The hostel is a structure very similar to the
hotel. Main difference between hotel and hostel is the following: the
first one offers rooms with all kinds of services (Tv, air conditioning,
internet access…), the second instead has rooms with cheap furniture
and less services than the hotel and it also has dormitories with many
beds. The dormitories can be small or large sometimes (up to 18 beds
and more) for women and men only or mixed: so there is the sharing room
with unknown people.
This remember the hostel origins: it was born in Germany on 1909 to
give at young people the possibility to travel in a low cost places.
It was a teacher Richard Shirmann to have idea to use the school classrooms
(closed in summer) as dormitories.
Since then and especially from few years the hostels are changed and
are also adapting to the most demanding guests: so not only dormitories
with many beds but single, double, triple rooms. Some rooms in some
hostels has also equipped with private facilities. But often change
also the building welcomes the hostel: sometimes charming villas, or
historical buildings or imposing and modern constructions. Now in many
hostels there is no more limitation about the during of stay. However
some still not allow to stay more than 2 weeks because the hostels are
places where the people stay for few days and then they don’t
stop for a long time in the same place.
The hostels are different from the hotels for the community atmosphere.
In the hostel there is much more sharing then an hotel. You has breakfast
together, you meet at lunch, at dinner and you also share often the
room. The reading room, the bar become further moments of meeting.
In hostel is very easy to make friends and exchange information on trips
and excursions. From few years there are not anymore age restrictions
to access in the hostels. In fact they are open to young and old people.
The hostel guests are mainly open and curious people with so much desire
to discover new things. Everybody choose the hostels: people of every
social classes and different cultures who share the experience of adventure
Well …good travel for hostels!