QUICK RESOURCES FOR PLANNING TRIPS
Booking hostels online is a relatively simple procedure which allows you to search for hostels and read reviews and ratings left by other travellers. It’s usually immediately obvious which ones are decent and which ones are rubbish. As a general rule a hostel with lots of reviews over a reasonable period of time and a rating of over 80% is usually a reliable bet. Hostels with high ‘fun’ or ‘atmosphere’ ratings are usually sociable places that are good for meeting other travellers but might not be the best places to get a quiet nights sleep.
Here are some of the best places to book hostels:
This site has developed into perhaps the best accommodation booking site on the web. Unlike the other two it doesn’t just cater for hostels but it’s very easy to use and you can quickly find the cheaper places by their filter. It also includes a lot of budget hotels and guesthouses that aren’t featured on the two sites below and you’d be surprised how often you can find a room for basically the same cost as a bed in a dorm.
They have an easy to use website that lets you search for beds in almost every country in the world. Larger cities can show up over 100 choices so you can use the rating and price filters to find the perfect hostel for your trip. When you book, you pay a 12% deposit and the rest when you arrive at your hostel.
Everything that we said about Hostelbookers applies here too. They tend to have a slightly larger range of hostels than the other lot and receive more bookings but basically they do what hostelbookers do with a few small changes. It’s worth comparing prices between the two as sometimes hostels can be cheaper on one site than they are on the other.
If you’re not in any rush or have a large booking to make then check out – How to find the best deal on Hostels