Hotel Reservation Sites for the Budget Travellers

Posted on May 18, 2009 by

In a few weeks’ time, we’ll be starting our 4-month trip through South America from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As budget backpackers and a travelling couple, we tend to book affordable accommodation that allows us privacy of our own room, with  prices below US$20/person. These hotel reservation sites below come in handy for cheap guesthouse that are perfect for our needs:


With a comprehensive search, linking you up to any of the popular hotel reservation sites such as Venere, Priceline and Expedia, this site is catching on to the new trend. It’s literally a one-stop booking engine for all hotel sites. However, the engine does not automatically compare the prices of the various reservation sites. You are redirected to the reservation site, and no extra booking fees are required.

Plaza Hostel Buenos Aires is the cheapest and most centrally located hostel I found, offering double rooms (breakfast and WiFi included) through for US$33.7 per room.


This brand new site is also ahead of the trend, combining several reservation sites under one roof. What I like best is its function of comparing all the hostels/hotels of the various hotel reservation sites as one. A cheap hostel from could be compared with another from! The left bar also shows the various search options such as distance, currency to display prices and type of accomodation (hostel/guesthouse/hotel).

Plaza Hostel on Hotelscombined is also directed straight to Venere that charges the same amount of US$33.7 per room. Vida Baires Hotel offers nicer rooms but is slightly pricier, at US$38 per room, and can be booked through


Though straightforward and user-friendly, this site caters more to the high-end travellers despite its ‘budget hotels’ title. The cheapest hotel in Buenos Aires came up to be Days Inn, with rooms from $57 per night, a far cry from our budget. Still, this is a useful site for the those seeking comfort and idyllic location.


This funky website is radiating with energy and flashpacking vibes. This would be perfect for travellers seeking cheap and fun accomodation. But for those who are looking for private rooms might find this a little more tedious to use, as I had to click on each hostel to find one that provides double rooms. Unlike Hostelworld, it does not have the feature to refine a search. This new site is still building up its library, so don’t expect a wide selection of choice.

El Hostal de la Boca costs US$9.68/per person here, but without specifications of bathroom inclusion. A service charge of 2euros per booking is required.


My personal all-time favourite booking site is easy-to-use and allows access to thousands of hostels around the world. You can narrow the search to private rooms/dorm beds and get an overview of all the guesthouses/hostels. My favourite feature is the free sms service it provides to remind you of your booking.

A double-bed ensuite room in el Hostal de la Boca on Hostelworld costs US$9.98 with a service charge of US$2 for each booking.

What’s your choice of hotel reservation site? Do you use any other engines? Any good/bad experience? Share with us!

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

16 Responses to “Hotel Reservation Sites for the Budget Travellers”

  1. Flashpacker May 18, 2009 3:05 pm

    I didn't know How did I miss that as a Flashpacker? :) Great list!

  2. Fun Lilliy May 18, 2009 6:32 pm

    Wow such a great review I do all my bookings on line and was limited to handful of sites I am used to using.. but this a great more new websites I didnt know about.. thanks for sharing keep them coming looking forward to hear more about your south america travels..
    I have to say that your travel blog is becoming one of my favorite travel blogs.. very informative..

  3. Boon May 19, 2009 2:41 am

    Awesome post Nellie! I'm planning my own travel around Australia and Europe and was JUST wondering where to find budget accmodations! Might even stop by south America if the money gods are kind to me at the next lotto announcement. Take me to dive spots there ay!

  4. Nellie May 19, 2009 3:03 pm

    Thanks guys, glad it was of help to you!

    Boon, stop by South America and we'll catch up! When will you be in Europe, let me know! Diving? Sure dude!
    Fun Lilly, I really appreciate your kind words, I sure will write more, keep reading! ;)
    Flashpacker! Great to see you here! Hope to be featured on your Flashpacking Carnival soon!

  5. Michael May 26, 2009 12:40 am

    You forgot to add our site,! We're not as big as the booking sites above, but we have a small – but growing – selection of the best independently owned small hotels, b&b's, hostels, and inns around the world for budget travelers. Fellow travelers nominate their all-time favorite places to stay, and we choose the best of the best to highlight as Darn Good Digs.

  6. andrew October 20, 2009 2:16 am

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  7. cairns share house September 16, 2010 7:34 pm

    Love your stuff Nellie! I'm from Oz and am currently planning a trip around south America, and frothing at the mouth with anticipation…..can't wait. Will be travelling as a Flashpacker (I love that term) and this post has given us some good ideas.

    Thanks kindly, Tim.

    • Nellie September 21, 2010 10:55 pm

      hey Tim, thanks for stopping by! Glad to hear that this post was of use. I\’m halfway between a flashpacker and backpacker – it\’s pretty hard to define; I carry my gadgets along with me wherever I travel, but tend to stay in the cheapest hostels possible. Anyhow, I\’ve written quite abit on South America during my 6-month trip, so feel free to check out my articles on this blog. Let me know if I can be of any help!


  1. Are Vacation Packages Cheaper than Airfares? | Wild Junket - September 26, 2009

    […] Hotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers […]

  2. Travel Tips: How to Find Mobile Internet Abroad | Wild Junket - October 21, 2010

    […] Hotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers […]

  3. What to Pack for a Backpacking Trip | Wild Junket - November 1, 2010

    […] Hotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers […]

  4. Do You Need Travel Insurance? | Wild Junket - December 5, 2010

    […] backpacking journey, there are plenty of preparations to be made – from buying bargain airfare to booking hostel accommodation and getting the right travel gear. Besides the essential items, you’ll need to keep in mind some […]

  5. Tips for Pre-Trip Preparations | Wild Junket - February 4, 2011

    […] Hotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers […]

  6. 10 of the Safest Destinations to Visit - Wild Junket - August 2, 2012

    […] Abroad: Tips and AnecdotesWorld’s 7 Best Cities to LiveAre Vacation Packages Cheaper than Airfare?Hotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers /**/ var Scribol;if(typeof […]

  7. Budget Travel: 8 Penny-Saving Tips - Wild Junket - August 2, 2012

    […] Cheaper than Airfare?Budget Airlines: Setting a New Era in Flying?Ryanair- A pound for a peeHotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers /**/ var Scribol;if(typeof […]

  8. 6 Ideal Driving Tour Destinations - Wild Junket - August 2, 2012

    […] Cheaper than Airfare?Budget Airlines: Setting a New Era in Flying?Ryanair- A pound for a peeHotel Reservation Sites for Budget Travellers /**/ var Scribol;if(typeof […]


Wildlife Photography ebook|Sign for our monthly newsletter to download for free!