Welcome to your guide to the different types of Hostels that you should be aware of! We have put together a list of the most basic types of Hostels out there to give you an overview of the variety that you can experience. If you have ever stayed in a hostel, you already know that there are also unique, or hybrid buildings out there, just waiting to be discovered. There can also easily be a combination of a boutique-styled Girls Hostel with the homely, cosy feel
This article is part of the Guide to Hostels where we cover many questions around its topic. There are no fix standards or definitions for Girls Hostel types. Before you can book your Hostel, you have to decide which type of Hostel fits best with your plan.
Yes, although Hostels are already on budget, there is still the kind we call cheap hostels. The cheap hostel refers to the one with the lowest prices in town. Most likely the service and facilities are not to a high standard, and most likely their location is not in the city center. You can identify this easily through the most obvious hint: the price.
Homely & Cosy Hostels
This is the hostel that shines – on a social level! This type of hostel is maybe the most cosy one you can find. It instantly feels and looks like a home rather than a paid accommodation. There is the kitchen you can use, as well as an actual living room and many more little details which make a place feel like a home.
Boutique Hostels – Design, Luxury, Upscale
There are many different names out there used to describe this specific type of hostel: A boutique hostel is the most design-conscious type, whereby a boutique-style meets and joins with the hostel world. It is a well-designed accommodation, but still on budget. This establishment provides you with an extra comfort, and most of the time there is an interesting story to tell.
Traditional Youth Hostels
The traditional youth hostel is one that has maintained its original focus over the years as a cheap, social accommodation option. Here you will stay in big dorms, find huge common areas. Without a doubt, these traditional hostels are optimized for bigger groups like school excursions and team-building weekends. Nevertheless, you can stay here as a solo-traveler as well – a perfect option for meeting new people. This hostel type is also a great option for families.
Activity Hostels – the Lifestyle
This type of hostel is located next to any main activity in the area. This type can be also a backpacker hostel. These hostels are for the active traveler, and offer an accommodation themed to the specific type of activity they are providing.
5 Star Hostels
The 5 Star Hostels are the finest hostels in the world you can imagine. the 5 Star Hostel is another type, combining local values, unique design, and great facilities. The term 5 Star Hostels refers to the transparent criteria in which they must all meet, and you can find all Hostels that match this specific criteria at the official 5 Star Hostel listing.