Hostel Management - open a hostel
Many backpacker travelers have such a good time in hostels while travelling that they want to open up hostels when they get back.
Running a hostel can be more fun than running a hotel. The social atmosphere is more lively. Hostels are a great place to meet people from around the world.
Here is a list of things that you should consider implementing when starting a hostel:
- Security lockers
- Common kitchen
- Free wifi
- Internet access, with ability to connect digital cameras
- If you have computers, make sure they have image-editing and office software on them. Free software like the GIMP and OpenOffice.org are fine.
- TV is not recommended because it reduces interaction between guests
- Sinks that are large enough for washing clothes
- No curfew or lockout
- No indoor smokin
- Lots of maps
- Hostel activities
- Helpful staff
- Hostel cleanliness
- Hostel guestbook
A good place to get information about starting a hostel is by visiting some of the hostel resources online like:
- Hostel Management forums
- Northern Ireland Resource Page
- Scotland Resource Page
- Hostelling International Canada Info Page
One mistake that some hostel owners make is to open a hostel without any experience. One of the most useful things you can do is to work at another hostel or two to learn how the business works. That will help you avoid some common mistakes. Even if you have to work just in exchange for accommodation, the experience will be valuable later on.
Hostels in the News
News.com.au has a story about backpackers and technology. Web sites mentioned include MySpace, Facebook, YouTub, Lonely Planet TV, and others.Youth Hostels
"Association marketing co-ordinator Kelly McCarthy agrees that technology has changed the way backpackers travel.
Digital cameras, iPods, even laptops are considered essential travel items and many hostels have upgraded facilities to cater for them."