Annoying Things About Hostels

Hostel living is awesome for the friendly, fun, people meeting atmosphere, but there are some downsides to living dorm room style. I...


Hostel living is awesome for the friendly, fun, people meeting atmosphere, but there are some downsides to living dorm room style. I'm speaking from my own experiences here, and I'm pretty sure all travellers can relate to these.

Checking in
You've just arrived at your hostel from a 12 hour overnight bus journey; you're sweaty, you stink and you're tired as hell, but you're way too early to check in. You either have to sleep in the communal area with your luggage or store your luggage away in a specified room (if applicable) and go for a wander around your new destination. I have done both before but I know I'd rather have a room straight away, and have a much needed nap!

Let's talk about sex
People having sex in your dorm room. Enough said.

Lack of kitchen equipment
I judge hostels by their kitchens the majority of the time. Personally, I like to cook my own meals rather than eat out, as I find it relaxing and it's also a lot cheaper to buy food in bulk. If I can't cook the simplest of meals because of a lack of utensils or pots and pans, then I get very cranky. I remember I once stayed in a hostel with a very limited range of utensils and a shitty confusing electronic stove - I had such a bad experience that I point blank refused to cook anything there for the length of my trip.

The kitchen rush
Staying on the topic of kitchens, I hate the rush you get at around 6PM-8PM of everyone wanting to cook their dinner at the same time. You physically can't get stove or prep space to do anything and you either have to wait till later at night (if your hostels kitchen stays open late) or cook early. Personally, I got into the habit of eating at 5PM to miss the rush, but it meant that I got hungry again at 8PM more often than not.

Keycards unregistering
A lot of hostels now have keycards instead of keys where you just easily swipe your door open - in theory, this is a simpler way. I would prefer to have a lightweight card over some clunky keys any day, but when you keep on needing to go to the front desk to get your keycard registered it gets kind of annoying. They just stop working randomly sometimes, and often if you put them near your phone or any electronic device it disables it.

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