WEHOSTELS is a hostel-booking app with a social component. You can browse their database of thousands of hostels and budget hotels all over the world, book on the go, and connect with travelers who’ve stayed before you or whose visits will overlap with yours.
Every hostel’s listing includes a “Hostel Lounge” designed to replicate the dynamics of an actual hostel lounge. On the “wall,” travelers can have an open conversation about the hostel, city or things to do. They can then use the “planner” to plan activities and invite other people to join. Lastly, the “City Guide” provides a list of nearby places to go, based on the Foursquare API and geo-located on a map.
The folks behind WeHostels believe that “travel isn’t about the places; it’s about the people.” This resonates with us at Matador, a company that’s grown directly out of a strong Community of travelers.
WeHostels was founded in 2011 and originally focused on properties in South America, and they’re still especially well represented in Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. But thanks to partnerships with Hostelworld and, more recently, Expedia, app users will have access to listings from around the world.
Bonus: Referral program – The social element extends to the potential for reward when you refer your fellow travelers. When you invite a friend, she gets $10 in hostel credits. When she books her first hostel, you get $10 too.