What is a Hostel?

If you love to travel, but don’t have a lot of money to spend on accommodations, hostels might be the right choice for you. If you like sharing travel stories and getting to know the local culture, food and language, consider a hostel. If you are uncomfortable in formal hotel lobbies with bellmen and gilded ceilings, a hostel could offer the informal atmosphere you’re seeking.

Created in Germany in the early 20th century, the first hostels were designed primarily for young travelers to have a cheap place to stay while they toured the country. Early hostels were run on a communal basis, with the temporary residents taking care of the cleaning, laundry and maintenance chores. The first hostels closed during the middle of the day to encourage residents to enjoy the fresh air.

Hostels became particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s when flocks of college students toured Europe during the summers and today, you’ll find hostels in all parts of the world, in most major cities.

Hostels today

Hostels have evolved somewhat in the last 40 years. Today, they are no longer just a place for young travelers. You’ll as likely find a retired couple staying at a hostel as a college student. Hostels still offer an affordable, no-frills place to stay, but they generally have staff to do the major cleaning and chores.

However, guests are expected to clean up after themselves and keep their room or sleeping area in order. There is no maid service as you’d find in a hotel. Not all hostels are communal, but they generally offer less privacy than hotels. Most have shared bathroom facilities.

In addition to affordable accommodations, hostels offer:

  • An informal environment
  • An opportunity to share travel stories and ideas with other guests
  • Unique accommodations

There is no one style of hostel. Sleeping arrangements can vary from bunk beds in a communal room to private rooms. Most hostels fit in with the local culture, architecture and environment.

If you’re planning a trip this season and want to save money while having a unique experience, be sure to consider staying in one of the world’s more than 4,000 hostels.

WMH

The hostel has 10 rooms, 28 bunks and 5 private rooms. There is big common kitchen and common dining and meeting area. The hostel is a renovated New England Farm House. There also is a very quaint shopping village of North Conway which also has many great and lively eaterys. At the hostel we strive to bring you all the very best local tips to make your trip memorable. Please contact us with any questions and we will do our very best to help!

The hostel has many groups that stay with us. Please contact us with the specifics of your groups needs so we can help plan and take care of everything for you.