters that were more accommodating (for free)!  , USA ()
5   Good stuff This is a great, fun hostel. Nice helpful staff. Good facilities (Pool table and free coffee!). Cheap limo tours and BBQs. On the strip and just a short bus ride from all the action. But just a couple of problems I had with the place so you don't make the same mistakes -- firstly, for some reason there isn't twenty-four-hour check-in at this hostel (It is vegas isn't it?) so don't expect to be let in at 4 o'clock in the morning like I, and someone else who arrived ten minutes after me, did. Secondly, the private rooms aren't exactly private as they are rooms inside the regular dorms and are quite small and you have to share the bathroom. Take a look at one to see if it suits you before paying. Thirdly, no wireless internet. And the internet in the foyer is $1 for every ten minutes! Kind of like a penny slot machine but without the chance of winning your cash back. Apart from all that this is one of the best hostels I've been in.  , Australia ()
1   Bedbugs and no one cared! I stayed at this hostel early November. I was booked in for three nights. The hostel although mentioning it was on the strip, was not. No big issue there are regular buses and the accommodation is cheap and there were some cool people staying there so all good. On the second night out I started to notice a number of bites all over my body and my friend thought it might be scabies or something -- I was getting super itchy and more were appearing. I drunk myself into a stupor and stayed another night on the same bed as I had no where else to go. When I awoke the next day I had welts and bites all over my arms, hands, lower legs, lower back, neck, and forehead. I went to the chemist over the road and they asked where I was staying. I told them and they say they see this all the time! I did not know what bedbugs were but after looking them up on the net I realised that some of the bugs I had seen on the wall were in fact bedbugs (although they are supposed to hide in mattresses, cracks). I asked to be refunded for the night I was not staying as a minimum but this was not an option. The guy behind the front counter did not even seem to care. It look me a number of hours to find another place to stay. Luckily for me I had a friend in L.A. where I was headed the next day and could hide for a week. There were some bugs in my clothes and bag and everything had to be washed. In short I had a worse than usual reaction to bedbugs but it took me just over three weeks (and antibiotics and steroid cream) to get rid of all the welts. It pretty much ruined my American holiday. The weather was warm but I was dressed from head to toe as I looked a sight and was constantly itching and uncomfortable. I realise these things happen but the reaction from the hostel staff was less than reassuring that it will not happen again. Do not let this happen to you.  , Australia ()

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