In recent years there has been a 40% increase in the number of people using hostels when travelling. Not only is this beneficial for the industry, but this has posed the question, which is best for your travels? So before you begin applying for your ESTA and renewing your passport read on to see which of these is better for your travel arrangements.
One of the main differences between a hostel and a hotel is privacy. With many hostels having a community area to eat and relax as well as bunk beds as the sleeping accommodation, this is something to consider before booking. If you are looking for privacy during your trip, it may be worth spending a little more for a hotel room rather than opting for a hostel. As hostels are designed for backpackers and those looking for cheap accommodation during a gap year, a hotel will be better suited for a luxury holiday.
In addition to this, another point to consider is the price. Though a hostel does cost considerably less than a traditional hotel room, it is important to remember that you will be compromising when it comes to the luxuries. When staying in a hostel you will have basic accommodation and a communal dining area. If you are looking for a great way to cut costs and are not affected by the lack of privacy, this can be a great way to meet likeminded people and share experiences. This can also help those looking to work here to save money by giving them temporary accommodation without spending to much of their initial budget.
In addition to the price and privacy, there is also the location to consider. This is due to their being a vast number of hotels in major cities all over the world but limitations on the amount hostels due to their growing popularity with students and backpackers. With hotels having much more availability this may be an option for you if you have a larger budget to ensure you have the accommodation that you need. When booking a hotel in a highly popular location it is important to book in advance as this will allow you to get a high-quality room at a fraction of the cost.
The final difference between a hostel and a hotel is the additional extras that you get. With not every hostel providing food, it is important to look at the extras that are included in the price. If you are looking for room service and a comfortable bed in the heart of a city such as London or Rome, a hotel is better suited for you as you get additional extras as part of the upfront cost.
With many differences in both hotels and hostels, the choice is completely up to you as to which is better suited for your travel arrangements when looking at not only the location but the number of people you are travelling with. Which will you choose?