What some people (still) think about hostels
Blame it on Tarantino – after his horror movie named Hostel in 2006 people begin to think about this kind of accommodation as unsafe places frequented by chainsaw-wielding psychopaths in scary masks. A number of common misconceptions about hostels out there and we aim to set the record straight.
So, on number 1 place is the false ideea that Hostels are unsafe.
While all but the most uneducated of travellers would recognise the graphic and gory scenes of extreme violence in Hostel are a long way from reality, there are people out there who believe that hostels aren’t all that safe.
Yes, hostels do get broken into from time to time and things get taken, but this happens in all types of accommodation. The truth is that, in many cases, you are as safe in a hostel as you are in a three or four star hotel.
Nearly all hostels now have luggage storage rooms and personal lockers, where you can store your valuables. Many hostels also operate 24 hour receptions and employ security guards for added security
The second false ideea is that : Hostels are basic & low quality ! Wrong! There are people out there who believe that the quality of accommodation and facilities provided at hostels is considerably lower than at hotels because of the price difference.
Visions of hostels comprising of no more than a bed in a cramped dorm and access to a grubby communal shower room are a thing of the past, with many hostels now offer some outstanding rooms and facilities that make them comparable with mid-range hotels, at a fraction of the price.
Many hostels offer private rooms with private bathrooms, TVs, wardrobes and writing desks, and have the sort of facilities you’d expect of a three star hotel, like a fully stocked bar, swimming pool, games room, a 24-hour reception and laundry service.
What a hostel may lack in comparison to your typical three star hotel- facilities like maid service, wake-up call or on-site restaurant, it can often make up for in terms of atmosphere and experience.
Of course, there are hostels that provide the absolute minimum for your money but the same applies to many budget hotels. The key is to do your research and, more often than not, you will find a hostel that has exactly what you’re looking for at a price that is often considerably less than your average hotel.
On number 3 place in our top we find the ideea that Hostels are all sex, drugs and rock n roll. Yet this is some way from the reality. Any hostel worth its salt operates a strict no drugs policy and will not tolerate excessive drunken behaviour.
Not all hostels are party hostels either, but there are plenty of those if that’s what you’re looking for. Many opt for reading rooms and hammocks in tranquil settings, as opposed to dance floors, disco balls and sound systems. The key is to read the hostel’s description on the website before you book to make sure you’re going to get the atmosphere and surroundings you want.
So, let’s keep it clear – in 2015 hostels can be the best solution in travelling around the world ! Don’t hesitate to book one! And when you arrive in Bucharest, Romania get your accommodation @ Crazy Duck Hostel.