Started way back on 15th August 2013, Zostel is India's first and the largest chain of backpackers' hostels.
The company was started with a vision to promote traveling as a way of life. In 2013, before Zostel introduced the concept of backpacker hostels to the Indian mainland, there were hardly any backpacker hostels and all a budget traveler had in the name of stay options were unsafe and dirty lodges notorious for fleecing guests and rude behavior. Fast forward to August 2017, Zostel has top rated hostels at 29 locations across India & Nepal - surrounded by a completely new and fast evolving ecosystem of more than 200 backpacker hostels.
Zostel, being a team of highly motivated professionals from top B-schools and T-schools of the country came together to change the status quo in this stale market sector and to create a fresh, new market segment of backpacker hostels in India. The core theme of all the Zostels has been to provide a safe, hygienic, centrally located and affordable accommodation wherein travelers can come together and share their stories while having a good time. Zostel also promotes micro entrepreneurship as almost all the Zostels are run by handpicked, motivated local entrepreneurs on a franchise model
Since early 2017, in addition to providing social accommodation, Zostel has come up with a new segment - Zostel Escape - wherein we try to provide local, authentic experiences to the guests. These experiences are again handpicked and conducted by the local people and are intended to take the guests beyond the obvious and touristy destinations and experiences. With time, Zostel Escape will be rolled out across all Zostels.
We hope to play our part in promoting traveling and to create a trustworthy, fun brand in the process while taking along the local communities with us.
I started my journey as a solo traveler was with Zostel. Zostel will always be very close to my heart and i always plan my trips wherever Zostel is based.
As a backapacker and solo traveller, you will never feel left out or for that matter overcrowded in Zostel
It makes you feel home away from home and yet gives you the feeling of independent way of travelling.
You don't just explore the place you go to but also get this amazing opportunity to interact with people from all over the world under one roof.
They always have daily itinerary which will keep you on your toes and not out of the place in a new city.
The staff is always so helpful and knowledgeable about the local places....cuisines and sightseeing that it gets difficult to make a fool of yourself in an unknown place.