Definition of Hostel
A hostel is a budget-oriented, shared-room ("dormitory") accommodation that accepts individual travelers (typically backpackers) or groups for short-term stays, and that provides common areas and communal facilities.
To be considered a hostel, the property must provide short-term, shared (dormitory-style) accommodation for individual travelers, though many hostels also provide private rooms.
The word "dormitory" refers to a room where travelers independently book individual beds in a shared room as opposed to booking entire rooms like in a hotel or guesthouse.
Synonyms & related:
- youth hostel (this is falling into disuse because most hostels accept all ages, or 18+)
- backpackers (from backpackers hostel)
In some countries the word hostel can also refer to student accommodation or long-term accommodation for drug addicts or the homeless. Those definitions of hostel are not used on HostelManagement.com.