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When choosing a hostel......

Travel Forums General Talk When choosing a hostel......

1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 7y

Is it better to stay in one that is located near a major destination(ie Grand Canyon)....and nothing else to do, but see that destination.

OR

Stay at in hostel, that has more things to do in the area, but the major destination is about 45 minutes away via car.

M.

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

The latter. The closer to a Big Sight, the worse accommodation tends to become.

3. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 7y

What if accommodations are the same. Will your answer be the same?

M.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Well, it depends on the destination I'd say. For your example the Grand Canyon, I'd suggest staying nearby. Then it's not too much of a pain to get up early and experience the break of dawn, which is something pretty cool to do there. Well, we were there on Easter morning come to think of it, so maybe that isn't a normal thing to do. Either way, it was cool and much easier to do because we were staying right there !

It's also true though that the accommodation was probably more expensive, it wasn't particularly glamorous (cheap cabins) and the food options were quite ordinary unless you were willing to spend big. But I still think I preferred staying near the action in that particular instance.

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I always just go for the cheapest dirtiest hostel.

they're always more fun. you meet tons more people. and you can probably hitch a ride or plan a trip with some of them if you want to see some sights.

6. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 7y

OR

Stay at in hostel, that has more things to do in the area, but the major destination is about 45 minutes away via car.

M.

Depends on if you have a car.

I like staying in places that have a lot to see around them, but I almost always am travelling with a car, so I can get where I need to be.

7. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 7y

Thank you all for your input

I know when do my travelling, I like to maximize my experience. Staying @ a hostel in metropolis area such as NYC, you could do all the touristy stuff and still enjoy the nightlife. All in a relative small area. That of course is an easy decision.

I used the Grand Canyon as an example, because the really close towns are well, ghost towns. However Flagstaff, about 45 minutes away; has bar n' such. Not exactly NYC, but at least things to keep your interest.

M

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