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First, a qualification that I did not have to make any considerations for a vehicle/bike.
The hostel network has a somewhat new website, which is not fully functional, but is vastly superior to what existed a year ago.
[url=http://www.faaj.org/auberge.html]FAAJ, Auberges de Jeunesse (Alg
There are hostels in many towns. The quality varies widely, as does there location downtown or on the outskirts. In Taghit hostel during the cold spell of January 2009 it was below freezing with the windchill, and the water heater - L'Avenir "The Future" - would not heat. I am Canadian and the tenth of a shower I had there was the coldest I have ever been.
One consistent feature is cheapness, just a couple of euro/pounds/dollars per night.
In Oran the Hotel Riadh is very close to the train station, across the plaza, and a pleasant walk to and from the centre of town. It was about 600DA per night and spartan but clean. No use really if you need to store a vehicle over night.
In Tlemcen the Hotel Al Mansour is on Place des Feddiyines between the main square and the market area. Cheap again and very clean, with an almost too gregarious owner. Again, not the best for vehicles.
In Ain Sefra - the most beautiful place in the country when snow clung to the hills above the little area of sand dunes - the Mehkter has a range of rooms and is suitable for overlanders! It is one of the state hotel chain, and if you ask you get very reasonable rates for not having sat tv, modern heaters (which weren't necessary), and having to go to the back end of the complex. The front desk people thought it was a bit perverse though!
The hostel in Taghit is on the erg side of the road to the south of the centre of town. See cold water above, only one lightbulb per room too. The Hotel Taghit is a lazy place with a bar. I didn't see any of the rooms though.
Cherchell - to the west of Tipaza with a small but mighty Roman antiquities museum - has a hostel to the west of town. Tipaza has one too, but it was full for some event when I was there.
Algiers doesn't come cheap or at a good value. The hostel is out to the east a fair ways. I picked a place in town just off Didouche Mourad - and promptly spent the next 3 days in a state of internal flux.
Hope this helps.
The (ok parts of the) North and its people are lovely too.
Last edited by Chris Scott; 30 Mar 2010 at 13:14.