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Hostel Hero app gets a power-up!

24th February 2011 Print

Hostel Hero, the iPhone app that allows independent travellers and backpackers to book budget accommodation worldwide using their mobile device, has gained new superpowers thanks to an exciting new partnership with the online budget accommodation specialist, HostelBookers.

Newly-released version 2.0 adds the most requested feature from existing users: travellers now have access to over 150,000 unbiased ratings and reviews, revealing what a hostel is really like before they make a reservation. Users can also sort lists of hostels by ratings as well as by name or price, making bed booking on the move even faster and easier.

In addition, Hostel Hero has tightened his utility belt and scrapped booking fees. Users simply pay a 10% deposit to reserve their bed and pay the balance on arrival, with no extra transaction fee.

With greatly improved language support, property descriptions are now available in up to eleven languages , and more hostels now provide non-English translations.

All of Hostel Hero’s original and highly regarded functions are still available: lightning-fast offline browsing; photos; maps; minimal text entry; one-click integration with email and phone/Skype apps; industry standard security features; and full support for the iPod touch. All the booking details are saved instantly to the phone in a handy calendar format, along with directions and contact details for the hostel, so everything a user needs is at their fingertips whenever they need it.

Hostel Hero founder Jason Morris commented: “The original Hostel Hero app led the way in mobile hostel booking. Now, thanks to our new partnership with HostelBookers, we are able to bring exciting new features to our users, like ratings and reviews, with no more booking fees!”

Hostel Hero 2.0 is available for free download at, or visit the iTunes app store. A four minute video demonstration is also available at showcasing all the main features of Hostel Hero.