Hostelworld App Review- Find the Cheapest Hostel in the City

Did you know that by choosing an affordable hostel over a hotel, you can save more than $1500 a week on your next trip aboard?

Most people think hostels are dirty and unhygienic. While this may be true in some cases but in the age of the internet where nothing stays hidden, you don’t have to worry about getting a bad deal. Hostel apps like Hostelworld let a traveler check out the hostel rooms, service, staff members and the surrounding area even before taking their first step of the journey. It is always recommended to check out the reviews on Hostelworld before confirming your booking.

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About the Creator of Hostelworld App

A UK-based firm known as Web Reservations International (WRI) is the parent company of Hostelworld. This Dublin, Ireland-based company was founded in the year 1999 by Ray Nolan, a hostel owner, and IT entrepreneur. Their unique business model has made them one of the top-rated hostel apps on both Android and iOS market places.

How Does the Hostelworld App Work?

Using this app is easy as pie. To book a hostel room in advance, all you need to know is your destination city and the timeframe for which you’ll be staying there. Once you enter these two details, Hostelworld will show you thousands of relevant matches. It has more than 36,000 Properties in a total of 170 countries. No matter where you wish to go, Hostelworld will find cheap, safe and clean accommodation for you and your travel mates.

Next, you need to set the filter as per your needs. Are you looking for a hostel will the lowest price possible? Or you want something comfortable and cozy yet cheaper than a standard hotel room? The choice is yours.

However, by default Hostelworld shows you result based on the lowest price in the selected location. In addition, you can also filter out the results based on other key factors like hygiene, friendliness, staff quality, safety, and security, etc.

Further, the app will lead to the payment page where you get to select whether your schedule is fixed or flexible. Flexible booking is a great option for people who are unsure about their accommodation needs but if you cancel your booking, you won’t be getting your money back.

What I Like About Hostelworld App

I like that Hostelworld gives me an option to cancel the booking. I just need to be sure about my schedule.

What I Don’t Like About Hostelworld App

Hostelworld does not accept PayPal payments. This is one of the biggest downsides of this app as most backpackers do not prefer to give out their credit/debit card details. I hope people at Hostelworld take this issue into consideration.

My Recommendation

I recommend Hostelworld to frugal travelers and backpackers. No matter which part of the world you come from or go to, you can use this app seamlessly.


Hostelworld doesn’t charge any commission from the customer. You don’t have to pay a penny in addition to the hostel fees, flexible booking fee (if applicable), and taxes.