After a year of traveling and constantly making reservations for accommodations, I’ve come across some pleasant surprises while using booking websites.
Like, finding a 3 star resort hotel by the Black Sea for $28/night on Expedia.ca, or realizing that Expedia also books nice dorms in the more expensive cities of western Europe.
Similarly, I’ve also learned that Hostelbookers.com, which I thought only booked dorms, actually provides hotel and bed & breakfasts listings as well (and some really comfortable ones too!)
Hostelbookers.com is one of the web’s most popular budget accommodation aggregator sites and here’s a few things I didn’t know about them before:
- No fees or membership required to book
- They have over 3,500 properties on 6 continents
- They guarantee the lowest price, or will refund you the difference
- If you need help with accommodations, you can Tweet them at twitter.com/hostelbookers or post on their wall at facebook.com/hostelbookers and they will answer.
Examples of places I’ve stayed at
Here’s a few places I’ve found through Hostelbookers during my recent trip to Egypt, which varies from a hostel/budget hotel in Cairo, to a charming small hotel in Luxor and a cozy bed & breakfast in Sharm el Sheikh (Sinai).
- Cairo – Luna Hotel – both a dorm and budget hotel in downtown Cairo, walking distance to Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum.
- Luxor – Little Garden Hotel – a small, clean hotel with a charming roof top terrace and ground level garden; friendly and frequently asked if there was anything I needed.
- Sharm el Sheikh – Sinai Old Spices – possibly the most comfortable and well equipped bed & breakfast I’ve stayed it. They even gave me a mobile phone to use during my stay.
Interesting and unusual hotels
Among Hostelbookers’ 3,500 properties, some are in rather unusual places, including prisons, caves and ships. The Hostelbookers blog has a complete list of their unusual hotels. I’m not sure how I feel about sleeping in a prison or cave, but I’ve listed a few examples of their ship hotels below :)
- Peru – Yavari Ship Bed Breakfast
Yavari Ship Bed & Breakfast was built in 1862, and is moored in Puno Bay, Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3,810 metres high. This seven guests per night the Yavari holds three twin-berth cabins with shared bathroom and shower facilities.
- Sweden – Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel
The Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel in Stockholm lets you experience life on a former cruise ship. It’s located near the centre of Stockholm, by trendy galleries, museums and cafes, and the cobbled streets of the Old Town. You’ll get free Wi-Fi, free parking and easy access to public transport. There are 70 rooms on board including privates and dorms.
- Poland – Boat Hostel Barka Basia
The Boat Hostel Barka Basia is on the Danube in the centre of Krakow, 10-minute from the main market square, 5 minutes from Wawel Royal Castle and 3km away from the Kraków Główny Railway Station. There are six double rooms, a Polish restaurant up on the deck and free Wi-Fi. Canoes and fishing equipment are available for rent. Bathrooms are shared.
>> Have you ever booked with Hostelbookers? What other websites do you use to find accommodations?
Thanks to Hostelbookers for helping me arrange some of my Egypt accommodations during my trip last month, it definitely helped make my first visit to the Middle East smooth. As usual, all opinions are my own.
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