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Hostel vs. Hotel

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Traveling overseas can get to be rather pricey, especially when heading to multiple destinations or for a long period of time. When saving money is an option, people tend to stay in a Hostel One of the first questions to consider when planning a trip is “Where do we stay?” There are two options out there and they are Hotels or Hostels. I have been to many hotels and hostels in my time and have had my fair share of experiences with them.

The first thing to consider is who you go with, as if you are going on holiday with your family then a hostel may not be the greatest option unless you are traveling around and not staying in one place.

The most expensive option of the two is most definitely a hotel. If you are going on holiday for a short while and staying in one place. Then a hotel is the one you should pick.

 

Why Consider a Hotel?

Staying in a hotel provides you with the extra privacy that a hotel does not offer. Hotel staff is working to serve you and make you. They have some form of restaurant, bar or store in the hotel. The main luxury is getting Cleaners to make your bed and launder your towels daily. Some hotels come with competently breakfast that can save you money on food.

Depending on the hotel you pick some come with a gym for you gym fanatics so you don’t miss out when holiday. As well as this there may be a swimming pool that is great for the very hot days to relax in.  All the hotels come with a safe or secure place to put your valuables in to keep safe. This a big benefit as all the hostels I have stayed in don’t have a safe place for your variables.

In a nutshell, people often choose the hotel option when they’re looking for something more predictable and reliable with a high level of comfort and amenities and with family.

 

Why Consider a Hostel?

Hostels are the one for travelers/Backpackers who are on a budget and want to send the least amount and little time in their room. If you are traveling in a small group or on your own. Then Hostel is for you as the rooms are dorm rooms where you are sharing a room with 6, 8 or even more depending on the hostel.

Sometimes the hostel offers a private room for that little bit extra.  Some hostel offers lockers that are available for storage of personal items but I have not been to one yet that offer this. Hostels come with a common area where all the travelers hang out to meet one another.

A few hostels I have been in have a room with computers to users.  The main advantage to choosing a hostel over a hotel is that the price is drastically lower than a hotel since you’re sharing a room, your safety isn’t as predictable as a private hotel room. As you are with random people so keep your belonging safe.

Making the Choice

There are many pros and cons to each of these and your decision will likely vary based on your budget, where you’re going, and why you’re going. To help you summarize how to make this decision, consider this:

Hotels are a good choice if your budget is flexible and you’re optimizing for comfort and being catered to by staff. Also if you are going holiday with family a hotel will be better and cleaner than a hostel.

Hostels are a good choice if you’re really focused on saving money and meet and engage with other travelers. As well as this, if you are traveling around a country and not staying in one price a hostel is a great place to get a room on an arrival.

So what about you? Have you tried any of the above- or even all of them? Let us know how our experience was in the comment below!

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52 comments

  1. Living in a hostel is one thing that I have not experienced yet. I am all the more excited to try one after reading your writeup and comparison

  2. I would always want to stay in a hostel whenever I travel. Why? because basically, I went to that place to roam around, experience the place, taste the food, and learn about the culture. With that it is not practical to spend high price for an expensive hotel. The amount saved in a hostel can be used to buy more important things. 🙂 I definitely agree with your post and this is a good info for those beginning to travel.
  3. Good thoughts! In Europe, I’ve noticed that several small hotels also market themselves on hostel websites – sometimes, you can get a little of both from these!

  4. I have only ever stayed in Hotels, however in August I am walking the entire 84 miles of Hadrians wall and will stop in a Hostel halfway along the wall.
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  5. good idea nice post
  6. I know, hostels and hotels both have their own pros and cons. It is completely on one what he or she is expecting during the travel – privacy, budgeting, comfort or what?

  7. what a great post! The photos are beautiful.

  8. Hotels are luxurious and comfortable but so expensive! Definitely would consider staying in a hostel if I wanted to travel on a budget.

  9. I prefer hostels because they are friendlier and cheaper but I usually travel alone or with friends. If I would travel with family I would probably try hotels or airbnb.

  10. Great post! I LOVE finding the hotels that are listed as hostels! When I travel, I just sleep in the room. I spend my time exploring. As long as it’s clean and safe, I am happy! 🙂
  11. better find value hotel than cheap one because it spoils trip

  12. Call me silly, but I think the movie Hostel scarred me for life LOL. No matter how many we are, its HOTEL all the way. Although I do have friends that have had really pleasant experiences in hostel. This is a good post!

    1. I have never watched the film hostel and lovw staying in hostels.

  13. this is very cool !! you explained so well !! but for me Hotel is the choice !!

  14. I have always go to hotel and never try hostel before. Maybe because I was worry about the safety. But I do enjoy the luxury of service that Hotel provided. Now I can’t wait for our hotel staycation this Friday. Its long week end holiday..yeah.

  15. As a student, I always prefer hostels because they are more economical and I like to meet new people along the way. But when my family visits I will of course consider hotels 🙂
  16. We prefer a self catering holiday due to food allergies and children. I used to think hotels were great fun but never been to a hostel

  17. This is a great article that gives options for traveling on a budget. Great information!

  18. Nice photos! Never really bothered to know the difference between hostel and hotel. I just noticed the difference haha! Thanks for sharing!
  19. Great article! I actually like private rooms in hostels the most when I’m solo travelling while I do prefer hotels when in a group of friends or in a couple 🙂

  20. Usually we avoid hostels because we are traveling with our young son. We may consider it with a private room though!
  21. As we travel as a family, we have never stayed in a hostel before. We do love hotels, but we prefer small, boutique style, where we can get to know the staff and other visitors. There are some pretty amazing looking hostels out there though!!

  22. I guess many would like to stay in Hotels, but it generally comes down to money…….and also HOW OLD ONE IS !!

  23. Both have their pro’s and con’s don’t they?!

  24. I have never lived in a hostel but I would definitely give it a try!

  25. To be honest I never stayed in hostel before but I do know some of them are really good for the money you willing to spend. I prefer hotel tho as I would be too afraid about my stuff and I do like have my own privacy after travelling all day or walking and sightseeing

  26. Very well written… and helpful

  27. Wow this is really awesome I can’t really travel right now but this is information that is really good to have. Thanks so much for sharing.

  28. While traveling abroad, I do prefer to stay in hostels for the price and being able to meet fellow travelers! But I do agree that booking a hotel every now and then is nice to do! Good comparisons!

  29. Hostels were great when we were younger but I must admit now budget hotels are now our stay of choice! Private bathroom is a must! I also have a husband who snores so I don’t think we would be very popular!!

  30. Hostel always……I usually travel solo, so hostel is the best accommodation for me.

  31. I think hostels are fun! I like meeting and engaging with other travelers. But sometimes you just want some privacy and a nice shower – so then a hotel is a nice treat 🙂

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  33. Hostels are my top option whenever I travel. I have realized that when traveling in a place, I don’t spend the whole day in a room. So it’s better to save some extra bucks in my travels by staying in hostels.

  34. I really like how you elucidated the pros and cons of this post. Personally, I rarely stay in Hotel except for a business trip. But when I travel ony own, I usually stay in Hostel. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
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  45. I’ve never though about staying in a hostel before, but after reading this post I think I am more likely to.

  46. Great post about the advantages and disadvantages to hotels and hostels. This is very informative and I love the photos.

  47. This post is very interesting. I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but it sounds like it may be fun. In college, I lived in a rooming house, which was a blast. It was fun meeting all the people from different parts of the world.

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