Planning a stay in a hostel can be an exciting move. Compared to other forms of accommodation, you will benefit from quirky accommodation, making new friends from all walks of life, and an affordable price. But it can also be a daunting decision if you don’t know what to look out for.
Check out some of the top things you should consider before choosing your hostel accommodation…
Where Do You Want to Be Based?
This is a question you should always be asking at the first stage of looking for accommodation. When you know the answer, you can begin to narrow down your options. You need to consider what you are looking to get out of your visit. If you intend to head to the city centre most days, it’s probably not a wise decision to rack up large transport costs by staying miles away. On the other side, if you want a quiet and peaceful stay, you won’t want to sleep where the city’s nightlife action takes place.
Understand What’s Provided with Your Booking
You know that in securing accommodation you will receive a bed for the duration of your stay, but what else is provided with your booking? Check whether any necessary items are included, even the basics like linen, pillows and blankets. Is there a housekeeping service? Is breakfast included? Don’t put yourself in the position of being welcomed with unexpected and hidden costs.
You also need to consider who will be staying in the room with you as hostels are often run on a shared accommodation basis. There could be private rooms, double rooms, family rooms or even rooms for groups of up to as many as 10 people.
Identify the Facilities That Are Available
It should be an obvious statement, but pick the hostel that provides the facilities you are mostly looking for. Are you after an en-suite bathroom connected to your dorm or would you be comfortable with a communal bathroom? When it comes to dining, take into account whether you prefer eating in or out. If you prefer to eat in, check whether a kitchen would be included at your chosen hostel. It’s also important to consider the security features at the property and whether you can come and go as you please anytime night and day.
Is There Enough to Keep You Entertained?
Whether your visit is intended to be lively or laid back, make sure you consider the options available to keep you entertained during your visit. Hostels are designed to be community-spirited so check what communal activities are included. This could range from television and computers to playing games with other guests. WiFi might be included at the hostel, either free or as a separate purchase. Coming back to our first point, if you intend to venture out most days and nights, location will be vital in deciding if there are enough things to see and do without travelling too far.
Check Reviews from Fellow Travellers
There are a lot of other people who have been in your shoes and the younger generation in particular isn’t shy in sharing their views online. See what other travellers are saying about their experience at your desired hostel. Look at what they liked, didn’t like and decide how their experience matches up with your expectations. This is also a great area to consider when looking for answers to any questions you may still have. You will find that most accommodation providers will have their own profiles on websites such as TripAdvisor.
An Affordable Luxury Hostel in Liverpool
At Sleep Eat Love we tick the above requirements and much more. Our hostel has been designed to provide luxury accommodation in Liverpool city centre while still maintaining it as an affordable choice. For a further glimpse into our modern hostel, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.