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What HI believes

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We believe that hostelling is not just about having a place to stay; it’s about having fun, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people. This is why we work with Youth Hostel Associations worldwide to provide the best environment for you to thrive in.We aim to provide HI hostels that:
  • Are located in unusual, inspiring and diverse locations
  • Offer good value for money
  • Meet agreed quality standards
  • Offer a safe environment for your stay
  • Give you a comfortable night's sleep
  • Provide friendly surroundings

HI want you to enjoy your hostel stay, and being a non-profit organisation means our money is put back into the company to make the experience better for everyone.

“Youth hostels are so much more than just a place to stay; they are the perfect base to discover new places, learn about different cultures and make lifelong friendships.” Edith Arnoult-Brill, HI President

Our mission

With more than 100 years of experience, we like to think we know a bit about hostelling. Armed with this knowledge, we try hard to offer quality, affordable accommodation to travellers worldwide.

HI works continually to expand our network to new places, working with governments and voluntary agencies to create the same practices and high standards everywhere.No matter what race, nationality, colour, or religion, we want to offer you the real hostel experience. Read the full Hostelling International mission:


To promote the education of all young people of all nations, but especially young people of limited means, by encouraging in them a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside and an appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities in all parts of the world, and as ancillary thereto to provide hostels or other accommodation in which there shall be no distinction of race, nationality, colour, religion, sex, class, or political opinions and thereby to develop a better understanding of their fellow men, both at home and abroad.