When you are booking a hostel, there are a lot of factors to take in to consideration. Look at the price, dorm options, amenities and reviews. You need to find a hostel that will suit your needs, you don’t want to be stuck in a hostel that you aren’t going to enjoy!
What I Use
When Suzanne and I are booking a hostel, more often that not, we use the Hostelworld app. It is simple and efficient to use. With the app you can view pictures, reviews, different dorm options and prices before deciding on booking. You can add your booking to your ‘wallet’ on an iPhone (not sure what other phones call it). Also, you can leave your own review after each stay to share your experience there.
Other Booking Options
Hostelworld isn’t the only way to book your accommodation. There are a variety of apps you can use, Hostelbookers is another I’ve used. You could also go direct to the hostel and book through the website or on the phone. Sometimes going direct will even get you a cheaper deal. If you are looking to extend your stay in a hostel, you wouldn’t go through an app again, you would just speak to the receptionist to see if they have room.
Factors To Consider
When booking a hostel, you need to make sure it suits your needs. The most obvious factor is price. If you are looking for a cheap one night stay or want to spend a little extra for a double room, be sure to check the price. Check the amenities available and check the reviews to see if they work. This helped us a few times, the hostel offered ‘free Wi-Fi’ but after reading the reviews we discovered that there was only a limited amount of Wi-Fi available. It sounds petty but when you want to call home or watch a film/ movie at night, its a pain. Reading the reviews also gives you an idea of what the staff are like, some are lovely and some are horrible. They also give you an indication of the type of people that stay there. Some hostels are known as ‘party hostels’ where guests are drinking all the time, if you’re looking for a quiet place to rest your head, it is best to not go to those ones. Look at the pictures as well, sometimes the can be deceiving but it gives you a rough idea what to expect.
Don’t Be Afraid To Go In
Something that Suzanne and I haven’t actually done is go in and look at the hostel yourself. We usually leave it to last minute before thinking about where we are going to stay next. It would definitely be a benefit if you went in to check out what the hostel actually looks like and see what there is to offer. There have been a few times that we turned up to a new hostel and instantly regretted our decision.
Have you stayed in a hostel? If so, how did you book it? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!