Believe it or not, until recently I have never stayed in a hostel. In every city, I’ve managed to find good airbnbs for cheap prices or I’ve been lucky enough to stay in a hotel. However, when I decided to spend the weekend in Dresden from Berlin, a hostel seemed like the best option and we couldn’t have wished for a better experience.
I’m not going to lie, I grew up with hostel horror-stories. I’m not exactly sure why, as very few people I knew have actually stayed in one and had an experience worse than “someone couldn’t take the hint that I didn’t want to talk to them and mithered me all day”. Having said that, I didn’t experience any of the joys of staying in a hostel either, like making new friends from cool places, although I guess I brought my friends from cool places with me. (AKA, Amanda and Tiffany, my CTR clique.)We decided to book a place at the Kangaroo Stop, as it had very high reviews online and the novelty of staying at an Australian-themed hostel with an actual Australian seemed too good to pass up. When we got there, there were plenty of kangaoo-related objects, pictures of kangaroos lounging around, sculptures, toys. Just kangaroos. Everywhere.The staff were really lovely, they offered to look after our bags before we checked in and after we checked out. We were even lucky enough to stay in a private room, even though we only paid for a shared. It was clean with great views and even nicer than some hotels I’ve stayed in, which is saying something.The staff gave us maps, spoke excellent English, and told us all about their favourite places in Dresden and cheap places to eat.
So yeah, I’d stay in a hostel again. But I doubt I’ll find one as good as the second-best hostel in Germany (I wonder what the best is like?).