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Hostel dormitory room in Taiwan.
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Hostels provide budget-oriented accommodation where guests can rent a bed, sometimes a bunk bed in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are generally cheaper for both the operator and the occupant; many hostels employ their long-term residents as desk clerks or housekeeping staff in exchange for free accommodation. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Horror Movie redirects here. ... Hostel is a 2005 horror film written and directed by Eli Roth, starring Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Jennifer Lim, Eythor Gudjonsson and Barbara Nedeljáková. The movie is rated R in the United States for its scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language, and drug use. ... 1. ... A double bed A bed is a piece of furniture or location primarily used or intended for sleeping upon, but also commonly used for sexual activities, relaxing, sitting, and reading. ... A Bunkbed A bunk bed is a type of bed in which one bed is stacked on top of another. ... A typical American college dorm room Another typical not-so-clean college dorm room Watterson Towers, Illinois State University Potomac Hall, second-largest dormitory at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. ...

An effort should be made to distinguish between establishments that provide longer term accommodation (often to specific classes of clientèle such as nurses, students, drug addicts, arrested persons subsequently bailed to await trial and homeless people where the hostels are sometimes run by Housing Associations and charities) and those offering short term accommodation to travellers or backpackers. A homeless man pushes a cart down the street. ... Housing associations in the United Kingdom are independent not-for-profit bodies that provide low cost housing for people in housing need. ... // Legal definitions A charity is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Within the 'traveller' category another distinction can be drawn between hostels that are members of Hostelling International (HI), a non-profit organization encouraging outdoor activities and cultural exchange for the young and independently operated hostels. Hostels for travellers are sometimes called backpackers' hostels, particularly in Australia and New Zealand (often abbreviated to just backpackers). Hostelling Intl, Washington D.C. Hostelling International, formerly known as International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF), is the federation of more than 90 national youth hostel associations in more than 80 countries who run over 4,500 youth hostels and youth hotels around the world. ...


Differences from Hotels

Youth Hostel Room in Scotland
Youth Hostel Room in Scotland

There are several differences between hostels and hotels. Some major advantages of hostels include:

  1. Hostels tend to be budget-oriented. Rates are considerably lower, and many hostels have programs to share books, DVDs, and other items.
  2. For those who prefer an informal environment, hostels do not usually have the same level of formality as hotels.
  3. For those who prefer to socialize with their fellow guests, hostels usually have more common areas and opportunities to socialize.


Youth hostel in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Youth hostel in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

There is less privacy at hostels than at hotels. Sharing a sleeping dormitory is very different from staying in a private room at a hotel or Bed & Breakfast, and might not be comfortable for those requiring more privacy. Download high resolution version (1500x1000, 272 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1500x1000, 272 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Coordinates: , Country State Foundation 1542 Government  - Mayor Alfonso Petersen Farah ( PAN) Area  - City 187. ...

Theft can be a problem since guests may share a common living space, but this can be avoided by securing guests' belongings. Most hostels offer some sort of system for safely storing valuables, and an increasing number of hostels offer private lockers.

Noise can make sleeping difficult on occasions, whether from snoring, sexual activity, someone returning late or leaving early, or the close proximity of so many people. This can be easily solved by wearing earplugs when visiting noisier hostels, but only if you do not need to get up earlier than you would naturally wake up. The earplug option might not work in the event that you must be awakened by a noise alarm. In such a case, either asking someone to wake you up before you go to sleep (an option that might require socializing with other guests -- something that should be easy to do at a hostel) or the use of a vibrating alarm (a device that is kept in contact with the sleeping body, e.g. under a pillow) are viable solutions. Snoring is the act of breathing through the open mouth in such a way as to cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, thus giving rise to a sound which may vary from a soft noise to a loud unpleasant sound. ... Sexual behavior is a form of physical intimacy that may be directed to reproduction (one possible goal of sexual intercourse) and/or to the enjoyment of activity involving sexual gratification. ...

Travellers hostels

The traditional hostel format involved dormitory style accommodation. Some newer hostels include en-suite accommodation with single, double or quad occupancy rooms, though to be considered a hostel they must also provide dormitory accommodation[1]. In recent years the numbers of independent and backpackers' hostels has increased greatly to cater for the greater numbers of overland, multi-destination travellers (such as gap-year travellers, railtrippers, those on sabbaticals etc.) A gap year (also known as a year out, year off, deferred year, bridging year, overseas experience, time off, or time out) is a term that refers to a prolonged period (often, but not always, a year) between two major life stages. ...

The quality of such places has also improved dramatically. Whilst some hostels do still insist on a curfew, daytime lockouts, and/or require occupants to do chores, this is becoming the exception rather than the rule, as hostels adapt to meet the changing expectations of guests[2]. This article is about the restrictions and constraints of particular movements. ...

'Youth Hostel' - beginnings

Aichi Ken Seinen Youth Hostel in Nagoya, with wa-fu (Japanese-style) rooms.
Aichi Ken Seinen Youth Hostel in Nagoya, with wa-fu (Japanese-style) rooms.

In 1912 in Altena Castle in Germany, Richard Schirrmann created the first permanent Jugendherberge or 'Youth Hostel' (now a trademark of the former International Youth Hostel Federation or IYHF). These first Youth Hostels were an exponent of the ideology of the German Youth Movement to let poor, city youngsters breathe fresh air outdoors. The youths were supposed to manage the hostel themselves as much as possible and do chores to keep the costs down and build character as well as being physically active outdoors. Because of this, many Youth Hostels closed (and still close) during the middle part of the day. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1792, 346 KB) Aichi Ken Seinen Youth Hostel in Nagoya, Japan. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1792, 346 KB) Aichi Ken Seinen Youth Hostel in Nagoya, Japan. ... Nagoya ) is the fourth largest city in Japan. ... Map of Germany showing Altena For other meanings of Altena, see Altena (disambiguation) Altena is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. ... Richard Schirrmann (May 15, 1874 - December 14, 1961) was a German teacher and founder of the first youth hostel. ... The German Youth Movement (In German: Die deutsche Jugendbewegung) is a collective term for educational-cultural renewal movement starting from 1896 on. ...

The idea rapidly spread overseas and eventually resulted in Hostelling International (HI), a non-profit organization composed of more than 90 different Youth Hostel associations representing over 4500 Youth Hostels in over 80 countries. Hostelling Intl, Washington D.C. Hostelling International, formerly known as International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF), is the federation of more than 90 national youth hostel associations in more than 80 countries who run over 4,500 youth hostels and youth hotels around the world. ...

Some HI Youth Hostels cater more to school-aged children (sometimes through school trips) and parents with their children, whereas others are more for travellers intent on learning new cultures. However, while the exploration of different cultures and places is emphasized in many hostels, particularly in cities or popular tourist destinations, there are still many hostels providing accommodation for outdoor pursuits such as hillwalking, climbing and bicycle touring and these are often small friendly hostels that retain much of the original vision and often provide valuable access to more remote regions. Hillwalking or fellwalking is the recreational practice of hiking in mountainous terrain. ... For other uses, see Climbing (disambiguation). ... A type of touring bicycle Bicycle touring is a leisure travel activity which involves touring, exploring or sightseeing by bicycle. ...

Despite their name, in most countries membership is not limited to youth.

Independent travellers' or Backpackers' hostels

Independent hostels are not necessarily affiliated with one of the national bodies of Hostelling International, Youth Hostel Association or any other licensing body.

The term "youth" is less often used with these properties. These unaffiliated hostels are often called "backpackers' hostels" and can be more or less expensive. Unlike a fast food restaurant where everything is standardized, these hostels can be very diverse. They usually do not require a membership card. Being privately-owned, these hostels can offer the latest technology and services for guests. One of the first US hostel chains to promote this new "socialized hotel" was Banana Bungalow in the early 1990s. Youth Hostels have since become places to meet people rather than just accommodation.

Industry Growth

The independent hostel industry is growing rapidly in many cities around the world, such as New York, Rome, and Miami[3]. This is reflected in the development and expansion of dozens of hostel chains worldwide[4]. The recent eruption in independent hostels has been called, "the single biggest news in the world of low-cost travel"[5].

The development of independent backpackers hostels is a strong business model, with some cities reporting a higher average income per room for hostels than hotels. For example, in the city of Honolulu, Hawaii, upscale hotels are reportedly making $141 to $173 per room, while hostel rooms in the same city can bring in as much as $200 per night[6]. Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...

Though in the past, hostels have been seen as low-quality accommodation for less desirable travellers, at least one Australian study has shown that backpackers (who typically stay at hostels) spend more than non-backpackers due to their longer length of stays[7]. Self-described backpackers make up as much as 10% of international visitors in countries like Australia[8].


  1. ^ http://www.hostelmanagement.com/definition/hostel.html
  2. ^ http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/news/article3840062.ece
  3. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/getaways/05/26/miami.beach.hostels.ap/
  4. ^ http://wiki.hostelmanagement.com/wiki/List_of_Hostel_Chains
  5. ^ http://www.frommers.com/blog/2008/06/eruption-of-low-cost-private-hostels.html
  6. ^ http://starbulletin.com/2006/07/09/business/story01.html
  7. ^ http://www.tra.australia.com/content/documents/Snapshots/2008/BackPacker_07_FINAL.pdf
  8. ^ http://corporate.tourism.nsw.gov.au/Backpacker_Tourism_p726.aspx#2

See also

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Despite the openness of modern hostels, the majority of guests are traditionally and overwhelmingly between the ages of 18 and 26.
There are still hostels in some countries that have a curfew, daytime lockouts, and/or require occupants to do chores, but as hostels adapt to meet the changing expecatations of guests these are becoming less and less common.
One potential drawback to staying in hostel dormitories is difficulty sleeping because of noise, whether from snoring, someone returning to the room late in the evening, or just general noise from one's living surroundings.
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