As you are all more than aware I visited Exeter last weekend and chose to stay in a hostel…no surprise there! It was my first time staying in a hostel without working in it for just under a year – so I was a little apprehensive about how I was going to feel being surrounded by strangers instead of the close friends I had in Budapest! Luckily, the Globe Backpackers Hostel Exeter was just delightful!
When I booked it, it was the only hostel in Exeter that I could find! Obviously, my choices were limited and I was wary whether the owners would take advantage of this and let their standards drop. This wasn’t the case at all! I had a lovely time, met some lovely people, and got two great night’s rest!
I’m going to review the hostel based on the seven key points I outlined in my video “How To Choose The Perfect Hostel” as these are the most important points! I’ve also added an extra point, which is the staff review!
The Globe Backpacker’s Hostel has a rating of 79% on HostelWorld, which isn’t great considering most hostels aim for 90% and above. So I had a dig through the most recent ones to give my two-cents:
- 51% – “The bedding and mattress were tattered and poor quality. Not sure how often duvets are washed. Someone was living in the multi-bunk room” – if I’m honest, the mattress was a bit lumpy, but I slept absolutely fine. As for someone living in a hostel… this happens in every hostel and is a silly thing to mark a place down on.
- 49% – “There was vomit in the corridor” – this really has more to do with a guest staying there at the time than the hostel. When I first arrived someone had made a small mess in the bathroom, and when I went back an hour later it was spick & span. I thought their cleaning efforts were outstanding!
- 77% – “unfortunately you can’t change the temperature” – I had no problems with this at all!
As I mentioned in last week’s video, some reviewers can mark hostels down for silly things and I think this has happened to the Globe, which is a shame.
Only world for the location of the Globe Backpacker’s Hostel is… fabulous! I walked everywhere the whole weekend and nothing in town is really further than 20 minutes! I was also absolutely delighted to find that it is just round the corner from the beautiful waterfront of the River Exe, where I spent most of my time when not sightseeing!
I thought the facilities were fab. The Globe has a huge communal living area which is so important when travelling alone to meet other guests and make some friends! The bunk-beds didn’t squeak when you got in and out – this is a pet peeve of mine so that kept me happy!
I also LOVED the huge walk in showers – all I’ve ever experienced in hostels is little cubby cabin showers. I felt as if I was in a hotel. They even had an express shower for those who can take one in under three minutes (not me!) which is a great idea!
Reception was great in the common areas but didn’t extend to my room on the second floor. If you work while away though they have a great bench set-up in the common room where you can set up your laptop and it’s pretty chilled during the day so easy enough to get work done.
This was my first hostel experience in the UK, and for a weekend I didn’t think £17.50 per night was too bad, especially when I saw a B&B offering rooms for £50 in town. Everything is relative, and European hostels are always going to be cheaper than those in smaller UK towns. Plus, considering the facilities I thought it was worth it.
6. Dorm Room
I had booked for a mixed-dorm, but as someone had dropped out of their booking I was given the chance to take a bed in the female dorm, which I took and I’m glad I did. There were more guests in their late 40s-50s at the Globe than I’ve experienced in Europe, which didn’t bother me at all aside from not feeling too comfortable sharing a room with the older guys.
As it happens, I was gobsmacked when I walked in to my 8-bed female dorm to see a whole load of floor space. The photo below doesn’t do it justice but in Europe that size room would have been used to hold 16-20 beds at least! I also got a sneak peak at one of the private rooms whilst staff were cleaning and had the door open and they looked amazing, both for space and decor.
As I mentioned when reviewing the reviews at the start of this post, the toilets & showers were always clean and tidy, and I didn’t see any dust or stains in my room or the common areas. I also caught the new guy hoovering on my second day so they do clean the hostel!
I found all the staff to be really friendly and helpful throughout my stay! Any questions I had were answered without hesitation and I got some great tips about where to park & where to eat for dinner. Even the new guy knew his stuff on his first day so overall it was a great experience!
If it’s not clear from this review, I ended up giving the hostel a 100% on HostelWorld as I was so relaxed whilst I was there! The one thing that did stand out from my time in Budapest was that the hostel itself doesn’t put on any activities to help guests get to know each other, such as nights out, but the layout of the communal areas do encourage new friendships if you are willing to take the initiative yourself!
If you’ve got any other questions about my stay, let me know in the comments!
Lots of love