Budget accommodation focusing on individual and young travellers. Hostels should have dormitories and kitchen facilities. See also the "accommodation" and "hotels" tags.

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Why do some hostels only allow international visitors?

Some of the hostels in the Gold Coast, Australia, only allow international visitors. I'm a bit surprised at this because the average Australian is not at all dangerous only dangerous in the same way ...
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Chicago Midway airport (MDW) feasibility to/from Greyhound Bus station?

I am a Michigan Tech student and live in Houghton, MI. I am in need of traveling to/from Midway airport in Chicago and need any feedback that may be helpful for me. I am carrying 2 big bags along with ...
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Hostel wants my Credit Card security code via email, is this legit?

Why would a hostel I book through HostelWorld want my credit card's security code (on the back)? Are they going to use this to charge their own deposit and essentially mess around with bookings ...
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Hostels in iran? [duplicate]

I Just visited one of the pages about hostel in Tehran others were discussing, I just googled and found some budget lodging provider in Iran like sevnhostel.com Denj Hostel in Tehran I just wanted to ...
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What is the name of the district that is considered to be the city center of Rome?

I'm planing to go to Rome for a visit next month. I'm searching for the city center of Rome so I can book an hostel close to it. The places that I want to visit really don't know, Rome is full of ...
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What is a safe way to carry money and passport at night?

I will be in Lisbon at night (4:00 am) soon, and there will be no buses or metros. I won't be in an hotel, but in a shared hostel. So I will be having my passport and my money (cash money) with me ...
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Is the Yekaterinburg Train Station close to the city center or not?

I am looking for a hostel near the train station. But it seems that most of them are very far away (say, 5km) from the train station. I have many luggage, so it is preferable to be walking distance. ...
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Why most hostels on Booking do not get detailed information about the transport? [closed]

It is apparently the most important information. I do not understand the stupidity.
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What supporting evidence is required for a Moroccan travel visa?

I plan to travel to Morocco later this year and wanted to check if anyone with previous experience getting a travel visa can shed some light here. The Embassy of Morocco in the UK states that for a ...
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Hostel search site that lists prices by type of accommodation selected

I have this problem any time I try to use sites like Hostelworld and Hostelbookers for private rooms or shared rooms of a certain size. When you filter by room type, the prices in the listings are ...
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Can e-cigarettes / vaping set off smoke detectors?

I work in a backpacker hostel in Australia. Of course smoking is not allowed inside the building and there are smoke detectors in every room and corridor. By law in Australia the smoke detectors in ...
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Why do hostels require you to 'rent' bedding?

Why do increasingly amount of hostels ask you to pay to make your bed comfortable. I mean, you can buy a dorm bed for a night and then get there just to realise they charge for pillows, blankets, ...
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Why are Moroccan HI hostels not listed on hostel sites?

I stay almost exclusively in hostels when available and use sites such as hostelworld.com or hostelbookers.com to find hostels. When looking for a hostel in Casablanca no hostels could be found on ...
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Hostel accommodation in Geneva

I'm struggling for choices of hostel accommodation in Geneva first weekend of December. between hostel world, hostel bookers, YHA and Hi hostels there are only four options under (only just under) ...
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Is it considered uncouth to check in early into a hotel?

I usually never early check into budget hotels. In relatively more expensive hotels (3-star or higher) I feel that it's appropriate to check in early, but not in cheaper hotels or hostels. I don't ...
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Should I book hostels in advance in China / HK?

I am travelling to Shanghai and Hong Kong in July. Is it realistic to travel "freestyle" and book hostels when we get there or a day in advance online (when we know what train we're taking, etc.) or ...
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Are there any hostels in Iran?

Throughout Europe and the major cities in the Caucasus it is pretty easy to find Hostels/Backpackers. These are great places to relax and meet other travellers, a home away from home, to use the ...
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Occupancy rate and late reservations

Is it reasonable to assume that because you're travelling off season, occupancy rates will necessarily be lower thus saving the need to reserve accommodation ahead of time? What I'm trying to do is ...
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Most respectful way to set alarm when sharing the room

I'm a pretty heavy sleeper and sometimes I need to wake up earlier for a bus/flight or to catch early light. When sharing a room in a hostel type place, what's a good way to set an alarm without ...
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Do I need to pay in full for hostel reservation to show proof of accommodation for Schengen VISA?

I am applying for a Schengen VISA to travel to Germany, and one of the requirements is showing proof of accommodation. I booked all my hostels via hostelworld.com, but only paid the non-refundable ...
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Are there actually any hostels in Macau?

I'm considering a cheap flight from Taiwan to Macau but I'm not sure there are any truly budget accommodations. The Wikivoyage page says there are two hostels, but does not go into details: ...
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Do hostels provide toiletries?

From my experiences at hotels, I'm used to toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.) being provided. Do hostels also provide these, or do I need to bring my own? Do hostels provide towels as well, or will I ...
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What is good accommodation for festival (camp or hostel)?

I'm planning to go another country for 4-days festival RockWerchter in Belgium. I'm thinking what is better camp or hostel. Couple of my friends said that camp is only best choice. But I'm going alone ...
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Options for Cooking while visiting Australia

I asked a similar question about Canada and was advised to make a separate one for Australia. I'm planning to travel to Australia on my own for about one month - two months, I'll be in Melbourne area ...
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Is there a nudist / FKK backpacker hostel anywhere in the world?

So there are thousands of backpacker hostels in the world and there are many FKK beaches, resorts, and other accommodations designed for nudists in the world. But has anyone yet opened a hostel for ...
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Is it possible to buy a travel curtain for hostels/trains?

While traveling in couchettes and sleeping in hostels, I realized that a lot of them lack a very basic amenity — a curtain for privacy. Is it possible to buy a portable curtain that you can easily ...
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Finding a last minute hostel in Ko Phi Phi Don (some Hostels don't have websites)

The situation I face is the following. I would like to spend a night in a cheap hostel in Thailand, Ko Phi Phi Don. The thing is that I'm a little late, every hostel is booked and unavailable. Now ...
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What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs have become a real problem recently, with more and more places reporting outbreaks. What can you do to avoid being exposed to these nasty parasites? If you do get exposed, what can you do ...
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Is there a metasearch engine for hostels?

Is there a site such as kayak, but for hostels instead? There's so many different hostel booking websites, I don't even know where to start. If there isn't such a site, what is the recommended course ...
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Are there any hostels in Dubai?

I'm searching for hostels in Dubai. And I only can find one hostel: “EasyFlat 12 Dubai Hostel“. Are there any other hostels in Dubai? I will travel solo so I don't want to stay in a hotel.
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Is there a way to spend a night at Paris CDG airport?

I have a connecting flight on Air France from Paris CDG to Toulouse at 8:30 on Saturday whereas my original flight from my home country lands at 19:00 hours at Paris on Friday. This means that I would ...
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Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?

When I was in Tbilisi (Georgia), during my one week trip, 3 months ago, I found out in some hostels the women only dorm rooms have higher prices than mixed dorm rooms with equal numbers of bed or room ...
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Midnight check-in: Hostel in Paris

I am travelling to Paris on the 22nd of December. I was looking for a youth hostel close to Paris city centre. But the problem is that I will arrive in Paris at midnight. So, I am wondering whether I ...
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What does “no booking fee” mean, for HostelBookers?

Hostelbookers.com says that they charge "no booking fees", but I've heard that hostels don't receive the 10% "deposit" they charge. Is this 10% really a booking fee?
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Where can I find the most comprehensive resource regarding hostels?

Whenever looking for an hostel I mostly used hostelworld. It used to contain most hostels and was a good resouce. Lately, I am starting to get the feeling that I see a lot of hostels, on the spot, ...
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Dorm / Hostel: How to assert myself politely with roommates

I occasionally travel with agencies that will put me in a dorm room with one or two twenty-something year young students for three weeks straight. Though day program is tough, some of them like to ...
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Any alternative ways to find hostels than hostelworld or hostelbookers [duplicate]

Are there any other reliable ways to find cheap, hostel like accommodation last minute, without using hostel world or hostel bookers? I'm currently finding all accommodation booked up on these two ...
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Is there a europe-wide rule stopping under 18 year olds from staying in the dorms of hostels?

My friends and I are going inter railing and so will be staying in hostels across europe. One of the group will still be under 18 by the time we leave and several hostel sites have information saying ...
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When picking a “luxury hostel” for a business trip, how to ensure it'll be quiet enough?

The March 2014 edition of Business Traveller (grab a copy from your nearest airport lounge or nice hotel!) has an interesting article on "Luxury Hostels". Specifically, it was about why business ...
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Last minute reservation of hostels in France

I've arranged a inter rail, with couch surfing as solution to sleep in the night. Lets say I have an inconvenient, and I need to reserve a hostel on the same day for the night: is it easy to find a ...
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Non greedy hostel or guesthouse in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia?

For the next week I'll be staying with a friend in Ulaanbaatar but then I'm planning to move to some budget travellers' accommodation before I completely wear out my welcome. I want to stay in the ...
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What online communities exist to help solo travellers meet up?

I've done a few long-termish mostly solo trips now, and you hear about communities like Couchsurfing and Warm Showers (for cyclists). However I also really enjoy staying in hostels. Oddly, there ...
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AirBnB vs hostel near Manhattan? Is AirBnB very selective? [closed]

I am looking for a hostel or a hostel alternative to stay in from Nov 11 - Nov 14th near Columbia. I noticed some good suggestions in a previous thread: http://travel.stackexchange.com/a/8288/8918 ...
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Not booking hostels in Europe this summer?

Background I will be travelling around Europe this summer by train (last two weeks in July, first week in August). It's the first time I've done this so I am inexperienced but I can generally ...
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Are there hostels in Guernsey?

Hostel World and HostelBookers have no entries for Guernsey, and a Google search for "hostels in Guernsey" returns only links for hotels. Are there any hostels or shared non-camping accommodation?
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Preparing food yourself in hostels in Vienna?

Is it generally allowed to prepare own food in hostels in Vienna, and should I expect them to have a kitchen appropriate for it? When staying in Berlin, I've met a group of Spaniards who were cooking ...
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Do hostels provide cookware?

I have read that many hostels have kitchens or kitchenettes where guests can cook. This is something I plan to do. However, it's not too clear to me what's provided. Do I need to bring my own ...
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What times do hostels allow you to check in?

If I were to book a hostel in Europe for a night, at what time during the day (before that evening) would I be able to check in and avoid having to carry all my junk when sight seeing? I know this ...
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How do I avoid snoring when sharing a room in a hostel or lodge?

I snore and I know it. This causes quite some discomfort when I need to share a room with others. I usually try to stay awake until everybody else seems to be sleeping. The pokes or the sudden shaking ...
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Are there hostel-like accomodation in Krabi-Phuket area?

In general, my girlfriend and me prefer to stay in a hostel than in 5-stars hotel. For this reason, we are a bit worried about the Krabi-Phuket area due all travel blogs we have read talk about big ...