Hotels vs. Hostels

If you’re traveling on a budget, hostels are a cheap alternative to staying in a hotel. Of course there are pros and cons to each option, but if you aren’t worried about having your own mini kitchen and want to save some money – hostels are the way to go.

Hotels Hostels
  • Get your own living space
  • Room & laundry service
  • Pampering
  • Can be found for $20 a night
  • Meet new people
  • Bare necessities
  • Typically >$50 a night
  • Anything extra adds to cost
  • Dorm setup
  • Public bathroom setup
  • Not as much privacy

You’ve probably noticed that you’re doing a lot more sharing in the confines of a hostel, so if you aren’t very sociable, booking a hotel would be a better idea. There are some hostels that offer 2 and 3 person room accommodations,  but that isn’t guaranteed, nor highly likely.

In many places, booking a hostel is more associated with backpackers (depending on the length of your stay, that type of luggage isn’t a bad idea in this scenario), because they are known for drifting from place to place and not having a whole lot of cash on them.

A good example of how much money a hostel can save you is by comparing accommodations for two adults, in Paris, France this coming May 2017.

For May 15-19th:

  • Cheapest hotel per night – $71
  • Cheapest hostel per night – $18.09
    • this is in a dorm setting (13 beds in a large room), but there are private rooms available for $55 – still notably lower than the hotel

Many Americans would consider staying in Paris, France to be an extremely expensive endeavor, and while this doesn’t change the cost of food and souvenirs, it does save you a decent chunk of cash.

On the other hand, the reason people generally want to stay in a hotel is to get that feeling of having basic chores taken care of for you while on vacation. You can have food brought to you, have someone else, clean up your room and bathroom and even have them do your laundry if you’d like. I definitely don’t have anything against hotels, but am a bit of a penny pincher so tend to be biased towards hostels.

Personally when looking for hostels, I use  and for this article I found the hotel with


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