I travelled here a few years ago with my sister. We wanted a budget option for a private room. We thought this was great!
We had one of the rooms that is part of a larger two bedroom apartment, so you share a cute and quaint lounge area, balcony (nice view) and kitchen with only one other room, but we didn't end up seeing anyone else there anyway.
For us, this was lovely and felt like we actually got a lot more than the one room we paid for, because we had access to this lovely area which was pretty well like our own private apartment - though we wouldn't have minded sharing with a couple of others if they had been there.
In a lot of budget accommodation you would just get one tiny poky room and no kitchen, lounge etc, so in fact this was a lot better than many other budget 'hotels' I've stayed in, and this is really just a hostel with some private rooms available.
We didn't cook in the kitchen but it seemed ok and the included breakfast was basic but fine.
I've seen people talking about the unsafe area but I didn't get the impression it was any different to any other big city where you should always be on the lookout for thieves etc. There were plenty of people around most of the time and I certainly didn't feel this was a dodgy area - just be alert as you would anywhere else.
This was perfectly adequate for our needs just stopping through for one night, close to the action and restaurants etc, and we would both definitely recommend it for people wanting a budget option in the city.
(Note it was a bit hard to find as some have mentioned! Just make sure you remember to bring their details and phone number with you for cab driver.)
I didn't see the hostel area so not sure how it compares.
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