Different Hostel Room Types - an overviewAt Hostels you can find many different room types. From En-suite facilities to dorms, twin rooms, budget private accommodation and more.

The hostel room types couldn’t be more confusing – especially for the first time traveler.

This is why we want to give you an overview of all the hostel rooms types out there.

Also and unfortunately, you can’t expect these hostel room types to depend on if a hostel is one of 7 hostel types.

As part of our full guide to hostels we decided to give you a quick overview of the different hostel room types you can stay in.

After all, it is important to be aware of what you are actually booking.

Also, you can find all official 5 Star Hostels directly with Hostelgeeks.

Let’s find out what hostel room types there are.

1. Dorm Rooms 2. Private Rooms 3. Capsules 4. Booking Platforms + room descriptions  5. Booking Hacks


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1. Dorm Rooms at Hostels

Every Hostel has this room type, no questions asked!

For a dorm room, you book and pay for a single bed, and you share the room with more travelers!

Dorm Rooms usually start from 3-Beds.

There is no limit as for number of beds in a dorm room.

So the bigger the room, the cheaper it usually is!

The 4-bed dorm is the most common hostel room type you can find.

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Nowadays, some Hostels do also offer Double bunk beds in dorms.

That means, you pay for a double bed (2 people) in a dorm (shared room).

This offers couples the possibility to sleep cheaper. It is ideal for couples who want to save money and do not need lots of privacy.

Read: How to have sex in hostels? 4 dos and donts

FYI having sex in a dorm is a no-go!

The photo shows a double bunk bed in Beimen Wow Poshtel, the 5 Star Hostel in Taipei.

Enjoy the double bed at a Dorm at Wow Poshtel Taipei

1.1 Female Dorm

A very common dorm room type is the female dorm or female dormitory.

As you have guesses already correctly, only female travelers can stay in this room. Quite obvious, right?!

The Ecomama Hostel in Amsterdam calls their female dorm “boys are smelly-room” – BUYA!

Read: female dorms, including 7 pros and 4 cons.

Marken Guesthouse in the gorgeous destination of Bergen, Norway also has female dorms.

Female dorm at Marken Guesthouse in Bergen, Norway

Let’s have a look at another female dormitory.

Wide-space and white space!

The Lemon Rock Granada offers mixed and female-only dorms.

The team at Lemon Rock Granada is very open for feedback.

The first female travelers staying at Lemon Rock suggested to improve the female-only dorms.

How? Adding more mirrors and hairdryers!

Let the sun enter! The dorm in the 2nd floor at Lemon Rock Granada

1.2 Dorms without Bunk Beds

You will also find Hostels offering dorms without the typical bunk bed. Instead, they will have single beds, giving the room a more classy vibe.

The Happynest Hostel in Chiang Rai, awarded 5 Star Hostel, offers a dorm with bunk beds.

Additionally, they offer a dorm with single beds on the floor.

Wanna have a look?

Happynest Hostel Chiang Rai – cosy 5 Star Boutique Hostel

1.3 Pod-styled dorms

It started in Japan, and nowadays it is trendy all over the world.

The pod-styled beds bring a bit more privacy and include own power sockets and a curtain.

It is space efficient and becoming more and more popular.

The Share Hotels Hatchi in Kanazawa in Japan offers such dorms.

Pod-Time! The Share Hotel Kazanawa Hatchi offers pod-styled dorms, typical for Japan

Looking out of a pod-styled bed.

This photos shows a bed in a pod-styled dorm at Yim Huai Khwang, Bangkok’s 5 Star Hostel.

The colorful corridor at Yim Huai Khwang Hostel

1.4 Examples of dorms

The Cube Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Leuven offers dorms from 4, 6, 10, and 12 beds.

Cube Hostel in Leuven

The Sputnik & Personal Space Hostel in Moscow developed their own double bed in a dorm.

Here, couples can also stay in a dorm, sharing a bed.

Sputnik Hostel and Personal Space in Moscow

Memory Hostel in Da Nang, Vietnam upgraded their bunk beds.

Here you get some privacy in the dorm room thanks to curtains.

Amazing vintage design at Memory Hostel dorms

The Sunset Destination Hostel is a special Hostel!

They created their very own bunk bed design.

We call it the “Cappadocian” design.

Those are hand-crafted bunk beds, inspired by the famous caves of Cappadocia, Turkey.

No regular bunk beds! The Sunset Destination Hostel has its own bunk bed design!

More Chipboard Bunk Beds Design?

The With Inn Hostel in Kaohsiung chose a different style.

They even put a third level on top of it.

Chipboard Bunk Beds Design at With Inn Hostel

On the next page we will describe all different private room types.

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