World's First Search Engine For Hostels Launches

TFT%20Hostels.jpg is the world's first hostel search engine. It combines the directories of all major hostel booking websites into a single interface, saving visitors time and money. Visitors can:

* Search the largest directory of hostels in the world

* Compare rates, reviews and recommendations

* Check availability, specs and location

* Book the hostel of your choice by visiting the hostel booking website is powered by Travelers for Travelers and currently in beta. The site says "The service is free, in speech as well as in beer. There are no additional fees, and we don't fancy any hostel or booking service more than any other."

We don't know exactly what free "in speech as well as in beer" means, but it sounds good to us.

So how are the rates? Well we found a hotel in the Dominican Republic for $27 per night. We also found this guest house in Cuba for $44 per night (22 euros).

Casa Novo Guest House

"We rent 2s room in a very big 1900's house with air conditioning, TV, fan, External window, fridge, private bathroom, hot water the 24 hours in the center of Havana. All our staff speaks english.You can enjoy 2 balconies. We are at 400 meters from the sea (malecon), 10 minutes walking from old Havana, 15 min. walking from Vedado and 5 min. walking from chinese town."

Best of all, the head honcho, Marco Van de Kamp, recommends combining his service with Twitter, Summize, (Twitter search engine) and Google Blog Search to get the latest comments and reviews on hostels.

About the author

Kevin Heisler, formerly the executive editor of Search Engine Watch, is a search and advertising industry veteran. His former roles include VP, strategic accounts for integrated digital marketing firm 360i; director of business development for Didit Search Marketing; and search industry analyst at Jupiter Research.

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