This website is a huge hostel booking website that also has bookings for bed and breakfasts and hotels. They offer a ton of additional information and services to travelers in general, so much that I could not included it all here, my focus on this site was learning about booking hostels and bed and breakfasts. This booking site offers a 100% guarantee on your booking that if anything goes wrong they will refund you and give you an additional $50 credit.
“ To become the fastest-growing online provider of great value accommodation, using innovative technology to inspire independently minded travellers everywhere.”
From the home page you can search by country, city and/or property type, then plug in your travel dates and the site brings up an extensive list of the available properties. If you are really looking for something cheap and are flexible in your travels they have a “deals” section below the search feature.
They offer bookings on over 25,000 hostels in more than 180 countries, surely there is something for everyone.
Okay, why a hostel or bed and breakfast when we all have hotel points and standards right? Every one’s travel desires are different and frankly some of you have no desire for this kind of lodging. This post is not for you. But for those of you who are open and looking for a new experience, traveling alone and want to meet people or just plain cheap, a hostel may be for you. They are much nicer than they used to be and the site offers pictures of the properties for you to browse. Check some out.
When you search a property you get an overall rating of the place done by previous visitors and also a rating on topics such as security, location, staff, cleanliness, character, and fun. You can see how many people have rated the property and read personal reviews with some very helpful tips. They give detailed information about the property,pictures, maps directions, and all the rates.
Deals:If you spend some time looking through the current deals section you will find an array of different offers such as free nights, free meals, last minute discounts, and added tours.
Example:-Stay 2 nights get the 3rd free Florence Italy in a mixed dorm for $21.90 per person per night. With an overall rating of 88% from 354 reviews. A central location, 10 minute walk from the train station,a pool, on site cafe, bar, restaurant, free WiFi, gym, pool table, AC and flat screen T.V’s in every room. They provide linens and lockers, and an all you can eat breakfast buffet for 6 Euros.
Some General Search Examples:
St.Christopher’s, Paris France, August 25-27, 2012
25th $50.75 (shared mixed room) $68.59 (private double)
26th $45.27 (shared mixed room) $63.10 (private double)
Prices are per person per night.
At 7 pm every night the hostel serves a “backpackers meal” for 6 Euros and breakfast is FREE.
They provide linens, but you must bring a towel.
They have lockers for storage. You must bring your own padlock and they will store your luggage during the day for free so you can go out and explore.
Free Wi-Fi so you won’t need to pay at an Internet cafe.
Auckland New Zealand, Nomads January 12th-15th 2012
12th-15th $28.83 ( standard Double bed Private room)
per person per night
Free drink vouchers, Free sauna and heated spa
Located downtown Auckland
Rooftop sun deck
Bed and Breakfast:
Paris, France Namdemun Guesthouse August 25-27, 2012
25th and 26th $53.50 (private twin room) $38.41 (shared mixed room)
Prices are per person per night. Breakfast is included
Crete Greece, Nakli B&B April 25th-28th 2012
$41.06 per person, per night
A private apartment with double bed, AC, full kitchen and private bathroom, cleaned daily.
Located in the middle of Crete
Hotel D’Amiens Paris, France August 25-27, 2012
25th and 26th $45.95 ( double bed/private).
Prices per person per night. Breakfast is included.
These are just some of the many places I looked at while learning to navigate the site. I am excited to try some hostels and B&B’s out on our future trips. Have you had any experiences with these properties or any advice on them?
Shannon, The Rookie.
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