How to choose a hostel: tips, stereotypes, cautions

Prejudices about hostels still exist. We will try to dispel them and give some practical advice on how to choose a hostel, what to be prepared for and how to behave during the stay.

Stereotypes

There is an opinion that a hostel is something like a student dormitory, where it is noisy and dirty. In European hostels it is absolutely not so. Here, as a rule, not only clean but also safe. But the noise level is a matter of luck.

English

Without English nowhere. To communicate with the administrator or “fellow inmates” you will need to learn at least a few duty phrases. It is unlikely that people from all over the world will speak English at a perfect level, but here the task is different – to understand and be understood.

Communicability

This point follows from the previous one. The need to communicate with foreigners is almost everyone who stays in a hostel. And the very principle of living in a hostel implies openness to others. In the process of communication you can make friends from all over the world, and friendship with the staff will give a few bonuses in the form of useful information about the city and events in it.

Atmosphere

Hostel is not just a place where you can sleep inexpensively. It is a special youth atmosphere. You’ll understand what it’s all about if you come to a hostel in the evening, where everyone is having fun and socializing.

Reviews

You should choose a hostel based on the recommendations of friends or reviews on booking sites. Friends probably won’t give you any bad advice, but websites are more interesting. The rating of the hostel is compiled on the basis of the opinions of people who have been there. Among them there are “professional nerds” who never like nothing, and “complete optimists” for whom any place – heaven, if only one could sleep. The opinion of both of these, and others should be ignored. In general, the higher the rating, the better the hostel.

Booking

It is better to book a place in a hostel in advance – it will be cheaper. Although it might happen that the cool hostel will throw a couple of seats on sale the day before your arrival.

Reviews

You should choose a hostel based on the recommendations of friends or reviews on booking sites. Friends probably won’t give you any bad advice, but websites are more interesting. The rating of the hostel is compiled on the basis of the opinions of people who have been there. Among them there are “professional nerds” who never like nothing, and “complete optimists” for whom any place – heaven, if only one could sleep. The opinion of both of these, and others should be ignored. In general, the higher the rating, the better the hostel.

Booking

It is better to book a place in a hostel in advance – it will be cheaper. Although it might happen that the cool hostel will throw a couple of seats on sale the day before your arrival.

Wi Fi

Wireless Internet – it is important, where to go without it! That is why it is worth asking about its availability in advance. Somewhere you will have to pay separately for the use of Wi Fi, somewhere the network is free only in the lobby, and ideally, if you can use free internet everywhere.

Caution

Although the hostel is a safe place, you can still be cautious if you know that people from different countries and with different habits stay here. No special measures need to be taken: just keep personal belongings in a locked locker and report cases of violation of “regime” to the administration.

Read the reviews.
This is the main thing. It is even better than listening to your friends, if only because there are many of them, and at least one of them will coincide with you on the level of expectations and requirements.

Someone expects from the hostel five-star comfort for pennies, while others sleep lying down – is already a buzz and heavenly pleasure. If your adviser friends belong to either group, listening to them is pretty useless. Even if you’re lucky and they’re normal, they might just not pay attention to anything and not give you all the information you need.

Meanwhile, ratings, scores, and advice from other travelers will tell you even more about the hostel than it seems. If you know where to look.

Free breakfast.

Since this isn’t a hotel after all, don’t expect a buffet of three dozen dishes changing every morning. But the prospect of quietly drinking tea (coffee, juice, milk), snacking on some snacks and making yourself toast with jam or butter, which you do not have to buy yourself or beg the neighbor in bed, obviously not so bad.

Large kitchen

In general, almost any hostel has a kitchen. Budget travel suggests that sometimes you want to cook your own food, because it’s cheaper. But if the kitchen is small and there are 15 cooks, it’s not so cool. Sitting on each other’s heads, waiting in line for an hour at the stove or enjoying the mess left by someone not so tidy is below average pleasure. It’s better when the kitchen is big and there’s plenty of room for everyone.

Separate numbers.
This is especially true for girls. If you imagine a shared room full of muscular, handsome men with British accents, you are, with a 97% chance, wrong. There will be people there you’re unlikely to want to sleep in the same room with. So it’s better to have guys with guys and girls with girls.

Purity
Still, this is a decent establishment, and the staff should know how to clean. The reviews usually write if instead of accommodation guests are waiting for a stable. And not everyone likes to live in a stable.



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