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A hostel is a dormitory-type, low-cost accommodation where travelers rent a bed (often a bunk bed) in a shared room of over 3 people (usually 4 to 10). Amenities like showers, bathrooms, dining/lounge areas, or outdoor facilities are typically shared as well. Sometimes towels and lockers are provided.

Some hostels offer basic complimentary breakfast, and most of them have an equipped communal kitchen and food storage so that travelers can cook their own meals.

Hostels are mainly popular among young, single travelers on a budget (often backpackers) who don’t mind trading the lack of privacy for the opportunity to socialize and meet new people from all over the world.