It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed in a hotel. Partly because I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like, partly through choice. I’ve called this hostel vs hotel but in reality, it’s expensive/traditional accommodation vs alternate accommodation. Of course, there are other options, such as couch surfing and serviced apartments among others, but most travel budgets fall between hostel or hotel.
Hostel vs Hotel
- Hostels often have free wifi.
- Most have a full (shared) kitchen to make cooking easy (which helps your travel budget).
- Even a private room at a hostel is cheaper than a small hotel room, and nowadays they have nearly the same level of comfort.
- Even though the wifi is free, sometimes you can only access it in common areas, not in your room.
- Lack of privacy – the other year we stayed in a hostel where I was woken up at about 11pm by a loudspeaker announcement for a pub crawl, and later that night we were woken up again by many drunk people knocking on doors and windows, trying to get in.
- Privacy – rooms are more likely to have better soundproofing so you don’t get extraneous noise in your room.
- Wifi is nearly always available anywhere in the hotel complex for convenience (however, a day’s usage can be nearly half your monthly home usage cost).
- Most only have a ‘kitchenette’, meaning that cooking full meals to stay healthy & keep your travel budget down is harder.
- Hotels are much more expensive.
Generally speaking, we look to book a private hostel room when we need or want to go somewhere. For us, it offers the best of both worlds: a private bedroom
and bathroom but at a price that lets us spend more on seeing the location, not sleeping in it.
Which do you prefer – hostels or hotels?