Hostels, in Cuba, are the places that provide sociable accommodation in an economical way for the operator as well as the occupants. The guests or boarders usually get to rent a bed, bunk bed or a dormitory, share a common lounge, bathroom and sometimes a kitchen in a hostel. Rooms are generally shared, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels may be broadly of two categories- Students’ Hostel & Backpackers’ Hostel. The less known types are Boutique Hostels & Mobile Hostels.
Hostels are a significant part of student life. Most educational & training institutes provide hostel accommodation for the students. In some counties, hostels provide cheaper accommodation for travelers & backpackers. Boutique Hostels refer to a quirky, luxurious form of hostels with various facilities. A Mobile Hostel, as the name suggests do not possess a fixed location. A temporary building, or a campsite or a short-term agreement in a permanent building- a mobile hostel can exist in any form. These are way cheaper than the permanent hostels & are frequently observed during festivals, games, fairs, etc.
Privacy is hard to find in hostels, since mostly the accommodation is available on shared basis. This makes hostel-stay pretty uncomfortable for many. However, it has some advantages as well. Lessened privacy encourages social interactions amongst the occupants. Shared living can be risky at times, especially in terms of security of belongings. For ensuring a secure & safe storage of valuables, most hostels in Cuba provide private lockers.
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