How to choose a hostel in 5 steps (Step 1 and 2...

How to choose a hostel in 5 steps (Step 1 and 2 – preferences and advices)

Yeah! You finally booked your flights! Now, there is only thing left to do and that is finding that perfect hostel. A good hostel is highly important. Hostels serve as a meeting place, party place, information point and of course as a home away from home. But how to find that perfect hostel? Bunch of Backpackers will help you how to choose a hostel in 5 simple steps.

STEP 1: Consider what you find important

In order to pick the perfect hostel you will have to figure out what kind of traveller you are. So ask yourself the following questions first (TIP: write down your most important preferences)

– Cheapest hostel or can you afford a bit more luxury?
Beware that the cheapest hostel is NOT always the best choice. It may even cost you extra to travel to hostels that are located outside the center or you may be charged ridiculously high fees for stupid stuff (like the hire of blankets / lockers / food etc.)

– Dorms or private rooms?
If you don’t mind waking up early because your drunken roommates come home at 4A.M., smelly roommates, uncomfortable bunks, shared facilities, no privacy what so ever: then a dorm may be just the thing for you. Dorms are also a great (maybe the best) way to meet other backpackers.

– Are you a sucker for location?
If you are on a tight schedule make sure you choose a hostel that is either close to your sightseeing locations or a hostel that is conveniently located near public transportation. If you’re a party animal, go for a hostel near the clubbing district!

– What kind of hostel do you want: authentic, sociable, big, small, laid-back etc.?
As said before there is a wide range of hostels available. You can stay in a family ran hostel that is almost a homestay with homecooked food. There are hostels with their own bars and clubs. Hostels with shisha and reggae. Name it and you can find it. 

When you travel solo you may be more at ease at a medium-sized hostel with a cosy common room where it is impossible to not meet other backpackers. However, when you travel as a big group it makes sense to choose one of those modern hostels with with big dorms and their own bar. 

– What kind of facilities would you like to have in your hostel?
Hostels offer a wide range of facilities these days. During my travels the availability of towel rental or laundry facilities was sometimes the deciding factor. So think about what kind of facilities you would like to have.

Breakfast in the Bahaus hostel in Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast in the Bahaus hostel in Istanbul, Turkey

STEP 2: Listen to your fellow backpackers and friends

Your fellow backpackers or you friends back home are the BEST counsellors.

– Ask around BEFORE you go
– Ask around WHILE you’ re travelling

Also check the notice board and brochures in your current hostel and ask the reception. Sometimes the reception in your current hostel can make a simple call to reserve a room for you in the next hostel.

Common room of a hostel in Taipei
Common room of a small hostel in Taipei
Now continue to step 3 that will discuss the use of sites like hostelworld in this serie on how to choose a hostel!

1 COMMENT

  1. Hi Manouk,

    what a great post, found it through your Pinterest.
    Where do you have your step 3? I couldn’t find it. Curious :)

    See you around, Matt

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