Just thought I would add my tuppence worth from several years ago as it doesn't apear to have changed... We travelled as a group of 6 girlfriends in Summer (August) 2006.
When we arrived, we were put in the back building down an adjacent street up about 100 stairs in the attic. In our large mixed dorm when we finally climbed the stairs, there was a used sanitary towel on the floor. On the blanket of my bed, there was some old chewing gum stuck on it. I couldn't even stretch out on my bed as the window for the whole room that needed to be kept open in the middle of summer, went over the end of my bed. Throughout the night, as the breeze changed, the window would bash against my foot.
Cleanliness was awful and the bathroom was vile- it was shared I think by about 15-18 people and there was always a queue.
Then, on the second night there, I was robbed in my sleep. I kept my purse and passport in my handbag wound round my hand in my bed. My wallet was stolen, including my room key. I was then- rather cheekily I might add, not allowed back the deposit for my room key despite the fact it was stolen from me as I slept in that god-awful hostel. They refused to help me even find the police station. I was stuck with no money for the rest of my trip and they would not even let me phone my bank etc- I had to do that from my mobile and incurred even more costs.
Oh, and it was right opposite a brothel.
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