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Hostel Accomodation - Is it ok for families?

Old Mar 11th, 2011, 03:24 AM
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Hostel Accomodation - Is it ok for families?

We are contemplating budget accomodation in Europe and some of the hostels seem to offer what we are looking for. Competative prices - private room with ensuite - central location - clean and friendly, etc etc.

Our children are aged 15 and 11 years and we are a social family however I'm curious to know if hostel accomodation tends to attract a younger crowd that can be noisy and rowdy in the wee hours.

our days will be so busy with sight seeing - I imagine we will enjoy a good nights sleep and wont really want to be disturbed by people coming and going all through the night.

Has anybody stayed in hostels with kids before or even if you've stayed without kids . . . is it the type of environment that would be ok for a family?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 03:42 AM
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I looked into this as well, as I will be traveling to Spain soon with my 10yo daughter. Personally, I found less expensive accomodations elsewhere, but it's just the two of us.

I recommend you get a book on hostelling that provides reviews based on cleanliness, safety, location, party factor, etc. Also, the hostel booking websites provide excellent reviews, and you can very often sort reviews by "family travelers".

If you plan extended (several days or more) in a certain location, I also suggest you look into apartments. You may be surprised at the cost efficiency (particularly if it offers a kitchen and/or laundry). In France the Gites system is well established and very reasonable.

Good Luck!
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 03:45 AM
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Oh! One more thing. Not sure about your specific plans, but if you are staying for an extended time in one location in one country, a home exchange may be a viable option.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 04:17 AM
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Certainly you can in the UK...http://www.yha.org.uk/ have family rooms
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 04:18 AM
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Lots of hostels guest houses accept families

most youth hostels do not so check prior to booking

Generally shared bath family lodging on sites like

www.booking.com works out best cheapest.

www.hostelz.com best hostel guest house site.

Happy Journey,
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 07:00 AM
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I don't think there's just one answer to your question. Some hostels are party-places, some aren't. Some are really nice places, clean and well-run, some not so much. I think it would take researching each specific hostel to figure it out.
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Maybe you will be someplace where convents offer lodging, like In Italy?
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