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Truth or Dare - HostelBookers Launches New Website

10-Feb-2009

Do you dare book a holiday based solely on promotional blurb and staged images? HostelBookers launches a new website this week, www.hostelbookers.com*, offering travellers a more comprehensive and truthful overview of their holiday accommodation. 

Thousands of independent reviews and ratings from previous guests provide an excellent insight into the 10,000 budget properties on the website. Customers can also escape hidden costs – HostelBookers is the only independent hostel booking site that does not charge a booking fee.
 
With the new website, it has never been easier to find the right accommodation; search filters allow customers to narrow their results by room type, rating, and even the type of accommodation they prefer, from hostels to apartments and campsites. An improved image viewer and more 360° videos ensure customers get a clear picture of the available accommodation, whilst interactive Google maps and an enhanced guides section also offer a helpful overview of the destination.
 
David Smith, Chief Operating Officer at HostelBookers, said: “Many companies have a tendency to “oversell” their accommodation, providing staged images and limited information. We want to change all of that – our new website offers everything customers need to make a booking, with no hidden costs or nasty surprises.” 
 
He continues: “All our videos have been filmed in a totally realistic fashion, using the latest portable hand technology. We’re also providing more in-depth travel information with enhanced guides, articles and maps.   The new functionalities not only make it easier for our customers to find the right accommodation to match their needs, but also help them plan their whole trip.”
 
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The brand-new features include:
  • A quick search box enabling travellers to look directly for their chosen destination or property
  • Search filtering by room type, rating and accommodation type to easily narrow down results to relevant properties
  • Up-to-date travel information, with more articles on top worldwide events and destinations
 
For further information please log onto www.hostelbookers.com
 
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For further information please contact: Helen Coop/Richard Rigby on 020 7902 2990 or email hcoop@bgb.co.uk; rrigby@bgb.co.uk
 
 
NOTE TO EDITORS
 
* The new website is running in tandem with the old one during this initial launch period. To view the new site, please click on the link in the top left hand corner.
 
 
About HostelBookers.com: Great Hostels. Free Booking. No Worries.

HostelBookers.com – launched in March 2004 – is a leading UK-based budget accommodation website. It offers a range of hostels and budget accommodation including hotels, B&Bs and apartments in over 2,500 destinations worldwide.
 
In November 2008 HostelBookers.com also received the UK’s Best Youth Product award at the British Youth Travel Awards (BYTA) run by BETA (British Educational Travel Association). The awards, are designed to provide a platform to celebrate and reward high achievers, gain recognition, and raise the profile of the work and individual successes of organisations engaged in youth, student and educational travel, to from and within the UK.
 
HostelBookers.com’s properties are reviewed and rated by customers and it remains the only major company in its sector to offer its services with no booking fees. HostelBookers.com also provides a range of free travel guides, travel news and worldwide events information