I am planning a group trip to Italy this summer. There are 5 of us - 2 guys and 3 girls. I am looking into hostels and finding a lot of 6 bed dorms. My question is that if we book 5 beds in a six-bed dorm, will we all be in the same room? Or is there the possibility that they will put 3 of us in one six bed dorm and 2 of us in another six bed dorm (or whatever other combination)? How does that work? We wouldn't mind having the five of us with one other person, but we don't really like the idea of one or two of us being put in a separate room with 4 or 5 people we don't know, especially if one of our girls is in with 5 other guys. Please let me know what you think.
Depends on the hostel really, and their policies. I think most would try to keep the group together (or at the most split it up in two), but on the other hand, since it'll be high season, there'll be lots of shifting of beds to fill every gap.
What you might want to consider is to book an entire dorm (so book the room, rather than five beds). You'll pay for a non-existent sixth person, but split five-ways, that might be worth it. Can't do that through most booking systems, but if you contact the hostel correctly, this should be very possible. (Or you could even just contact the hostels directly to put in a request to keep the group together.)
err, correctly=>directly. It's late, I should head to bed.
like said above, it really depends on the hostel. i have stayed at many many hostels in the last few years and they all work either one of two ways. they either, one, asign you to a room when you make the request, or two, wait till day of or day before to make out list, some do it as people come in they just go down the list of beds by number order and give the next number to the next person. your best bet is if you already know the hostel you are going to stay in, call them or email them now, tell them how many are in your group and let them make note of it either right away and shuffel people around or let them have it in front of them so they have it on the day yall will be arriving and they can sort it out as beds start filling for the day. i would not worry about buying a bed for a non existing person, takes away one point of staying in a hostel, its cheap! and you dont want to spend money on a non existing person. unless, maybe you name this nonexising person, get really pissed one night and wake up in bed with her and wonder, oh God what have i done, she does not even exist....
You will also have to check if the rooms are single sex or if it is a mixed dorm.