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Q | What are some good resources for finding family-friendly hostels?

I am a single mother, with limited funds, who loves to travel. My only daughter loves it as well. We stayed in a hostel last year in the 1000 Islands and it worked out great. Not all hostels are created equal, however, and I can't find a family-friendly listing or booking engine. I feel stuck with having to individually call each hostel to see if they have family rooms and availability. Any advice? -Dyan, New York

A | Finding family-friendly hostels

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I’ve used HostelBookers.com and HostelWorld.com to research hostel properties. The booking engines on both of these website allow you to specify your room preferences which is a handy way to know if options other than dorm rooms are available.

All hostels are not created equal and you need to do your research in advance when planning to hostel with kids. I also Google the hostel name and look for reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor.com–and I read in between the lines, if every review talks about the party scene I know that property is probably not a good choice for my family. I also look for properties with laundry facilities, reduced lock-out hours and plenty of common space.

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