What time is the ideal checkout time? How do you coordinate housekeeping shifts with your checkout time?
I've seen checkout times as early as 9:30am and as late as 12 noon.
I think the situation is different at each hostel. At one 200-bed hostel we used to have a 12 noon checkout, with a 20% late fee. If the hostel wasn't busy, it was okay for guests to stay as late as about 3pm as long as the late fee was paid (housekeepers worked until ~4pm). Housekeepers started at 10am, but there was also a "groundskeeper" who started earlier to prepare breakfast and clean the common areas. If the hostel was busy we would try to get everyone out by 12 noon and would go from room to room to remind people before noon about the coming checkout time.
Here are some hostel reviews that mention checkout times: