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“Decent Hostel, nothing special”
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Hikers Hostel
Reviewed November 5, 2011

I stayed at Hiker's Hostel for 2 nights. The staff is alright, one of the girls is very friendly and nice and the other is pretty negative about everything. The view from the hostel is great, beds are nothing special. They have hot water 24 hours a day and at night, the hostel is quiet which is nice (if no one is partying in the common room). To read more about my stay in Plovdiv, check out this post on my travel blog, http://www.theworldorbust.com/photos-of-the-week-plovdiv/

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

Thanks for a good stay! If you want to meet nice, friendly peolple from all all over the world, the Hikers Hostel is your address!!! :-) Hope to come again one day...

Stayed: May 2007
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

I couldn't find the Plovdiv Hikers Hostel listing, so I left this here instead.
The atmosphere is good, as well as the location in the historic part of the city (although trying to walk here with a heavy pack was not a good idea--better get a taxi, since free pick up was not offered--only available if you also booked at Hiker's Hostel at Veliko Tarnovo). There was only one bathroom for 8 dorm beds and a private room, so that makes for a hectic morning.
Free breakfast is tea, muesli, bread, jam, meat and cheese. There was also free internet in the one computer they have. The staff was friendly, but not professional. I woke up to one of the female staff having sex with someone staying at the hostel one day. The next night, the other female staff was loudly drinking with the other tourists. This hostel is good for socializing, but not for trying to get decent sleep.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank anomelisa
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

This hostel will be remembered as one of the absolute worst hostels we stayed at during four years of travels! Do NOT stay here if you can avoid it at all.

The main house seemed okay. It was located in the historic old centre. It has a small outdoor area (where breakfast was served, and at night where people partied), a small indoor area (where during the day people used the computer and/or the very slow wifi connection, and at night people slept on the benches), a communal kitchen (which was actually the space behind the reception counter, so pretty impractical to actually cook in), and shared toilets (which in the mornings were pretty dirty but they did get cleaned every day).

This is all we saw of the main house, since although we had a booking for a double room they were full and we had been put in the "apartment". This place was the real problem. It was a 10-minute walk from the main house, and not in the direction of the sites. So it was outside the historic area and far from any restaurants.

All the apartment had was four rooms... a toilet room that was okay but was not cleaned in the time we were there, a shower room that smelled worse than third-world out-houses we have been in, a double room that was completely bare -- nothing but two twin beds and a lightbulb hanging from bare wires in the middle of the room, and another room that was set as a six-person dorm. The dorm acutally was large and looked like people could spread out a bit, so it may have been alright... except for the fact that if you stay there, you would still have to use the shower room. Honestly there was an open drain in that room that I swear went straight to the sewer, it smelled so incredibly bad that neither I nor my husband could shower... in fact, just walking in made my eyes burn!

So although we picked Hikers because of the promise of a kitchen, wifi in the room, and the social aspect of backpacker places, we got NONE of that at the "apartment". Heck, there were not even blankets on the bed. I have never seen a room so sparce, it was more like a cell than a welcoming hostel room.

We had planned to spend four days in Plovdiv, but once we saw our room we decided to leave as soon as possible.

One other note... when they took us to "the apartment" our room had been slept in the night before. The employee, simply took off the other sheets, handed us a set and walked out. There was no other cleaning at all. And believe me, this room needed a hoovering. In our room, there were dust bunnies so big they deserved names!

It was all unbelievable bad. The owner of Hikers Hostel should be very very ashamed with what they are offering. We have stayed in hostels around the world, and rarely have we come across one so bad. We will definately NOT return. And even took the time to find an alternative in Plovdiv -- Gusto Hostel. So make a booking with them and completely avoid Hikers.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

Stayed here for two nights in the dormitory which was OK. The shower and toilet facilities not the best i.e. the doors didn't shut properly but the staff were very pleasant and very helpful. We stayed here following a night spent at the PBI hostel anything after that is a palace. All in all we didn't find it too bad not the best But certainly not the worst. Would stay there again.
Good views over the city and it was quiet at night as you are in the old town..

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2009

We stayed at the Hikers Hostel for one night on recommendation from Lonely Planet - bad choice. The single dorm room is cramped and smelly - the blankets thin and scratchy. Worse - one of the bunkbeds collapsed during the night - thankfully the girls sleeping in the bunks were not badly hurt. Reason we left though - the dirty shower/bathroom with doors that did not shut!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BGoverseas
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Reviewed December 6, 2007

We have just returned from a week at the Hikers Hostel in Veliko Tarnovo. The hostel is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible service before. The stuff treat their guests well... train station pickup, great common area and breakfast, what more do you need? We enjoyed the stunning spectacle ‘Sound and Light’ from our room, overlooking the fortress. The night life in Tarnovo is great. A lot of fun everywhere and it's cheap. We made a day trip to so beautiful places - monasteries, waterfalls, eco-trails and to an ancient Roman town - Nikopolis ad Istrum. We had a lot of fun all the time. If you go to Bulgaria don't miss to visit the old capital - Veliko Tarnovo. I'm sure you'll never forget it.

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Address: Rezervoarska Str 91 | Samovodene Marketplace, Veliko Tarnovo 5000, Bulgaria
Location: Bulgaria > Veliko Tarnovo Province > Veliko Tarnovo
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Ranked #3 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Veliko Tarnovo
Price Range: $14 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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