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Hostels: Seeking general info and suggestions.
Worldwide but EU in particular.

I've never stayed in a hostel, but I hear they have improved greatly in the past decade or so.
I'm interested in your insights.

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My daughter stayed in them when she traveled Europe June 2016

Her and I did Air BnB for our trip to Thailand April 2018
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What are you looking for specifically? I stayed in some hostels and airbnb when I did my trip last year. There are different hostels, ranging cheap and crappy to some decent stuff where you can even get private rooms. I even got a whole room to myself because no one else was staying at the time.
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I've chosen to stay at a hostel in Dublin for my coming trip. They have pods, which piqued my interest.
I was interested in the experiences others have had.
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I've stayed in a number of hostels over the years, with overall good experience. Generally in hostels you sleep in bunk beds with a number of other people in gender-separated rooms. The restroom and showers are down the hall. (In some cases you can pay more for a smaller room with fewer people and - depending on the individual hostel - a restroom attached to the room.) It may even be possible (again, depending on the hostel) to get an individual room for a higher cost. There is (usually) a shared kitchen with pots and dishes provided; you buy your own groceries and clean up after yourself. Breakfast of some sort (muffins, coffee, and maybe juice and oatmeal) tends to be provided. The hostel may have activities such as walking tours of the local area. Unlike hotels, guests may have more interactions with fellow guests. Often you are expected to take your own linen and towels, although they'll provide it for an extra fee. And yes, you make up your own bed. City hostels may have late curfews or none at all, whereas others may require you to return by a specified hour. What had been "Youth Hostels," limited to people under a certain age, now are open to everyone. If you have any questions, though, search for hostels in or near the places you're interested in and ask ahead. Hostelling International has a FAQ, which is specific to them, yet gives you generally an idea of what they're about: hihostels.com/pages/hostels-faqs (I'm omitting the https:// part of the addresses because SD modifies the URLs and, in my experience, the addresses sometimes become unusable.)

Advantages: Inexpensive; lots of interesting people to meet; staff are friendly; activities are aimed at the budget-conscious traveller; there's a spirit of community.

Disadvantages: It's not a hotel, and you're not going to be waited on hand and foot. The closest you'll get to room service is having the local pizza shop deliver to the lobby. (Non-guests aren't allowed past the lobby for security reasons.) Roommates may come in after you've gone to bed and, while most people are careful and considerate, you can nonetheless be awakened by someone else's alarm clock. You need to have a certain degree of tolerance for the unexpected. It's probably not a bad idea to take earplugs and a blindfold if that would be an issue for you (though I've never wished for them).

Hostelling International (hihostels.com) has been around a long time, is in many locations, is a non-profit, and has a good reputation. There are numerous other hostels, some privately owned, some for-profit, and possibly with a different quality of stay. On the whole, though, I'd say: Go for it!
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Thanks for the reply. My research revealed about the same except most of the hostels are mixed dorms these days. The hostel l I booked is very well rated and has pods which are quite private. I was able to request and confirm the pod so that was nice. I also notice they have curtains on the bunks in the other rooms. I like that. I hope it catches on in other countries.
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