Looking for a budget getaway in the Slovakian Tatra Mountains? Like to get off the beaten track? Then the Ginger Monkey hostel in Zdiar, Slovakia, is a great choice.
|Ginger Monkey Hostel, Zdiar, Slovakia|
It's a small hostel, but social. When I was there, it felt like visiting old friends. We all ate dinner together, went out for drinks together, watched a movie together. One of the staff was a real comedian, and had us in fits of laughter several times. I learned Texas Hold 'Em and lost a dollar in a tournament—but wrapped myself in comfy blankets and drank hot chocolate while I watched the finalists duke it out. I found a girl to go hiking with, and two patient guys to act as ski instructors. I didn't want to leave.
|Hiking in Zdiar with my new friend, Lauren.|
|Me with the peaks of the Tatras behind me.|
For more about the hostel's amenities and the town of Zdiar, read my article here.
The Ginger Monkey: http://www.gingermonkey.eu/
|View of the Tatras in winter from the Ginger Monkey hostel|