Have you ever stayed in a hostel?
I’ve definitely stayed in my fair share. When you are shoestring-ing it through Europe, hostels are inexpensive and easy. If you just need a bed for the night, there usually isn’t a better option. However…
Just…ew. I really don’t want to sleep in the same room with total strangers, for SO many reasons.
And now that we’ve got two kids, we couldn’t stay in a hostel dorm-style room…even if we wanted to. Not that I do…or do I?
I’m in the process of booking a 31-night family trip in Europe and Asia this summer. The four of us are going to stay in a mix of luxury hotels and super cheap, more “local flavor” type spots. Yesterday, I wrote about how I used over 600,000 hotel points to book two weeks’ worth of nights at 5-star hotel properties.
Today, I did some research on the super cheap “local flavor.” I admit that I kind of braced myself for not-so-fabulous, so I was pleasantly shocked to find spots like this impeccable Uhostel in Madrid:
A room here would set us back 88 Euros ($119), which definitely counts as super cheap…especially since we are a family of four and normally need 2 hotel rooms in Europe because of the maximum occupancy rules. Reviews of the UHostel are overwhelmingly positive; people rave about its atmosphere, cleanliness, and location.
So…yay! This is definitely an affordable possibility for families, as they’ve got rooms that can accommodate 4, 6, or even 8 people staying together.
Have you ever stayed in a hostel with your family? Would you?