· Become a local in the places where you travel: sometimes guides and magazines won’t give you the best tips on where to eat and hang out; they tend to give you the most common places that may turn out to be not so cheap after all; so talk and questions to locals! Ask them where they usually eat without spending a fortune; in Venice and Paris for example going where locals eat guarantees you the great combination of quality food and an inexpensive bill. You can use our travel community Travelers For Travelers to find locals wherever you go.
We combined more then 30.000 hostels and 250.000 hostel reviews from all major booking site.
We listened to our users and tried to made our Hostel Search Engine better to search, navigate, compare and select a hostel then any other site on the web. If you think that its rubbish, please tell me why, so we can improve our service.
This is how I think a Hostel should present itself: The Flying Pig Downtown Hostel
If you claim your hostel, we give you free tools to promote your hostel on the web. If you implement our suggestions, you will drive more traffic to your website and your hostel!
Here is what you can do for free:
- Add direct contact information like phone number, email, website, and Skype name. Your contact info and a link directly to your own website will be placed on your profile. So TFTHostel users can contact you directly. Learn how to get started
- Add a Flickr slideshow with good quality pictures, so you decide which pictures you place on Flickr, and automatically the pictures will be shown on you TFTHostels profile. We are creating a widget, so you can use the flickr slideshow on your own site. Learn more
- Add YouTube movies and a YouTube channel. Pictures and movies explain more then 100 words, so make a movie from your hostel and place it on Youtube. Learn more
- Add a blog RSS feed. If you own a blog, you can place the blog headline directly on your TFTHostels profile. It is easy to setup and can generate some extra traffic to your blog. Learn more
- Add the Plugoo application, so travelers can chat with hostel employees, directly from the site. If you use a chat program like MSN or Google Chat, you can use this service for free without any local configuration. Learn more
- Add Twitter account to the profile. With Twitter you can tell your friends, guests and future quest what is happening in the hostel. It is a weird service, but if you understand the power after some time, it is very useful. Learn more
So, if you are a hostel owner and did not claim your hostel, please do so. You can add great free stuff on your profile page. More travelers will see your hostel, so more bookings will follow!
Have fun, and happy travels.
Marco van de Kamp
We created an easy to use Google map feature on the site. Here is what you can do:
- See all countries with hostels
- See all city’s with hostels
- See all major hostels plot on the map in a city, see screenshot below.
- Search nearby places, like “train station”, or “Eiffel tower”
- See the hostel details on the map
You can check out the movie here, so I show you how to use the map function.
All Amsterdam hostels on a map:
Hostel management really likes the idea from our site and they let all hostel owners know that our site exists. Thank you Josh for your support, and your believe in the idea. I created a screencast for hostel owners so they can see how it works:
Here is the post used in the Hostel Management newsletter:
TFTHostels.com is an innovative new meta booking engine for hostels. The website searches several different hostel booking engines at once and compares prices and availability. The site offers several other groundbreaking features such as the ability to sort the search results by the hostels’ facilities.
Hostel Search Filters:
For example, if a backpacker wants to only see hostels with dorm beds that have wifi in the lobby and lockers in the dorms, it’s very easy to limit the search to those criteria. TFTHostels appears to be the most intuitive hostel search tool created yet.
Hostels can now claim their profiles on TFThostels.com including:
- Add direct contact information like phone number, email, website, and Skype name.
- Add a Flickr slideshow with good quality pictures
- Add YouTube movies and a YouTube channel
- Add a blog RSS feed
- Add the Plugoo application, so travelers can chat with hostel employees, directly from the site
- Add Twitter account to the profile
Try it out at: tfthostels.com
To claim your hostel’s page, please email Marco at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
I made a start for sharing the TFTHostel possibility’s with the world by offering a Google gadget that you can add to your IGoogle or your own website.
Any criticism is most welcome. Here it is:
Please Copy and paste the following code on your site:
Here are some off the posters/stickers that I like to see in all 30.000 hostels from our site. It is an ambitious plan, but not impossible. I start by sticking the posters here on the blog. All pictures are taken on my trips in 2006. The images are free to use for all Thanks brandman for the design.
I thought, why not make a short introduction video about our site. Afters days screenwriting, casting actors, finding a great location to film and 10000 dollars down the drain, here it is. The first TFTHostels video.
Just kidding. On my macbook in my office in a few hours to film, edit, upload and place it on Vimeo, Youtube our homepage and here on the blog. Check out the Youtube channel
So this cheap video is brought to you by the site that compares the best hostels
Check it out:
A great guy from a prague hostel explanes in plain English what a hostel is. If you are new in the hostel world this video is great. Easy overview:
I found this video at Travelpunk.
This post brakes down the 10 best features you can find on TFTHostels.com beta release. If you like some more details just click on an image below. Here is the list.
- Searching made easy, we offer 3 options:
Enter a city, Browse by country or Browse on a map.
Enter a few letters off the city you want to visit, and select the city from the list.
Easy hostel directory browsing with a tag cloud
Browse for Hostels on a map.
- We are the first Hostel Search Engine.
We just started with all hostels from Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Hostelsclub. And we have an enormous hostel database. More then 30.000 hostels on 1 site. (We are adding other sites later this year.)
- Search for a hostel where you want to go!
Search for hostels near bars, Train stations, Musea, Famous buildings. This mashup with Google maps is great. Try it out on the site
- Add your own videos and info from the hostel
- Easy to sort and narrow down the results
Sometimes you get more then 200 hostels in 1 city. So we made an easy narrow down your search bar next by the results.
- Different rates, different Hostel Booking sites
- Different rooms, same property
- All the Best Booking sites on 1 site.
- Availability check for all hostel booking sites
- Direct Links to the Hostel booking sites, where you can book your stay!
We are working around the clock to improve our site. We hope that you like our efforts too make this site better every day. More features coming up
If you do not know which hostel booking site to choose check out the podcast. Hostelmania and Hostelsclub are not mentioned so you could check them out by yourself, because does sites are doing a great job in trying to be better then Hostelworld and Hostelbookers.