Presuming the room is full and if an odd number of beds, as the others are bunks then presume the singe is taken.
I'd say 6. With that about I have enough variety of people to socialise. 4 is too small to enjoy, 8 is ok, but messy, 10 is crowded and 34 was an experience!
I'd agree with Six or Eight. Although it depends on the size of the room, Eight is fine if there's still plenty of space (Good examples are Mellow Moods Budapest or Nathan's Villa Krakow and Warsaw, which had nice spacious 8 bed dorms), but some hostels try to cram too many beds into small dorms.
If you're travelling alone four can be too small to meet people easily. Was 34 that place in Prague, the Clown and Bard? Sounds awful- altho everyone who I met that had been had fun!
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 14, 2006 12:43 PM by Clarabell ]
Nah haven't hostelled in Europe although will be in Rome next month! Went to London hostel for a night.
It was the hostel in Fiji. Where do you recommend then?
Four. I don't like sharing, so if I absolutely have to, I'd go for the four-bed dorm.
If the double/twin isn't too expensive, I'd go for that instead.
Try sleeping in the same room with a hundred people. Sleep In Heaven Hostel in Copenhagen, Denmark has a 100 person dorm room. The hostels nick name though is Sleep In HELL, which should be the real name of the hostel. I stayed there 4 nights and did not get a wink of sleep. People would come in pissed at all hours, day and night. There was this one in particular group of German girls, at least that is what i think they were speaking, that came in every morning at like 4am and would just scream and shout at each other for hours, people would be yelling "shut up" but they didnt care one bit. It was definetly an experience, took me back to my bootcamp days when i actually lived in a room for 9 weeks with a hundred other guys.
check out the site though, it has some hilarious quotes:
"we have no bell boy, but on a rare occasion we have a call girl"
"we have no jacuzzi, but you can fart all you like in the bath"
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 15, 2006 7:15 PM by s_hoot ]
I couldn't care less about numbers, as long as people keep quiet after midnight. Stayed in massive dorms (>50) that were okay, and in small ones that were really terrible.
What I don't understand is why travellers would like to hang around their hostel or dorm all of the day and most of the night while abroad. The point of travelling is seeing stuff, isn't it?
I agree it bugs me when they hang around like homeless people.
I booked 5 nights in Rome. I tend to rush aroudn but will take it easy to see pleaces leaving time to chill in the evening
if i cant afford a single room, all for myself, or a double room to share with my boyfriend, it makes no difference to me, how many people are in the dorm.
I usually choose the ones with the most people, because those are the cheapest.