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Hostels are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and backpacker accommodation in Melbourne is no different. This article highlights and explains briefly why this is the case.

Hostels have long been the negative word in the hotel and travel industry, but times are certainly changing for the better, as the public realise more and more that hostels and youth hostels are a viable means of accommodation for their travels.

What exactly is a Hostel? In a hostel guests rent a bed – often a bunk bed in a dormitory and they share common bathroom, kitchen, and lounge rooms. Private rooms are also often available if you prefer your own privacy. The main benefits of hostels are the low costs of the accommodation compared to alternatives such as hotels and also you get to meet other travelers from all over the world.

Hostels are usually less formal and less expensive than hotels. They are most frequently used by young travelers. In the past many hostels imposed age limits, but today it's more common for hostels to accept guests of all ages. Despite this change in openness of modern hostels, the majority of guests are traditionally between the ages of 18 and 26. Hostels provide opportunity for multicultural enlightenment. There is more interaction between guests than in traditional hotels, and many hostels provide activities to their guests for free or at low cost.

There are however, some potential drawbacks to using hostels, although most are the same as drawbacks that you could find at many hotels. Theft can be of concern, since guests share a common living space, but this can be prevented by locking belongings up. Most hostels offer a system for safely storing your valuables, and many offer private lockers. However, for the greater part, travelers are equally concerned for the well-being of their own belongings that theft of other people's belongings rarely takes place.

One potential drawback to staying in hostels is difficulty sleeping because of noise, whether from snoring or someone returning to the room late in the evening. For this reason, some hostels associations fix times for last admission and lights out. Despite their low price and somewhat bad reputation, many hostels are of a high standard and have great facilities for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

So if you’re looking for backpacker accommodation in Melbourne, the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks, so get booking and start enjoying!