Granted, this is my first hostel experience, so take this all with a grain of salt.
We arrived at Hostel X and very few of the 9 of us had stayed in a hostel before. We entered into a large room that had comfortable lounge chairs scattered around, a large mattress nestled in a nook, and a ping pong table in the middle. The most striking feature of the common room was that it was covered in graffiti that the staff is allowed to paint when they work there, so it was all very comfortable and gave off a "hey, you can lounge here all day" kind of way.
The rooms were fairly basic- ours was equipped with 5 bunk beds where we were all given a pillow, pillowcase, and a flat/fitted sheet. The bunks were squeeky, but aren't they all? Our room had a window and a fan, so circulation was not an issue at night and the temperature was very comfortable. There were also sizable lockers available for use. Each floor had a bathroom or two, each of which was a distinct layout but all were clean and usable.
The owner of the hostel was very friendly (as well as all of the staff) and told us about a pub crawl where it was ten euros for 3 bars (with a complimentary shot at each one) and a club at the end. We were impressed with how we avoided lines and went to places that seemed very hip and non-touristy. I decided to bail out early, but the people in our group who stayed out said they'd had a great time with the group.
Overall, I was very pleased with this experience. Now, if you're the kind of person who doesn't like conversing with friendly strangers and being a little more outgoing than usual, this might not be the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only true Backpackers Hostel in the dynamic city of Alicante and the proud winner of the 2014 Certificate of Excellence! X Hostel is strategically located in the heart of the city with supermarket, restaurants, pubs, 24 hour shop, train station, pharmacy, tram stop, and airport bus stop all within a 5 minute walk to the hostel. We are in a quiet neighborhood just far enough from the noise but close enough to walk to all that Alicante has to offer. Alicante has year round warm weather, beautiful sandy beaches, and an amazing and unmistakably Spanish nightlife that is sure to surprise. Join us for one of our weekly pub crawls which takes you on an unforgettable night through the narrow streets of El Barrio, the historic center. Whether you are looking to party, relax, recharge, or meet other travelers, X Hostel Alicante is your destination of choice. We are not your average hostel. We are unique and honored in saying that together with our affiliate and sister hostels located in Bulgaria and Romania we have over two hundred past guests that have an X tattoo. As amazing as that sounds, it just goes to show the bonds, friendships, and memories formed at X Hostel. Tired of the usual holiday? Why wait? Come join the X Hostel family and have the time of your life making new friends. Special features include: ~ Fully equipped self-service kitchen with oven and stove tops. ~Complimentary breakfast served in the kitchen every morning (toast, jam, butter, nutella, coffee, & tea) *Available Nov. thru March Only* ~ Rooftop terrace great for relaxing, having drinks, or simply enjoying the sunshine ~ Large casual common room great for meeting other travelers. ~ Owned and operated by experienced travelers. ~ Free WiFi and Free internet computer usage in the common room. ~ Linen included ~ Book swap ~ Multi-lingual staff ~ No curfew (Reception closes at midnight) Check in: 2:00 PM Check out: 11:30 AM Reception Hours: 9 AM till Midnight (No reception available after Midnight) Credit Cards Accepted Cancellation Policy: Please notify us via email at least 72 hours in advance of arrival date. If cancellation is received within 72 hours of arrival date, you will be automatically charged for one nights stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- x Hostel Alicante Hotel Alicante