The Mews Blog > 10 benefits of staying in a hostel
When discussing hostel benefits, we need to recognize that hostels cater to an audience that is more cost sensitive. Another key motivating factor behind staying at a hostel is the idea of community. Shared facilities that are at the heart of the hostel experience promote interactions with like-minded guests.
Any hotelier – or a hostelier – should understand their ideal guest's needs and motivations. Once you identify them, it's much easier to market your property. For budget travelers looking for a unique and more socially oriented experience, a hostel can introduce some unique advantages.
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What are the main benefits of staying in a hostel?
Staying at a hostel is preferred by those less concerned with accommodation and more interested in building authentic connections. When managing a hostel, it's essential to design inviting common spaces where people can meet regardless of whether they're staying in a private or shared room.
Hostels are a fantastic option for budget-conscious guests. Paying for one bed in a shared hostel room is often cheaper than staying in a private room in a hotel. And if you're traveling with someone, you can opt for a private room. Beyond low-cost rates, you can also take advantage of shared facilities that allow you to save money by cooking your meals.
For those managing a hostel, pricing strategies can help you attract price-sensitive guests.
Hostels are highly dynamic because of communal areas where people hang out, relax, and socialize. Especially for people traveling solo, the lobby, kitchen, lounge, dining room, or any outdoor corner are all great places to exchange tips and meet potential travel buddies.
Local insights are another great benefit to staying at a hostel. Whether from fellow travelers or hostel staff, you can get valuable insights and recommendations for what to do locally.
Sometimes, staff members are also travelers paying for their stay by working, so who better to ask for advice? They often recommend places off the beaten path and share knowledge about local restaurants, bars and attractions.
Hostels are designed with budget travelers in mind, who often fly at inconvenient times to save money or travel long hours by bus or train. This is why check-in and check-out are often more flexible at hostels. They may also offer luggage storage for guests arriving early or departing late.
Location is essential when you’re traveling, especially for travelers on the go who don’t spend a lot of time in one place. Thanks to their central locations, hostels let you stay close to the attractions without paying a lot. They are also often conveniently located near public transportation.
To build a vibrant community, many hostels organize social events, tours, and activities, such as pub crawls, free walking tours, or parties. Besides being a fun way to meet people, it's also an opportunity to explore the city with new people.
For hosteliers, events and opening their hostels for co-working can provide incremental revenue. All you have to do is rethink spaces and ramp up creativity. Tours and activities are also an effective way to upsell to guests and encourage the locals to visit your facilities.
Many hostels also provide shared facilities such as communal kitchens, places to do laundry, and co-working areas. Not only do they save you money, but you can also meet new people while cooking or planning the next stop on your trip. Common spaces are the future of the modern hospitality experience.
Security and round-the clock check-in
Many hostels are centrally located, with security guards monitoring people's comings and goings. Many guests appreciate this sense of safety that lets them worry less about their belongings, especially in shared rooms. Because people tend to come and go at many different hours, hostels might offer round-the-clock check-in and check-out, adapting to your travel plans.
Cultural exchange is perhaps one of the most valuable benefits of staying at a hostel. People from all over the world share the same communal spaces, rooms, and facilities, exploring different cultural backgrounds. Community engagement is what draws so many people to hostels.
Variety of accommodation options
Hostels offer various accommodation options to suit different needs – from private rooms to traditional dorms that are unisex or female-only. You can choose a room with an ensuite or shared bathroom. Just like hotels, hostels can also accommodate different levels of privacy and comfort to suit your needs and your budget.
Generally speaking, the more privacy you need, the more you will pay.
We’ve looked at hostel benefits and how these popular properties can adapt to a wide variety of needs. Hostels not only save you money but also provide an invaluable opportunity to connect with fellow travelers.
Eva has over a decade of international experience in marketing, communication, events and digital marketing. When she's not at work, she's probably surfing, dancing, or exploring the world.
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