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Will Hostels Ever Catch On In America?
But the reality is, there are approximately 350 hostels in the United States, and they are geared toward people with varying ages and interests. The number might seem surprising, but it still pales in comparison to the more than 51,000 hotels across the country.
Still, there is an up-and-coming type of hostel that might work in the United States. "Boutique hostels" offer the same cheap, often dormitory-style accommodations, but in a design- and tech-savvy environment. These types of places are generally geared to millennials, who desire amenities like free WiFi and on-site nightlife over free cable and luxurious rooms. And to ward off any stigma, marketers don't usually put the word "hostel" in their name.
So what do you think? Can hostels make it in America, or are the impediments too big? Weigh in below.