In a blog post entitled “The Hostel Owner’s Guide: The How-to’s…Please!” Blogger Michael Hodson gives advice to hostel owners about what backpackers expect from us.
Here is the “Guide to Hostel Basics” that every hostel owner should commit to. If the hostel you are staying in doesn’t do these basic steps, give them the link and tell them to get on it.
Well folks, here you go!
- Provide secure lockers in the dorms
- Free coffee
- Free wifi
- Provide a towel
- Have Local maps with the basics labeled
- Post Michael’s “Hostel Rules” list (which I think is excellent and echoes many of the suggestions in the Good Guests Guide)
- Enforce your rules
- Provide reasonable mattresses and pillows
- Have a community area
- Hot showers / good plumbing
- Toilet paper in all bathrooms
- Cute people working your front desk
Other readers added:
- Put plenty of hooks in all showers
- Put shelves in bathrooms and dormrooms
- Pots, pans, oil, and spices in the kitchen
- Adequate bathrooms for the capacity of the hostel
- Adequate number of power points
- Provide a complimentary breakfast
Many of these things have been discussed at great length in this forum. While the actual cost of some of these suggestions is not quite as insignificant as the blog would suggest, it sounds like a pretty decent set of guidelines to me.
As experienced hostel owners, are there other suggestions that you would add to this list?