Private Hostel Vs shared Hostel Dorms

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Private Hostel Vs shared Hostel Dorms

Are you planning your next European adventure and considering your accommodation options? Here at interrailing packages, we offer full interrailing packages, including rail tickets, any necessary seat reservations and your accommodation.


The offer 3 types of accommodations we offer at Interrailing Packages include:

1- 3 or 4* Hotels

2- Shared Hostel Dorms

3- Private Hostels


Of course each option offers a different experience and all have their own benefits. In this blog we focus on comparing the difference in a PRIVATE Hostel vs SHARED hostel setting, and their pros and cons.


It goes without saying a hostel can be a much cheaper accommodation option, especially for those travelling on a budget.

Two common options  for hostel stays are private hostels and shared hostel dorms.


What is a Private Hostel?

A private hostel room is a room that you rent for yourself, either alone or with a group of people you know. (in small capacity) Private hostel rooms sometimes come with an ensuite bathroom but not always guaranteed. This is depending on the hostel and the area.


What are the Benefits of a Private Hostel?

  • Offers more privacy
  • More security.
  • Quieter environment
  • Private rooms also offer a more comfortable and relaxed environment
  • Better amenities
  • More flexibility with check in & check out times ion some cases



What is a Shared Hostel? (Dorms)

Shared hostel dorms are the most popular type of hostel accommodation.

Dorm rooms are shared by several travelers, usually in bunk beds, with shared bathroom facilities. This option is perfect for budget-conscious travelers who want to save money and meet new people.


What are the Benefits of a Shared Hostel Dorm?

  • Provide a more social experience
  • Cheaper than a  private hostel option
  • Community atmosphere
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with fellow travelers from all over the world.



When making the decision between a private hostel v’s shared hostel dorm, it’s important to consider your budget, privacy needs, and desired level of social interaction. If you’re on a tight budget and looking to save money on accommodation, a shared hostel dorm may be the best option. If you’re willing to spend a bit more money and prefer a more private and comfortable environment, or your traveling with a smaller group and want to stay together a private hostel room may be the better choice for you


At Interrailing Packages, we only work with high-standard, reputable hostels that provide top-notch service and facilities. You can check out some of our hostel partners here by clicking into each location: 


Whether you choose a private hostel room or a shared hostel dorm, you can rest assured that you’ll be staying in a safe and comfortable environment. Our hostel partners offer a wide range of amenities, including free Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, and communal areas, so you can enjoy your stay to the fullest.


In conclusion, the difference between a private hostel vs shared hostel dorm ultimately comes down to personal preferences and needs. Both options offer unique benefits, so it’s important to consider what’s most important to you when choosing your accommodation for your next European adventure. At Interrailing Packages, we’re committed to providing our customers with the best possible hostel experience, no matter which option they choose.