We stayed at 98SG in March. My wife and I stayed in the 4 bed dorms.
We made the mistake of staying at the cheapest hostel we could find. Keep in mind, this was still not cheap. After the final billing it worked out to $14/night/bed in a four room dorm. No bueno on the budget. So, this hostel. We got there hot, sweaty and not really having a good time. I had pulled out a little bit of cash but didn't go nuts. Our hostel Nazi demands payment in full, in cash, plus additional fees not mentioned in the booking. We booked this place through hostelworld.com and had read the fine print pretty thoroughly. None of this was included. This was not mentioned on the website, either. So, I ran back to the train station, hit an ATM and paid our Chinese Ilsa. After all the hidden fees, the beds were almost 40% more than we had booked them for.
The hostel had two things going for them: the A/C unit was a beast and they had fantastic water pressure. The rest, not so much. The hostel was plastered with printer paper telling you what not to do. The common area was at most 10' wide and 30' long. There was seating for 6 at a table, which was demarked as the only place you were allowed to eat. Rules, rules, rules, rules, rules.
Additional fun at the hostel: Random and inopportune enforcement of THE RULES: No TV after midnight. This can be enforced anytime between 11:15pm-12am, usually at the climax of the film. The plugs are pulled, A/C is turned off and remotes are gathered and locked up.
The Saga of Meep.
Now, Meep is an interesting character. Normally she would inspire pity, sympathy and understanding. This is not one of those stories. You see, Meep is disabled. I'm not sure exactly what the issue was, but it was pervasive and thorough.
Her working at the hostel would not have been an issue, except that she ran wild. To inform me that breakfast was over (10 minutes early according to their clock) she pulled food out of my hands. To get me to move my legs, she hit me with a broom. Three times. At three separate occasions. She shut doors in peoples faces. She threw a fit and dumped a load of laundry on the ground. In one notable instance, I was not feeling well and was sleeping in my room. She grabbed my foot, woke me up, threw me out of bed, sprayed me with bug spray and proceeded to roach spray the entire room, including our bags. She would grab my arm and try to pull me. I really don't like it when strangers touch me in an aggressive fashion.
Service and Value got one dot because I can't put in negative quantities.
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