Dear fellow travelers,
This is a true account of our stay in Osaka Downtown Hostel. We booked this hostel through the internet. It seems very attractive on the website with all the pictures and enticing description but the experience most backpackers have are extremely bad.
Firstly, the dormitory is not a conducive lodging for travelers at all. The owner, Oliver, is trying very hard to pack at least 6 guests into a confined room which is slightly larger than my store room. These beds are self constructed so you can imagine how unsafe they are. The beds also make a lot of jerking sounds at night.
The ratio of guests/ toilet is 12:1. That means there is always a mad rush for the washroom in the morning.
The worst experience we have is with Oliver’s temper. He has so many unwritten rules that made our stay so unpleasant. You will be barked and yelled upon if you break his ‘rules’. For example, we were shouted at for whispering in the middle of the night. And I got to tell you this, Oliver who stays in the hostel, snores louder than our whispers. There was one occasion, in the middle of the night, when I heard him cursed and swear at our neighboring roommates for wearing footwear to the toilet. I can confirm that he had threatened to chase out this woman. And I am most sure; I heard offensive language that night.
It is because of our stay in Osaka Downtown Hostel that spoilt our trip to Japan. If you decide to make your stay a regrettable experience, be yelled at during your holiday, be subjected to regimentation, go ahead and waste your money. (Rating from 1 to 5 stars? I give -10!)
On another note, my friends have learnt not to trust reviews put up by hostel reservation website They seems to filter off all negative comments so that their websites look positive. I pleaded to our reservation website to allow reviews to be posted but they chose to give us much disappointment. Perhaps profits are more important than the concerns of the customers.
Thank you for reading my message.