Should you stay in a hostel or a hotel?

A bunk bed for £10 or a double bed for £100? If you’re planning to travel again soon, you might be wondering where your money is best spent: the most comfortable accommodations or transportation to your destination.

Here are the pros and cons of each side of travel’s most controversial dichotomy: Should you stay in a hostel or a hotel?

The argument for an inn

It goes without saying that if you can afford to stay in a 200th floor penthouse suite in Monaco with Bollinger, an infinity pool and an old four-poster bed that once belonged to Grace Kelly, the average backpacker hostel will probably struggle. to be continued.

But assuming Jeff Bezos isn’t a distant cousin, the average two- or three-star hotel is not only significantly more expensive than most hostels, it also offers a much less satisfying experience. Hotels will inflate their costs for things that don’t directly affect your stay: an extra 10,000 for having lots of elevators, and an extra 20 for ornate columns in the lobby, and who knows how much for the beautiful but superfluous. chocolate on the pillow.

Hostels, by comparison, sell on things that have a clear impact on your trip. Even high-end outlets rarely stray into hotel price ranges, and your minimal money pays for itself directly with bed, board, and sometimes breakfast.

A vacation is only as good as the person you go with, and most hostels will happily play matchmaker with central social spaces, affordable booze on demand, and organized activities like pub crawls and tourist visits.


Hostels expect you to spend your days outdoors, so location and transport are often a big part of branding, while owners often pride themselves on local advice that goes above and beyond. beyond the guide. Hostels know their goal is to help you enjoy where you are, not to try to compete with it.

You could spend your day standing awkwardly while room service changes your overnight bedding, or you could get to know the couple from your dorm over a game of ping-pong, before leaving a local bar.

The + of a hotel

The way some people talk about hostels, you’d think they forgot holidays were meant to be relaxing. In hotels, the menial tasks are done for you – the bed is made, the floor is cleared, the toiletries are provided – and for a Pause of your day-to-day reality, taking care of servants is pretty much essential.

There’s a reason hostels are mostly for young people, and it’s not correct to do with money. Many gap year travelers don’t need to escape the laundry, an overflowing inbox, and their tax returns because for some reason they’re just not up to it. stage of life.

Hotels also offer this rare quality: intimacy. Room service means you don’t even have to brave the restaurant, and you can exist with it. your people on your terms. Try taking a romantic break in a ten-person dorm. Your journey will have limits.


As for these ten people, if even a of them listening to loud music without headphones, leaving their smelly sandals by your bed, or being “not racist but…” these alone can ruin your trip. Fraternizing abroad can go two ways, and the longer you’re cooped up, the more likely you are to find a bad ‘one. Also, we hope you like being tired. Many inns keep ungodly hours.

And if you want to go all-inclusive, all the power is yours. You do not have have flying all the way to Mexico to languish by a pool, but that certainly helps with the weather. Hotels do things Easier and that’s what vacations are meant to be.

Linda G. Ibarra