I know that everyone likes a good deal, but there comes a point where you have to decide on how much quality means to you. I have stayed in both hostels (every college student should take an out of country trip) and hotels (I did a lot of traveling). The good thing about hostels is that they are cheap and you get to meet alot of people you might not otherwise, unfortunately I don't like bunk beds or sharing bathrooms with possible slobs. I also have had some issues with the overall level of filth and grime in some of them although most make a point of having guests clean up after themselves. As for hotels that can be a really mixed bag, but generally you can expect a clean room with a private bathroom and no roommates (unless you brought them). There are also things like the quality of the beds and having things like televisions, ironing boards, a possible breakfast, and how distant the place is from everything else. The cost will generally be more (sometimes quite alot more) then a hostel, but I usually find it worth it if I have the choice. So for those of you who have had experience with these two things which do you prefer?