Moustache Hostel, Pushkar Review
8 on 10
Hi Everyone! I stayed at Moustache Hostel Pushkar in start of January 2020 and for the first time with my parents and sisters. It was an amazing experience making them feel the hostel life. The life I live on my solo travels. It was first ever hostel stay for them in India. My younger sister has stayed in numerous backpacker hostels outside of India while she lived in Amsterdam and now living in LA. She, like everyone else in my family, travels a lot. We have made our parents also stay in some hostels with family rooms in Europe on our travels and they liked the concept since then.
And my elder sister, it was her very first time at the hostel anywhere. To start with she was very skeptical about staying at hostel but then she ended up loving the concept so much that she literally included Moustache Hostel Pushkar in her vlog about this trip. Yes, she runs her own YouTube channel now, and has some 2 decades of experience in Indian Film and Television industry as a Director.
Ok now with all background information, now I cannot wait to share my review of Moustache Hostel, Pushar.
Overall, our experience at Moustache Hostel was really good. The place is clean and has comfortable beds. More than that, really nice blankets… a necessity while traveling in Winters.
Rooms & Beds
We stayed in a 6 bed Mixed Dorm and occupied all beds – My parents, My sisters, and my cousin. My parents were really happy that all of us were staying together in one room. Room was spacious with attached bathroom. Mattresses were a bit hard but still comfortable. Blankets were super warm, as Rajasthan gets chilly in the nights, this was really thoughtful. Sheets were clean. There was ample space for keeping our luggage and stuff, but having some bed side hooks would have been nice to hang some clothes.
I love that their beds have curtains on them for privacy. I love such hostel beds. The ones at Moustache had Moustache branding on them (See the Picture). That was cute. They also have bed lights which are super comfortable at night when everyone else is asleep. However, I prefer the light which I can move around, which was not the case here.
There are somethings about the beds which I thought could have been better, but that is usually the case in most hostels. So, my score is not reflective of this. Most of beds in Hostels have stairs for the upper bunks which are not very easy to climb. Even if you are able to climb, its not a very peaceful experience. I know every hostel setup has its budgets, but I am sure if everyone put their minds together they will be able to come up with some solution to this.
Cleanliness & Washrooms
The entire hostel, the room, and the washrooms were very nice and clean. The washrooms had wipers, which is amazing, to keep the washrooms dry and clean. Washroom also had hand-wash. Although the air freshener was there, still somehow it was smelling. Maybe from the other room’s washroom, we couldn’t figure this one out, plus it didn’t smell for too long so we didn’t bother after that point.
Only thing missing in there, was a foot-mat outside the washroom. However, the staff promptly provided it once we asked for it. My only suggestion here would be that they keep some anti slip water absorbing foot-mat because the water flows out of the washroom while you are taking a shower, which makes the room wet.
This one has to be 10/10. The hostel was walking distance from almost every important place in Pushkar. The hostel is situated right in middle of the market and few minutes walk away from Brahma Temple and Ghat, where evening Aarti takes place. There are tons of eating places super close to the hostel. The auto (tuk-tuk) stands are just a walk away and if you have time at hand you can easily walk to the bus station also.
Another 10-on-10 here. Staff at the Hostel was super helpful. They gave us all good food recommendations. They also told us how to reach different places in Pushkar & Ajmer and also helped us book a cab for train station on our last day in Pushkar. Moustache Hostel, Pushkar has someone or the other available at the reception 24 hours to assist guests.
When you travel with family and friends the atmosphere for you is what you create for yourself. Having said that, yes the space matters a great deal. Usually we left hostel around morning and came back only in late evenings, the hostel at that time was mostly quite, apart from some groups sitting and chilling in the cafe. Common area of the hostel looked really cozy but was mostly empty. Maybe hostel can arrange some activities in the common space to get people to interact with each other. Again, this might have been those off days where most guests in the hostel are a different kind.
One thing I really missed in the hostel was a common Kitchen. Our room was on the first floor, and if we wanted warm water (it was peak winters, remember) we will need to go to a water dispenser on ground floor. To heat anything, the microwave was placed at the reception (ground floor), which is not the best place for it.
Rest of the things in the hostel were nice, they had separate common washrooms, a cozy common space with small bon fire and ample space for people to sit or lie down, a roof top cafe with a nice view and sun in the morning. The cafe was open till about 9:30-10:00pm. And also a map of Pushkar marked with everything you would want to know about the city – from places to see to places to eat to places to shop.
There is a Rooftop cafe at Moustache Hostel Pushkar – called “Unearth Cafe”. Food at the cafe was not great and didn’t seem to be at reasonable price for flavors and for hostel. Service at cafe was also very very slow. But that seem to be the case with all eating places in Pushkar. So make sure you keep good amount of time at hand while you eat in Pushkar – seems fair too, after all it is a laid back place and you are on a holiday.
Value for Money
Ok this one I can say that the hostel was totally worth the money for me. All of us stayed together in a same room with comfy beds and clean space. What more can you ask for when you pay just Rs. 323 per person per night. We just didn’t get cozy beds to sleep on at night, we also got the Hostel vibe.
I would definitely like to mention that my father was defending hostels whenever we said anything about this hostel, he would just say – “ab 300 rupay mein kya bache ki jaan loge. Itne mein ab ata kya hai.” (Translation – What more do you want for just Rs. 300. What else do you get for so cheap.”)
As a person who has worked with a decent number of hostels, I felt so nice when he said this. Atleast someone was thinking about the Hostel managers and operators. Believe me, some guests at hostels really expect Hotel services at this price point… Aah! Story of hostels I must say.
- Towels are charged a Rs. 50 as Rent – A standard practice across many hostels in India
- Breakfast is not complementary (at this price, not even expected) but you can buy basic breakfast at Cafe
I would like to thank the Moustache Hostel, Pushkar, for Hosting us and making our stay with them so comfortable.