How to find discount hostels

Hostels are the accommodation of choice for most budget travellers, because they provide cheap beds and minimum fuss. However, if you dig a little deeper, you could get an even better deal on hostel accommodation. Here we look at some of the best methods to use to find discount hostels.

Look online

Hostel managers usually prefer advance bookings to last minute ones. This is because advance bookings give them more time or plan their finances and their operations (such as how many staff they will need working on a certain night). In order to encourage travellers to book in advance, many hostels will offer special discounts through their website.

Phone the hostel

If you've left it to the last minute to book, you may still be able to score some discount hostels. Last minute discounts aren't usually advertised online, but prices may be flexible if you ring the reception and ask about availability. Let them know that you've been looking at other hostels in the area and ask if they can beat the price. The worst that they can say is no!

Stay for longer

Lots of hostels offer a cheaper per night price if you stay with them for a longer period of time. For example, a hostel might charge £20 per night for stays of three nights or less, £17.50 per night for stays of four to seven days, and £15 per night for stays that are longer than a week. It might be worth planning your trip accordingly.

As well as using these tips to find discount hostels, there are a number of things that you can do in order to get cheap hostels. These include:

  • Signing up as a member to major hostelling groups like the YHA and Nomads
  • Larger dorm rooms are almost always cheaper than smaller dorm rooms
  • See if you can do some work while staying at the hostel in exchange for a free or cheap bed

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