About Us

Why did we create this site?

As long-term travellers ourselves, we are here to support all travel enthusiasts around the world in finding the most suitable hostel. Hostelz.com was started way back in 2002 because we saw a need for a better hostels guide website that really gives you all the information you need to find the absolute best hostels in the world. Over the past 17 years this site has grown to become the largest and most complete hostels database on the web - it now stands to be the only real worldwide hostels guide online.

How so?

This site offers comprehensive free listings for all hostels worldwide including:

Our system searches for the best prices and availability across all of the major booking systems. Save money, time and sanity.

By working with all of the major hostel booking systems, we are able to combine all of their data with our own database of hostel information and exclusive reviews, along with online booking price comparison, giving you all the information you need to find all the best hostels on one website. There really is no reason to ever look anywhere else for hostel information.

What makes Hostelz.com unique?

So many things! Here's a list of some of the major differences that put Hostelz.com in a completely different league to any other online hostels guide.

We could keep going, but those are at least some of the major points. And we\re not done yet. We're working on many more neat new features that will be going live on the site this year. So stick around, it only gets better.

How much can I save by using Hostelz.com's price comparison system?

On average 10.6%, as much as 50%-60% on many bookings depending on the hostel. See the complete hostel price comparison study.


Why stay in a hostel?

A hostel could be compared to a hotel except, if we’re honest, hostel life is simply so much better! Forget spending a fortune on a lifeless private room: at a hostel you can experience sharing a dormitory room with other travelers. Of course, this means that you can stay for less money than you would pay at a hotel for a private room.

Yet there's so much more to the hostel experience than just that. Social vibes, freebies, activities, helpful staff, epic design and superb locations are a few more aspects of the hostel world to get excited for.

Hostels are primarily used by young and young-minded travellers, though most hostels do not age discriminate. These days, hostels accommodate all traveller types: solo travellers, backpackers, couples, families, groups and older travellers - you name it. Modern hostels now also usually give you the option to stay in inexpensive private rooms.

For our young-minded travelers seeking hostels, we added more filters to find the perfect hostel instantly.

Read: 17 Tips for Sleeping and Staying in Hostels

The atmosphere of a hostel can vary greatly. Some are big social hang outs with pool tables and a bar, and some are quaint little homey places run by a sweet old lady. The reviews, descriptions and filters on this site will help you to find the ones that fit what you're looking for.

How does the online reservation system work?

Let’s get one thing straight; we care about saving you time and money. That’s why we have partnerships with all of the major hostel booking websites like Hostel World, Hostelsclub and Booking.com

So, when you search for available beds on Hostelz.com, our system checks each hostel booking website to find the best price and availability for the dates you requested. Because hostels put only a portion of their available beds in each online booking system, the same hostel may have available beds in one booking system but not another, and at a completely different price

By using Hostelz.com, you are guaranteed to always get the best availability at the best price. This also saves you having to check these platforms individually which takes time. You are welcome!

How do you book your hostels? Hostelz.com is not a booking site, we are a hostel guide. We will send you to the hostel booking site with the best price. You will need to finish your booking with the booking site.

The best it? There is no extra charge for using Hostelz.com, you always pay the lowest price available when you book through Hostelz.com. Use your savings to share a drink with new hostel friends instead.

Help us spread the word about Hostelz.com

We strive to be the travellers go-to information resource when it comes to finding great hostels. It’s no secret that we rely on word of mouth to spread the love about Hostelz.com - it’s an organic and genuine way to reach more people. The power of online community is in your hands, dear reader. If you have a website or blog and you like Hostelz.com, include a little link to us. We appreciate any help we can get to let people know about our site.

You can also sign up with Hostelz.com. Make your own profile to get future discounts, save your hostel wish list and more.

Also please "like" us and "follow" us...

How can I add a new hostel to your site?

Use this form to add a hostel. Simple. There are no fees of any kind to list a hostel, all listings on this site are completely free.

Legal Stuff

Hostelz.com provides this site and its contents on an "as is" basis and makes no representations or warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement, with respect to this site or its contents. Hostelz.com provides various information and commentaries. We do not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the content found on our web site. Furthermore, we do not warrant that the information is current. Hostelz.com also makes no promises that the content or the service itself will be delivered to you uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free. By using the Hostelz.com web site you agree that under no circumstances will Hostelz.com be liable for direct, indirect, incidental or any other type of damages resulting from your use, or downloading of any content on our web site. This includes, but is no way limited to, loss or injury caused in whole or in part by our negligence or things beyond our control in creating or delivering any portion of Hostelz.com. You are responsible for your own research and decisions. All data, photos, reviews, and comments submitted to Hostelz.com become the property of Hostelz.com. You also agree that Hostelz.com will not be liable for any decision made or action taken by you or others based upon reliance on reviews, information or any other material published by Hostelz.com. The entire Hostelz.com web site relies on various sources of information that we believe to be accurate and reliable. However, we make no claims or representations as to the accuracy, completeness or truth of any material contained on our web site. Comments and reviews are submitted as part of an open forum discussion and Hostelz.com makes no claims and takes no responsibility for the content of reviews and comments submitted to the site.

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