So, when I decided to go on my well-deserved vacation, I wasn’t quite familiar with all those beautiful ways The Internet could help me. Fortunately enough, I started doing some research, and eventually, I stumbled upon hostelz.com. In case you didn’t hear about it, don’t worry, neither did I until I accidentally came across this website.
However, today I am glad I did because it has provided me with some crucial information about my holiday intentions.
When you first open hostelz.com, the user interface doesn’t look like something special. On the other hand, you’re going to realize soon that purple color kind of calms you down, so it ends up being a very pleasant surprise. Anyway, you’ll see that you can choose between 12 “featured cities” (such as Barcelona, Los Angeles, etc.) but you can also use their search engine to find the city or country you want. For the sake of this review, I’ve decided to choose one of my favorite destinations – I wanted to see which hostels I can find in London.
When you click on the name of the city, you get redirected to that town’s personal hostelz.com page. From that point on, it’s up to you how you’re going to explore all of the possibilities.
I like the way they put on the left side all those basic things about a city you have chosen, so that would be my favorite part. Also, you can see some nearby towns, and you can also be paid in case you want to review hostels for them (photos should be included).
There’s also a form where you can fill up your application in case you are interested in finding out some details.
Now let’s get to the main point. After you’ve chosen your destination, you’ll see a panel with some basic things. You can choose arrival date, how many nights you want to stay in a hostel, whether you want dorm bed or a private room, and how many people you’re taking with you. After you’ve set some basic settings, you can then proceed to some more specific requests. You can choose what kind of purpose should your hostel serve (from Quiet rest to partying or even wheelchair user accessible dorms).
There are a lot of different features you can search, such as jacuzzi, privacy curtains for each bed, bike rental or pub crawls.
Also, I think that best part of this website is that it allows you to choose if you want any major airports, bus stations or train stations near your hostel. There is a possibility of choosing to sort available hostels based on the rating by other users. Be careful though if you choose to do that because it’s quite logical that different people are going to have different opinions, and if someone didn’t like a hostel, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t like it, too.
However, you should always check because if some hostel has a lot of bad reviews, then you shouldn’t take it into consideration.
With everything being said, I think that hostelz.com deserves the positive review. Apart from their poorly designed (yet beautifully purple!) landing page, I believe they did pretty good thing with this website because it has everything you could need when you want to find accommodation.