Both have their own advantages. Hotels have more privacy, are often higher quality and often offer much better services such as a great breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry service, room service etc. Hostels are usually the cheaper option but have many conveniences, such as easily meeting new people, having a large kitchen available for making your own food, and most hostels also have a much better choice of activities than hotels. The last hostel I was in had cheaper tickets to popular sights, free walk around the city tours leaving daily, a lot of different maps and brochures at the reception and a good selection of usefull items being sold right there at the reception, for a competitive price. Out of the two, hostels are almost always cheaper and if you manage to find a good quality one you can easily have a great time without spending a lot of money. Due to this I prefer using hostels when traveling alone. Which one do you prefer and why?