When checking Wikipedia's definition of hostel, we discovered that the idea of hostels we have today, still dates back to 1909 when their main social purpose was "to also allow young people with less money to practice tourism".
More than a century has gone by, however far too many people still believe that hostels are simply accommodation with poor facilities and spartan rooms, stuffed with noisy and unconfortable bunk beds (our #LoveHostels campaign proves exactly the contrary).
Things have actually changed. Hostels do not only provide a place to sleep but are "social" spaces, where to meet other travelers from all over the world, in a lively, pleasant, and no frills atmosphere. Hold on, we didn't say that they have become overcrowded places! Recently, hostels have heavily invested in comfort, design and service for their guests, and have now become extremely cool places, where locals often hang out.
To make a long story short, the stereotype of the crumbling and shabby hostel is over, get over it! ;)
Some hostels have nothing less than hotels for the care and uniqueness of furniture and decorations, and the wide range of services offered (most hostels provide now private rooms with private bathrooms). But the main difference with hotels lies in the philosophy behind staying in a hostel: young people (and mature travelers too) go for a hostel not only to save money but rather because they know very well that they will get to know many new people, go party and enjoy a sharing atmosphere that makes the trip a social experience.
Cut the chatter, here are 12 videos introducing some of the coolest hostels in Europe!
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