A: Hostels provide short-term accommodation to travelers, particularly encouraging outdoor activities and cultural exchange for the young. In a hostel guests rent a bed (sometimes a bunk bed) in a dormitory and share bathroom, kitchen, and lounge rooms. Private rooms are often available. The main benefit of a hostel is that one gets to meet other travelers from all over the world. Hostels are usually less formal and less expensive than hotels. They are most frequently used by young travelers. Hostels provide a great opportunity for multi-cultural enlightenment. There is more interaction between the guests than in traditional hotels.