My Hotel/Hostel/B&B List

I’ve been traveling for quite some time now that I have managed to have a system perfected. When I’m planning trips, I have a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet that details my schedule, my budget, my itinerary, as well as various contingency plans. For accommodations, I have a couple of non-negotiable requirements, and I have to work those within my allotted budget. This makes looking for accommodations the most time consuming and comprehensive part of my planning process.

Once I have my itinerary set, I would then start reading about the various things to do and see in each city I’m visiting. I would read up about all the neighborhoods, the pros and cons of each, and how accessible they are to stuff I want to see or do. Once I have the area narrowed down, I ask myself these questions: How close is it to the attractions I want to see? Is there a Metro or bus station nearby? If yes, how far is the walk to the station? How late do the trains/buses run? Is it safe to walk alone in that neighborhood? Is the area known for crimes or poverty? How do locals regard it?

Safety is the most important thing for me, and it’s the one thing I would never compromise. As a solo female traveler, I am very well aware that I need to be extra diligent in researching for accommodations compared to a man. Sucks, but unless the status quo changes, best to be safe.

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My princess Jasmine room in Chefchaouen

Once I’ve selected a neighborhood to stay in, and have done thorough research on my transport options, I start looking at the hotels or hostels in the area. If I’m in a party town and in the mood to actually party, I will opt to stay at a hostel. Ideally I want a room with only 4 beds and has an ensuite bathroom, but if my budget does not permit it, I will stay in a bigger dorm room but will draw the line at an 8-bed dorm. If I don’t necessarily want to party, I will still stay at a hostel but opt to get a private room if they have it, that way I get the best of both world. Quiet and privacy when I want it, but still have the option to go down the common room and meet people. When I’m with Nick or my sister however, I will always pick a private room. Price-wise, it ends up about the same as getting two beds in a 4-bed dorm, and you get more for your money.

In countries where the dollar goes further, I will try to indulge in getting a private room in a nicer B&B or hotel. In Bali, we were able to stay at a private luxury villa for about $77.00 a night. When traveling in Western Europe or really expensive countries like Japan, the best I can often hope for is a clean and safe dorm/hostel. For our upcoming trip to China, Tibet, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, the accommodations we reserved varies from a bed in 8-bed dorm in HK, to a private beach hut in Panglao Island in the Philippines.

When selecting a hotel or hostel, I rarely go for the flashier or fancier ones. I don’t plan on spending that much time there anyways. Once my safety and accessibility requirements are met, I often pick the accommodations with the best overall reviews. I check if the place is geared towards backpackers or gap year kids, or do they cater more to casual tourists. When traveling by myself, I make it a point to select a hostel that has a bar or loads of common spaces. One of the big joys of traveling is meeting other people, which would be hard to do if there’s no common room or areas to socialize. When traveling with Nick and we want it to be more romantic and honeymoon like, we pick B&Bs that are in the city center. We still want to meet other people, but would want to come home to a quiet and peaceful room. It’s hard to do that when there are a hundred gappers partying at the rooftop bar directly above your room.

The following are the places I stayed at during my travels, where I booked them from, and what year I went. As with anything on this site, do your own research on the recommended sites and places before booking it for yourself. A lot, or a little, may have changed since I’ve been there.

Here is my complete HOSTEL LIST, and this includes the price I paid per night. the type of accommodation I had, and who I was with on the trip.

*photos of some of the places I’ve stayed at are posted right after the table*

BOOKING PLATFORM HOTEL/HOSTEL/B&B DESTINATION YEAR TRAVELED AS? ACCOMMODATION TYPE COST PER NIGHT/PAX
Direct Island House South Beach Miami, FL USA Sep-07 Couple Queen Room $80.00
Direct Holiday Capri Motel Memphis, TN, USA Nov-08 Couple Queen Room $60.00
Direct La Quinta Inn Clearwater, FL, USA Nov-08 Couple Queen Room $40.00
Direct El Rancho Motel Key West, FL, USA Nov-08 Couple Queen Room $127.00
Orbitz Grand Barcelo Cancun, Mexico May-09 Family Junior Suite $500.00
Direct Hotel Atlantico Praia Rio de Janeiro Nov-09 Couple Junior Suite $40.00
Direct DoubleTree Hotel Bethesda Washington DC, USA Oct-10 Couple Queen Room $25.00
HostelWorld Invitation Hotel Cairo, Egypt Oct-10 Couple Queen Room $25.00
HostelWorld Keylany Hotel Aswan, Egypt Nov-10 Couple Standard Twin Room $30.00
HostelWorld Nefertiti Hotel Luxor, Egypt Nov-10 Couple Standard Twin Room $30.00
HostelWorld Invitation Hotel Cairo, Egypt Nov-10 Couple Queen Room $25.00
Direct Hotel Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey Nov-10 Couple Queen Room $50.00
HostelWorld Sevilla Hostel Seville, Spain Nov-11 Solo Standard Twin Room $24.00
HostelWorld Lisboa Hostal Algeciras, Spain Nov-11 Solo Queen Room $22.00
HostelWorld Casa Annasr Chefchaouen, Morocco Nov-11 Solo Queen Room $28.00
HostelWorld Funky Fes Fez, Morocco Nov-11 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $19.00
HostelWorld Hotel Astrid Casablanca, Morocco Nov-11 Solo Queen Room $37.00
HostelWorld Riad Le Grande large Essaouira, Morocco Nov-11 Solo Queen Room $25.00
HostelWorld La Casa Del Sol Marrakech, Morocco Nov-11 Solo Single Room $24.00
Direct 3B Brooklyn New York, USA Apr-12 With Mom 4-bed dorm-shared bath $55.00
HostelWorld Cheers Hostel Istanbul, Turkey Nov-12 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $25.00
HostelWorld Ankara Hotel Konya, Turkey Nov-12 Solo Queen Room $27.00
HostelWorld Ufuk Hotel Pension Goreme, Turkey Nov-12 Solo Queen Room $25.00
HostelWorld Cheers Hostel Istanbul, Turkey Nov-12 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $25.00
HostelWorld Snuffel Backpacker Hostel Brugge, Belgium Nov-12 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $25.00
HostelWorld Shelter City Amsterdam, Netherlands Nov-12 Solo 4-bed dorm ensuite $30.00
HostelWorld Le Village Montmarte Paris, France Nov-12 Solo 4-bed dorm ensuite $35.00
HostelWorld 360 Hostel Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Nov-12 With Sister Twin Room shared bath $70.00
HostelWorld Casa Bombo Granada, Spain Nov-12 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $20.00
HostelWorld Funky Cordoba Cordoba, Spain Nov-12 Solo Queen Room $30.00
Direct Ufuk Hotel Pension Goreme, Turkey Feb-13 Solo Queen Room $25.00
HostelWorld Cheers Hostel Istanbul, Turkey Feb-13 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $25.00
HostelWorld Chelsea International Hostel New York, USA Apr-13 Solo 2-bed dorm-shared bath $51.00
HostelWorld Hostel Andrew Rome, Italy Sep-13 Couple Twin Room shared bath $56.00
HostelWorld Backpackers Inn Venice, Italy Sep-13 Couple Twin Room shared bath $77.00
HostelWorld Wombats City Hostel Vienna, Austria Oct-13 Couple 6-bed dorm ensuite $24.00
Direct Hostel Blues Bratislava, Slovakia Oct-13 Solo 8-bed dorm shared bath $17.00
HostelWorld Maverick Hostel Ensuites Budapest, Hungary Oct-13 Solo 10-bed dorm ensuite $19.00
HostelWorld Chillout Hostel Zagreb, Croatia Oct-13 Solo 8-bed dorm shared bath $16.00
HostelWorld Tchaikovsky Hostel Split, Croatia Oct-13 Solo 4-bed dorm shared bath $20.00
HostelWorld Hostel Villa Angelina Dubrovnik, Croatia Oct-13 Solo 4-bed dorm shared bath $27.00
HostelWorld Travellers Home Hostel Sarajevo, Bosnia I Herzegovina Oct-13 Solo 6-bed dorm shared bath $15.00
HostelWorld Sabah Pansiyon Antalya, Turkey Oct-13 Solo Queen Room $32.00
HostelWorld Bada Bing Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey Oct-13 Solo 6-bed dorm shared bath $22.00
HostelWorld International Student Hostel New York, USA Dec-13 Solo 6-bed dorm shared bath $60.00
HostelWorld Pariwana Backpacker Lima, Peru Feb-14 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $14.00
HostelWorld Pariwana Hostel Cusco, Peru Feb-14 Solo 4-bed dorm ensuite $14.00
Direct San Antonio Suites Puno, Peru Feb-14 Solo Queen Room $20.00
HostelWorld Ecopackers Machupicchu Machu Picchu, Peru Feb-14 Solo 4-bed dorm ensuite $15.00
PriceLine Union Station Hotel St. Louis, MO, USA Sep-14 Couple Queen Room $90.00
HostelWorld Hostel Revolution Quito, Ecuador Nov-14 Solo 6-bed dorm shared bath $10.00
HostelWorld Hostal D’Matthias Banos, Ecuador Nov-14 Solo Queen Room $18.00
HostelWorld Manso Boutique Guayaquil, Ecuador Nov-14 Solo Twin Room shared bath $17.00
HostelWorld Chill House Montanita, Ecuador Nov-14 Solo 6-bed dorm shared bath $8.00
HostelWorld Pariwana Backpacker Lima, Peru Nov-14 Solo 4-bed dorm ensuite $15.00
HostelWorld Pariwana Hostel Cusco, Peru Nov-14 Solo 6-bed dorm ensuite $15.00
HostelWorld Istiklal Hostel Istanbul, Turkey Feb-15 Couple 6-bed dorm ensuite $13.00
Booking.com Villa Sara Taormina, Italy Feb-15 Couple Queen Room $30.00
Booking.com A Casa di Amici Guest House Palermo, Italy Feb-15 Couple Queen Room $25.00
Booking.com Il Gattopardo House Catania, Italy Feb-15 Couple Queen Room $25.00
Direct Hotel Peninsula Istanbul, Turkey Feb-15 Couple Queen Room $25.00
Booking.com Bey Hotel Konya, Turkey Feb-15 Couple Queen Room $35.00
PriceLine Marriot St. Louis, MO, USA Jul-15 Couple Queen Room $120.00
AirBNB Penny’s Los Angeles, CA, USA Sep-15 Couple Queen Room $85.00
Booking.com Golden Mountain Hostel Bangkok, Thailand Oct-15 Couple Queen Room $25.00
Booking.com Kim Xiang Boutique Siem Reap, Cambodia Oct-15 Couple Queen Room $20.00
Booking.com Sleep Guesthouse Chiang Mai, Thailand Oct-15 Couple Queen Room $15.00
Booking.com Pondok Sebatu Villa Tegalalang, Indonesia Oct-15 Couple 1-br private villa $38.00
Booking.com The Pavilion Hotel Kuta Kuta, Indonesia Nov-15 Couple Queen Room $13.00
Booking.com Sakura Sky Residence Bangkok, Thailand Nov-15 Couple Queen Room $18.00
AirBNB Penny’s Los Angeles, CA, USA Jan-16 Couple Queen Room $43.00
PriceLine Marriot St. Louis, MO, USA Feb-16 Couple Queen Room $60.00
Booking.com The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai, China Sep-16 Couple Queen Room $50.00
Booking.com Urban Pack Hong Kong Oct-16 Couple 8-bed dorm shared bath $23.00
Booking.com Red Planet Cagayan de Oro, Philippines Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $11.00
Booking.com Red Planet Cebu Cebu, Philippines Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $21.00
Booking.com South Palms Beach Resort Bohol, Philippines Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $50.00
Booking.com Bayfront Hotel Cebu, Philippines Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $22.00
Booking.com Chengdu Lazybones Hostel Chengdu, China Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $12.00
Booking.com City Nomad Guest House Xining, China Oct-16 Couple 6-bed dorm shared bath $6.50
Booking.com Nirvana Hotel Xiahe, China Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $23.00
Booking.com 7 Sages Bell Tower Hostel Xian, China Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $12.00
Booking.com Red Lantern House Beijing, China Oct-16 Couple Queen Room $21.00
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70E0022E-A782-403B-99D9-A346BB40A749 view from our room at Villa Sara in Taormina, Italy

Inside our lovely room at Villa Sara in Taormina, Italy

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Our Baroque inspired, ballroom sized room at Il Gattopardo in Catania, Italy
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Enjoying the infinity pool overlooking the famous Ubud Rice Terraces at Pondok Sebatu Villa in Bali, Indonesia
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Our glass fishbowl bathroom at the Golden Mountain Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. There are blinds you can pull down if you desire a bit more privacy.
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At our hostess Penny’s beautiful Hollywood apartment. We make sure to book with her through AirBNB every time we’re in Los Angeles, CA.
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The outside of Backpackers Inn Venice, the hostel is the yellow building and used to a convent.
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With the super friendly and charming cook of Hotel Peninsula in Istanbul, Turkey.
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The view from Nefertiti Hostel in Cairo, Egypt. If you don’t mind the noise, the hostel is centrally located, just off Midan Tahrir.
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My “Princess Jasmine” room at Casa Annasr in Chefchaouen, Morocco. The family who owns and runs the place live on site, and care for their guests like they are family.

 

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