Ibiza is expensive enough without paying for overpriced hotels. My regular readers will know that I’m a huge ambassador for hostel accommodation (regardless of the trip type). A visit to Ibiza was no exception.
The San Antonio side of the island, it needs to be said, is not my favourite. It feels a lot more ‘Brits abroad’ than the rustic Ibiza town side. However, the lure of Cafe Mambo sunsets and easy access to some of the island’s older clubs meant that we took the opportunity to test run Ibiza’s newest offering in modern day hostels.
When we arrived at Amistat hostel, it was so new that it wasn’t even finished! Opening week hadn’t yet officially happened, and they were testing the water with a few pre-summer season guests. Despite this, our arrival was met with big smiles and a little overview of who owned the hostel and the ideas behind it.
Brace yourself, it’s about to get hipster. Long gone are the days of checking in for a key card (that’s so 2000 dahling!!). After the usual passport check, we were asked to scan our fingers in to activate our fingerprint room/hostel entry access. My high end hotel experience over the last few years has been limited, but not one of them had taken their security technology this far. Major cool points.
Keen to show us the new development, hostel management upgraded us to our own dorm room, a spacious and light 6 bed dorm, with each bed owning its own sockets, light and locker. Sockets sound obvious, but regular hostel dwellers will know the frustration of dodgy shared charging stations.
Our dorm came equipped with en-suite bathroom, with separate shower and toilet rooms (another plus for those who want to have a shower without annoying everyone that just wants to use the loo!). Showers were hot, and remained hot! This is a major player point for me whist hosteling – there’s nothing worse than a dodgy water source that fluctuates between hot and cold.
The communal areas are Amistat’s main boasting point. Our 6 bed dorm looked right over the modern ‘chill’ and pool areas. You could well have been looking over the communal areas of one of the San An party hotels. Giant bean bag chairs, sun loungers, cushioned artificial grass spots – this place is perfectly set up for you to come ‘home’ and chill after a day of exploring/heavy night of partying.
The indoor communal area is equally large, with easy clean, cool looking interiors, and clever kitchen storage systems.
Any down points? With any new hostel, there’s always stuff that I think that could be improved:
- The no outside drinks policy – I get it, it’s extra profit and they don’t want an insane crowd of boozed up crazies giving the place bad feels. However, if you’re going to run this policy, it needs to come with a super cheap, hostel budget bar.
- Solo traveller maps/ programmes/ events – In their defence, we got there before main opening and this may well have been launched! As a regular solo traveller, there’s nothing better than arriving at a new hostel where someone takes the time to sit you down and talk you through the area and settle you in a bit.
Aside from those superficial points, the hostel was perfect for the San Antonio backpacker. Location was fantastic, with short walks to all the main San Antonio attractions, and parking right outside was easy to come by. I hope this place keeps up the standard we received, it’s places like this that are really changing the perception of hostel travel.
Fancy Ibiza on a budget? Check out my post about how I travelled to Ibiza (all in) for under £200