Put yourself in the shoes of a weary traveler trying to sleep.
Suddenly you hear moans and bed-squeaking: the obvious clues that hostel sex has commenced.
Either you interrupt and tell them it isn’t acceptable now, or wait ‘til the morning to turn their cheeks pink.
The bottom line is that no one wants to hear it, and no matter how quiet you think you’re being; chances are everyone can hear you. Seriously…you are not as quiet as you think you are…
It does not matter if you are staying in a 4-bed dorm or a 16-bed dorm or even bigger, sex in dorms is a bad idea.
However: You could wait until everybody left. Most likely hostels are empty after 11am, since most people head out for the day. But remember, that there is a cleaning boy or lady coming in at one point.
And what’s worse than making the beast-with-two-backs in a dorm?
Doing it on the top bunk!
Not only is the poor person below you anticipating a collapsed bed, but you risk your sheets falling over the side and disappearing.
This is your smartest idea when you are about to have sex in hostels. A private room is your best bet, no doubt. Of course, it is kind of awkward to crawl up the reception desk and ask for a private room. Plus, when traveling on a budget, this will burn a whole in your wallet.
So, while a private room is your absolute best idea to hook up, there is some cons.
However, bear in mind you can do whatever you want when the room is all yours.
Just saying, it might be worth it, especially when splitting the costs…
3. “Come on let’s check out the views on the rooftop!”
Assuming you’re both traveling on a tight budget: the rooftop, shower, even the cleaning cupboard – if it is private (lockable) and after hours, then your naughty antics shouldn’t upset other hostel-goers.
Those that have tried it suggest aiming for the early hours of the morning when you’re less likely to get caught.
One ‘don’t’ however; sofas and kitchen areas.
Would you really want to reminisce about your rendezvous as you prepare breakfast on the same table the next morning…?
Exactly, so spare others this too.
Plus, the chance to get caught is quite high. Do not risk it, the hostel could even throw you out for this.
4. “The staff might catch us, should we be worried?”
Staff are aware that hostel sex happens, and being (mostly) young and free themselves, they probably don’t care.
There is a but, actually a few buts.
a. Respect should be shown to the awesome staff, wouldn’t you agree?
Forums suggest that staff would prefer you to book a private room, and they don’t care if that means asking them at 2am.
It prevents angry dorm-buddies complaining (or making ghost-sounds), and subsequent embarrassment from both parties.
Perhaps you’ll even get a discount as after all, they’d rather sell the room cheaper than not at all. Ask for it!
For those on a (really) tight budget, stick with the shower – staff can easily redirect shocked guests to other facilities, and don’t have to worry about extending their cleaning hours in the morning, if you catch our drift.
b. you can get kicked out
Keep in mind that the staff can also kick you out when you violate the hostel rules. No joke. If you think you can just start to hook up wherever you are, well, you made the bet without the staff.
c. Roof Tops can have CCTV
Although we recommend to check out the roof top terrace, remember that hostels have cameras. They can have cameras on the roof top terrace as well.
We chat a lot with staff from different hostels. Once a couple did their thing on the rooftop terrace. They didn’t realize the cameras. The staff member has to check every morning the video tapes to see if everything was ok with the bar etc.
Well…you can imagine the surprise. She was cool with it, and her reaction priceless. When the couple checked out, our friend ask them if they noticed the cameras on the roof top terrace. The girl blushed, the girl not as much.
So, please, show some respect.
Again the roof top terrace is an idea. If not, keep scrolling, we have more tips on how to have sex in hostels.
Sex-Stories from Hostels (Barcelona, Paris, London, …)
There are endless stories, and without a doubt, you’ve heard your own stories already. On reddit there is a whole topic about it.
It includes Ghosts, Vienna, and Couple sex in a female-only dorm.
Whatever you pick, those articles are interesting to read around this topic!
Needless to say, there are as well many anecdotes from sex in London’s hostels and more. If you have your own, share it with us.
are you hear to read about sex in your accommodation and how to solve this issue for other guests?
There is a few things you can do.
Encourage your guests to book a private room. Almost every hostel also has dorm rules, that include this topic. While we recommend not to be strict on that topic, you could give travelers an option in a way.
We know of some hostels that have a garden, and openly tell guests this area is an available option.
The most important thing for you as a hostel owner is that no other guests leave you bad reviews.
Also, many hostels have a rule in place for their staff hooking up with guests. They “allow” this in a way, but not in their own hostel.
There is many forums and facebook groups discussing. Join these forums to find a solution for your own place.