When it comes to travel, we’ve covered a lot. We’ve talked about using Airbnb and even booking hotels via international sites for better rates. Today we’re going to cover an area we haven’t yet explored in great depth: hostels.
Hostels are a cost-effective way to lay your head down for the night. Some offer dorm-like bunking only, with gender-specific or non-gender-specific rooms. Some offer private rooms, and some offer both.
To show you how using this avenue for accommodations can save you money, we’ve picked some of our favorites from across the world. Pricing comes from Hostelworld, which is a booking site devoted exclusively to this type of boarding.
Our pick for the Miami area is SoBe Hostel & Bar. True to Miami’s reputation, this hostel is a place that encourages partying, which makes it great for young people, but not so great for families. Rooms are dorm-style only. Depending on how many people you want to share a room with and if you care about which gender sleeps where, your nightly lodging fee will run between a whopping $22-26. You’ll also get a personal locker to lock all of your belongings in.
On top of the low rates, SoBe Hostel & Bar comes with a lot of freebies: a free shuttle from the airport, free dinner everyday, free drinks, free WiFi (and free computers for those without,) free hair dryers, free earplugs, and the list goes on.
As you’d expect of a place with this vibe, there is absolutely no curfew.
Whether you’re visiting Amsterdam to fulfill some youthful wishes or to take the kids on a tour filled with cultural exploration, A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost has accommodations to match your travel goals. Dorms start at $33.89/night, and private rooms with four beds and an ensuite bathroom go for $180.77, which isn’t bad at all when you look at comparables in the same city.
This hostel is centrally located to both common attractions and the metro should you want to get to another part of town. The only freebie here is WiFi, but the receptionist is 24/7 and you will have access to the game room.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Sometimes hostels only offer private rooms, as is the case with Fortune Classic Hotel Apartments in Dubai, UAE. Here a two bed apartment complete with bathroom and kitchen will cost you only $87.17/night while a four bed apartment runs $157.18.
There’s free breakfast and parking, and unlike some other hostels, you won’t have to bring your own towels or linens. Throw in the gym and the pool, and this place is a steal.
Another great place for mature travelers to stay, Banana Bungalow in Maui, Hawaii offers cheap accommodations for those looking to socialize on their trip. Dorms run between $39.60-46.43 per night, while private rooms start at $105.32.
Their freeness includes WiFi, parking, breakfast, linens, and city maps. They also offer free daily tours that explore rain forests, volcanoes, whale-watching and snorkeling.
Depending on your travel needs, hostels can be a great way to save money. Be sure to shop around for rates, consider if you’d like a private room or bunk, and be sure it’s family-friendly if you’re traveling with kids.