You do not want any surprises or unexpected expenses after checking in a hostel, especially if you’re on a budget. Make sure you have answers to the following questions before you book a hostel. Follow this checklist; it will make your actual stay hassle free and enjoyable.

Before booking

  • How many beds in a room?
  • Are room mixed or for same gender ?
  • What are the bedsizes and do the rooms include linen?
  • Shared bathrooms or private?
  • Are there safes or lockers to store valuables?
  • Kitchen?
  • Are any meals included with the stay?
  • Hostel amenities like laundry service, gymnasium, etc.? And what is the cost to use them?
  • Is Wi-Fi available, and is it free or will you have to pay for it?

Upon Arrival

  • Ask to check out the room beforehand
  • Check if everything is satisfactory and you get what you were promised.
  • Ask about lockouts or curfew times. Get the access code for the door if it has one.
  • Take the hotels business card upon arrival. It will have the hotels address and will help you find your way back.
  • Get a local map and ask the receptionist to highlight the hotel on the map, the nearest stations etc.
  • Ask the reception for any events, parties, bars that are favourites with the locals, good restaurant around etc. They will be happy to help.

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