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hostel[O.Fr.,=guest place], an informal establishment offering travelers a place to stay for short periods of time. The accommodations are typically dormitorylike, and most often used by younger people or, in the past, by traders and pilgrims. Caravan traders and travelers on the Silk RoadSilk Road,
ancient overland trade route linking Asia and Europe, consisting of a network of caravan routes running from China across central Asia to the shores of the Mediterranean.
..... Click the link for more information. were some of the first to use crude hostels, where they and their pack animals rested and goods were exchanged. Modern hostels often appeal to backpackers and others traveling on a limited budget. Bathrooms are usually shared, and guests may prepare meals in a shared kitchen, though some hostels provided a hot meal.
1. A place of accommodation, commonly for people hiking or traveling by bicycle.
2. (Brit.) A residence hall at some universities.