Clean and secure, but 0 stars for fun and atmosphere
It is a beautiful place, but it's like staying in a museum. I was lonely and bored there and felt like I was in middle school. There were 2 televisions downstairs, but when I turned them on to watch tv, nothing happened. After I fiddled around unsuccessfully for a while, I went upstairs only to be informed that the tvs did not receive channels, they were only to be used for DVDs. How nice. So, I went back upstairs for a nice hot shower, only I did not get one. The water was only lukewarm, and the bathroom was freezing cold. I went online and found a 24 hour fitness close by and went there for a shower. I stopped off at the grocery on the way back for some soup and hot chocolate but was in for a surprise when I got back to the hostel to cook it. They lock up the kitchen at 11:00 and you are not allowed back in until 7 the next morning. So, if you are hungry or thirsty after 11:00 it's too bad. They also lock the front door after 11, so you have to knock to be let back in! The parking lot that they charge you $5 to park in has a back door to the kitchen that you COULD use to get back in, but they keep the door locked and will not give you a key, and it is not set up for a code, so if you are unloading your things from the car, you have to walk around the whole premises to the front door. They have a steep staircase with a sign saying that you may not drag your suitcase, so if you have a heavy suitcase, like many women do, you are out of luck. So, running back to the car for items in your suitcase can be a real pain, esp. if it is after 11 at night. Oh, and they charge you for bath towels, to go with your lukewarm shower! The front desk is in the smack center of the building at the bottom of the staircase, so you have someone watching you every time you go outside or to any of the common areas. Their "continental breakfast" was basically an English muffin or an apple. A nice building with no heart, is just a nice building and not a fun, happy hostel.