STEP 3: Check out hostelworld and hostelbookers and follow this mini step-by-step plan
Step 1: Enter country, place and dates of your destination
Step 2: List the hostels by rating
Step 3: Start with the hostel with the highest ratings (above 80%)
Step 4: Check the number of people that have rated these hostels (… total reviews). This says something about the popularity.
–> There are often a few hostels who have considerable more review than the others. Those are often the ones where you have the best chance to make new friends and to have a bit of a party
–> Hostels with a few reviews may be new at hostelworld or there is another reason. Check out the reviews, the map and the price to see what that reason can be and why they have few reviews and a high ranking (beware of fake reviews)
Step 5: Check out some of the most recent reviews and check by who those reviews are written (age/sex/country)
Step 6: Check out the separate ratings of different categories such as cleanliness, staff, atmosphere, location etc.
Step 7: Check the following stuff: curfew, 24 hour reception, breakfast included, additional charges etc.
Step 8: Check if your personal preferences stroke with the facilities, location and prices of the hostel