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Surge in Family Bookings for Hostel Accommodation

family 17-Jul-2008

With summer holidays just around the corner, HostelBookers.com have reported a surge in hostel bookings for families looking for more affordable holiday accommodation.

Although hostels are traditionally used by students and travellers on a budget, HostelBookers have seen bookings for private rooms increase by 121% since the start of the year. And a large portion of these private rooms are being booked and occupied by families looking for the privacy of a family hotel room at a lower price.

Many of the more popular family hostels on the site feature private rooms for three or more people – and in some cases, up to eight – with ensuite bathrooms, something that hotels rarely provide. Another increasingly popular option is for families to book an entire dormitory for their exclusive use.

Another attraction for families lies in the fact that HostelBookers.com is the only website in its sector which conducts independent reviews and strict quality ratings of its budget property portfolio. Reading the ratings and reviews of former guests (particularly those regarding safety, value and cleanliness), also creates that all-important peace of mind.

David Smith, Chief Operating Officer for HostelBookers, comments “We’ve handled a record amount of family bookings this year, particularly in the last month, with families booking for their summer holidays. We’re receiving regular calls from customers seeking comfortable and value for money accommodation suitable for the whole family. The fact that we offer over 10,000 hostels in 2,500 destinations also means that they can head to their desired destination without spending a fortune.”

Popular family-suited hostels with customer ratings of 80% or more include:

1) Hostel Meyerbeer Beach, Nice

2) Lybeer Travellers Hostel, Bruges

3) Stayokay Vondelpark, Amsterdam

4) Andonov Family B&B, Nessebar (Bulgaria)

5) Sydney Beachhouse YHA, Sydney

6) Meininger City Hostel & Hotel, Vienna

7) Meininger City Hostel & Hotel, London