You’re usually sharing laughs with like-minded travelers you met two hours before. And, often, within a block or two, you can see the brightly lit sign of a Hilton or other major hotel.
And whether that hotel has a roof deck or not, chances are it’s not filled with new friends buying each other rounds. And there’s no doubt, it’s 10 times as expensive as your friendly little hostel.
But there is, of course, a cost to staying in the heart of Prague for $20 bucks a night: The Hostel Dorm.
Yes, to get that cheap rate you have to sleep with anywhere from four to 40 people. And not in the fun way.
But with a little preparation and the right attitude, the benefits far outweigh the meager costs.First, if you’ve never stayed in one, hostels are essentially college dorms writ large: Rows of three-high bunk beds, shared bathrooms and piles of backpacks, lots of shoes and the occasional short-term relationship. Good hostels also have lockers to store your stuff.
The upside of staying in any hostel dorm is the cost. Usually it’s half the price of a private room and a tenth the cost of staying in a traditional hotel.
The dorm is also where you hear about that local house party, or the hike everyone is going on the next day. It’s better than a guidebook, the social cloud is free and it’s a good time.
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