I've noticed that Hostelworld.com is not only listing non-hostels in the default views, but it is sorting non-hostels above hostels.
The screenshot below is from London, where Hostelworld lists 94 hostels. Despite that large number of hostels in London, Hostelworld also lists 56 hotels, 18 B&Bs, and 20 apartments in the default view.
When I sort by rating, the #1 property is not a hostel.
#2, #3, and #4 are hostels.
#5 and #6 are hotels.
Another example is in Dublin where HW lists 32 hostels at the moment. Instead of just listing those 32 hostels, they also list 58 B&Bs, 23 hotels, and 6 apartments. That means that a hostel isn't just competing with 31 other hostels, but with 118 other accommodation providers, most of which are not hostels. And this is on what is seen by many travelers as "the hostel booking site".
Hostels do a service to hostel booking sites by allocating beds, and the hostels made Hostelworld what it is today. Why should hostels now be competing at a disadvantage with non-hostels in their own niche? In my opinion, listing non-hostels above hostels should not be accepted by hostels. I think that hostels should always be vigilant that they are not being used by hostel booking sites as a tool primarily to upsell hotels.
Have you noticed this, and what do you think?
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