This is a home in a residential neighborhood that has been converted into a hostel by a young Chinese couple. It has a mixture of dorms and private rooms. It is a solid value, especially in Palau's surprisingly-expensive housing market. Here are the details:
- The owners are really friendly and accommodating. They gave us a lift into town a couple of times, kept our bags for us when we went to a different island, put us in a nicer room when other guests were noisy, and extended our stay on short notice.
- The house and rooms are clean, comfortable, and well decorated. Everything in the rooms is new and works, and they provide towels, soap, and shampoo.
- They have a cool cat named Meow Meow!
- They pick up and drop off at the airport for $10 per person, and will do so for late-night flights.
- They have a good clothes washer ($3 per load) and dryer ($5 per load) you can use.
- They have good drying racks for wetsuits/fins/etc.
What could be better:
- The location is outside of town. Plan on walking 30-45 minutes to a restaurant, and an hour to the dive shops. Taxis take 7-10 minutes to restaurants/downtown and 10-15 minutes to the dive shops ($7-10 per ride). I'd recommend getting a taxi number from your dive shop because the drivers the hostel owners know only speak Chinese. Also, expect to have trouble explaining how to get to the house - few drivers know where it is located.
- Communication is tough. Only one of the owners speaks English, and the owners aren't always around. They make a good effort to help you when they can, but it sometimes makes it hard to convey even basic information. Also, many guests are Chinese, so you don't get the same level of conversation/interaction you might at a western-focused hostel.
- Some rooms aren't well soundproofed, so you can easily here the neighboring room. When I mentioned this they moved us to a back room that was very quiet.
- The kitchen isn't very usable. The dishes are few and hard to find, and there is a charge for cooking on the stove (understandable since it runs off of propane canisters).
This is a decent place to stay - you get good rooms, friendly hosts, and a good price. Just know the caveats I mentioned above, and that this is more a budget hostel versus an actual home.