I really enjoyed the new RTA Article about Hostels. I've used used hostels myself, and found my experiences were pretty similar with the author's.
My only one disagreement is that he says parking is plentiful around hostels. My experience is that parking is one of the big challenges. Often their locations are right in the heart of a city, which is great as a traveler, but does make for a more difficult trying to find a good place for your car.