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[QUOTE=Hostels]If [URL="http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Vienna---Brigittenau-Youth-Palace-[B]NOTE[/B] this thread was branched off from [url]http://www.hostelmanagement.com/forums/five-yha-hostels-up-sale-england.html[/url] ...
[QUOTE=Hostels]If [URL=http://www.hihostels.com/dba/hostels-Vienna---Brigittenau-Youth-Palace-004103.en.htm]the description[/URL] on hihostels.com is correct, it looks like it's a hotel:
50 euros ($70) for a hotel room in Vienna doesn't seem especially budget-priced.
I'm very surprised HI is trying to sell hotel rooms as "hostel" accommodation.[/QUOTE]
A quick search of [URL=http://www.hihostels.com/dba/country-Cyprus-CY.en.htm]hihostels.com in Cyprus[/URL] turns up four hotels that are being sold as hostels.
[QUOTE]The complex consists of 16 hotel room type bungalows,5 normal bungalows and 7 super dublex villa type bungalows.Each villa has air-conditioning,a well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar,kettle,shower and WC on ground floor and lounge with TV and telephone.The villas also have their own private,large and fully furnished terraces all facing the pool with panoramic mountain or sea views and the shade of the beautiful Mediterranean flowers or grape vines.
The hotel rooms have...[/QUOTE]
Another description of a HI "hostel":
[QUOTE]...a two star hotel, beautifully designed and decorated in true Cypriot style.
* * ROOMS All 55 standard comfortable rooms are with bath/shower, direct dial telephone, radio, television with satellite reception, air conditioner, balcony and heating....[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE]Family run hotel in the centre of Pafos, renovated ground floor with an online casino and free internet access to all the guests on one of the 36 computer screens. Our guests receive a 10% discount on our shop at the Harbour the Mosaics Plaza and a 10% discount in our Cypriot Traditional Restaurant the Kings Aphrodite. All the rooms have private facilities, a telephone, fridge and a tv. ...[/QUOTE]
Here's a photo of one of the Hostelling International "hostels"!
I usually don't mention specific properties by name, but I think that selling hotels as "hostels" is very bad for genuine hostels. Since HI is perceived by many as the "official" hostel organization, what they do carries a lot of weight in the industry...