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Questions tagged [hostels]

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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Is there some way to find the very cheapest hostel in a whole country?

I just had the urge to look up the cheapest hostel in all of Japan. I tried each of HostelWorld, HostelBookers, and Hostels.com but each one had a mandatory requirement that I specify a city before ...
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Are there hostel search engines with which you can search for family rooms in Japan?

I've worked in several backpacker hostels in a couple of countries and stayed in many in many countries. Many, perhaps most, offer twin, double, and even family rooms, as well as dormitories. But I ...
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My friend booked hostel by his name for us (2 beds). Can I use that document for a Schengen visa application?

I am applying for a Schengen visa through hostelworld. In hostelworld booking confirmation it starts with Hi (Name of the person who did the booking). I booked a few hostels with 2 beds for a ...
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Hostel reservation for schengen visa

I am planning to go to Spain and I want to get schengen visa issued by Spanish consulate. I tried to talk to travel agency and they told me that spanish embassy doesn't accept fake bookings (so a ...
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Required documentation for travelling to the United States from Canada? [closed]

I got an opportunity to work in Las Vegas in a hostel - I clean for four to six hours a day and in return, I'm getting a free bed. I still have to pay for food and what not. I'll be staying for three ...
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Missed hostel check-in by one day - charged full stay and not given lodging

A while back I booked a hostel in Madrid and accidentally got my travel dates mixed up - I ended up booking for 8 nights instead of 7 because when I booked the hostel I thought I was arriving one day ...
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In Workaway, do you pay for the plane ticket, or does the host? [closed]

I want to try to volunteer with Workaway, but I want know first whether I or the host will pay for the plane ticket. Because if I need to pay, maybe I can’t afford it.
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What parts of Australia tend to have hostels?

When I visited central west NSW, Orange and Cowra in particular, I found that there were plenty of motels, pubs (which offer rooms) and caravan parks and campsites, but no youth hostels. This ...
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Russia to The Netherlands. What are the implications of changing from a hostel to a private apartment AFTER getting the visa and crossing the border?

I'm going to The Netherlands either by invitation or using tourist visa, depending on if I get the invitation in time. So in case I'm getting a tourist visa to The Netherlands, am I going to face ...
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Is there a service that would notify me whenever a hotel room becomes available for booking in a given city?

I want to travel to a city (Arnhem, NL) at time when all hotels and hostels, which meet my standards, are booked. I wonder if there is some service which can notify me when something convenient ...
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Staying in Hostels in December in Europe [closed]

I am planning to stay in Hostels in multiple European cities towards December end but i am a little skeptical as have never stayed in them before. Will they be warm enough in Winters? I read ...
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Any way of knowing if hostel will be busy in advance? [closed]

I'm traveling through South America for 6 months. I'm now in week 2 of my trip and 3rd hostel. I've met some people in the hostels but only one or two. They all have good reviews online but are fairly ...
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Hostel scanned my credit card

I just arrived in New York and the woman at the reception scanned my passport (ok, happens everywhere) AND my credit card! The thing about my credit card: it has the credit card number and the CCV on ...
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My Granddaughter got bedbugs in a hostel. [closed]

How do I make sure they don't get in my house, when she comes home? Will the hold of the plane be cold enough to kill them?
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Can I camp on a campsite under 18 in Italy?

I just realised you can't sleep in hostels if you're under 18 years old. Is this the same for staying at a campsite in Italy? I really need help because I already planned a whole vacation around ...
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Paying booking.com with a debit card instead of a credit card

I booked a hotel in Singapore using booking.com. It's a no cancellation booking. I payed it by using a Visa debit card. Booking was complete. But after 1/2 hour booking.com sent me an email that my ...
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What are the contact details for Marina Dream Hostel in Dubai?

Is there any way I can get the contact details for Marina Dream Hostel in Dubai please? I can't find it online, any phone number or email will be super useful.
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Are there any hostels or similar accommodation in the highlands along route 175 from Oaxaca City to Pochutla?

I'm about to travel from Mexico City to the beaches on the Oaxaca coast. Having done this trip many times but not for at least 8 years I have some idea but know few details. There is a winding route ...
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Is there an alternative to hostelworld? [duplicate]

Hostelworld is currently the dominating system to book hostels in the world. There used to be hostelbookers but it was bought and now both sites resemble the same. Not to say that the website isn't ...
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How to safely store my locker key in a hostel at night?

When staying in hostel dorms I usually place my valuables in a locker provided by the hostel and lock it, typically with my own key-padlock. When I go out I take the key with me and I'm perfectly fine ...
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How to discover if a hostel is more a travel hostel or a party hostel?

I have done some traveling and I have often stayed in hostels. These are great for many reasons. One of them is meeting people that share the same mindset and that actually need to sleep at night :) ...
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Is it possible to pay in advance for hostel booking?

I have tried booking at different hostels using HostelWorld and Booking.com and I could only be able to make a reservation using my credit card, but not pay for the whole stay. I haven't found that ...
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Bad hostel, recourse?

I've just spent a rather unpleasant night at a hostel in Barcelona. I didn't sleep well. Quite hot and loud and I was being eaten by insects. A few hours sleep woken by the place shaking at 8 due to ...
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Traveling to London, UK in July, how to find cheap accommodation? [closed]

I'm planning a trip to London, UK during early July and haven't been able to find any type of cheap (~15€/night/person for three nights) accommodation, preferably not that far from, or connected to in ...
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How do I find hostels where I can safely store my documents while leaving the room?

We are going to watch some games in Euro 2016 France, and we want to book some hostels. apparently it is expensive to have a room for two so we want to share a bed in a doorm but we don't know the ...
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What does the 'number of guests' mean in hostels?

I want to book an hostel, we are two (two friends) so we need two beds in a room I found this room: What does the number of guests mean? how many should I select? we just need the hostel to sleep, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I book hostels in advance in Shanghai / HK in July?

I am travelling to Shanghai and Hong Kong in July and for accommodation looking for private rooms, not dorms. Is it realistic to travel "freestyle" and book hostels when we get there or a day in ...
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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 a 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 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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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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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 I'...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any budget accommodation in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil?

Lonely Planet lists two hotels, starting at around €30/night. HotelsCombined starts with hotels at around €90/night. Hostels don't appear to exist. Are there any budget ho(s)tels in Rio Branco, Acre, ...