Had a look at you web page,
one thing I noticed ( and I have seen it discussed here somewhere) Power points in the lockers... That would be concerning to me. You have them so let me ask.. Do the guest leave thier chargers in the power point whilst not charging the phone? ( added electric bill, minor I know but overhead is overhead and chargers still pull the juice)
2ndly I would imagine a heat build up would happen in the locker thru charger warming or from a damaged wire on charger-- maybe a fire hazard, would you be able to get into a locked burning locker? are the lockers close to staff that would notice the smoke if there was a problem? would other guest useing the other sections of locker be affected by a fire in the next section.. would restitution to those others be made?
So many possibilities like the ones above make me think that it is not a good ideal, but since you have incorperated it... how is it going?
How long have you been open?( I see now your not open yet- would like to hear how this works after implication)
I do like your description and the way it sounds- true , honest, friendly and real. Prices look reasonable for that area.( has any1 looked at the prices in sydney, Aust lately.. 60+$ a night with a 10 day min at some, shocking price for a bunk in a fan room)
My personal choice is metal bed frames ( a thicker gauge metal will not squeek and a rubber stopper at points of contact will stop it in thinner gauges) but hosteling in Australia has taught me that if you ever get a bed-bug problem ( which is something you cannot control at point of entry) you will not get rid of it by just replacing mattress and linen, you will have to replace the bunk also, as the bugs work thier way into the wood frames and re-infest. get 2 or 3 people complaining about bed bugs and your bookings will go down.
Your Big pictures--- are they of the hostel? My being in Bangkok, I think not. In fact some of the them are from Thailand, that is a bit mis-leading. I would not put pics of Hualapong train station on my page if say I was an Australia hostel .The ones of the kitchen one that looks real good (I'm Thinking it's the one in your hostel) and another in the big pictures with the worst little stove and small kitchen area. ( I'd remove that one for sure). Your Hostel looks good you should show it better, the entrance is a good start, it's something they will be able to recognise as they arrive at it. I'd show the dorms in the big picture- can't see any detail in the small ones.
On a descriptive Hostel web page I think it should show the Hostel and possibly the places you will send them to after they leave. As a party Hostel you will soon get plenty of your own pics to put up. Start a group page on say Facebook, that allows you to put up any dang thing ya want. (Have a look at ours-madness;)
Looking at your page I see you mention "going green" I might just add that to mine, as living in Bangkok Everything is re-cycled. Plastic, glass,paper, metal.. I mean everything, if it slips by us and ends in the trash, it still gets re-cycled by the bin people who go thru every trash bag. we are green, so I got an ideal from you there.
I see Now on your Contact page, that you have not opened yet, I wish you the best in the venture, Bert and if I can be of any help I am easily contactable.
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