25 de marzo de 2017
A disappointing hostel spoiling an otherwise amazing Carnaval!
Nearly everything else. The electricity was faulty (sockets hanging out of the wall), breakfast was practically non-existant (just bread and coffee), internet was poor but worst of all was the owner. Where do I start? Tried to overcharge me for my stay (and other guests). She told me I was dreaming when I calculated how much I owed for the stay; gave me a lecture about prices and politeness before making her own calculations and realising I was correct. She was very "communicative", and picked arguments with several guests and her volunteers. Threatened me with legal action just because I made a small complaint about the state of the hostel and how it was not as advertised, and told me if I was to change hostel, how the others were ridden with crime and were exorbitantly expensive - which I managed to mythbust as I had several friends staying at the particular hostel she named, all of whom alive, well and still with all their belongs (contrary to what she claimed). I brought several friends to the hostel as we prepared to go out to the street parties and the first time she did not say anything when my friend arrived, but the second time barred them entry, giving me another lecture about security. On my part as a guest, I admit I was in the wrong by not asking her prior, but equally, this was the only hostel on my travels that did not supply a set of rules on arrival, and so I was not aware of what was allowed and not allowed (as the visit of friends was allowed in other hostels). Finally, on my last day I lent a baseball cap to another guest who did not return it to me. When I asked her to talk to the other guest (as I was leaving the hostel), she just laughed at how "stupid" I was instead of trying help me.
Being a student I am not very fussy about what I get in a hostel, just that it's cheap and habitable.
Not much, but the volunteers that worked there and also the other guests were amazing - friendly and helpful. I made some good friends there. The location was also great for getting around Salvador.