Hostel names

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1. Posted by MarinaVuckovik (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Dear travelers, I suspect you all have stayed in a hostel on your trips. So, if you are a hostel lover I would like you to be a part of my test group for Hostel name and logo.
If you want to help me, please write in the comments.
Tnx

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 819 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Many years ago I used lots of hostels but I can't remember any of their names/logos.
Probably because I never chose one due to their name/logo.
Whilst I may not have stayed at a hostel if it was called 'The Rat Hole', equally I wouldn't have taken any notice of one named 'The Best' or The greatest' Hostel.
A hostel is just a place to sleep, so the important things were where it's located, cleanliness and cheap price.
I would never have used one that calls itself a 'Boutique Hostel' because in my experience that's just an excuse for the hostel being expensive.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 692 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

The name doesn't really matter (same with hotels).

What really matters with any hostel or hotel is where they are, how clean they are, how safe they and the area are, how pleasant and helpful staff are.....and how much it costs.

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 182 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

The name doesn't really matter (same with hotels).

It may not matter to you and you may not be swayed yourself by a name, but branding a hostel to meet the expectations of a certain clientele does matter (a lot of businesses, really), and the OP is likely looking for name suggestions.

I think the name can evoke the type of place the hostel is - is it a boutique hostel or a party hostel or is it a bare-bones hostel? The name likely matters to the OP.

If I see a hostel called The Groovy Gringo, I at least know what to (reasonably) expect as opposed to a place called Midtown Hostel. Are assumptions always correct? No. Branding a business is important, though. Of course, so are the other factors you mentioned - they are the things that will keep you coming back.

As Andrew Mack said, the boutique category, while not a name per-se, does evoke something in him, and in this case it would me, too.

MarinaVucovic, knowing what type of hostel you have in mind may help with suggestions. Provide some more details.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Apr-2019, at 09:26 by road to roam ]

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1522 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

A pal of mine talked about calling his hostel GBH, for Glasgow Backpackers Hostel. (For the non native English speakers, GBH is a term in Britain for an assault - short for grievous bodily harm)

In the end I think he called that place Bunkum.

If you're going to have a hostel call it something funny or clever. I think my favourite is a hikers' hostel on the Isle of Skye called Skyewalker.

6. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 182 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

A pal of mine talked about calling his hostel GBH, for Glasgow Backpackers Hostel. (For the non native English speakers, GBH is a term in Britain for an assault - short for grievous bodily harm)

Taking into account the latter meaning of the acronym "GBH" I'd definitely consider that a party hostel!

It also looks like GHB if you glance at it too quick. I'd have to skip that place, if it existed!

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 6695 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Two local hostels in Melbourne whose names I recall the easiest are the Greenhouse Backpackers and The Nunnery.

I think those names have some personality that helps. The Nunnery is in an old nunnery building, so it speaks to the character of the space as well.

Unlike Andrew, I think I would lean towards the boutique hostel. I'm just more inclined to think it's small, intimate and not as much of a party hostel which is not what I would be after.

Really, you have to ask yourself - what do you see as your hostel's clientele?

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 819 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

If there are a few hostels in the same area then the name may make a difference, but I still say Location and price are far more important. If it's in the wrong location then it would have had to be so cheap it would cover transportation to and from the best areas.
When I did use them regularly I was young enough to go out 'partying' and often have another go back at the hostel if it was going on there as well. Now I pick hotels and guesthouses as sleep is far more important to me, the older I get.