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lima hostels, is it normal to pay double for double room?

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1. Posted by redmenter (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

Hello all,
So we are about to depart to SA, lima first on the plan. I have been looking at hostels to have a place to stay our first few days. There is 2 of us, and i noticed when i look on these sites, it will say private/double bed - shared bathroom $12.50, Ok, sounds good, but then when you say 2 people, it says 12.50 per person? Now in most places i have been around the world, it always just a price for the room, we walk in, ask how much for a double bed, ensuit, or share, and get a price, not per person? So is this something i will only see on these websites, and once i arrive and walk in, i will just get a standard price for the room, not for how many people are staying in it?

just curious,

thanks

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Understand that it's frustrating to pay more, but my experience with these things is that it is pure a case of random application of the price for a room.
Sometimes single is half the price of double. Sometimes single pay the exact same price as when you were with 2 persons. sometimes it's 75% of the price etc. etc.
sometimes it's possible to add a third person for a small fee, sometimes that third person pays the same or there are specific triple rooms which can be cheaper a person, but not necessarily. Man, that world of hotels/hostels/guesthouses etc. is difficult to understand, as there is randomness.
Have a look at some LP guides and the sleeping part..you will see what I mean.

But of course, if 25 for a room is too much I guess you need to look for another property or try a dorm bed.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

Another interesting area that you may decide to stay in Lima, is an area called Barranco. Bit outside but beautiful and bit less hectic. I takes about 30 minutes to walk to downtown, or take a taxi or bus.. It was worth it to stay there... I stayed at The Point Hostel. A lot of fun and worth staying there.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting redmenter

There is 2 of us, and i noticed when i look on these sites, it will say private/double bed - shared bathroom $12.50, Ok, sounds good, but then when you say 2 people, it says 12.50 per person? Now in most places i have been around the world, it always just a price for the room, we walk in, ask how much for a double bed, ensuit, or share, and get a price, not per person?

I think what you mean is a little different than what Utrecht talks about, although what he mentions drives me nuts too!

But basically on most hostel sites, the pricing is always per bed. The reason dates back to when they started and really only had dorm rooms with single beds listed. So they had pricing per bed. They quickly realized though that budget hotels would also want to join in and some hostels also had double rooms. Only having the option to price per bed, they stuck with that. What actually happened was that a hostel would enter the price for a double room, same as they would tell you if you asked them. Let's say 25 USD. The system would then say 25 dollars/2 (maximum occupancy in a double room), means price per person is 12.50. The reason for the background is to show that actually the price is exactly the same as you'd pay if you went to the hostel and asked them. It's not like they are doubling it for you; it just kind of looks like that on those sites.

However, I said most hostel sites. The hostel booking engine on Travellerspoint was recently redone from the ground up and we now clearly divide dorm rooms and private rooms. For example, if you are looking at Wake Up in Sydney, and do a search for the 2 nights of the 4th and 5th of March, you will see availability come up in both dorm rooms and private rooms. In the blue 'headers' you'll see clearly divided that the top one is priced per guest and the bottom one is priced per room. It doesn't change the price any, but it's a lot clearer (in my humble opinion ).

The very alert amongst you might notice something else really cool on that page that no other hostel site does. Google Streetview is now activated for those properties where we have enough details and which are in a country that allows it (currently only Australia, USA, NZ, Italy that we know of). Right under the photos of the property you can zoom in from street level on the hostel, 'walk' down the street, pan in and out etc. It's pretty nifty!

5. Posted by redmenter (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

thanks for the info guys ! And FYI $25 is not too much, its just that being a city boy, i hate thinking i may be getting a bad deal! haha. Or show up and all the locals and people in the hostel laughing at me for falling for some internet thing. But again, I wasn't crying a river, just being cautious and making sure i get a fair deal. Other sites helping with hostels for other parts of the world, from my experience, have usually all just gave a price for the room, double bed, ensuite, share,blabla.. then a price. Sure i spose if you show up with 20 people they may ask for a few more bucks. But in general, when they book a double bed room, they assume (in hostels, not hotels)2 people will be staying there.

i appreciate all the insights.

thanks