If you read my other review about Reggae Mansion in KL, you'll know that I have a love/hate relationship with this particular hostel brand. Anyway, I went back into the fray because I thought I had a handle on the whole Reggae experience and I missed the glorious breakfasts.
I can say that this place has all of the flaws of the other-- the blaring music, sleepless nights and rude dorm mates-- without any of the upsides. The breakfasts weren't very good, the facilities weren't as nice, etc.
The staff were, for the most part, very pleasant and extremely helpful, moreso, in fact, than at the Reggae Mansion in KL. My last night, I had a very very bad experience with a rambunctious group of travelers that shared my dorm, but this was outside of their control and, all things considered, they really did do a good job of resolving the situation.
The thing that mostly informs my 'poor' rating is that bed D10 at least is infested with bed bugs. I know that in the hostel business this is a strong accusation, but it is 100% true and verified, by not only myself but by another guest who was staying there at the same time. The little critters were in fact very bold by my last night and a saw quite a number of them in my sheets and on the privacy curtain. I have bites all up and down my arms and legs. By the last night, between the violent drunks and the bedbugs, I finally just gave up, packed my bags and went down to reception at 6am to book a different hostel, have some coffee and kill some time until I could check into the other place.
Due to the bugs, I had to spend almost the cost of an extra night's stay to have everything I own steamed and washed, so as not to bring the infestation along for the rest of my journey.
Be careful of this place.
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