Hotel vs. Hostel: what are you really getting?

People want to know what they’re getting for their copper piece, especially with budgets getting slimmer.

Comfortable accommodation is important, but now you can get affordable comfort. There’s also a rather stigmatized image to the type of clientele each accommodation caters for, this I believe is changing, especially with those slimming budgets. So what are you really getting?

The hotel experience, what you get for £40+

  • A made-up bed
  • Personal space
  • Free shampoo and conditioner –  sometimes even a dressing gown
  • En suite bathroom

What you pay EXTRA (or leave the hotel) for:

  • Wi-fi
  • Breakfast
  • Social interaction
  • Maps of the area

The hostel experience, what you get for £10+

  • Social interaction (for what is better known as an organised pub crawl)
  • Free maps and vouchers to diners
  • Group tour of the city/town
  • Breakfast
  • Wi-fi
Here’s what you don’t get:
  • Personal space
  • Quality bathroom amenities

People want to know what they’re getting for their copper piece, especially with budgets getting slimmer. As clientele we may have to reconsider the hostel’s sole reputation for the backpacker. Perhaps hotels should include those welcoming essentials hostels seem to offer: wi-fi, breakfast and a decent pub crawl. As hostels up their game, hotels are looking at some budget busting competition.

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