Guys, hostels are different these days. They used to be smelly buildings with basic dorms, a necessity you could put up with in order to travel. But that’s not true anymore and nowadays there are more and more amazing boutique hostels popping up around the world. Hell, a hostel in Cairns even won an award for being the best hotel in Australia.
No hostel typifies this change like the Bura Surfhouse. We stayed there last year on our jaunt to Lagos and it solidified for me why I’ll always choose a good hostel over a cheap hotel.
So why is this hostel so good? Well…
Rathe than being tucked away down a side street, or sharing an address with a nightclub the hostel is located in a residential area. In fact – it was converted from a house giving it a lovely homely feel. It’s the only hostel in Lagos located out of the centre so you can enjoy the active nightlife without it keeping you awake after hours!
Both the dorm and private room we stayed in were exceptional. It might have been one of the nicest, quietest dorm rooms I’ve stayed in. In fact, our private room felt more like an upmarket hotel with beautiful decor and lots of space. We even had access to a balcony!
If you can’t stand the idea of traipsing the 15 minutes to the beach, you can always relax in a chair or hammock by the private hostel pool. We were there in peak season and still easily managed to nab a spot!
Err…the Pool Bar
Oh yeah, there’s a pool bar too, serving up €3 mojitos and €1 beers. Score!
Did we mention that the free breakfast includes freakin’ banana pancakes? SCORE. I’d go back just for those pancakes, but that probably explains why my tummy in the above photo is far from flat.
The Rooftop Sunsets
New friends, cheap beers and a view over the old town of Lagos. Need I say more?
If you’re into surfing then you can make your stay into a surf camp. There’s also kiteboarding, mountain biking and wine tasting among many others. Ditto yoga, as they have regular rooftop sessions and host ‘bad yogi’ weeks where you can follow your practice with a big glass of wine!
So there you go – can you see why this is one of my favourite ever? Do you want to go to Lagos as much as I do right now?