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We wrote about WeHostels (under its old name back in March when it offered a social booking website for hostels and was planning to launch on mobile. Now, the company has released an iPhone app.

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The app’s social feature can help solo travelers get a sneak peak at future friends. Photo by Christian Horcel.

You can book your room directly from the app, paying only 10 percent of the total fee upfront, and if you do, you’ll see other users who have also booked a stay in the same city on overlapping dates. WeHostels connects with your Facebook account, so users can see if their interests match up or if they have mutual friends, and they can also sends messages to try to meet up during the trip.

WeHostels has a direct relationship with some hostels, but it also expanded its inventory by striking partnership deals with Hostelworld and, more recently, Expedia.

Tags: apps, hostels