I do not trust guidebooks for hostels. I go to hostelworld.com and sort by rating then pick the cheapest from the top 10 or 15. I trust other traveler's ratings more. The hostels are in the books because they paid for it.
The Prudent Traveler
Lets Go seems to have better maps then Lonely Planet here in Europe, however Lets Go is more of a Europe guide only. I like all guides and always use them, Hostelworld is a party rated system and mostly ignores security, safety and money. However 90 percent of Europe Travelers seem to be on Mamas money and traveling on a shoestring or over three months is not what they are doing. These are budget tourist.
I look for the kitchen and lockers, and only choose them on Hostelworld.com. This greatly limits them, however Hostelworld.com is not much good outside of Europe. The best places to stay in Europe, I believe are not in the guidebooks or Hostelworld.com.
I have been to India for four months, hard to talk about anything and everything. Go search on my site. The blog is only about 1 percent of this site.
Robert why not make your link clickable by using html?