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Booking a Hostel

Hi! I am getting closer to my trip to Europe, so I need to start booking accommodations. I'm just wondering- is it safe to use a site like or It seems in a few cases so far that there are better rates off these engines than offered from the independent sites- is that normal/trustworthy? Because it seems kind of too good to be true...

if you have any experience with these sites, it would be greatly appreciated!


Posted by
32239 posts


I never use sites like the ones you mentioned for booking Hostels. If I'll be staying at an HI Hostel, I book directly on their website. In some HI properties, having a membership is required but I always renew that every year so that's not a problem. If staying at an independent Hostel, again I book directly on their website.

I prefer to eliminate the middleman and deal directly, as there's less chance of problems. I use the same method when dealing with budget hotels.

Happy travels!

Posted by
9110 posts

They're both completely reliable. They also serve some hostels that don't have their own booking facilities.

I've used HostelWorld multiple times and have never had an issue. Plus, I think they're waiving their booking fee for this month (December).

Posted by
252 posts

I have used both many times and never had any issues.
So, yes it is safe to use them.

Posted by
10 posts

I booked my hostel in Dublin, I believe, on Hostelworld as it was the only way to do it. I didn't have any problems booking and I would assume it's safe to use. One of my friends spent a couple of months in Germany and used that same site for all her travels around Europe.

Posted by
792 posts

Another vote for hostel world. I first used it about ten years ago and still using it today. Never any issues!

Posted by
873 posts

Both are reputable as far as I know, although I prefer to use or the hostel's own website to book.