Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hostel versus hotel?



Backpackers versus hotel.. which do you prefer? Like all big cities Perth has a goodly number of backpacker hostels.. some better than others, I'd advise much research before choosing. The Old Swan Barracks Backpackers Hostel in Northbridge is in the heritage listed 1896 barracks, renovated in 2008 and described now as 'totally geared towards the ongoing comfort of our international visitors'. The reviews vary from 'the BEST hostel ever' to 'it's a hellhole' (that made me smile) and everything in between. If I was 18 and exploring the world I might take a chance but these days it's all about comfort, I'll stick with hotels :) Happy Thursday, take care..

33 comments:

  1. My son loves backpacker hostels, nice one!

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  2. Historical looking old building and interesting history, but these days I'm with you, Grace, looking for comfort!! Great shot as always! Hope your week is going well!

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  3. Wow this is a fancy hostel, a castle! In Canada I slept in a hostel with hubby a few years ago. I felt like 16 again...

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  4. I have to do everything for myself at home. When I travel, I want room service!

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  5. Lovely, I'd have a room, if only they could it. Maybe me and my son, ha ha.

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  6. The building is marvellous but I am now too old not to want a hotel room!

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  7. interesting...i've heard of hostels but never really understood what one was...it sounds like a cool thing to do if i was younger and travelling without kids. beautiful building!

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  8. I'm totally with you on this one. If I was between 18 and 25 I'd probably check this out and enjoy myself completely. But, now I want to be comfortable. Affordable is still necessary but, cleanliness and comfort are very high on my list.
    This is a great looking building though!

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  9. I'd gladly trade all the comfort to be 18 again !

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  10. Lovely building wasted on kids!
    You are right about comfort mind, and I'd love the 18 year old energy.

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  11. I prefer a hotel but a hostel like this in a historical building mus be an experience.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  12. I think I could still do camping out...rough camping out of the back of a truck...like Don and I used to do (we were both super organized so it worked out really well). Otherwise bring on the hotel :)

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  13. It's hotels for me too, Grace! And as nice a one as I can afford.

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  14. Yep, when I travel, I generally stick with hotels. I like to be surprised in ways other than by the bed/mattress/board I'm sleeping on. ;-)

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  15. I'm with you. My idea of camping is a Marriott Courtyard with pool, restaurant, and big, comfy beds! I'd be much less likely to be hostile when I woke up in a Marriott than if I woke up in a hostel. :)

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  16. I like the style of the building, anyway.

    We have ourselves a hostel too here, one that used to be a jail in the 19th century. I've been in a part of the building that's a museum. It feels like you're being watched.

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  17. Give me my pack and a sleeping bag and I can find a place to sleep nearly anywhere. However, being married Mrs. M. will not let me (if she is with me) any place but a nice hotel/
    Beautiful building.

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  18. It looks beautiful but I am with you.

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  19. I like quirky small boutique hotels: http://www.vrbo.com/564661


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  20. My backpacking days are over, although a part of me would like them back.

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  21. I've certainly stayed in worse backpackers than this one!

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  22. I prefers hotels too, but this building is a nice one, I don't know the inside though...

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  23. As I was 18, I slept in many kinds of places . Now , age is there , I prefer comfort than adventure ..But , ohhh, being 18 again, for a few days , but with my experience in mind .... :o)

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  24. Hmmm! I went to dictionary.com and it defined "Hostel" as an inexpensive, supervised lodging place for young people on bicycle trips, hikes, etc. I guess that counts me out Grace. Chuckle.

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  25. This place looks nice,but I'll stick with hotels!

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  26. It does look inviting, but I'll stick to the hotels too!

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  27. I agree with your assessment :) no more for me
    but the picture remains inviting
    greetings from Brussels
    anni

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  28. I agree as well, Grace! We used to have a cabin without toilet/shower but last time we were accidentally upgraded for free, with own toilet/shower - and will try to get that cabin again in Feb!
    1995 we stayed in such a hostel one night with two other guys - awful!
    I´m old now, I need a certain kind of luxury, never again (hopefully) will I be forced to take a cold shower (which was not such a huge problem in 95/99)...

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  29. Oh, if only I didn't associate the word backpacker with cockroaches [of both the insect and human kind]. You definitely need to spend a night there and send us more "inside" information...

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  30. i am MUCH too old for hostels, but i think that they serve a very useful purpose, and I'm glad that they are there for young people and families who can use them.

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  31. Backpackers versus hotel? Are you serious? Grace, I will let YOU guess which I prefer . . .

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  32. Totally fabulous building, but I"m with you Grace - I love my comforts!

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