This hostel is secure, cheap, colorful and airy!
This hostel is easy to find, it doesn't have a sign per se, however it is characterized by it's bright blue door and clearly marked number. The taxi driver knew the exact location. The location is pretty much, perfect; it is a twenty minute walk to the city center, however there are worthwhile stops on the way. For instance the Olympic Stadium is only a ten minute walk. Pagration is an authentic residential Greek community where you can find cafes, restaurants, bars and shops for all of the things you forgot to pack. It is also a short distance to the nearest metro stations.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This hostel is made up of dorm rooms, which each have five or six beds (mostly bunks). Each room also has a desk and chair, a wardrobe and a door accessing a balcony large enough to fit chairs and hang clothing from the railing. There are enough power points for the number of people. A measure of size for a room we like to use is whether or not one person could do yoga in the room. Technically there is a space where a yoga mat could fit in these dorms, however, unless the room were empty, you would be very much in the way. We would not do yoga in this room.
There are two stories; the first has the male bathroom and the second the female bathroom. Each has a few showers, bathroom stalls, sinks and mirrors. The bathrooms were spacious, consistently clean and stocked with toilet paper. Hot water for the shower costs .50 Euro.
Upon entering this hostel you are in a long open-air L-shape garden filled with greenery and tables and chairs. This space is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the open-air.
Downstairs there is also a kitchen and a TV room. The kitchen is well structured for multiple users. It consists of cubbies, multiple stove-tops, another table and chairs and a two fridges.
The TV room is an enclosed space consisting of a TV, couches, fans, a table and chairs and a door which closes. We don't feel like it gets much use as far as TV watching. However, it could be used for some yoga.
On each level, outside of the dorm rooms there is a common area consisting of couches and a table and chairs. It is perfect for those times when you don't want to sit (and read, write or browse the internet), but not on your bunk bed.
This hostel has a roof top! It is not really noted, however if you ask, you shall receive! An outdoor spiral staircase shared with potted plants will lead you to a well-shaded roof top. There is also a bathroom up here and rope to hang your clothes. Here, about fifty people could do yoga.
This hostel recycles plastic and glass and have signs letting you know where. We were also impressed by how good the staff are about turning lights out in common areas when they aren't being used.
The longstanding nature of this hostel is quite literally, written on the walls (advice, philosophies, etc.) along with vibrant colors and green plants. The staff are friendly and know how to fix in the internet quickly when a storm knocks it out.