If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, you might not know what to expect. You might be wondering what will the facilities be like? Will I be able to cook? Will I need bedding? Will I ever get a moment’s peace?
Do hostels provide bedding?
Hostels normally provide all bedding.
Don’t worry. Hostels aren’t as fancy as hotels, but they’re comfortable and fun.
A good hostel should be clean and secure. You’ll be able to tell if the place is dirty. Hostel security can be as complex as requiring a code for entry and having guards on duty; or, it can be as simple as having the receptionist monitor who comes and goes. No hostel should allow non-guests to access sleeping areas. Most hostels provide individual lockers for your valuables, though you’ll need your own lock. Otherwise, you can leave your valuables under lock and key at the reception.
How do hostels work?
Hostels provide budget accommodation where guests can book a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom and common areas (such a kitchen, lounge, tv room etc). Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, and now more and more hostels provide private rooms. Dormitories can have from 4 to 36 beds in the room, the more beds in the room, the cheapest your stay will be.
Bathrooms are normally large, with several shower stalls and a row of sinks. Hostels tend to have only one or two bathrooms on each floor, but this, of course, varies from hostel to hostel.
Years ago, people staying in hostels were expected to bring their own bedsheet to sleep in. Today all hostels provide sheets, but a few hostels may still charge an extra fee for beddings. So even though it isn’t necessary, some people still like to have their own nice beddings to sleep in every night. (Sleeping bags are usually not allowed.)