Accommodation is one of the major expenditure that travellers have to bear and reducing that cost can make a huge difference in your travel budget. No matter what your accommodation preference may be, no one wants to pay a fortune for it. To take a budget holiday, one of the best ways is to cut down on accommodation costs. Since you have to stay in different places every two-three nights, reducing this can save a lot of money off the total cost of your trip.
Hostels in Europe:
Hostels are a great and budget-friendly option for travellers. In hostels, rooms are dormitory-style with all the facilities shared. The bigger the room, the lesser the cost because you have to share the room with more people and if you are on a budget, it is one of the best ways to save money. If you are travelling in a group, you could get one of the dorms for your entire group and not have to share it with strangers. But there are limitations on the number of people that can be allowed in a group in a Hostel. Too many people of one group can create an unnecessary hassle and so the Hostels avoid that by keeping a limit on the number of people in a group that can stay in a Hostel. The group size limitation differs from Hostel to Hostel.
Hostels are safe, secure, and within the budget. Hostels are a great option and have been changed to provide more sanitation and smaller rooms so that they can widen their client base. Bedding, pillows, and blankets are usually provided. Solo travellers find a family in every hostel; those with partners occasionally stay in the hostel to meet new companions. You can save money by eating in at the self-service kitchen, complete with utensils, pots, and pans. The Kitchen comes as a great budget relief and is there in most of the Hostels. Hostels may have drawbacks such as that they might have a lock-up during the day (usually from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and a few may have a curfew at night. Getting a hostel bed in peak tourist season can be tricky. The most popular hostels fill up pretty fast and so it is always advised to book in advance.
Hotels in Europe:
If you opt to stay in hotels, you will get a private room with a bed, full washroom, and an in-room coffee maker. The location of hotels is a very important thing to check before booking. Most of the times, the hotel provided is a bit far from the city and this sort of kills the joy of going to Europe. We carefully choose our hotels and aim to provide one with the City center area so that the user can enjoy the city by compromising a bit on the Hotel Star Rating. For a single traveller, hostels will always be cheaper but if there are 2 travellers, the cost will come around the same. Hotels are well equipped with all the requisite facilities.
For a solo traveller, the decision comes down to the desired service and shared setting. For families or groups of friends, the decision to stay in a hostel is a little more difficult and unless you want to experience the hostel stay, you should always select a Hotel.
Other Option: Rentals
Rentals allow people to stay in well-equipped flats while travelling. These apartments can sometimes be economical than hotels and may provide a few extra amenities. These are great if you plan to spend a week or more in one place. You will get all the comfort of home without spending a fortune. These apartments are a nice link between a hostel and a hotel, though they can get a bit costly if you are a solo traveller. Rentals are roughly double the cost (if not more) than a hostel dorm room. However, if you are part of a group or a couple and are looking for a respite from the dorms and hordes of other travellers but don’t want a hotel room, this is ideal as you can reduce costs on accommodation and food as the cooking facility is available.