I got lucky. I booked an $11 a night dorm room and it seems that the hostel was virtually empty, meaning I got the room all to myself. The hostel was nice. It was clean. The breakfast wasn’t very good, but it had some of the best tea I’ve ever had. The location was great. It was in a safe neighborhood with lots of eateries and only a few stairs away from the Pacific Ocean. The wi-fi worked well and the water stayed hot for a long time. What can you really expect for $11 a night?