20 things hostels offer guests that hotels don’t

Deciding where to stay is an important part of vacation planning as it will strongly influence how you perceive your travel destination. First of all, you need to choose the type of establishment in which you want to stay. Consider what you want to get out of your time abroad. Of course, hotels are luxurious, but you might want to consider staying in a hostel, as they often offer things that hotels don’t.

We’ve put together a list of all the things you might miss if you choose to stay in a hotel. You’ll spend your time (and money) more wisely and bring home a lot of memories that you can’t create in a hotel.

20 Bargain prices that let travelers have fun on the things that matter

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Let’s start with the most obvious. Hostels are significantly cheaper than hotels. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t spend a lot of time resting in a room while traveling, you might as well go to a hostel and treat yourself to a nice dinner with the money you save.

19 It is the center of friendship

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Meeting new people is one of the most exciting things about the trip. When you’re at a hostel, making friends feels organic and easy. Having someone to talk to is a great way to relax, especially if you’re traveling alone. Sometimes you even make lifelong friends.

18 Want to cook?

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Hostels always have kitchens that welcome travelers who want to cook something for themselves. Not only is this a great way to save a few bucks, but you also have the option to whip up your favorite comfort food in case you’re homesick or just want to relax a bit.

17 Do you feel like someone is cooking especially for you?

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When you don’t want to cook but are fed up with eating out, you can sign up for the hostel dinner. The food is generally like home cooking, it is offered at a great price, and you have the option to eat in company. Remember to register at the reception.

16 The common rooms will make you feel at home


Hotel lobbies are generally impersonal and it is difficult to completely relax. It’s hard to imagine relaxing in sweatpants in a setting like this. The common rooms of the hostels, on the other hand, provide a warm atmosphere, with people lounging on sofas as if they were at home.

15 Staff are much healthier than in hotels

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Hostels tend to be more laid back and friendly. Some might find them unprofessional compared to the hotel experience, but rest assured, they care more about their guests than the hotel staff. They will probably start chatting with you and try to get to know you.

14 When you are alone, look for the hostel pet

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When we travel we can feel lonely and tired. When you have no one to talk to or want to take a break from people, hostels often have a lounging pet in their outdoor space. They will be happy to chill with you and help you recharge your batteries.

13 A bookworm’s paradise

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In hostels you can usually find libraries and no two are the same. People come and go, and with them, books. When you’re done with your book, simply swap it for another from the library and you’re good to go.

12 Transport, visits, information: someone will help you


Do you need help with something? You can ask fellow travelers or the staff for advice, tips, information and directions on almost anything. There is a sense of camaraderie that you won’t encounter in hotels; while they will give you information, they will not personalize it specifically for you.

11 They happily share free food

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The flow of people coming and going in hostels is enormous and it moves quickly. People tend to leave food they don’t want or can’t wrap, and you can find these items on the “free food” shelf in the kitchen. Get creative and cook a meal for free!

ten When they are booked, they offer alternatives

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When the hotels are full, they apologize and fire you. In hostels they sometimes let you sleep in their hammock, you can pitch a tent, or they inquire for you in other hostels. The rules are not that formal, and there is room for improvisation.

9 You are not reduced to profit but recognized as a human being

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When you arrive at a great hostel you will feel appreciated and seen. Each hostel has a unique atmosphere and the ones that have an exceptional one will make you want to stay forever – they want to get to know you and will not take your money back.

8 Let’s go out: good time guaranteed!

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Most hostels invite their customers on a date or at least encourage customers to date. They will show you the best nightlife in town. You won’t have to approach strangers; start a conversation based on whether you are staying at the same hostel.

7 Educational content right on the doorstep of the hostel


Good hostels offer educational content, such as free walking tours. Those that don’t offer it will refer you to a great source of information. Hostels also host travel stories where you can get inspired and start planning the next trip.

6 Easily get the best advice from locals

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When you stay in hotels, authentic contact with the locals is difficult to establish as you lock yourself in the safety of your own room. In the hostels, the staff are happy to meet people from different countries, it makes them feel like they are in travel mode themselves.

5 Talking to people broadens your horizons

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People rarely meet people with a very different mindset from theirs. In a hostel, it’s easy. The experience is irritating at times, but most of all, it opens the mind and humiliates. By talking to others, we can learn a lot about ourselves.

4 Entertainment options are endless: karaoke, video games, and dinner parties

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Each hostel has their own take on what’s fun and they’ll try to get you involved. Karaoke, video games, dance evenings, day trips … The possibilities are endless. Hostels are an essential part of your travel story. Make sure you live your life to the fullest.

3 They can offer you a job

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You are strapped for cash, you love to travel and you don’t want to go home yet, what are you going to do? Sometimes hostels offer friendly travelers a job at the front desk or cleaning rooms. We highly recommend it to all hostel enthusiasts!

2 Hostels offer all kinds of sleeping arrangements


The common misconception that hostels are not private enough is unwarranted. Of course, you can sleep in 8 bed or 10 bed dorms, but they also offer private rooms and 4 bed dorms, which is perfect for traveling with friends. Some people actually prefer to share a room with several people.

1 It is an independent art space


Many hostels appeal to travelers with their interior design, graffiti and other artistic elements. It is a space that encourages creativity and many (alternative) artists can leave their mark on the walls of the hostel. Sometimes they are looking for artists; remember to ask at reception if you are one.

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