Gay Hostel

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:08 AM GMT
    Anyone ever stay at a gay hostel or any hostel? Getting ready to go on a backpacking trip to Europe in May and looking for cheap places to stay. Just wondered what a hostel is like?
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    I like hostels, although I have never been to a gay one.

    They are cheap and a nice way to meet people on occasion. I just make sure to read reviews so I don't end up in a shithole. The money saved can be used to do "fun" vacation explorations.

    They can be noisy so I will book a hotel travelling for marathons, however.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    Yea I was surprised to find gay hostels, but they have them in London, Madrid, Paris, etc. many of the places I'm going. It looks like a dorm type situation, but I like the idea of meeting new people, especially ones that are like me.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:15 PM GMT
    A gay hostel does sound like fun.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    ZACK2323 saidA gay hostel does sound like fun.


    A gay hostel sounds like a mess! Like a gay frat, what an awful idea.

    Hostels are great. They're cheap, they're clean, and you meet cool people. Bring your shower shoes and a padlock for your locker.
    Try http://www.hostelworld.com/
    http://www.hostelbookers.com
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Hostels are a great way to meet other travelers and they are cheap. Most hostels have dorm style rooms. Some rooms sleep 4, or 6, or 8 sometimes more and may or may not be segregated by sex. Some even have private rooms which are more expensive.

    I've never stayed at a gay hostel, but I have been in rooms with other guys and sometimes...well........let's just say it turned into a very hot situation.

    You usually have to share a bathroom/shower. And there is a big kitchen where you can cook and keep stuff in a fridge. They supply all the pots, pans, utensils,,,,,,,,,as well as bed sheets towels etc.

    Depending on the place, there's internet availability at low cost, and often the hostel organizes day trips to various sights and "bar crawls" at night.

    But do your homework before you settle onto a place. Most hostels are clean and quiet, but there are places that are shitholes.

    If you are travelling for a long period of time, it helps to check yourself into a regular inexpensive private hotel periodicaly, because you need a break from all that sharing and activity of a hostel.

    There are web sites that list hostels around the world and you can book them in advance.

    Have fun!
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    I'm sure there are a lot of hookups at these hostel dorms, which could be fun.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    I definitely second reading reviews on the hostel. Nothing is worse than going into one that is so nasty you are afraid to set your stuff down on the floors. I love them, and have been in varying places from a room with 20 people sleeping in it to a private, b&b style setting with my own room. Most hostels already have a good quota of gay people present, depending on where you are visiting.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    Yea, a lot of these hostels i've been looking at dont get the best reviews. I don't have to stay at a gay hostel every night, but would like to stay at a few.
  • drypin

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:09 PM GMT
    ZACK2323 saidYea, a lot of these hostels i've been looking at dont get the best reviews. I don't have to stay at a gay hostel every night, but would like to stay at a few.


    I stayed at dozens of hostels while bicycling across Europe in 1995... mostly in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. None of them were exclusively gay however.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    Gay Hostel sounds like a porn/horror movie.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidBut do your homework before you settle onto a place. Most hostels are clean and quiet, but there are places that are shitholes.

    If you are travelling for a long period of time, it helps to check yourself into a regular inexpensive private hotel periodicaly, because you need a break from all that sharing and activity of a hostel.

    When I've traveled alone through Europe I've stayed in lots of hostels, I don't think any were gay, but I didn't really look for them. There are a few postings above that mention doing your homework, I couldn't agree more. You can get hostel ratings in most travel books, or you can just Google "hostel ratings for europe" and get a start.

    If you are going to be gone long, I would definitely agree that a hotel once or twice a week (if you can) will extend your tolerance for the communal accommodations in the hostels.

    Plan your trip and make reservations, it sounds like big fun I'm sure you'll have a ball!
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    I'm going to be gone for a month. I plan on staying at a hotel at least 2 times a week. I will be traveling through Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and a few other places. I've already found a few good hostels to stay at, but need to find a few more. Like I said I would like to stay at a few gay hostels. I think it would be fun to meet other gay backpackers (not just the club crowds).
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    ZACK2323 saidI'm going to be gone for a month. I plan on staying at a hotel at least 2 times a week. I will be traveling through Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and a few other places. I've already found a few good hostels to stay at, but need to find a few more. Like I said I would like to stay at a few gay hostels. I think it would be fun to meet other gay backpackers (not just the club crowds).


    Those cities are fantastic. Try to get to Berlin or Cologne too....and Florence and Amsterdam and...........LOL
  • Aquanerd

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    From my experience, all Hostels are Gay. I have never been cruised more than when I traveled through Europe back in college.

    Met great people, gay /straight male/female from around the world. It was as big a part of my memories as the places I visited.

    Does Stockholm still have the Hostel on the Sailing Ship?

    There was also one in the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.

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    Jan 06, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    Hostels offer more than just a place to hang your hat. Hostels can provide a social network that is difficult to find when traversing the globe to faraway destinations. Whether you meet fellow travelers in the lobby (or the bathroom if you aren’t too shy) and wind up dancing together that night, or befriend that cute local working the front desk and have him give you an insider’s tour, hostels make it possible to connect with others to maximize your experience in a brand new place.

    Madrid: Gay Hostel Puerta del Sol
    his cheap stay in Puerta del Sol Square couldn’t be more central (or easier to find). Very clean and well-equipped with free Internet and TVs in every room, this friendly hostel also has great advice for gay travelers in Madrid and can offer free entry to some of the most popular gay discos in the city.

    Madrid: Gay Pizarro Hostel
    Slightly off the beaten track and with a great location in the Chueca neighborhood, which is world-famous for its gay and lesbian nightclubs, it’s easy to see why this smart Madrid gay hostel has impressed its guests.


    London: London House Gay Hostel
    One of just a handful of hostels catering exclusively to gay travelers in London, London Hostel Gay House has provided a friendly, comfortable place to stay since 1984. Newly remodeled in 2003, this gay hostel has a lounge area and kitchen that offer an informal, friendly base for exploring the city, as well as a good place for making new friends.

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    Jan 06, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    nottingham_fella saidHostels offer more than just a place to hang your hat. Hostels can provide a social network that is difficult to find when traversing the globe to faraway destinations. Whether you meet fellow travelers in the lobby (or the bathroom if you aren’t too shy) and wind up dancing together that night, or befriend that cute local working the front desk and have him give you an insider’s tour, hostels make it possible to connect with others to maximize your experience in a brand new place.

    Madrid: Gay Hostel Puerta del Sol
    his cheap stay in Puerta del Sol Square couldn’t be more central (or easier to find). Very clean and well-equipped with free Internet and TVs in every room, this friendly hostel also has great advice for gay travelers in Madrid and can offer free entry to some of the most popular gay discos in the city.

    Madrid: Gay Pizarro Hostel
    Slightly off the beaten track and with a great location in the Chueca neighborhood, which is world-famous for its gay and lesbian nightclubs, it’s easy to see why this smart Madrid gay hostel has impressed its guests.


    London: London House Gay Hostel
    One of just a handful of hostels catering exclusively to gay travelers in London, London Hostel Gay House has provided a friendly, comfortable place to stay since 1984. Newly remodeled in 2003, this gay hostel has a lounge area and kitchen that offer an informal, friendly base for exploring the city, as well as a good place for making new friends.




    I'm going to be staying at the one in London. Which one is the better one in Madrid or should I try them both?
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    Jan 06, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    It depends if you want to stay off the beaten track or not.

    Also, re London....Is it your first time to London?

    ZACK2323 said
    nottingham_fella saidHostels offer more than just a place to hang your hat. Hostels can provide a social network that is difficult to find when traversing the globe to faraway destinations. Whether you meet fellow travelers in the lobby (or the bathroom if you aren’t too shy) and wind up dancing together that night, or befriend that cute local working the front desk and have him give you an insider’s tour, hostels make it possible to connect with others to maximize your experience in a brand new place.

    Madrid: Gay Hostel Puerta del Sol
    his cheap stay in Puerta del Sol Square couldn’t be more central (or easier to find). Very clean and well-equipped with free Internet and TVs in every room, this friendly hostel also has great advice for gay travelers in Madrid and can offer free entry to some of the most popular gay discos in the city.

    Madrid: Gay Pizarro Hostel
    Slightly off the beaten track and with a great location in the Chueca neighborhood, which is world-famous for its gay and lesbian nightclubs, it’s easy to see why this smart Madrid gay hostel has impressed its guests.


    London: London House Gay Hostel
    One of just a handful of hostels catering exclusively to gay travelers in London, London Hostel Gay House has provided a friendly, comfortable place to stay since 1984. Newly remodeled in 2003, this gay hostel has a lounge area and kitchen that offer an informal, friendly base for exploring the city, as well as a good place for making new friends.




    I'm going to be staying at the one in London. Which one is the better one in Madrid or should I try them both?
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    Jan 06, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    Yes, this will be my first time in London and my first time in Europe.
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    Jan 06, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    watch out for hostels lol didn´t you see the movie??? don´t trust anyone
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    Jan 07, 2010 2:31 AM GMT
    soccerjock saidwatch out for hostels lol didn´t you see the movie??? don´t trust anyone


    I didn't see the movie, but I think Hostels are secure.
  • speedoIce

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    Jan 12, 2010 10:01 PM GMT
    I did stay at the London Victoria one. It is substandard as a hoste, dirty and the blankets are not properly washed as is the standard in the majority of European hostels. Hence, bedbugs.

    But it was a fun experience, when I got back from clubbing there were two very cute guys making out in the upper bunk, and they didn't bother to stop even though they weren't alone in the room. But the other guests were middle age or older so nothing much else happened during the night. Most of us slept naked, though...

    The Berlin gay hostel in Motzstrasse is quite nice, if your trip takes you to Berlin (I can recommend the city highly... and not just because of the late afternoon cruising in the Tiergarten park...)

    Basically just use Hostelworld.com to search for and book hostels, and pick out the ones with 90% rating or better. Hosteling is a normal way of traveling in Europe, but doesn't seem to have caught on in the US (excepting the often shitty YMCAs).

    As for non-gay hostels, I have had quite a few very interesting experiences in them, including a rather fun showertime in a hostel in Italy... if you are cute and/or sexy you will have no trouble finding memorable hosteling experiences ;)
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    Jan 13, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    Wow, that sounds like fun. Whats the name of the hostel in Italy?


    speedoIce saidI did stay at the London Victoria one. It is substandard as a hoste, dirty and the blankets are not properly washed as is the standard in the majority of European hostels. Hence, bedbugs.

    But it was a fun experience, when I got back from clubbing there were two very cute guys making out in the upper bunk, and they didn't bother to stop even though they weren't alone in the room. But the other guests were middle age or older so nothing much else happened during the night. Most of us slept naked, though...

    The Berlin gay hostel in Motzstrasse is quite nice, if your trip takes you to Berlin (I can recommend the city highly... and not just because of the late afternoon cruising in the Tiergarten park...)

    Basically just use Hostelworld.com to search for and book hostels, and pick out the ones with 90% rating or better. Hosteling is a normal way of traveling in Europe, but doesn't seem to have caught on in the US (excepting the often shitty YMCAs).

    As for non-gay hostels, I have had quite a few very interesting experiences in them, including a rather fun showertime in a hostel in Italy... if you are cute and/or sexy you will have no trouble finding memorable hosteling experiences ;)
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    Jan 20, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    I am really looking forward to my first hostel experiences.
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    Oct 03, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    I'm having my first hosteling experience this week, and so far it's been great!

    I was hesitant at first, but last night I met a student from Germany, and we discussed string theory, TheLXD.com, "Trance around the World", International Business, hosteling as an environmentally sustainable travel alternative, the controversy around Hawai'ian sovereignty, Project Management as an enterprise risk management discipline and highly lucrative career path, the addictive nature of WoW, TED.com, and Sand Painting.