Tnooz: Expedia adds its first hostel
The digital superhighway is finally reaching hostels in the United States.
Yesterday, Expedia brand websites quietly added hostels, RV parks, and campgrounds as specialty categories of lodging to the search results for select US locations.
You won’t see the new options on the homepage. To find them, you have to search for a hotel at your destination and your preferred dates, and then in the advance search filter options on the left sidebar you’ll see a way to refine down to these cheaper alternatives.
Expedia is dipping its toes in the warm ocean water of hostels — a category that’s been mainstream in Europe for all generations but is seen as a thing just for millennials in the US.
Expedia now lists more than 30 hostels in destinations that have them in large numbers, such as New York City, San Francisco, LA, Washington DC, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Portland, Baltimore, San Diego, and Sacramento.
If there are properties, an option to filter by “hostel/backpacker accommodation” will appear. If not, you won’t see the option.
This system seems to work. In less than 48 hours, 40 people have booked the Freehand Miami, a hostel in Miami Beach.
Hostelling International USA, the largest US hostel chain, is providing the initial inventory.