Start a Hostel!

By Josh • January 26th, 2009

Here are a few resources for people who are thinking of opening a backpackers hostel:

The Hostel Management Wiki has a guide on How to Start a Hostel, written by experienced hostel managers.

There is also a list of ideas on where to open a hostel.

The how to improve hostel reviews page has information on keeping the hostel rating high.

Also check out the hostel forum where you can ask questions about opening hostels.


help me open a backpackers in South Africa

Try for information. There is a PDF guide about the website here:

By JSaladinS on July 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Great article, it is simple and direct enough.

It presents everything you could need to jump over the hostels business world or to probably stay back and get focused on some other things.

Thanks a lot for giving it out to us!

Thank for taking the time to gather this information. We look forward to opening our first hostel here in South Africa so everything helps to make it a success the first time around.

hi backpackers!

i am currently looking into buying an existing backpackers in Mozambique.

I would like to pass some ideas with you.

All the best

Help start a backpackers hostel please…


For help starting a backpackers hostel, send me a message with the contact form on this website, or check out our other website here:

im looking at opening a backpackers in niseko japan, not a huge amount of space probably sleeping 30pax.
with japanese laws is there something specific i should be looking out for. at the moment it seems to be smooth sailing but everything in japan takes time and im a bit worried that im going to come across something big very soon… any heads up from peeps whove tried to do anything there??


Hi Laura,

Try asking your question on the Hostel Management Forum — there are a few hostels in Japan there who might be able to answer your questions.

Feel free to send me a message through the contact form. We have 2 people here fluent in Japanese.


Plan on starting one in Singapore, thanks a ton will be useful in the future.

Hello,i would like to open a hostel in Guyana not huge but around 40 beds i have already the land is there anything i should take in to consideration.. is there any information or ideas you would like to share ?

thank you

Hi Compton,

I recommend asking any specific questions that you have in the Hostel Management Forum:

There are over 4000 pages of content on the website. Here is a PDF guide on how to use the website:


By Legends Lodge on September 3rd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Hi! Opening up a backpacker lodge in the Peruvian Amazon. It´s a hostel as well as a Kukama cultural centre, intended to keep the indigenous culture alive by teaching foreigners about their customs, and the problems facing communities today. Any advice on how to incorporate both aspects into business??? Thanks!


Hi Legends Lodge,

I recommend asking any specific questions that you have in the Hostel Management Forum: :)

There are over 4000 pages of content on the website. Here is a PDF guide on how to use the website:


Hi. I wonder if you can give me any advise on setting a hostel up in spain. I have been researching this idea for some time now. I am looking to start out by getting an agreement with a landlord for a hostel and renting (whilst living there myself) I wonder if you have any information regarding this along with anything to do with getting the relevant permits or meeting any regulations and even what order you would go about this. For example do you get the rental agreement and property before all the permits etc. I do understand that there are different rules and regulations everywhere and so spain may not be your area. If you can not help, is there another website or any links that may help at all. I would really appreciate any help. Thankyou craig

Yes… check out the forum at — you can get help there.


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