Five Reasons Why You Should Stay in a Hostel

Hostels are the next coolest thing right now and sugar plum, if you still consider them to be your high school hostel with a nasty matron, let us tell you, that, you are WRONG! After staying in many modern chic hostels in Sri Lanka, we now prefer them more than fancy big hostels (erm, did we ever love a fancy big hotel, anyway?)

1. Cozy, Comfy and Affordable

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Backpackers’ hostels aren’t dirty medium security prisons anymore. They are mostly always clean with chic, modern and cozy interiors. We stayed in Star Anise Boutique Capsules in Colombo and that was the cleanest hostel we’ve stayed to the date. The washrooms and bunk rooms are spotlessly clean throughout the day!

Most of the hostels now have custom-made wooden beds which don’t squeak anymore. Hostels now have comfy mattress with cozy linens. While Evergreen Colombo had the best wooden bunks, we also loved Star Anise’s pod beds.

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Hostels literally have everything. From hot water showers to AC, 24/7 free WiFi and private safety lockers, there’s EVERYTHING! And the best thing about hostels is, they are affordable. A bunk bed here normally costs $10 – $20 per night. If you don’t like sharing a room with a few others, there are private rooms, too. We’ve stayed in a private room in Drift BnB in Colombo and that was a wonderful yet still quite affordable stay! Drfit BnB is a modern chic backpackers’ hostel with aesthetically pleasing corners. And our favorite hostel in Colombo. (Also read: The six best hostels in Colombo)

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2. You Meet Amazing People

No no no. Twenty-something party animals aren’t the only ones in hostels. Hostels now attract businessmen, couples, families and even people in their sixties. When we stayed in Clock Inn Colombo, we met an old Pakistani uncle who had amazing stories to tell. He’s traveled to 40 something countries as a solo traveler. We bonded with him so much that when he left, at the end of 3 months, Nathan shed a tear or two and he, to, Zin, became Maamu (which means uncle in Urdu).

Hostels are the perfect place to meet like-minded souls, build long-lasting friendships or even relationships. We both met in a hostel. Do you literally need anymore examples?

(Also read: One year and a little more).

3. Hostels are Safe

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All the Hostels have a staff member at the reception 24/7. Some hostels even have security guards at the entrance. Hangover Hostels do. Hangover Hostels Colombo is the sister hostel of hostelworld’s favorite Hangover Hostels Mirissa. They organize pub crawls, sightseeing tours and plenty other fun socializing things. Back to hostel safety, bunk rooms mostly can be accessible only by the guests with a key card. Some hostels don’t allow outside guests after 10pm to ensure maximum safety.

4. You never left home

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After all, this is why we love hostels the most. In big fancy hotels, we feel like we are two outsiders. In hostels, we aren’t. We feel at home in hostels. With friendly, inviting staff members and like-minded fellow travelers who wouldn’t mind sharing their freshly cooked meal, we feel like we never left home. Instead, it was as if we found a new home to ourselves. Most hostels now have a separate kitchen for guests. Once when we stayed at Hangover Hostels Colombo, a Chinese family gathered around to cook their dinner and ended up sharing with many people.

5. Β You get to discover less touristic places

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Most hostels now organize sightseeing tours to less popular places. They even take you for FREE. Some hostels organize you cooking classes, traditional food nights and a lot more other things which you won’t get if you stay in a hotel. Frankly, we kinda don’t like the sightseeing tours organized by big fancy hotels to all the touristic places. Hangover Hostels organizes sightseeing tours in and around Colombo covering many off-the-beaten path places. Btw, sugar plum, did you check out our guide to Colombo?

Do you love hostels, boutiques or fancy big hotels? Comment below and let us know!


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We are Nathan and Zinara, documenting our experiences and stories for a lifestyle full of love and adventure. Currently based in Sri Lanka.

45 thoughts on “Five Reasons Why You Should Stay in a Hostel

  1. Wow! this is an amazing read! We travel as a family with a toddler and have never preferred a hostel. But these the ones in Colombo sounds awesome. Cleanliness and Hygiene being the most important point, availability of private rooms is definitely a bonus. And ofcourse its nice meeting people and making new friends. Thanks for sharing yours experience.

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    1. Although it’s be a tad hard staying in a hostel with a toddler, we’ve seen many people with toddlers here. And the availability of private and family rooms make it a comfortable stay.


  2. Great information. I definitely was under some misconceptions about hostels, but now I’ll definitely look to give them a try. It’d be really great to be able to meet some other solo travellers while on the road!

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  3. I would have to agree with you that hostels are an amazing place to meet other people. The number of times I’ve been in a hostel and met a lifelong friend! I agree that they are safe despite what people say. You just need to get used to being with other people.

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    1. That’s exactly true. If you are an introvert, at first it would be a tad hard! But I think everyone should try and stay in a hostel at least once for the experience! Zin πŸ™‚


  4. Based on my experience, they are quite okay. I have not stayed in a chic hostel like you have mentioned. I have stayed in hostels in the provinces here in the Philippines. They are comfortable, have a wifi connection and friendly staff.
    Iza c/o Kathy James (Walk About Wanderer)

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    1. I’m pretty sure some hostels in the Philippines are also beautifully designed? You should stay at Hangover Hostels here if you ever visit Sri Lanka πŸ™‚ Zin x


  5. I’m a typical backpacker, hostel going type of a traveler and I couldn’t agree more with your views. Even I used to be under the misconception about the hostels that they are only for the really partying, young types, but I was proved wrong early on. I went to Colombo and Mirissa but missed to check out the one that I you have mentioned. They look amazing!

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    1. Exactly! Even we weren’t much sure at first! If you ever come here again, you can stay at Hangover Hostels in both Colombo and Mirissa! You will love those two places. Zin x


  6. Staying in a hostel is definitely a budget-friendly way to travel. And like you pointed out, it’s nice to meet people from around the world during your stay in a hostel. It feels more like having your own home away from home during your travel.

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    1. We suppose you should once just to see how it goes? We, specially Zin is an introvert but it’s been fine so far. You can have your own corner in a bustling hostel, too.


    1. Ahhh! You need to go to a modern backpackers’ hostel soon then. Most Now have comfortable wooden bunks. And now we have boutique hostels which are called ‘poshtels’


  7. I have never stayed in a hostel but would love too! I am going travelling in December and might give hostels a go as it will definitely suit my budget.

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  8. Meeting new people and affordable are two of the good reasons to stay in hostels. But it is somehow kind of weird for me, atleas to be sleeping in a room full of strangers. I guess it depends on every person. But you can tell there are a lot of misconceptions on hostel. I hope some will prove they aren’t bad at all.

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