Kudzu World

"Programming is an art form that fights back"

Kudzu World  »  Blogspace  »  Thoughts and Tips of a Professional Perpetual Traveler
English - Română - Русский - عربي

RSS Feed

If you want to more easily stay informed of updates you can subscribe to the RSS feed. Just point your RSS reader at this page, auto discovery is enabled.




Worldwide budget hotel search engine

10/29/2007

It's been a long time since I posted to this blog. I will be posting more frequently from here on. This entry is about a hotel search engine I really like.

Most websites I go to I really hate. They just suck. Not only does this one operate very efficiently, but it does what I want!

You won't find the Hilton at HostelWorld, but it will search hostels and budget hotels. And because it has user ratings only from the last 6 months, you can see if the place is good or not.

Hostels and 2 star hotels?

In much of Europe and many other countries the number of stars has nothing to do with quality. For example, the difference between a 3 star and a 4 star hotel may be as simple as having an on site restaurant. Often I don't need frills, especially if I am just on a layover waiting for a plane or a train. I've stayed in many hotels rated as 2 stars that were much better and cleaner than so called 4 stars.

But Hostels?

Most hostels have 6 or more beds in a room. But often you can rent the empty beds at a discount, that is pay for 1-2 used bed, and a discounted rate on the other 4. You get a private room cheaper than a hotel, and most hostels also have free internet access and many are in great locations.

Clean Clean Clean

This is my major factor in staying in a hotel. I have have to endure some really horrible hotels. One reason I always carry a rain jacket with a hood is because a few times I have had to sleep in it. With HostelWorld you can check the cleanness ratings. I've never stayed in one below 80% (Still above the smiley mark), but all the ones I have been to have been great.

Ratings?

Be careful of the overall rating. I used to only look for ratings of 80% and above. Then I noticed that many of the ones in the 60% to 70% range had 90%+ clean ratings, but the overall rating was lowered because users rated them with low fun and low character ratings. If you are just looking for a place to spend the night, forget the fun rating!

More Features

<< Previous Entry    Next Entry >>

Comments:

-- No Comments --

Post a comment

Use my contact form to contact me directly.