Hostels are one of the best ways to save money on the road, it is better recommended then hotels if you want to save money and especially if you are traveling alone as there’s typically a social area where it can be easier to meet people while traveling and get a new friend.
In this blog you would know everything you need to know about hostels. The best hostels to stay in, how to choose a good hostel, best hostels’ booking sites and even more based on hostels’ travel experts advises and recommendations.
What is a Hostel?
Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. However most hostels also have private rooms, just like a hotel.
What are the best websites to book hostels from?
There are a number of websites where you can book a good hostel from.
Hostelworld.com has a large amount of properties listed on its website and has an easy-to-use interface, however the downside of using Hostel World, is the price. It charges a $2 service fee to book your accommodation, making it one of the priciest options around.
HostelBookers.com has a large range of accommodation options with a good variety of cheap prices.
Hostelz.com displays results from Hostel Bookers and Hostel World, as well as a few other sites, and shows you who has the cheapest rates.
Booking.com also offers hostels at a similar price to Hostel World as it’s the better-known site and therefore has a greater number of listings.
Agoda.com may be best known for listing hotels, but they also list plenty of hostels on their website, and at very reasonable rates.
Hostelsclub.com this website can be a good resource when traveling through Southern Europe. There is service charge for bookings with Hostels club and they also offer a Membership Card – this can be a good choice if you’re looking to get some extra discount.
Book directly from hostel website or phone may sometimes lead to get better prices, since the hostel would save the OTA commission anyway.
How to pick a good hostel?
Cheaper is not better
As advised by NomadicMatt.com when it comes to hostels cheap is not better as super cheap hostels are often unclean, the beds uncomfortable, the showers dirty, and the pillows thinner than a supermodel. He suggests to pay an extra dollar or two for better and cleaner hostels.
Check out hostels reviews
Go through the hostel reviews on different sites and make sure that reviews are consistent on the different platforms and there is enough number of reviews to avoid any kind of manipulation or miss-leading, check the different reviews and try to notice if there in any certain issue that had been complained about repetitively to understand if there any common issues in the hostel.
Recommended Good Hostels:
Here are some hostels for the most visited destinations in the world recommended by the best world travellers verified by travellers’ reviews on Booking.com
|Country||City||Hostel Name||Travellers’ Rating||Prices on Booking|
|Australia||Perth||Witch’s Hat||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Sydney||Wake Up||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||Lemon Spirit||Excellent||Hostel Price|
|Denmark||Copenhagen||Generators||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Tallinn||Tallinn Backpackers||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|France||Paris||Generator||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Paris||Les Piaules||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Paris||St Christopher’s Inn Canal||Good||Hostel Price|
|Germany||Berlin||Generator||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Ireland||Dublin||Isaacs||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Italy||Florence||PLUS Florence||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Milan||Ostello Bello||Amazing||Hostel Price|
|Rome||The Yellow||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam||The Bulldog||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Amsterdam||The Flying Pig||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|New Zealand||Queenstown||Nomads||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Portugal||Lisbon||Yes! Lisbon||Exceptional||Hostel Price|
|Romania||Brasov||Kismet Dao||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Spain||Barcelona||Central Garden||Amazing||Hostel Price|
|Barcelona||Casa Gràcia||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Barcelona||Kabul||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Barcelona||Mare de Déu de Montserrat||Good||Hostel Price|
|Barcelona||St. Christopher’s||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Sweden||Stockholm||City Backpackers||Excellent||Hostel Price|
|Stockholm||Skanstull||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|Thailand||Bangkok||Bed Station||Amazing||Hostel Price|
|Bangkok||Lub d Bangkok Silom||Excellent||Hostel Price|
|UK||London||Green Rooms||Very Good||Hostel Price|
|London||Palmers Lodge||Very Good||Hostel Price|
Hostel Accommodation Tips:
Check out late:
Don’t stay in a hostel with check out time before 10 am, there are hostels that check out at 11 am and some other may even check out noon.
For NomadicMatt.com not having lockers or charging for them is a deal breaker, You should never pay for security.
Common Areas and Activities:
The best hostels are the ones that give travellers a place to hang out and socialize with each other and organize activities such as walking tours, bar crawls, BBQs, or anything else that gets people together. Therefore never miss a hostel with great common area.
Choose your room wisely:
Female travellers traveling alone may want to pick a female-only room (offered at most hostels). Solo travellers may want to stay in sharing room while if you’ve got a couple friends with you, save a few bucks and book the larger dorm. Choose the best rooms whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable.
Pick bottom bunk:
It’s better to pick bottom bunk as they are much easier to get in and out and you can tuck your things under the bed frame and also help you charge your phone and other devices.
Adapt Hostel Etiquette
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Follow basic youth hostel etiquette and avoid making enemies.
Use headphones in the room
Don’t turn on the lights at night (use a small flashlight instead)
Never use something that belongs to your roommate without permission
Keep smelly food outside the room
Be efficient with the bathroom
Keep your area neat and if you have the top bunk
Prepare cloth for the morning if you are getting up early to not bother your roommates early.
Shower more than often
Don’t bring plastic bags as nothing is louder than a plastic bag
Wash your towels and clothes as are easily the smelliest item in any hostel room.
Roommate relations can make or break your hostel experience, so put in a little effort and introduce yourself when you arrive.
Staff you should pack it with you
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There is some staff you should take it if you are going to stay in hostel:
Hostel are not like hotels, they don’t provide shower and washing staff, make sure to bring yours.
If you don’t want fungus feet, bring your flip flops with you.
While hostels do have towels, they are generally provided for a fee, although it always depends.
Earplugs and head phones
You don’t want to annoy others nor do you want to get annoyed. Earplugs are actually always a good idea, not just only for hostels. Many guesthouses may have old doors and hotels are often located directly next to a busy street. You might also want some on the plane to rest, and so on. Pack ’em, you’ll need them!
It would help not only in dorms but also in flights
A small light
When staying in a hostel, you’ll most likely be in a dorm with anywhere from 2-16 other people. It’s important to respect everyone’s sleeping habits
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