Common & frequently asked Youth Hostel questions
A hostel is good quality budget accommodation that offers a comfortable night's sleep in a friendly atmosphere at an affordable price. Hostels also provide the perfect way to get to know a country at low cost and meet many like-minded travellers while using the communal facilities such as the bar, the lounge or the kitchen. Hostels offer a wide range of accommodation including shared rooms (either single sex or mixed) and private rooms. Private rooms are becoming increasingly popular at our hostels, making hostels open to families and couples as well as individuals and groups.
For Greek Youth Hostels there is no restriction on "members only". A membership, however, offers you 10% saving on the cost of your accommodation. The rates quoted assume guests which are members of Hostelling International or Greek Youth Hostels Association. eMembership can be purchased online. A non-member supplement of 10 % of rates quoted is payable on arrival at hostel.
The Assured Standards set out the levels of welcome, comfort, cleanliness, security and privacy you can expect in any HI hostel, anywhere in the world. The Greek Youth Hostels Association accepts these standards as well and recommends to its hostels-members in Greece to apply for the HI-Q. HI-Q, the HI Quality Management System complements the well-established HI Assured Standards, and focuses on hostel management and operations. It takes ‘best practice’ from quality systems around the world and tailors them to the specific needs of hostels. HI-Q enables hostels to consistently improve and deliver high standards to ensure you have a great hostel experience. Only those hostels which successfully complete the programme will be certified and able to display the distinctive HI-Q logo – look out for it in the hostels you visit.
Hostels are ideal for meeting new people and you will find communal facilities such as a common room, a self-catering kitchen, bar, restaurant, library, TV room, laundry facilities. Hostels also offer many services such as internet access, activity tours, discounts on attractions and shows - and of course the advice of local staff. The specific facilities and services that each hostel provides can be found on the Facilities tab of the hostel's page.
Check-in times are displayed for each hostel on the website of our Association. You can also contact the hostel directly, as all of our hostels differ.
Generally, large city hostels are open 24 hours a day, while others may have shorter opening hours and some may even close for a short period during the day. Most hostels are open all year round; however, some of our hostels are seasonal and are unavailable at certain times during the year. The information regarding the hostel’s opening times and dates are available on our website. If you are unable to find this information, please check with the hostel directly for assistance.
Greek Youth Hostels Association welcomes everyone, regardless of age, race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, class or political opinions. Families are welcome to stay in our hostels, but please check with the hostel directly, as certain conditions may apply, for example, you may need to book a private room. Groups (10+ people) are also welcome in many of our hostels and specially catered for.
Children with their family or group leader are welcome to stay at our hostels. However, as age limits may apply in certain hostels, we recommend you to check that information on the hostel's page before booking. Young people under the age of 18 will usually need to provide permission from a legal guardian, if they wish to stay unaccompanied in a hostel. Families with young children or groups of minors will usually stay in a private room rather than a shared room. Please contact the hostel directly before booking, if you require further information.
Hostels are open to everyone. However, minimum age limits may apply for children in some places - please check with the hostel directly. There should be no upper age limit to stay at a hostel.
Our hostels have information and knowledge available about the local area and environment. Many hostels organise a wide range of trips and activities themselves. If trips or activities are not organised directly by the hostels, they can provide you with information to get the most out of your stay. You can find information about the hostel activities on the hostel page.
Pets are welcome at some hostels. Please check with the hostel before making a booking.
Some hostels provide access for wheelchair users and specially adapted rooms. We recommend you contact the hostel for specific details before making a booking as many hostels are located in historic buildings which cannot easily be adapted.
The safety and security of our guests is extremely important to us. Some of our hostels have lockers or safes in rooms where you can leave your valuables. Those hostels which do not have the locker facilities in the room usually have a reception safe in which they allow guests to leave their valuables. We recommend our customers to make sure, they have adequate travel insurance before they travel.
Our hostels will require you to show identification upon arrival.
If you need directions to get to your hostel, please use the map which can be found on our web page. If you have any questions about reaching your chosen hostel, please check with the hostel directly using the contact details our web page.
All hostels provide a luggage room or lockers for you to store your luggage. You may be able to leave your luggage before check-in and after check-out. However, for details on this please check with your hostel directly.
Sleeping bags are not always permitted at our hostels due to hygiene regulations. Bed linen will usually be provided by the hostel and will either be included in the price or will be an additional cost. This information will be displayed on the hostel page - please check before travelling.
In most hostels towels are included in the price of your booking; this will be shown during the booking process. If they are not included, you will need to take your own towel or hire one from the hostel. Please check with the hostel directly.