My First Hostel Experience

On my recent weekend trip to Copenhagen, I decided to stay in a hostel for the first time. I say ‘decided’ but really my dwindling bank balance allowed for no other choice. None the less, as a ‘fun-loving 20-year-old’ I was confident that I would thrive off my first hostel experience. Sadly, however, my night turned into a nightmare! Continue reading for the details of my pitiful night along with any ‘hostel tips’ I picked up along the way:


My first hostel experience started promisingly, my venue of choice – Copenhagen’s DanHostel was perfect! It’s by no means the Ritz, but for £10 a night my room was clean and warm while the bed was pretty comfortable… Whats more, travelling in the offseason (December) meant the room was unlikely to be full. In fact, when I arrived I appeared to have it all to myself!

Despite my initial optimism about staying in a hostel and the pleasantness of the DanHostel facilities, things quickly went downhill when I returned from a busy day of exploring Copenhagen.


This was because when I got back to my room, a young Chinese couple had moved in… Although I wasn’t staying in a hostel on this occasion to make lifelong friends, the couple didn’t even say hello, which for starters made me feel super uncomfortable and outnumbered!

Staying In A Hostel For The First Time - My First Hostel Experience

More than this though, the couple is the source behind the first of my hostel tips – make sure you book a single-sex dorm if you’re staying in a hostel alone!! Why I hear you ask? Well, the couple started having sex literally 5 meters away from me… (yes I am still shivering at the thought).

There are three things that annoyed me most about this ‘act’:

1) I wasn’t even asleep – and in fact quite clearly awake as I was sat up in my bed watching Netflix… (Someone please ask Apple increase the volume on Ipads – I could hear EVERYTHING).

2) I was the only other person in the room – sure if the hostel dorm was packed MAYBE they could have got away with it amongst the hustle and bustle of everyone else, but nope, there was just little old me sat in the corner like a horrifid nun!

3) If that’s what you had in mind for the evening why not splash out and get a hotel??

My First Hostel Experience- hostel tips

Now, this may come as a surprise, but the couples sinfull deed was not even the worse part of the evening. Once the said deed had been ‘completed’, the guy rolled over and started snoring. I can easily say that I have never been so agitated about wanting to go to sleep in my life! I even considered moving rooms, but eventually managed to ‘nod off’ thanks to the soothing sounds of Adele.


If you’re still with me then thanks for bearing with my little rant! 🙂 The couples ‘actions’ really got to me and I can easily see why staying in youth hostels isn’t for everyone.

However, if you’re now asking yourself the question: ‘should I stay in a hostel’ I would say not to let my personal experience put you off completely. Sure it was terrible, but that’s as bad as it can get right? – I’m sure hoping so!

For me, I shall only be staying in a hostel again if:

a) I’ve been on a long solo trip and am in need of some company or,

b) I’ve had a drink in the evening – because drunk me can sleep through anything. 😉

My First Hostel Experience- tips for staying in hostels

Joking aside, if you are considering staying in hostels alone, I would follow my two hostel tips of opting for a female/male only dorm and making sure you bring earplugs because trust me you’ll need them!

So that completes my first hostel experience! I’d love to hear any stories you have about staying in a hostel for the first time in the comments below! Please also share any tips for staying in hostels you have!





  1. February 11, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Wow! What a crazy experience! I cannot even imagine! I’ve only stayed at one hostel as well–a 6-person dorm in Rome. It was perfectly fine though only because there were six of us together as a group. I would have a hard time doing what you did by myself!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 11, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Crazy is one word for it haha! I thinks that What I would do in future for sure 🙂

  2. Christina
    February 11, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Omg! I’ve stayed in SO many hostels and luckily have never had that happen to me hahaha. Looks like you got lucky, hey? 😉 I’m definitely not as able to tolerate hostels as I used to, but I still find them fun from time to time for the social aspect (only if I’m travelling solo though). Sorry to hear your experience went so downhill!

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 11, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      Yeah soooo lucky haha! I have definitely just put it down to a bad experience and will probably stay in a hosel again…. Although I do think I’m much more suited to a nice comfortable hotel 😉

  3. February 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

    I’ve stayed in lots of hostels over the years and now that I’m a bit older (heading towards 30), I will happily pay more for a hotel. I’ve had really good experiences sleeping communally, but these days the bad seem to outweigh the good. And earplugs are a must have on hand, I totally agree.

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 12, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      I think I’m more 30 than 20 when it comes to these things!! But I have heard people have really good experiences so I will try my luck again at some point 🙂

  4. February 14, 2018 / 8:44 am

    Oh no, not a cool first hostel experience 🙁
    Some people simply don’t know how to behave in a dorm, it’s a shame! Hostels can be super awesome, but it comes Dieb the people you’re staying with. The hostel should not have put you in a room with a couple, that’s their fault in this case (not defending their action though)
    On my website I write up a bunch of hostel rules they should’ve read 🙂

    Next time, you might want to give 5 star hostels a go 😊🤓🙏

    • earthsmagicalplaces
      February 17, 2018 / 6:35 pm

      Totally agree that it depends who you get in your room! I had no idea it wasn’t etiquette to put couples in the same room that’s good to know 🙂
      I shall definitely give your post a read too!

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