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FAQ

1. Hostels?

Hostels provide budget oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed in a dormitory or a private bedroom. Hostels help you save money on accommodation and rather spend more on exploring the city.

2. What does a hosteller look like?

There is no certain definition of a hosteller. Hostellers are people who like traveling and take advantages of hostels, including you.

3. Do I need to have a hostel membership?

All of the hostels listed on the website will allow you to stay without a membership card.

4. Is it possible to stay at hostel in my home country?

It really depends on the hostel policies. Some hostels allow, but some hostels do not allow. Please check the hostel you want to make a reservation to clarify their policies.

5. What does a hostel look like?

There is no one way of which to describe a typical hostel. Their sizes and shapes vary as do their locations. Some hostels are fairly quiet and peaceful whereas others have fun and lively atmosphere.

6. What is a typical dormitory like?

Dormitory also varies in sizes, shapes, and locations. Usually, dormitories have bunk beds and provide sociable accommodation to guests from all around the world.

7. How clean are hostels?

Each hostel provides daily maintenance services including cleaning to keep the hostel clean and arranged. Customers can also take a few moments to clean up after use for the next travellers. It is not a rule by the hostel but an etiquette.

8. Do hostels have storage for personal Belongings?

The majority of hostels provide a secure storage for your valuables. Usually, there are lockers at hostels, but customers have to bring their own lock for usage.

9. Do hostels have a curfew?

It depends on the hostel policies. Some hostels have a curfew, but some hostels do not. Please check the hostel you want to make a reservation to clarify their policies.

10. Are reservations necessary to stay at a hostel?

The majority of hostels does not accept walk-in or phone reservations. Once reservation is confirmed, it guarantees your stay at the hostel.

11. Ensuite?

Ensuite means that the room has its own private restroom with a sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub.

12. What is the difference between backpackers and hostellers?

Backpackers and hostellers are very similar but different in some ways. Hostellers tend to stay away from home for prolonged periods of time whereas backpackers do for brief periods of time. Hostellers not only explore the surroundings, but also meet a variety of people from all over the world and have the opportunity to experience all the different cultures.

13. Age Restriction?

It depends on the hostel policies. Some hostels have a restriction, but some hostels do not. Please check the hostel you want to make a reservation to clarify their policies.

14. Necessary documentations for check-in?

You will be asked to show a proper identification such as a passport or photo identification (driver??s license.) Some hostels require the travel documents as well.

15. Who came up with the idea of hostels?

Hostelling began in Germany in 1907, by a genius of a man named Richard Schirmer he started it as a way to travel with his students and to explore and show them there local surroundings From there hostelling has spread around the world. From a man who just wanted to have an affordable place to stay while exploring his homeland

16. Are all the guests loud and inconsiderate?

Most travellers are gentle and considerate. If you are respectful to others, they will show you the same respect in return.

17. Kitchens?

Most hostels have kitchens. They also provide cooking appliances for you to cook your own food. Kitchens are the shared place for all guests at the hostel; therefore, remember to be respectful and clean up the kitchens after use.

18. Hostel Rules and Regulations.

The most important thing to know is to be considerate. Since rules and regulations differ from all hostels, please read their policies carefully and ask the hostel staffs if needed.

19. Lockout time?

This time is usually for cleaning purposes. At check-in, please inquire with the hostel staffs to know the specifics about their lockout policy.

20. What do I need to bring with me, while hostelling?

We recommend that you bring the following items, food if you plan on eating, personal hygiene products, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, shower shoes, laundry detergent, a lock for securing important items, and last but not least a good attitude. Please call the hostel and ask what will be provided in order to get a better understanding of what you will need.

21. Using a sleeping bag?

Most hostels provide clean linens and blankets to each customer. You can bring your own sleeping bag if needed.

22. What kind of rooms are there?

It depends on hostels. Usually, most hostels have male, female, and mixed dorms and single, double, twin, triple, and quad private rooms. There are many different types of the rooms, and they all differ from hostels.

23. What type of experiences will I have at a hostel?

You will have an opportunity to meet new people from all around the world. The diversity will give you the most valuable experiences in your life.

24. Does the cost of staying at a hostel vary from city to city?

Yes, the size, location, and facilities will result in different prices.

25. Do hostels discourage alcoholic beverages?

It depends on the hostel policies. Some hostels have a restriction, but some hostels do not. Please check the hostel you want to make a reservation to clarify their policies. Typically, if you are of legal drinking age and are not being a disturbance to other guests, they will allow you to drink. Some hostels have mini bars inside their premises.

26. What is the difference between independently owned hostels and associated hostels?

Independently owned hostels are run by a single owner or a small group. Associated hostels have various locations in different cities, states, or nations. They are run by an association such as HI Hostels.