Author: Jelena Svilanovic

GREETINGS TO THE SUN FROM ZADAR

When you put Croatia on your travel map, you are sure to face a tough task on deciding what to see. The choice of amazing places is soooo big, but whatever you choose, you will not be wrong. One of our many suggestions is Zadar, so we asked Martina from Boutique Hostel Forum to help…

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FEEL THE CHARM OF PORTO IN TATTVA DESIGN HOSTEL

When in comes to Portugal’s unprecedented charm, Porto fits right in, and is a must see. Himali from the Tattva Design Hostel, shared some of her thoughts with us, before we all get the chance to meet at HostelSkills #2 conference this in Barcelona. How did you decide to open a hostel?  My husband and…

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UNSUNG WONDERS&HIDDEN GEMS OF BUCHAREST

In the words of one of our team members here in HostelSkills, Bucharest is one of the most amazing places she ever visited. Went there without any expectations, even a bit prejudiced, and came back the biggest promoter of the city. The atmosphere, the people, the food…  Our friend Irina from Bucur’s Shelter hostel will…

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WHAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN? A PIANO SESSION IN A VIENNESE HOSTEL!

Like Vienna itself, Hostel Ruthensteiner is a piece of art. A place to play the piano if you feel like it, pick up some healthy homegrown spices, or relax surrouneded by original artwork and handmade furniture. Before you meet Courtney at HostelSkills #2 in Barcelona, here is a small tour of this amazing property. How…

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3 COUNTRIES – ONE GREAT HOSTEL!

Marine Pogosyan is joining us in Barcelona for HostelSkills #2 as a representative of Envoy Hostels that offer great experiences in Yerevan, Tbilisi and Phnom Penh. She shared their philosophy before coming to Barcelona, where you will all have the opportunity to meet her and many other great hostel people from all around the world….

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THE NEXT LEVEL OF ADDITIONAL SERVICES

One of our HostelSkills #2 panelists Samra Čomor, shared her views on additional services hostels could and should provide in order to bring both their business and the guests’ satisfaction to the next level. When it comes to the services that are being provided it’s extremely important to have an excellent basic service, and that…

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USING REVIEWS TO BOOST DIRECT BOOKINGS

Most businesses accept that online reputation management is – or should be – an important part of their business strategy, but why exactly, and how does it apply to the hotel and hostel industry? To celebrate their attendance at the HostelSkills #2 Conference in sunny Barcelona, our friends from Customer Alliance have taken a deeper…

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HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE HOSTEL EXPERIENCE

The way people travel has changed dramatically over the last several years. In the last 5 years, the emergence of Generation Y, digital nomadism, hospitality sites such as AirBnB and CouchSurfing, coupled with a shift in traveller’s values had made it a very exciting time for the hostel industry. By Daniel Beaumont, Podstel For the last…

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MY HOSTEL IS A SOUVENIR FROM MY JOURNEYS

We are only as good as people that value our work, and we are proud to have some amazing ones join us. Cathrin Eßbach of Penthouse Backpackers Osnabrück, Germany, is in love with traveling, and this love inspired her to make a career of hosting people that come to her lovely city. Here is a…

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PODSTEL – THE COMMUNITY HOSTEL

What makes a great hostel? Daniel and Sam traveled the world to find out.   Hello everyone, We are Daniel Beaumont and Sam Cooper, the founders of Podstel. In 2012, we had a huge dream to start a hostel so decided to embark on an adventure around the world to discover what makes a great…

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