Choosing where you want to stay is almost as important as choosing where you want to go. Your hostel experience can make or break your trip. There are a few major things that you need to consider when booking the perfect hostel.
Proximity to City Center
Choosing a hostel close to the city center will not only be more convenient, but also lower your cost dramatically! Think about it, if you have to take a cab or public transportation twice a day, each way (four trips), your expenses grow at an exponential rate. A good rule of thumb is to stay within 2 km of the city centre. This is generally within walking distance.
Each hostel is different, and it’s important to check what’s included! Some things that are crucial to have include a kitchen, free WIFI, continental breakfast, and linens and towels. It’s quite awkward to arrive at a hostel and realize bedding isn’t included and then be unprepared.
Probably the most important thing to do when booking a hostel is to check the reviews! Travellers aren’t out to mislead one another; we’re a tight knit community. The worst review a hostel can get is that it has a “very little sense of community.” Hostels are a breeding ground for friendships and memories. Meeting other travellers and other people is half the fun, and having a lack of a sense of community is heartbreaking to hear.
Is there a bar attached?
Hostel bars are gods gift to budget travellers! It is very often that these bars will have unimaginable happy hour deals. I remember this one time I was in Munich, the bar I was staying at had 1EURO pint beers from 5:00-8:00pm. Needless to say, the party started early. Be nice enough to the bartender, they might even hook you up with a shot on the house!
This one is pretty self explanatory. The price is going to be contingent on the other aspects listed above. If it’s close to city center, it’s going to be more expensive. If it has more amenities, it’s going to be more expensive. Remember, hostels are a business and they need to stay alive!