Finding the Best Hostel

When travelling the globe on a budget, there’s really nothing quite like staying at a hostel. Hostels are a great place to meet other travellers, they often provide much more accommodation than a hotel (i.e. city tours, nightclubs and pool tables), they rarely need reservations, and above all, they are cheap.

Travelling to some of the world’s pricier locales? Have no fear! There are hostels in Barcelona for less than $20 a night, compared to the hundreds you might spend on a ritzy hotel. But when searching for hostels in your destination city, you’re likely to find that there are seemingly too many hostels to choose from.

Most major cities have hundreds of hostels, and with so many different features and amenities, finding the perfect one for you can really make your trip the best it can be. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a hostel for your next journey.

  • Standard Accommodations: From laundry machines to free airport pick-up and free breakfast, there are endless amounts of accommodations that hostels either do or don’t offer. Make sure to research what your hostel does and doesn’t include in the standard rate before booking, and you’re sure to be satisfied with your stay.
  • Features & Amenities: If you’re travelling alone, hostels can be a great place to meet people – especially hostels with a bar. Some hostels even have in-house nightclubs and lounge areas, which is something to look for if you’re looking to make some new friends. Additionally, some hostels offer free city tours, which is something to consider if you’re new to the area.
  • Location: Hostels are usually scattered all around the city, so it’s important to think about where you want to stay. Staying in the city center can save you cab fare (and keep you close to all the action), but are usually a bit more expensive. Nonetheless, many cities have attractions all over, and keeping away from the busy downtown area can help your trip keep a less touristy feel.

No matter what your preference, make sure to research before booking. A new hostel comparison from FindTheBest helps make discovering the perfect hostel a breeze. Compare hostels on a side-by-side basis to find what meets your own preferences best. Do your research, get out there and enjoy!


About the Author

Noah Greenberg is a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is completing his degree in sociology.  He is president of the SB Media Group, and interns at FindTheBest, a powerful tool for making quick and informed decisions. Noah has travelled to five of seven continents, and came up with the idea for this Hostel Tool on a recent trip to Thailand. Follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.


Published: February 1, 2012