In the late 1990’s, hostel users and owners began recognizing the need for a secure, online booking system that would enable people to reserve accommodations with their credit cards prior to arriving at the specific site. This lead to the launching of Hostelworld.com, part of the popular booking site Web Reservations International (WRI). What began as a simple tool for youth and the budget-savvy traveler quickly became a major hub for all types of travel accommodations including campsites, B&B’s, and budget hotels around the globe.
Hostelworld.com has a very specific mission: To become the top internet resource for finding quality accommodation at an affordable price, whether you’re traveling separately or in a group, for business or for pleasure. They hold conferences annually, allowing hostel owners a chance to get together and share innovative ways they’re improving their market. In 2012, they were named “The Most Trusted Hostel-Booking Website” by over 5,000 travelers and have even redesigned their website to be mobile-user friendly.
What makes Hostelworld unique?
Hostelworld.com currently has listings in over 180 countries and works in conjunction with such popular travel partners as Lonely Planet, Travelsupermarket.com and several others. They’ve created a website that is extremely easy to navigate and is accessible from any smart phone, and they keep it constantly up-to-date through excellent communication and relations with all of their registered, screened hostels.