Not only does HI - Virginia Beach Hostel - Angie's Guest Cottage have a bad reputation in town, but also amongst the hosteling community, and rightly so. The owner seems quite alright with the fact that he runs a third rate, inhospitable hostel, and does nothing to make his guests more comfortable. He is unnecessarily strict and, quite frankly, mean. His authoritarian attitude makes it difficult for guests to relax.
The hostel is located in the attic of an old cottage, accessed by climbing a rundown, poorly lit staircase on the side of the building. The location of the property is the only good thing about this place. Several restaurants, gift shops, bars, miniature golf courses, arcades, and beach access areas are within just a few blocks of Angies. There is no parking for hostel guests, unless they want to pay a large fee each day their car is parked on the property. However, there are privately run parking lots quite close to the hostel where one can park for a fraction of the price the owner wants his hostel guests to pay.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Hostel guests are told to be on the lookout for bedbugs, and are asked to notify the staff immediately if they wake up with blood on their sheets or notice any other signs of the pests. This is not surprising, since the dorm room is quite filthy and rundown. There are dirty, rusty fans placed around the room since there is no air conditioning. The mattresses are dirty, the sheets are threadbare, and if you walk around the room while wearing white socks, the dirty floors will turn the bottom of the socks black almost immediately.
The tiny, poorly designed bathroom is adjacent to the large dorm room. Strangely, this is where the storage lockers are located; having them in the bathroom hardly makes sense, but not much does at this place. The shower takes a long time to get warm, and the toilet may need to be flushed more than once. There is also a small, creepy door in the bathroom that somehow makes noise even though it is padlocked shut. Seriously.
The common area in the backyard is a good idea, but it is not well kept. It looks like a handyman has never set foot back there. Some of the furniture and equipment needs to be replaced. The whole place could use a good power-washing and a few coats of paint. The kitchen is located on the first floor, but is only open when the owner feels like unlocking the door for his guests. Some parts of the property are off limits to hostel guests, depending on which employee you ask.
Hostel guests are required to immediately leave the property once they check out, even if they are waiting on their friends or family members to check out as well. To top it all off, when travelers check in, they may be hit with extra fees and higher prices than they were quoted. If guests object to these fees or question certain policies, they are informed that there are plenty of places to stay in Virginia Beach. Stay at one of those place, not here.