I tried the standard tools like Kayak or Momondo, but there the cheapest option is always a bed in a dormitory. In particular I was searching for Amsterdam and the first few pages of results (sorted by price ascending) were full of dorms, making the tools useless in practice. How can I efficiently filter on the fact that I want a private room (for whatever number of people I enter)?
On several of the hostel booking sites you can filter by room type, but this doesn't really filter the dorms away.
On Hostelbookers you can do a search and then sort by 'Private room price (low to high)' which gives you the lowest private room prices first and you can ignore the shared prices which are still listed.
Almost every hotel and hostel booking site allows you to filter/sort to identify private rooms.
Of course, not every hostel has private rooms, but most modern ones these days offer that option, and certainly hotels will allow this.
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