Hotels and hostels are both frequented by travelers every year. They are both accommodations where people sleep when they are on holiday. However, they can both be described as vastly different from each other.
Hotels are more popular with families because people can have their own room and bathroom, and so people may feel a bit safer, with their own privacy. For this reason, hotels are a lot more expensive. Even the lowest star hotel is more expensive than a hostel.
A lot more is expected when you stay at a hotel. In your room, you will expect to have some "luxury" amenities such as hair dryers, ironing boards, a refrigerator, and some tea / coffee facilities. When you arrive at a hotel, you will be assisted by a concierge to organize trips, carry bags and even book taxis. That is why you pay more money, but for some people, they would prepare to pay less for less.
Hostels are more popular with students because they are often backpacking, and they do not mind if the room is shared with other people, as long as it is cheap. However, other people should use them too.
When you book a hostel, you should know what to expect so you are not too shocked when you arrive. Not that there is a massive reason for you to be shocked. As mentioned above, you might have to share a room with other people. This should not be looked on as a negative aspect because it gives you the opportunity to make new friends.
This is not the case with all the hostels though. In the past, hostels were designed similar to school dormitories, where people slept in bunk beds in massive rooms. Now though, hostels are designed so people have their own bedrooms but they have to share a bathroom. People have more privacy that way. The bathrooms are single bathrooms and they are not like communal bathrooms.
The thing that most people like the best about hostels is that some of them have communal kitchens. You have the use of fridges and cooking appliances, so you can save even more money by eating in the hostel and buying groceries in the local supermarket. Some hostels will have one meal or drink included in the price of the accommodation. This is usually in the form of breakfast or lunch because if you are sight seeing, you are less likely to be around in the evening, for dinner.
The point of this article is to educate people about hostels because they tend to have a bad reputation, when they are not unpleasant for any reason. Most people, when they stay in hostels, report that they were surprised by how nice they were and they would stay in one again. People are wasting their spending money when they pay for luxury hotels in busy cities, when they are only going to be there to sleep.
Keep in mind, that if you are backpacking around the world and you are short on money anyway, you can ask a hostel if you can work for them for a few days, in exchange for the accommodation. This is less frequent and not advertised. It is at the discretion of the hostel owner.
Some people have the opinion that hostels are unsafe because they are so cheap and they will let anyone in, but that is not the case. The best hostels still have security on the door and some even have safes behind the check in desk, so people can store their valuables.
It is your choice where you stay when you are traveling, but if you want to save a bit of money so that you have extra spending money for other things, then you should definitely do your research about hostels and do not right them off just because you do not know what to expect.