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Group hostels


 

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Frequently Asked Questions about hostel accommodation for groups

 

 

What is a group?

In terms of accommodation for groups, 10 or more people are considered a group. If you wish to book for nine or less people, then you will need to go to www.hihostels.com where you will be able to make an online booking.

 

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Can I make group bookings online?

As group bookings require careful planning and special arrangements, it is not possible to book and pay for the beds online. It is, however, possible to send us an online enquiry which tells us all we need to know about your requirements to make your stay in our group hostels as comfortable and trouble-free as possible. We aim to reply to all enquiries about accommodation for groups within 24 to 48 hours, advising you about availability at the group hostel and also answering any specific queries you may have.

 

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Is it possible to check availability of accommodation for groups at several hostels?

Yes. You can make an enquiry at several hostels to check what availability there might be. In cities such as Paris, we have more than one hostel available which is suitable for groups, so you can enquire at all of them for your specified dates.

 

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What if the HI hostel I would like to visit doesn’t appear on the group’s website?

Our group hostels have been specially selected for group trips. We know from experience that accommodation for groups requires a little extra care and attention, so our group hostels have to meet special group requirements. These criteria include:

Size – all group hostels must have a sufficient number of beds

Facilities – all group hostels must cater to group needs such as adequate coach parking, meeting rooms, meal service, leader/driver rooms, etc.

Location – all group hostels need to be located in places attractive to – and suitable for – group trips

 

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What are your terms and conditions for group bookings?

Hostelling International is a federation of independent Youth Hostel Associations, and the terms and conditions for group bookings differ slightly in each country. Ask for terms and conditions when making the reservation for your group trip.

 

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Do I get a discount for group bookings?

All participating Associations operate independently and policies regarding discounts for group bookings differ slightly in each country. Most will offer some concessions for groups. Check with the Association of the country you are planning to visit.

 

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Do I need membership to make group bookings?

This varies between countries – please see our more detailed section on group membership to find out what membership criteria might be applicable to the country you are visiting.

 

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Can Hostelling International help book activities for our group trip?

The group bookings department of most participating Associations will be able to help you with any additional requirements you may have in organising travel for groups. Some will offer a full reservations facility including transport and itinerary booking, or they may provide comprehensive details of services available for you to book for group trips. Either way, they all have lots of useful information to help make your group trip a success – just ask!

 

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Some members of my group have special needs - can we still stay in your group hostels?

Absolutely, we welcome all. Most of our group hostels have facilities for a range of special needs and many have wheelchair access. Make sure the hostel meets the specific requirements of your group by highlighting what your needs are when you make an enquiry.

 

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Do your group hostels cater for special diets?

Most group hostels do. Again, mention it when filling in your enquiry, so we can confirm that we can offer exactly what you need for your group trip.

 

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