In the summer Western Europe is overrun by young budget travelers, many of whom frequent hostels, which allow people from around the world to meet and learn about places to visit. Hostels are generally laid out dorm-style, often with large single-sex rooms and bunk beds, a common bathroom, and a lounge down the hall. Some offer private rooms for families and couples.
Other amenities may include kitchens and utensils, bike or moped rentals, storage areas, Internet access, and laundry facilities. There can be drawbacks: some hostels close dur ing certain daytime lockout hours, have a curfew, don't accept reservations, impose a maximum stay, or, less frequently, require chores. A bed in a hostel averages around US$10-25 in Western Europe.