Hi, im just wondering how people go about choosing what hostel they are going to stay in. I have done quite a bit of travelling in the last 3 years all round europe and am thinking of starting up my own chain of hostels with a friend. Some of the places we have stayed in have been severly lacking in our books, and we think we know what makes a good hostel. Would people be willing to try something new, or would it require a recommendation from either a reputable site or a friend / someone who has already stayed there?
Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
The main point I look at when travelling when it comes to basic Hotel rooms is "PRICE" and en-suite as to be honest I am never in their as out all day and night and only come back to shower/sleep.
I only stay/pay for one night at a time so if I dont like I can move on.
I have never stayed in a Hostel "as to old" but keeping it cheap, clean and a good front reception desk are always a good indicater of what will keep people their and if the taxi driver!!!!!!! can state the price then people will go their even just to have a look and once they look,in they go as if you have been in one hostel/cheap hotel when you are on the road they are all the same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Im travelling at the moment and am always willing to try new - infact I turned up in Melbourne 2 days ago, chanced on a place that is still being built (Rooms are ready, bar is still getting built etc) and I have to say it is a great place!! Especially as Im getting discount price due to the newness!!
i agree - some of the hostels in europe need some serious work...
when i travel i generally go by word of mouth or guidebooks - but am always willing to try something new and avoid the YHA chain.
often i would see people in one city and they would tell me about a really good hostel i should def stay at and i would... and i was never disappointed.
it could be difficult to start up but if you are any good i say go for it - especially if you take away some of the ridiculous rules i have encountered when travelling (such as early/any curfew and hours where you HAVE to leave the hostel)... and ensure there is plenty of atmosphere so people travelling alone have the chance to meet others to tour the city with.
I would say, go for it! I would be willing to try something new, that is for sure!
Specially if you open one in London, that city is in serious need of proper accomodation for the low budget taveller!!!
Take care and good luck!
go for it...always try somethin new
I'd say go for it, but starting up a 'chain' of hostels is serious work.... I know quite a few people that own hostels or are in the business and chains of hostels don't get started in the space of months or years, it takes decades. Unless of course you have some serious cash behind you like base recently when it started buying up hostels all around australia and NZ. Even in that case though, I doubt profitability is in the horizon for years! It's a tough business, but can be done and fun at the same time