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I think that the websites are confusing terms. I have also seen this on AirBnb where places have separate checks for WiFi and Internet. I think that what they actually mean is: WiFi - non-wired internet access Internet - Wired internet access As someone who deals with computers on a daily basis for work, these types of bad definitions annoy the hell out ...


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I actually know of a hotel, which has free WiFi but charges for Internet access. Through the free WiFi, you can access the hotel's internal entertainment system, order room service, check out, "call" the front desk, etc. But if you want to connect to the Internet, you have to pay an extra fee (which you can also book through the free WiFi). As soon as you ...


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I had this same issue with a hostel in the UK. I pressed the hostel for an explanation, and also found a forum thread of hostel managers discussing this policy. Both gave the same explanation. From their point of view, it was so they could take the money out my account if I didn't show up. They said they do it only in busy periods when they know they'll be ...


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I can only speak for hostelworld.com which I use a lot, the difference there is pretty clear to me: Free WiFi This means Wireless LAN is available in the facility, but not necessarily everywhere. Often it's just in the lobby but not in the/all rooms. The WLAN is connected to the public internet, so if the guest has a device supporting WiFi, she can use it ...


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No, there is no "Europe-wide rule". HI: Do Age limits exist? Youth Hostels are open to everyone. However age limits may apply for children in some places - check with the Hostel. Young people may be given priority when the hostel is nearly full. Practices will vary from country to country and even hostel to hostel. For example, in Finland all ...


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Hostelz.com is an aggregator of hostel booking sites (including Hostelworld) that does this. Hostelz calculate private rooms correctly and show the price for booking the cheapest private room(s) that meet(s) the minimum number of beds you need (if you want a double, select two beds - they'll highlight the price for a triple or octuple only if booking out ...


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Giving out your security code via a non secure connection is a very bad idea. By doing this you essentially turn your bank account into a self-service account. Storing the CVV code in any form is against the PCI DSS Requirements (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and by sending it via email it will be stored on someones computer which might ...


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Unlike it's commonly thought, Hosteling International is not a single organisation but rather a group of national associations affiliated to the main body under the same brand name. As such because each national association is a separate organisational entity, and that means how well their inventory of beds is integrated into third-party websites such as ...


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As a representative of Hostelz.com, which aggregates information on hostels worldwide, I ran some data queries on our data to check that for you. This is a list of all countries with Hostelling International hostels, followed by the percent of Hostelling International hostels which are listed in either Hostelworld or Hostelbookers: Andorra (0%), Argentina (...


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As part of your Schengen visa application, you are asked to provide proof of accommodation. A fake booking certainly will not work, because a fake booking is not a proof of accommodation, because it is fake. However, a hostel booking, regardless of how cheap or expensive, regardless of the cancelation policy, and regardless of where you booked it, is a ...


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I would consider both statements insufficient for what I usually want, which is generally connecting a personal laptop to the internet. Some hotels advertise «Free WiFi internet access», yet getting to the internet from the room requires an extra charge (usually disproportionate and daily). You need to look at the fine print which says that restricts that ...


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Any hostel listed on Hostelworld or Hostelbooker is listed there because they individually signed up to be listed. Any hostel can sign up here. In doing so you agree to their Term & Conditions. While this can bring the hostel more travelers, this also comes as a cost: The 12 % Deposit the travelers pay to secure their booking is actually Hostelworlds ...


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There is no legitimate reason why the hostel should ask this. What is going on here is that charging the credit card without CVC code will incur more costs for the hostel. These costs could be lower if the hostel has a good record. Presumably the hostel has yet to prove that the way they conduct their business is secure enough for the credit card company ...


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Yes, if the cancellation is free, you get a refund of all amounts that you have prepaid.


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You're expected to include evidence of accommodations for your entire trip, so the easiest resolution would be for your friend to have your name added to the reservations. If that is not possible, you might follow the guidance in its VFS Global checklist (although Italy is not part of your itinerary): Proof of accommodation for the entire stay in the ...


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At of this moment — nowhere. They are probably planning to create some sort of a crowdfunded travel guide, but currently it's not available anywhere.


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