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Albergue Don Quijote Arzua Reviews
Basic but Sufficient Amenities Jun 24, 2014
This was my first experience with what people think of when someone mentions that they stayed in a hostel and overall it was a good one. It was on the first floor right off the street so that was very convenient.
The sleeping areas were divided into three main sections. These were further split by short walls between every two sets of bunks. It was kind of like having sleeping cubicles. We were in the back of our section and no one took the extra bunk above me so we really only saw the ladies across from us once we were in our spot although we didn’t spend much time here. Because the sleeping area was so open, we wanted to avoid making any extra noise in the bunk space so when we wanted to talk, we hung out in the very first room of the hostel. While sitting at these tables we realized that the windows of the inner wall actually looked into the first sleeping section so that part would have the most light and noise, a fact that made us very happy we had not chosen to sleep there.
We were only given a thin sanitary covering for the mattresses so our own sheets came in very useful here. There were heavy blankets in cupboards at the front of the sleeping area so we made sure to pick those up and were not cold that night.
The bathrooms were clean and spacious. The shower stalls were also large.
The washer and dryer availability were greatly appreciated after days of hand-washing shirts and socks in sinks and relying on a lack of humidity for drying. The cost wasn’t bad either. I think there was some outdoor space beyond this room but we didn’t explore that far.
The hostel had a kitchen space if you wanted to prepare your own food. It also had a hot drink dispenser, yay for evening cocoa There were two little restaurants nearby as well.
A major disadvantage was a lack of outlets for charging. The few available were near our bunks so most people just plugged their devices in and then left them (relying on honest fellow hostel guests which I’m guessing was the norm but cannot be a guarantee).
Don Quixote was the largest of the hostels that we stayed in along the trail but we still got a decent night’s rest (not our best but not bad).
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