I had stayed at a backpacker’s hostel during my last solo trip to Goa and had quite liked the experience. Even though the hostel was not one of the best, it had helped me get an idea of what to expect and what not to while staying in such environments. I personally did not find many things that I can complain about or which bothered me in any way. So for my next solo trip to the coastal town of Gokarna, I again decided to stay in a hostel. And so began my search for a backpacker hostel in Gokarna. I soon decided upon one. This, however, was quite different from the previous one I had stayed at in Goa. Different in a good way.
One of the first things I remember however was the tiring half-a-kilometer up-hill walk which I had to endure in that sweltering heat. Yes you can take an auto too but I had decided to walk. A hundred bucks for a kilometer or so did not sound right to me. Half way through though, I had almost started to regret this decision of mine.
However, all the tiredness vanished when I finally found myself sitting at the cafe right next to my room after a refreshing shower. The cafe which had a view so gorgeous, it made me oblivious to anything else around me. Among the many ways in which it was different from other hostels, the one that sits at the top of the list was without doubt, its location. Located at a hill-top which offers a fantastic view of the Gokarna beach it is one of the best-located property I have stayed at in a long long time.
The hostel itself is beautifully done. Located at the end of a huge area, painted in bright and lively colors all over, be it inside or on the outside of it, the place looks very distinctively cheerful. The place has an in-house restaurant too. And its Nepali cooking team there never fails to come up with one culinary delight after another, every single time. The best part, there were two eating areas. Both of them with a fantastic view of the beach below and the greenery around.
The rooms, all of them with a sea-view, were spacious and the beds wider compared to what the hostel I stayed in Goa had. However, even though the place is hardly a few months’ old, it seems the washrooms will be needing some work soon. Things have started coming off the walls.
If you ask me about which was my favorite place there — of-course apart from the restaurant, the answer without any second thoughts would be, the common area of the hostel.
Firstly, this place is brilliantly done. Enough bean-bags to relax, cushions to doze-off and a big TV to catch-up on the whatever you want to. Not to mention the small but fantastic collection of books there. The colorful and funky graffiti of Bob Marley on the wall only made the place funnier. No wonder I spent a lot of time there, relaxing, reading and eventually slipping into lazy naps.
For the price, which is same as any other hostel’s tariff here in India, I would not hesitate to say that Zostel is offering a much better value for money. For the privacy seekers, they do have cottages as well.
**Secret tip: Want to take chances and get accommodation at even lower prices? Show-up instead of booking online 😉
How has your experience at backpackers’ hostels been like? Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you.