Advantages Easy to use, cheap booking fees, social networking site, covers the world
Disadvantages Dont use if you want an expensive, upmarket hotel
As my status says I am currently busy planning a fantastic travelling experience. A friend that recently did the same kind of experience recommended this site to me. My girlfriend and myself went off making our plans and started using this site extensively. Signing up to the site was simple and only needed basic information about you, which included a contact number, address and email address.On the sites homepage it boosts 17,000 hostels in 168 countries so it is more then likely that you will be able to find a hostel in the place that you want to travel to. The homepage also gives you links to useful information if you are planning a travelling adventure like how to make your pounds reach as far as possible, tips for which injections you need for the locations you are visiting, a free pocket guide for any city that you are staying in and pod casts which are submitted by other members of the site for places that they have stayed.
Looking for Hostels
Now to the fun part of the site! Searching for hostels couldn't be much simpler. You have the option to type in the place name, specify the dates that you wish to stay there and then select how many people it is for.
Now choosing the hostel you want to stay is surely going to be the tricky part, isn't it? For example doing a search for Paris provides 173 results. So potentially choosing could be a nightmare. However one really well thought out part of the site is that the hostels also have a rating. The rating is not posted on the site by the site owners or the hostel itself but by other fellow travellers. Obviously not everyone is happy, but it makes it easier to see hostels that score highly from many ratings as opposed low rating hostels from only a couple of ratings. The ratings are broken down into 6 categories comprising- Character
Another important part of the ratings is that each rating displays the age range of the person leaving the comment and also the sex of them. For example myself and my partner changed our minds about a hostel in Prague as Guy's liked it but girls hated it. After clicking a hostel on the page it gives you a brief description of the hostel and the facilities it offers. This is uploaded by the hostel themselves is a bit lost in translation in a way that brings a little smile to your face after looking at hostels throughout the world all day.Finding the hostel
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