When you first arrive at the hostel, you wonder if the owners have any pride in the business they are operating, as the parking lot is a junkyard of restoration projects.
My passport was scrutinised to the nth degree, going to the extreme of looking for my entry stamp to the US, which I felt was unnecessary and didn't make me feel particularly welcome.
I was told about the chore system, which didn't particularly bother me, but it hardly feels as though you scratch the surface because the place is pretty scruffy and unkempt in the first place. I also don't believe that performing chores "engenders community" like they say. On my first day, I opted to clean one of the communal bathrooms, and on the second my dorm bathroom.
It is quite a large place with dorm rooms and private rooms. The dorm I stayed in was large and had 7 beds. The top bunk was definitely the best place to sleep. The mattresses on the bottom were sunken and saggy. There are no lockers to secure your valuables, which is one of the things I always look for in a good hostel.
The kitchen doesn't have an oven, only a microwave and stove-top. There isn't much space to prepare your meals. The plus is that if you wanted, you could eat for free from the donated food that has gone passed its sell-by date.
If you bring your computer, WiFi is $2 per day.
Sadly, this place (which has definite potential) falls on my growing list of dilapidated hostels that fail to keep up with the times. Unfortunately for backpackers, that seems to be rampant in the US.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Fe International Hotel Santa Fe