Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In — Hotels and Hostels!


On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, we focused on hotels and hostels!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Here are the questions from this week:

Q1. Do you prefer to stay in hostels or hotels? Why?

artistatlarge I prefer hostels because I like the social interaction and meeting people. Doubly so as an indie traveler. Not as easy in hotels.

whats_haapanen Hotels or, even better, pensiones. *no curfew* *winks*

khegre Hotels, unless I can find a private room at the hostel. Too old&cranky for dorm-bunk thing anymore.

ShannonRTW Love private rooms as hostels – you still get access to free wifi and full kitchen but privacy too!

Honestly, they’re like apples and oranges.  I’m a hostel girl.  But when it comes to Vegas, it’s five star hotels all the way!

Q2. What sources do you check when selecting a hotel

ianandwendy LP/Let’s Go, TripAdvisor, Priceline!

lisajanPA Tripadvisor & IGoUGo for reviews – Twitter for advice & questions

nomadicchick Guidebooks (rarely) , word of mouth,, or hostelworld.

PTzero Online reviews, travel guide books but I check a lot of them and try to get an average impression.

For places in the United States, I love Yelp!

Q3. Where do you get recommendations on where to stay?

juliadimon Thorn Tree forum is a great way to connect with fellow indie travelers for advice.

TravelEditor Friends, travel colleagues, Twitter followers, review sites…

srmcculley If you’re more adventurous, find hostels that don’t take reservations and check them out yourself when you arrive.

LuxeTiffany Isn’t it wonderful that we can turn to Twitter now for expert advice by hoteliers, PR folks, worldly travelers!

I plan on asking my favorite bloggers for recommendations in destinations where they’re stayed!

Q4. What do you love about hostel travel?

kirsten_al Meeting people from all over the world.

ljrexpeditions Hostels remind me how young I am and how old I am all at once.

cybertoad Meeting people, camaraderie, having “instant” friends to share your adventures w/, esp. if traveling alone

BrooklynNomad The communal shower. Always a good time.

It’s all about the people.

Q5. Top 3 things you look for when selecting a hostel or hotel?

just30something location, price and if there is a chocolate on my pillow

nerdseyeview location, can i walk everywhere i want to go or is it on the subway/bus line?

LuxeTiffany Plunge pool, Frette sheets, Italian toiletries. LOL 😉

mitchitized 1) showers, 2) proximity to transportation, and 3) environment (noise, bustle)

For me: 1) Free WiFi 2) cool bar 3) cute guys.

I’m serious about that.  When we were in Interlaken and staying at the Funny Farm, we briefly visited Balmer’s, known as the party hostel of Interlaken.  Well, every guy there looked like he was approximately sixteen years old — so we hightailed it out of there.  It IS important!

Q6. What is your favorite thing about staying at a hotel or hostel?

chris2x When I don’t make the bed… I don’t get in trouble 🙂

SparkleBella People, people, people. Wait – did I mention hotel room service??

fullyadam Going out drinking with random new friends from all over the world!!

BridalTravelGuy the mini bar, the lobby bar and the pool bar

I love meeting people, no matter where.

Q7. What is the best/favorite thing about hotels or hostels? Worst?


CascadiaKids Worst thing about some hotels? Coming home itchy and wondering why.

srmcculley Best: Bars in hostels can’t be beat. Worst: had some terrible shared bathrooms.

TravelDesigned I LOVE LUX toiletries 🙂

The worst thing is definitely little kids running around the pool or screaming down the hallways in the morning.  In hostels, it’s the lack of privacy.

Q8. What is the most important amenity at a hotel or hotel?

EliteTravelGal Free WiFi & bfast included

StarfishTravel TIKI BAR!

katiey424 It used to be a bar – now it’s a crib!

bigworldmag Kindness

Free WiFi, far and away!  Soon, I hope that free WiFi will be standard throughout the world.

Q9. Best lesson learned while staying in a hostel?

ljrexpeditions Best lesson learned while staying in a hostel? Lock your gear. Unlock your heart.

colmhanratty Never stay in a hotel or hostel far from the city centre – you spend all your time and a lot of money on public transport

thecitizeNY Don’t stay at a hotel where wi-fi isn’t included in the rate. Ever.

NewYorkGuest Don’t get distracted by small inconveniences, ur there 4 an adventure!

Don’t open a bar tab after your fourth beer.

Q10. Best tips for someone planning to stay in a hostel?

judicej Go as cheap as possible the first night then everything looks nice afterwords

theaussienomad never ever ever ever pack plastic bags in your backpack
worldsparks take a sleeping bag liner or a double sheet sewn into a bag, hostels are cheaper if you have your own linen
cabosella probably have the name of a good hotel nearby just in case
Be open and friendly.  You may make some friends for life!

Later, there was a surprise question!

Q11. artofbackpackin Let’s do for the hell of it bonus question if anyones still on? Q11: What would you name your Hostel or Hotel?

Jetwerk bonus Q ion

OnAJunket Beer and Cookies

SparkleBella Odyssey Inn

gibson44 The Cuckoo’s Nest – everyone wants to go there. Right?

For some reason, I really like the name The Moist Towelette.

And that’s the week!

Travelers’ Night In, founded and organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo, takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET.  All are welcome!  Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!

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5 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Hotels and Hostels!”
  1. Michael says:

    Q8 got some really funny responses yesterday. Nice recap 🙂

  2. Shannon OD says:

    Great recap – loved yesterday’s topic! Thanks for including me and see you next week! 🙂

  3. Kirsten says:

    Very amusing recap and I loved some of the pictures! I was sad to miss the 2nd 1/2 of TNI yesterday but the part I did participate in brought back some amazing memories of hostel and hotel stays during my travels.

  4. @theaussienomad Trying to figure out why plastic bags should not be packed in a backpack…

    I have never stayed in a hostel. Love the idea of how this approach helps you meet people, but would have to find one without a bar ’cause the drinking scene might be a little crazy for me.


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