With a great view of Bled from the second level terrace, excellent location, and friendly and helpful staff, Castle 1004 has the potential to be a great hostel. Unfortunately there were a couple of factors that let it down.
Unlike other hostels I have stayed at, many of the guests do not clean up after using the kitchen. As a result, it's a huge mess in the morning, with no clean dishes or bench space. This makes it difficult for early risers to make breakfast. The fridge is very full and it seems that much of the room is taken up by old food from past guests. Perhaps writing names and check-out dates on food would help?
The common area and terrace are close to the dorms and there were a number of nights when I was woken up by loud guests. Also, I was disappointed that I didn't have a locker in my room. There are, however lockers in the other dorms. The hot water ran out early every day I stayed. :(
That being said, the staff are very friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. The hostel also has a great vibe. It is very close to the supermarket, castle, restaurants, and bus station. I would love to see this hostel improve.
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