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Ten Things You Need to Know About a Party Hostel

Ten Things You Need to Know About a Party Hostel

Ten Things You Need to Know About a Party Hostel

When traveling to different parts of the world, you’ll need a place to stay. Party hostels are a big hit with many travelers because they combine two things: drinking and having a place to stay when you’ve had one too many drinks. You don’t need to go too far to look for a party when your hostel is where the action is! Party hostels are increasingly becoming a norm in tourist-heavy areas. Here are ten reasons why you should join the fun at a party hostel:


Meet All Kinds of Travelers


When you travel, chances are you’ll meet someone from a different part of the world, someone you never thought you’d meet. A party hostel is a great place to meet people, because different travelers from around the world will stay there. You could end up bunking with a collection of different nationalities or travelers who act like locals. Some of them may even become your new “family” or travel buddies. You’re sure to have fun with them, even if you end up abandoning your original itinerary to make room for other activities with your new friends.


The Party Goes to You


It’s understandable if you don’t know where to party in a foreign country. But you don’t have to worry about that when you’re staying at a party hostel. Before you check into one, however, it would be a good idea for you to see if it functions well as a hostel and a party venue. Thing is, some party hostels are more like bars with rooms for transients. Others are full-service hostels with a certain area (such as a basement or roof deck) set aside for parties. There are also some hostels that have regular live music nights featuring bands, DJs, and the like. Whatever your preference, one thing is for sure—these party hostels find ways to keep their guests happy by bringing the party to them.


Happy Hours More Than Once a Day


Happy hour encourages travelers to drink and be merry in the company of friends or friendly strangers. Whether it’s early or late, day or night, you can get something to drink at a party hostel. The hostel’s bar is usually located right in the middle of the place, and it will be open for most of the day. If you don’t have anything on your itinerary, you can make your way to the bar, sit down, and get a beer. You can also meet new people this way. You don’t have to be a major extrovert or party animal to stay in a party hostel, but it could be a great way for you to explore or step out of your comfort zone. Open yourself up to new experiences and see how things go!


Local Taste and Homey Comforts


Part of exploring a new place is eating as the locals do. If you want to try authentic local cuisine, ask the staff of your party hostel where you can get some. Party hostels are laid back when it comes to certain things, but most of them are serious about cultural exchange, so they welcome such questions from guests. So don’t be shy—ask away and get your taste buds ready for the food trip of a lifetime!


Meet the Backpackers


For the most part, travelers come and go, often with a fixed destination and limited travel time. There are also those who know which countries or cities they want to visit but didn’t bother to put together an itinerary of any kind. You may even find a backpacker who was passing by but never left. These long-term travelers have found their home away from home, and they don’t want the party to end. Some of them even try to find work wherever they go, eventually landing jobs at the hostel they’re staying at in exchange for free food and a place to stay. This kind of life isn’t for everyone, but it’s hard not to be in awe of these backpackers.


Try Games from around the World


Every country has a drinking game, and if a party hostel’s bar serves beer, it will host a global sampler of such games. Playing some of these drinking games is considered a rite of passage for a backpacker. If you haven’t tried any of them, ask the staff of your party hostel about “King’s Cup” or “Ring of Fire.” These are just two of the drinking games that are great at bringing people together. If none of the drinking games from other countries are to your liking, you can always play the universal “Beer Pong,” “Drunk Jenga,” and “Limbo.”


Groufies or Group Shots


Whether you remember taking photos or not, some snapshots will find their way into your phones or social media. When staying in a party hostel, expect to end up in many group photos. Your memories are someone else’s memories too. Some of your fellow travelers might even add you on Facebook or follow you on Instagram after you return to your “real lives.” The good thing about this is if you get drunk, all you have to do upon waking up is scroll through your Camera Roll to piece together what happened the night before!


Chill Time


Contrary to popular belief, party hostels aren’t all about booze and loud music. Most of these places also have sanctuaries or areas where you can just chill. After so many nights of partying, you and your new friends might want to relax a little. The hostel will often have other facilities like a movie room, a lounge, or a coffee shop—somewhere where you can just chill out and have a good time without getting rowdy.




Safety and security should always be a priority in choosing a party hostel. Ask for lockers and keys, as these will usually be available. Do research before checking into a party hostel so you can find out what security measures it has. Even if a hostel’s vibe is generally cooler and more fun than a hotel’s, the staff will still be professional when it comes to house rules, especially where their guests’ safety is concerned.


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