Traveling in this generation has a lot of perks. It makes you realize that when technology developed, so did traveling. So first and foremost, let us thank god or any higher being for one of man’s greatest creation, the internet!
The internet is one heck of a travel tool that will make your lives easier when traveling. Maps, travel tools, itineraries, information gathering, and booking became effortless through the net. Traveling became easier and more accessible through the click of a device.
Now let’s talk about one of the essentials we need when traveling — accommodation. As I’ve traveled, I’ve asked my fellow travelers on how they book their accommodations. Most of them had the same two answers of either: Booking.com and Hostelworld.
Now let’s weigh down which of these two booking tools can provide us the better booking service and experience.
SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITY
RATINGS AND LISTINGS
When it comes to platform ratings, Booking.com has a 4.5 out of 10 overall score rating, making it the 11th out of 50 travel booking tools. On the other hand, Hostelworld has a 3.5 out of 10 overall score rating, placing 22nd out of 50 travel booking tools.
If you’re interested in booking hostels, you will most likely come across Hostelworld.com in no time. It is considered as the world’s biggest platform and has the widest selection for booking hostels. Aside from hostels, they also list guest houses and such, so make sure to pick the right type of accommodation that you want.
Meanwhile, the giant industry of Booking.com has a greater number of listings as it includes hotels in their lists. If you prefer private rooms, booking.com is a great choice for you. It is also has a wider variation when it comes to its accommodation types.
Upon booking, it is always recommended to use the left side bar with filters to easily find the perfect accommodation for you. Both platforms have filters when trying to look for a place to stay so it’s easier to narrow down your preferred choices, but it is worth mentioning that Booking.com has undeniably more filters as compared to Hostelworld. Filters from these platforms include price ranges, facilities, rating, location, accommodation type, payment, activities, beach access, meals, etc.
PRICES AND PAYMENT
When it comes to the comparison of prices, there is no definite answer as to which one is cheaper. Prices may vary depending on different factors to be considered. At times, Booking.com is cheaper than Hostelworld and vice versa. But one thing to take note is that Booking.com offers promo codes and discounts as well as international shipping policies, while Hostelworld does not. Both platforms accept debit cards and prepaid cards as well.
Whenever you feel like changes could possibly be made in your travel plans, Hostelworld is perfect for you to use. It allows you to cancel your reservation on your online profile and has a money-back guarantee so you can get a refund if you’re unsatisfied with your purchase. Upon making reservations, make sure to select the Standard Flexible Booking Option so that your supposedly non-refundable deposit could be repaid. By doing so, canceling your reservation in certain circumstances would mean that the deposit will be credited back to your account. Aside from that, the fixed booking fee can also be refunded under any circumstances. They also offer to credit your account with full deposit and an additional $50 towards future bookings whenever something goes wrong with your booking.
On the other hand, when canceling a room from Booking.com, make sure to read the cancellation policy of the hostel before you make any changes to your reservations. Rooms that are non-refundable, as well as other special offers may have different cancellation policies.
OTHER BOOKING TOOLS
Keep your options open! Aside from Booking.com and Hostelworld, there are also other booking tools that you could use such as Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Agoda, Orbitz, Travelocity, BookIt, Airbnb, and a whole lot more! Booking tools are out there waiting to give you the best service that they could!
So, Booking.com and Hostelworld have a lot of pros and cons, as well as similarities and differences from which you could use in order to assess what you think would serve you better.
Which booking tool would you prefer to use and how was your experience? Leave some comments below!