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11. Posted by david118 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Why pointless? Single rooms in hostels are the most economical amongst all single rooms, aren't they?
I am sure you can make friends by meeting them in the common area or a lounge or a bar, anything. Not all of us need to sleep in the same room to be friends;). Enjoy your Euro trip!

12. Posted by adamsa (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

hehe thanks.. guess my friends were just making me second guess my decision. thats what i get for being friends with jerks :)

13. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

Sleep when you're dead, meet people while you're alive. I agree with the comment about investing in a pair of earplugs and maybe one of those eye-mask deals.

Sure, dorm rooms have some definite drawbacks, but I've found over the years that the benefits far outweigh some of the pains you have to endure. That could just be my personality though, as I'm not the sort to just walk up to a stranger and start talking, but the dorm setting really gives you a good reason to.

It's really up to you though. Maybe you could try both options out and see which you like better?

14. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

Quoting john7buck

Sleep when you're dead, meet people while you're alive.

haha!! yes!! i like that.

but it's really not so bad. dorms do help you meet people faster sometimes (and other times not at all :S), but they're not always good for security. so perhaps it depends on how much you're worrying about your security? it depends from hostel to hostel, not all are friendly and open. and the prices change, too. if you weren't booking, i'd weigh the options and go from there. but generally, wanting to conserve as much money as possible, the dorms are at the top...if you can't sleep, there are always earplugs (and i tried them, they work!).

15. Posted by cadeabroad (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

highly recommend private room. when ive met people in hostels its never been in the actual dorm but in common or shared areas. if you can afford the extra cost then go for private. especially in south america where its very affordable. shared dorms are a nightmare for sleeping and despite what some heroes may say sleep is very necessary when traveling.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 8, 2007, at 7:54 AM by cadeabroad ]

16. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Private rooms all the way! When youre in another city, full of bustle and noise, having your own private space can be crucial. I often find that after a day or exploring I need time and space to deprogram. Plus, you never have to worry about disturbing your roommates sleep (or having yours disturbed)!!

You can always meet people if you make the effort - chat to others at communal breakfasts, offer to have other travellers join you if your heading off to see something cool like a sporting match or an evening performance....the only walls are the ones you put up yourself.

17. Posted by cosmic (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

of course you can. Most hostels have a common kitchen / loungeroom, hang there and you'll find likeminded travellers... Good luck..Danz

18. Posted by Eleritz (Full Member 55 posts) 9y

as far as i'm concerned, i enjoy privacy when i sleep. when travelling there are hundreds of ways to meet fellow travellers other than sleeping with them in the same room;)

19. Posted by jaxstar (Full Member 74 posts) 9y

i always find, that when i come home from travelling, it feels weird to be sleeping alone again! i always go for the cheapest room, 12 bed dorms dont bother me really... you just get to meet ppl! tho i can imagine sometimes youd just need to veg out, alone... im on a mega tight budget tho.... so big shared rooms it is!!

20. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member 202 posts) 9y

On my trip I rarely made friends from the dorm rooms I slept in, as most people were out and about and only used these spaces for sleeping in.

You are far more likely to meet people in communal spaces, the kitchen and dining area for one, outdoors, in bars, and especially on long bus trips (so long as you dont automatically plug yourself into your i-pod/mp3 player).

And don't rely on people approaching you either, you need to be pro-active in your search for company...invite yourself to join others at a table in a restaurant for example.

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