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So I bought my plane tickets yesterday and I have a question. I am going to be traveling with four other 18 year old guys. Does it always make sense to stay in a hostel or would it be cheaper to buy a cheap hotel room or two for the five of us?

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Do the math. Take a look at our hostel listings as well as a hotel booking website. Keep in mind, some European hotels charge additional for extra people.

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….also keep in mind that you guys (being young) will probably have more fun at a hsotel since you can meet and party with other young people. Even if it is a little extra and less comfortable, it might be worth it.

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I agree with mim’s points. You’ll just have to compare. 4-5 is a great number to get your own room at a hostel. Many have ensuite bathrooms now, so it’s a lot like having your own room, but with the social aspects that you typically do not get at a hotel. Also consider location. If one is better located than the other, the transportation savings could be significant.

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Ditto what mim and Don said. You also might just do a mix of hostels and hotels. Hostels will be a lot more fun, but once in a while I wanted a quiet hotel room to catch up on sleep.

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okay i dont know if this is a dumb question but when you go to 3 ducks hostel website and at the bottom do a search for 5 people for 3 nights and it says the price is $33 for a shared room of 6 does that mean per person or for the whole thing. Because if its per person wouldnt hotels almost always be cheaper?

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Depending on the hostel booking site, it most likely means $33 × 5 and you’ll have a good possibility of a wild card joining in your room (someone you don’t know). 5 people would require 2 hotel rooms. If you can find rooms for $82.50 each total, allowing up to 3-4 people in the room at no additional charge, then you’d break even vs. the 5 x $33 hostel price you found. But compare apples to apples — location (transport costs), breakfast included?, wifi (they’re not all free), sheet and towel rental (hostel). Myself, I prefer good value hotels that are well located, or very easy with public transportation. But I miss the social aspects of a hostel with a good vibe.