Greetings all, my two buddies and I are backpacking thru western europe for about 5 weeks over the summer and we have most of the trip figured out (finally, woo hoo!)....but there's one thing we couldn't figure out....we have this book which rates all sorts of hostels in the major cities (which is where we'll be), and most of them say that they have "internet access" as a bonus...now here's the issue...do most of the hostels supply a computer to access the internet? Or does "internet access" simply mean they'll give you an ethernet jack to which you can hook up your own computer??
We were debating whether or not to bring a laptop (altho we'd rather not), but first we'd like to know if most hostels provide a computer....you know so we can check train times, reserve hostels, write the occasional email to home, and/or whatever else.
Any help would be great, thanks
No Dan,don't worry,when they say they have internet acces it means they have this kind of designed computer that you can only use for internet.It often works with a kind of "internet card" which works like a phone card,you put it in and the units go away with time.
But the best way to be sure is you call each of these hostels and ask them directly...
As Odysseas mentions, most hostels provide an actual computer. It's not always free though, but the charge is generally pretty acceptable for some emailing and things like that. With a laptop, you do have the added benefit of being able to plug into free wifi networks in different places. A lot of cafes now offer free access, in return for a cup of coffee or something (and I for one am always up for a coffe) With wife being more accessible now, you can often plug into free networks that are unsecured in even the strangest of places...