@Hostelbookers.com – Not Just for Hostels

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Hostelbookers - hotels, hostels, bed & breakfast

Hostelbookers - they also have hotels and charming bed & breakfasts

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).

  1. Cairo – Luna Hotel – both a dorm and budget hotel in downtown Cairo, walking distance to Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 BreakfastYavari 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
    Rygerfjord Hotel and HostelThe 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
    Boat Hostel Barka BasiaThe 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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  • Johncar1244

    I like your blog and have a great experince of it.I am fully satisfied of your services and some of my friends are also use your services they are also fully satisfied
    with you and your services.We make plan again to visit India and use your services again. Thanks, Samuel Brisbane,Australia

  • Johncar1244

    I like your blog and have a great experince of it.I am fully satisfied of your services and some of my friends are also use your services they are also fully satisfied
    with you and your services.We make plan again to visit India and use your services again. Thanks, Samuel Brisbane,Australia

  • We use them to book hotels or B&Bs too – great website!

    • Agreed! It’s always nice to find out websites are more helpful than what their name suggestions.

      – Lily

  • Love these alternative accommodation options! Pretty cool

    • Hi Adam,

      I think so too :) Sleeping in a cave or prison sounds kind of creepy to me, but it’d be worth experiencing for one night. Some of the reviews for the prison hotels are really funny too, with customers complaining about “strange noises” at night or unfriendly staff – not sure if that makes the prison more or less appealing! :)

      – Lily

  • Rica

    Thanks for this Lily! I’m already budgeting for my 2012 trip and I found some good and cheap hostels from the site–which I did not see in other providers.  

    • Hi Rica,

      Wow, I’m so excited for your trip. One thing, if you’re planning to go to major cities in Europe in the summer time, try to book in advance – the good places fill up really fast.

      Good luck planning!
      – Lily

  • The bed is really charming! 

    • Hi Krishna,

      I think so too! I didn’t realize you could book beautiful bed & breakfasts like that on hostelbookers.com before. Plus there is no fee to book unlike hostelworld.com :)

      – Lily

  • Anonymous

    good to know!!  thumbs up on the cave…not so sure about staying in a former prison…

    • Hi Jen,

      No kidding on the prison… I was just reading reviews on the prison hostel in Switzerland, and some customers complained about uncomfortable beds and poor facilities – but I’m not sure if that’s good or bad thing if you’re paying for the experience of sleeping in a prison, haha.

      – Lily

  • >> Have you ever booked with Hostelbookers? What other websites do you use to find accommodations?
    Hello,
    During my six-month trip I used a lot Hostelbookers. i also used Hostelworld and sometimes booking.com.

    • Hi Lenia,

      Thanks for the link to booking.com, this is the first time I’ve heard of them :)

      – Lily