Hey you guys!
I’ve stayed in both hostel and hotel when I travel. Both have their upside and downside, obviously. But what makes you choose hostel or hotel anyway? For me, there are some consideration, which are:
1. Money Talks
I have never found a hostel room that is more expensive than a hotel room. I think because you will share a room with other people there. In Indonesia, I have found a hostel room in Bali for less than 10 USD. Very cheap huh? In many countries that I have been, I usually had to pay for at least 20-30 USD for female dormitory. I don’t even want to see how much will it cost me to rent a room in hotel hahaha. I meant, in Indonesia you will get a 3-Star Hotel for that price
Of course that staying in a hotel gives you more privacy since you’ll have the room for yourself. While in hostel you will interact with others. Oh well if you want to of course. What I like about staying in hotel is that I could get out of the bathroom with only towel on and just lay on my bed and watch TV or something hahaha basically you could walk around naked and no one even care (since you are alone!)
3. Interaction and Cooking
Lets get real guys, during traveling it’s cheaper to cook. And that’s what I love about hostel. Kitchen. Most hostels provide a fully equipped kitchen which we can use to cook. It saves more money! Also, hostels usually offer some activities so traveler could interact with each other. Well, if not then just go to the common room and talk to someone there! Or even in the kitchen while you guys cook something and eat it together 🙂 yeay meal friend! Well during my stay in a hotel, I have never made friend with anyone really. Oh well I did not talk to anyone. If I want to eat, it’s either I order some food (which is very expensive) or just find something outside like cup noodles and I’ll boil water in my room. Well you know, to save some money hahaha
4. The Amenities
Yepp hotels will offer you more amenities than hostel, obviously. Hotel usually provides swimming pool, gym etc while hostel provide their amenities in a social kind of way like common room. Well I meant you pay more for hotel anyway.
I’m not saying all hotel is safe and all hostel is not. But usually in a hotel, they will provide you with a safe where you could put your valuables there and you also will hold the key to your room yourself. No one will enter your room unless you give them permission. While in hostel, well since you have to share then many will come back and forth. So you need to be careful with your belongings. Some hostels provide a locker but some are not
It depends on what you want/like and your budget
So which one wins? It depends on what you want/like and your budget. If you prefer more privacy then hotel is your best choice but if you like to mingle with others and want to make friends, then choose hostel for a place to stay. For me, personally, I choose both. I like staying in a hotel as the staffs are spoiling you and serving you well. If I want to save more money or my intention is getting more friends, then I’ll choose hostel.
Which one do you prefer? Do you find hotel or hostel better? Leave me some comments! 🙂