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- Posted:Friday, January 15, 2010
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When it comes to staying in hostels travellers either love them or hate them. The lovers know what great quality and value they are getting for their money, while the haters seem to have an idea of what a night in a hostel can be like, and often this is a worse-case scenario kind of idea! Some hostel 'nay-sayers' have visions of cramped dorms and filthy shared bathrooms! Now we're not saying that there aren't some hostels like that out there anymore, but this type of hostel is thankfully becoming less common. Many hostels are going to such efforts to provide budget conscious travellers comfort and style for great prices. Here's a couple of things we reckon you should know about hostels...
100 Years Old
2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the first permanent hostel to open its doors to travellers in 1909 in the Altena Castle in North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany. So if the concept has been around for that long it can't be all that bad.
Not just for the youth
The term 'Youth' is often associated with hostels worldwide but these days it doesn't apply to most properties. While some hostels may have age restrictions, many are now open to all ages. Recent years have seen an older generation taking 'gap years' that they never had the opportunity to take when they were young and are staying in hostels because of their cheap rates. Also, many hostels are now branding themselves as family friendly hostels offering family rates and a large selection of family friendly facilities and activities.
Hostels come in all shapes and sizes
Not all hostels set up their beds and rooms in your run-of-the-mill two storey building. Ever wanted to spend the night in a bed on a ship or a plane? Or have you ever wanted to spend the night in a jail but in total comfort? Well now you can thanks to these quirky hostels. The Hostel boat Anna Maria in Amsterdam is a ship that's been renovated into a cosy hostel but is still floating. Then there's the Jumbo Hostel near Arlanda Airport in Stockholm that was once a Boeing 747 but has been converted into a quirky hostel where you can have your room in the cockpit. And if you ever fancied spending the night in a prison cell without the harsh surroundings then check out Langholmens Vandrarhem STF/HI Hostel also in Stockholm.
And if you want to read more interesting facts on hostels then click here...