It looks like HI is now offering hotel bookings. Examples:
Here's hihostels.com's description of hostels:
What is a Youth Hostel?
A Youth Hostel is good quality budget accommodation that offers a comfortable night's sleep in friendly surroundings at an affordable price. Youth Hostels provide the perfect way to get to know a country at low cost and meet with many other people who share your attitude towards travelling....
Will I have to sleep in a big dormitory?
Big dormitories are becoming increasingly rare in the Hostelling International network. Many hostels now offer single, twin and four-bedded rooms - please check when booking.
Many hostels offer private rooms, but they still have dorms.
I think HI-USA offers a better description:
Hostels provide friendly, inexpensive overnight accommodations for travelers. Hostelling International hostels assure travelers the utmost in quality standards including cleanliness, security and service.
Hostels offer dormitory-style rooms with separate quarters for men and women. Some hostels also have private family and couples rooms. All hostels provide a blanket and pillow. Linens are often included in the price, or available for rental.
What do you think? Is HI losing their way with this new hotel-oriented direction?