Have you ever stayed in a hostel or a place where u feel so comfortable that you don't feel like going out and doing anything?
Yes!!! That's what happened with me when I had been to pondicherry and stayed in Hostel Micasa.
Being a solo traveler for quite a few years and adapted to hostel culture, I prefer hostels when I travel alone to a new place, advantages being:
A) you obviously get to meet new people. Interact with them, listen to their and tell your travel stories
B) you won't be confused what to do next as there will be lot of people to guide you or sometimes you find a travel buddy(s)! That's what happened with me on this solo trip.
Me choosing hostel Micasa was no special thing, just a vagrant online hostel search and hostel Micasa being one of most popular made me book that. For me, selecting a hostel is based on few criteria, those being:
A) Rating of the place
B) overall cleanliness and bathroom facilities
C) location of the hostel
And Hostel Micasa fulfills all the criteria for Rs. 550/- per night per person. And of course there are few brownie points like "NETFLIX" and "open terrace"
Now talking about the details of hostel Micasa, located on MG road, and 1.5-2 km away from Rock beach surrounded by lot of cafes and restaurants, hostel Micasa is G+2 floors where ground floor is still unfinished with some pending work of a shop interior but does not affect in any manner!!
First floor they have reception desk and dormitories on either sides. They have 4 bed, 6 bed and 8 bed Doms on either side and gents & ladies bathroom separate. On each of the bathrooms they have 3 shower spaces and separate geyser for each shower space. And I must say, those toilets & bathrooms are so clean & tidy 24/7.
On second floor, same plan is carried with doms and toilets on either sides but reception replaced with common kitchen provided with, induction gas, microwave oven, refrigerator, cutlery and all necessary thing to cook if you don't feel like going out...
On third floor which is the best part about the hostel, they have a small pent house kinda thing where they again have a kitchen and sofas with projector connected with home theater system and what makes it more special is "Netflix" connection. In front of pent house they have terrace which is access by everybody, and according me, that's the best place to chill, either alone or with bunch of your friends, enjoying beer and they open sky view of whole pondicherry!
Like cherry on top of cake, what I liked about this place is they have few strict rules about timings like the main gate gets locked at 1:30 am and opens at 5 am, which of course I feel comfortable with, and after 12:30 am it's no sound time when you can hangout but with minimum amount of noise.
But rather than this, the staffs are very helpful and cooperative, usually check-ins are at 12:00 pm but as I reached their earlier and they had a bed empty, they early checked in me without any additional charges. And also when I extended my trip for one more night without any prior notice, they were generous enough to give me one if the staff's bed inside a Dom...
If I'm ever visiting pondicherry again or any other place, I might stay somewhere else, only for experiencing new things but would definitely compare it to the bench marks set by hostel Micasa.
So, that's my story of hostel Micasa, hope you enjoyed it.
Until next time, sayonara 👋👋