I was told by a friend who couchsurfs and is a couchsurfing host that hostels can be a hit or miss. A hit when you get to hang out with the right group of people and a miss, the other way around. Plus, imagine sharing one room with 6 to 8 other people and sleeping in bunk beds! I just had to experience it for myself before making my own judgment. I'm the type that is not hard to please when it comes to accommodation. As long as the bed and bathroom is clean, I am good.
Outside of the hostel, I was greeted by a clearly drunk guy (not a staff) and was asked if I was going out to party and offered me a can of beer. Yes, Las Vegas is only one of the few cities in the US where you can drink alcohol in the streets. Tired from the 2-hour drive and the 3 hour flight, I decided to stay in. Checked-in, went to the dorm with 10 beds, found the drunk guy from earlier passed out, and tried to sleep. Although, I couldn't. It seemed like every hour, some other guest would come in or go out of the room. The noise from the bathroom also didn't help. Hostels were somewhat giving me the negative vibes, until I was proven wrong.
I only booked the hostel for a night and the following day, I would be moving to the Trump. Upon checkout, I spoke to the receptionist and found out that the hostel has events daily and nightly where they take guests out for bar crawls, day trips to the Hoover Dam, and other must-dos while in LV. I asked if I would be able to come back again tonight just to be part of some of it, and to my surprise they agreed.
After checking in at the posh-er Trump, I went to the hostel later that night and got to meet a lot of the other guests and backpackers from around the world. Pre-gaming over a jug of a mixture of alcohol, everyone was all egged on, ready to party and waiting with baited breath for the party bus to arrive. And boy, it was a party bus, equipped with disco lights and dancing pole to boost. Good times were surely up ahead.
Three bars later and in the wee hours of the morning, I headed to the plush bed, silent solace, and the cold room of Trump. Despite the lack of these things at the hostel, their treatment of their guests is above par. I am sure I could have a better room option from Hostel Cat if I opted for a private room or for a dorm with lesser people, maybe. If one goes to Vegas for meeting people, partying, and on a budget, the hostel is probably the best there is.