This article will explain how Hostelworld is a unique channel in how we send rates and availability from Myallocator and also how this relates to check on Hostelworld issues.
How does HostelWorld handle Private Rooms?
Hostelworld only accepts rates as per person which works great for dorms but has the potential for issues wtih Private Rooms, see quote from Hostelworld:
All rates need to be submitted per person. Rates for private rooms are next multiplied by the total capacity of the room. Capacity of Double Room is always “2” because you can accommodate 2 people in that room. We do not sell double rooms for single occupancy and thus total rate for this room is always the same.
Each room type in Hostelworld also has a total capacity, if the occupancy of a private room in MFD/MA does not match up with the capacity of that room type in Hostelworld, 2 things will happen. Hostelworld may not accept the MA update, or the rate we send Hostel world will be wrong.
How do we send rates to Hostelworld?
Myallocator sends rates to Hostelworld in a unique way. It sends the rates per person. For dorm room types it sends the rate per each bed but for Private Rooms MA takes the rate and divides it by occupancy. See examples below
See the 3 Bed Dorm below
MA takes 3 Bed Dorm Rate: $15 and because in MA, occupancy for Dorms means beds its send $15 for each Bed.
Bed 1: $15
Bed 2: $15
Bed 3: $15
Hostelworld shows the Rate per Bed as $15 EASY AND CORRECT
See the Standard Double Room below:
Myallocator takes the Standard Double Room Rate of $10 since this is a private room and an Occupancy 2
The rate of $10 divided by the occupancy of 2. We send $5 rate per person to Hostelworld.
If there are more than one room we send # rooms by the occupancy. So in this case we would send 2, 4, 6. If you were to send any other occupancy then Hostelworld will not accept our update.
What are the Hostelworld Room Types?
A double room has 1 bed which sleeps 2 people. Only 2 people can sleep in a double room.
A twin room has 2 beds and sleeps 2 people only.
A tent will be found in any property type classified as Campsite. It will be a canvas structure with a small bed that will normally sleep mixed gender.
Dorm rooms are shared with other people and they will usually have bunk style beds.
A private room/family room/apartment is a room where you will need to book the entire room. For example, three persons booking a four-bed private room will need to select and pay for four persons if they wish to have a private room. If you set your preference to private room and there is no private room available, the website will offer you the best alternative available.