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Do Hostels have age restrictions

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1. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 8y

Are there any restrictions or barriers that middle aged travellers need to be aware of should we wish to use Hostels for accomodation?
I ask this question because we propose to incorporate them during our travels to Spain, France & Italy this year and don't want to be turned away or restricted only to hotels or expensive accomodation !

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 8, 2008, at 6:34 PM by maba ]

2. Posted by dajaga (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y

some do some dont,

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

All hostel I've ever been to only have a lower age limit (of 18, sometimes 21 years of age); never heard of a hostel with an upper age limit, and those probably aren't the ones you would like to stay in anyway :)

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

I have never heard of any restrictions either; I think the idea of 'youth hostels' is an old fashioned one these days. If you do come across anywhere with age restrictions it will definitely be in the minority so I don't think you will have a problem finding places to stay. Lonely Planet/Rough guide should be able to help with recommending hostels while you are travelling.

5. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

Some of the hostels have put the upper age limit at 50years

If ur below that, u dont need to worry as ur still a youth and can use the youth hostels:)

hope u have a nice trip

Arif

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 8y

There's a few holdouts still where age limits apply: In Germany, for example, the Bavaria region YHAs only allow people up to 27 years of age.
It's getting ever more uncommon though, and generally you should be fine. I at least am not aware of any places in Europe outside of Bavaria where this happens. (If you want to be absolutely certain, book your hostels a few days in advance and ask them when you call.)

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Best check first but 99% of places will be fine, you need be restricted only by your attitude, which is what stops me, a grumpy middle-aged 27 year old, from staying in party hostels.

8. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 8y

Thanks friends for your replies. I feel better now if it happens that we just turn up at their front door.

Well of course the saying now is that 40 is the new 20 !!

We propose to book in advance and check on restrictions (of any kind) although we would like to avoid 'over the top' party hostels. But, if that eventuates, so be it - we may even join in and make the most of the situation. At worse, we would just move on next day.

Thanks again
;)

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

There's a few holdouts still where age limits apply: In Germany, for example, the Bavaria region YHAs only allow people up to 27 years of age.
It's getting ever more uncommon though, and generally you should be fine. I at least am not aware of any places in Europe outside of Bavaria where this happens. (If you want to be absolutely certain, book your hostels a few days in advance and ask them when you call.)

The Netherlands is at least one place where it's still relatively common. What is probably the most famous hostel in the country, the Flying Pig in Amsterdam has a minimum age of 18 and a maximum of 40. And they're not the only ones in Amsterdam with that kind restriction.

On the whole though, most hostels have ditched these arcane requirements.

10. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

hiya

i know this reply is a bit late but i was reading something and remembered this post- theres a website called www.elderhostel.org particularly for those over 55.

something to bare in my mind if you want a more relaxed atomsphere!