Throughout my travels I have stayed in a number of hostels. Some were as cheap as $3 per night in Cambodia all the way to the $30+ per night hostels of Paris and other western European cities. There is only one common point between all hostels, and that is they are all different.
Unlike major chains, which tend to churn out hotel after hotel in the same cookie-cutter establishment, hostels tend to be locally owned businesses with unique designs. More often than not, the hostel moves in to an already developed space and maintains some of the amenities that are already built in. With this variety in design, I've found a number of features that I absolutely love, and others I cannot stand at all.
This post will feature the first of those two topics, amenities that I wish all hostels would offer and jump at booking when I find. The second post in this series will look at the exact opposite, things I cannot stand! So potential hostel owners take note!