Hostels or Hotels?
In preparation for our trip, T and I discussed what we are comfortable with as far as lodging goes. Hostels are ok, but only a private bedroom. (A shared bathroom is ok, but obviously not preferred.) Personally, I might be fine with a dorm bed, but the price difference would have to be significant. The hostel also has to be generally nice & clean.
For example, this would not be fine:
Story time! I stayed in the hostel pictured above once. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best decision, but we were arriving at about 2 or 3 a.m. and departing for Tioman around 8 a.m. – cost was the only decision factor I used. I was relying on my SE Asia on a Shoestring book, and the price was almost literally the cost of a shoestring – less than $5! So maybe it was an ok choice. However, I had several friends with me, most of who were more high maintenance then me, and I felt sincerely bad I brought them there. But if you come along on a vacation planned in it’s entirety by me (and one other frugal friend), you are at the mercy of my choices, good or bad! (And they never traveled with me again… just kidding!)
Anyway, that wouldn’t be ok these days. But a normal hostel? Fine. (BTW, several hostels sites mentioned lockers for those who needed to keep anything valuable safe.)
However… I was shocked to discover that in Stockholm (and probably Oslo as well), even hostels (private rooms) cost about $60 per a person! The dorm beds are about $40/person. Hotels are quite expensive too, but I did manage to find a tiny room for about $125. Not cheap, but not so much more than a hostel with a shared bathroom.
Hostel: ~$110 night
It seemed like a no-brainer to me! Feel free to educate me on an awesome place to stay in/near the city center of Stockholm for about $100 if you know of somewhere!
Do you stay in hostels if the price is right? What is the best place you’ve stayed? (We stayed here our wedding night!) The worst? The hostel pictured above is the worst place I’ve stayed, but I actually have an extremely close competitor!