I first used Hostelbookers to book hostels for a trip arounf Europe 2 years ago, I had such good expereiences in every hostel I stayed in that now I always look to hostelbookers first when booking accomadation for my travels!
I find the reviews on this site make it really clear where is good to stay and where is not, making it really easy to avoid the sort of hostels you hear horror stories about.
I also prefer this site hostelworld as I've found it to be generally cheaper and I prefer the lay out.
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