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Hostel Lockout - What is a Hostel Lockout and How Do Hostel Lockouts Work?

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Question: Hostel Lockout - What is a Hostel Lockout and How Do Hostel Lockouts Work?
Answer: Hostel lockouts were very standard back in the day because owners lived onsite, and shutting guests out at some point was the only way the proprietor could either get out of the hostel for a bi, or clean it without backpackers underfoot. Hostel lockouts are no longer as common, but hostel lockouts do still exist. So what is a hostel lockout? Just what it sounds like: the hostel is locked up and you are locked out for a period of time during the day -- usually midday. If you wind up in a joint with such a policy, embrace it as a time to do some sightseeing or siesta-ing somewhere friendly to that (like a park). And you may not actually be physically shut out during a hostel lockout period -- just encouraged to make yourself scarce. Since hostels don't change your sheets for you, some places are okay with you napping in your bunk during hostel lockout.

Know that a hostel lockout is not the same as a hostel curfew -- read more about hostel curfews here.

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