Terms and Conditions

Welcome to Hostelz.com, a Price Comparison Website for Hostels and Budget Accommodation ("Website" or "Provider"). By using this Website, you (“User”) agree to comply with and be bound by the following Terms and Conditions. Please review them carefully.

Summary of Key Points

  • Organic Sorting of Listings: Listings are sorted primarily by relevance and ratings. Personalization is available for signed-up members only. Commissions or third-party benefits do not influence the listing process.
  • We do not alter Hostel Prices: Our website includes links to third-party platforms for booking accommodation. We display prices as received and do not manipulate them.
  • Tracking Reservations: Signing up on Hostelz.com unlocks exclusive features and activates reservation tracking to elevate your user experience. Here’s what it involves:
    • Automatic Activation: Tracking is automatically enabled upon sign-up, but it’s optional. Hostelz specifically tracks reservations made on partner platforms like Hostelworld.com and Booking.com when a user is actively logged into Hostelz.com, and our affiliate links are utilized.
    • Purpose: The tracked information allows us to curate personalized content such as customized guides, tailored accommodation recommendations, and essential travel resources based on your reservation details and interests.

    Your understanding and consent to this tracking are vital. We are committed to ensuring clarity, safeguarding your privacy, and enhancing your Hostelz.com experience through thoughtful and secure tracking practices.

Use of the Website

Hostelz.com is a platform that aggregates information from various third-party accommodation providers. Users can finalize bookings by being directed to external platforms. The User agrees to engage with the Website's features, functionalities, and community respectfully and responsibly.

Organic Sorting of Listings

Primarily, listings are sorted based on relevance and ratings, ensuring that users can easily find hostel-typed accommodations, which are always listed higher compared to other types of accommodations such as hotels or guesthouses.

For our signed-up members, we offer a more personalized experience. Listings may be sorted based on their profile and preferences, allowing for a customized user experience that aligns with individual needs and interests.

We uphold a high standard of integrity and impartiality in our listing process. Please be assured that the sorting of listings is not influenced by commissions or any other benefits received from third parties. Our main objective is to facilitate an unbiased and user-focused platform, allowing you to make informed decisions regarding your accommodation choices.

User Reviews and Comments

Hostelz.com reserves the right to make minor modifications to the user reviews for the purpose of formatting consistency and content appropriateness, such as correcting typos or grammar. However, we will not make changes that would alter the essence or overall intention behind the user’s original comment. In addition, Hostelz.com reserves the right to withhold the publication of reviews based on content appropriateness and relevance.

We are committed to maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the user reviews on our platform, ensuring that they genuinely reflect the users’ experiences and opinions.

Community Guidelines

Users of Hostelz.com are expected to engage respectfully with the platform and its community. The following behaviors are grounds for the termination or suspension of access to Hostelz.com:

  • Use of profanity, hate speech, sexually explicit content, discriminatory remarks, threats, or violence.
  • Personal attacks, promoting illegal activities, or making politically sensitive comments.

Users are encouraged to report any such conduct to maintain the integrity and user experience of the Hostelz.com community.

Exclusive Guides

Hostelz.com offers exclusive guides, such as itineraries, packing lists, and more, available to users only. Users agree not to share or disseminate this exclusive information outside of the platform, respecting the proprietary nature of the content.

Electronic Communications

By using the Website, users agree to receive electronic communications from Hostelz.com, including newsletters, notifications, alerts, and updates necessary for seamless user experience.

Tracking of Reservations

When a user signs up on Hostelz.com and makes a reservation through our affiliate links to a partner platform, the users agrees to allow the tracking of the reservations. The partner platforms are:

  • Hostelworld.com
  • Booking.com

The purpose behind this tracking is to enhance the user experience by providing tailor-made guides and resources, such as specialized destination guides, travel gear suggestions, or packing lists, based on the user's reservation details.

  • Reservation Management: Users cannot alter, modify, or cancel the reservation through Hostelz.com.
  • User Data: No user data is sold to third parties, and Hostelz.com doesn’t process payment details.

Which Reservations Are Being Tracked?

Reservations are tracked when:

  • affiliate links to our partner platforms are utilized for reservations
  • the user is actively logged in

Affiliate links contain specific IDs to record traffic sent to the advertiser’s website. We will provide these links throughout Hostelz.com when user search for and compare accommodation.

Access to exclusive Benefits and personalized Travel Guides

Only logged-in users that follow the tracking method will gain access to the exclusive benefits, personalized content, and specialized guides. It’s crucial to understand that reservations made without following the tracking method above will not be subject to our tracking processes. Consequently, users who did not follow this method will not have access to the exclusive benefits, personalized content, and specialized guides available to those who make reservations through our tracked process.

Third-Party Links and Liability

Hostelz.com incorporates links to third-party websites, including but not limited to Hostelworld, Booking.com, and Hostelsclub, as part of its service. These external platforms provide the basis for our price comparison, and final bookings are completed on these external websites.

The Provider curates and compares prices from these third-party websites, ensuring that Users receive accurate and unaltered price information. Hostelz.com does not manipulate or change the prices; we display them precisely as received through APIs from third-party websites. Our business model is commission-based, which allows the Website to be free for Users to access and use.

Users should exercise discretion and judgment when interacting with third-party websites. Hostelz.com is not responsible or liable for any issues, damages, or losses incurred due to transactions or interactions with these external platforms. All such engagements are solely between the User and the respective third-party website.

Certain content that appears on Hostelz.com comes from Amazon. This content is provided ‘as is’ and is subject to change or removal at any time. Hostelz.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate, Hostelz earns from qualifying purchases.

Force Majeure

The Provider shall, under no circumstances whatsoever, be held responsible or liable for or deemed in breach of its responsibilities under these Terms and Conditions due to any event or circumstance, which the occurrence and the effect of which the party affected thereby is unable to prevent and avoid, including, without limitation acts of God; pandemics, government regulation, curtailment of transportation facilities, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or trade disputes of whatever nature (whether involving employees of a party or a third party), terrorist attacks, haze, sabotage, riots, civil disturbances, insurrections, national emergencies (whether in fact or law), blockades, acts of war (declared or not), etc. (a “Force Majeure Event”). The Provider shall give the User a written notice describing the particulars of the Force Majeure Event as soon as possible.

Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

All content, including text, graphics, logos, and software used on the Website, is the property of Hostelz.com or its content suppliers and protected by international copyright laws.

Limitation of liability

The Provider is not liable for any direct or indirect damages arising from the use of the Website, including damages from inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in content, unavailability of the Website, or damages resulting from third-party websites linked from Hostelz.com.

Choice of Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Cyprus. Users consent to the jurisdiction of Cyprus courts for any legal actions arising from the use of the Website.

Indemnification of Lawyer Costs, Out-of-Pocket expenses and Liability for Breach

If the User breaches these Terms and Conditions, the Provider shall be compensated by the breaching party for its reasonable lawyer costs and out-of-pocket expenses which in any way relate to the breach of these Terms and Conditions.

The User acknowledges that compliance with these Terms and Conditions is necessary to protect the goodwill and other proprietary interests of the Provider and that a breach of these Terms and Conditions will also give rise to irreparable and continuing injury to the Provider.

Therefore, the User by using the Website hereby agrees that breach of these Terms and Conditions will give the right to the Provider to seek damages for any losses and damages incurred as a result of breach of these Terms and Conditions and/or in connection with such violation.

Severability

If any Clause, or part of a Clause, of these Terms and Conditions, is found by any court or administrative body of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the legality, validity or enforceability of the remainder of the Clause or Paragraph which contains the relevant provision shall not be affected, unless otherwise stipulated under applicable law. If the remainder of the provision is not affected, the Parties shall use all reasonable endeavours to agree within a reasonable time upon any lawful and reasonable variations to the Agreement which may be necessary in order to achieve, to the greatest extent possible, the same effect as would have been achieved by the Clause, or the part of the Clause, in question.

Updating of the Terms and Conditions

The Provider reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time. Changes will be effective immediately upon posting on the Website. Users are responsible for reviewing these Terms and Conditions regularly.

Entire Agreement

These Terms and Conditions represent the entire agreement between the Provider and the User, completely replacing any other previous written or verbal agreements concerning the relationship of the User with the Provider.

Contact Us

For questions or feedback regarding these Terms and Conditions, Users can contact us through the Contact Us page on the Website.


Last Updated: October 2023

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