Looking at other reviews, I had to leap to the defence of this hostel which I stayed in with my girlfriend for 7 days (longer than a lot of those previous reviewers). Sure the neighbourhood is grimy and a bit dodgy. But in all the 7 days there, where we took the local bus at least twice a day, not once were we put in danger ie its not as scary as it seems. The hostel is as basic as it gets, but the sheets we had were clean, and NO BED BUGS, and certainly no complaints of that nature from anyone else there, and it was a packed household.
Bill is as friendly as can be and welcomes you like he knows you - you wont get this in a lot of hostels. Free internet, free toast and peanut butter all day...fantastic for the long weary traveller. Thanks again Bill!
Tip - check out Bills wall of "thank you" notes - the entire wall is covered with them from people all over the world.(we left some Scottish coins glued to a piece of paper with a thank you message )