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HI - Postojna - YH Proteus Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - Postojna - YH Proteus Hostel is in an old-style, Communist-era building built in 1981. It is part of the university, so part of the hostel is the dorm for forestry students. The students are housed on the second floor and the hostel is located on the first floor, so there are no steps for guests to climb. Internet is free and is in the student computer lab so access is limited to weekends when students are not using the terminals. During summer months there may be more flexibility for kitchen use and there may be more planned excursions. This hostel seems popular with student groups.

The Location

The hostel is four hundred meters from the bus stop. It is absolutely beautiful, with the hostel located in a hundred-year-old park with huge trees. The views from the windows are terrific. Nearby are restaurants and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. There is also bike rental near the hostel. It is walking distance to the Postojna Cave. There is a parking area for cars.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The beds are comfortable and the room is very clean. It definitely has a college dorm feel to it. There are twenty rooms with two or three beds in each with a nightstand and desk. The bathrooms are spotless but the three showers are co-ed. Hooks are available outside the showers to hang up clothes. There are separate toilets for men and women on the first floor. There are no lockers but luggage storage is available. Towels and sheets are provided.

Common Spaces

There is no lounge as such. In the lobby there is a ping pong table, but essentially this is part of a college dorm. However, just outside the door is the beautiful park that is perfect for picnics. There is no travel desk or tour information available but the staff are knowledgeable about the town and able to answer questions about tourist information locations, restaurants, and bike rental. There is no laundry service on site. The hostel is open year round and when the students are gone it is very quiet. When a large group is staying there, the halls can carry an echo and be very noisy. There are no smoking signs everywhere but the policy does not seem to be strictly enforced.

There is a food market nearby but there is no kitchen for guest use. The kitchen is located in the student cafeteria area and is locked on weekends. Monday through Friday there is breakfast available for guests as well as for students from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the student cafeteria for 1.5 euros. The front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day and there is no curfew. There are no maps available or planned excursions.

Summary

This hostel is a good value and is in a convenient location. The setting is lovely. It can be quite noisy if it is full of travelers -- otherwise it is peaceful and low key. The front desk staff are very friendly, laid back, and willing to be flexible about check out times if guests plan to visit the caves. It is very clean and functional although not particularly social. It is an excellent value for the money.

Review by S. Topf

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May 2008

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Very clean and comfortable I stayed in a room on the third floor which I suspect is not normally used for the Hostel. The room was very pleasant, with a good view, clean, VERY comfortable beds and nice bathrooms. If the rooms on the Hostel floor (1st) are of equal quality they deserve 5 stars but as I am not sure I give 4, because others might not be as lucky as I was.  , age 22, FIN ()

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