Wombats City Hostel, Vienna
One of the funkier hostels among the world, this property has plenty of character as well as mod cons, light-filled rooms and a decent bar area. Backpackers dragging themselves out of bed in time for a cheap breakfast is not usually a pretty sight, but their lush dining room offers a pleasant visual wake-up call and the garden theme is the next best thing to alfresco breakfasting.
America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
A purpose built hostel, this place offers backpackers a stylish and relaxing area to socialise with fellow travellers. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but inside there are streamline leather sofas forming a rather chic TV lounge. Daily Buenos Aires goings-on are chalked up on a blackboard and there are plenty of mags to flick for inspiration for your trip.
Soak up Sydney’s spectacular skyline from the hip hostel roof terrace complete with BBQ and cabana – perfect coverage for any of you who caught a few too many rays at nearby Bondi Beach. You do not have to be a gadget geek to appreciate the charging points fitted inside the personal lockers. And what do we have to say about the funky lounge with leopard print clad furniture? Grrr…
Bonita Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
For the colourful spirit of carnival any time of year, Bonita Ipanema hostel is one of Rio’s sexiest. Laze in hammocks around the swimming pool, which is beautifully lit at night and the perfect spot for drink poos before you head out on the town. Rooms are in delicate pastel shades and the paisley cushions casually thrown about give the place a shabby chic feel.
HI-Whistler Hostel, Whistler
If it was good enough for the Winter Olympics teams in 2010, then it is certainly good enough for us! A roaring fireplace and leather armchairs in the swish TV lounge (think private premier screening room); there is something rather sexy about this hostel-come-ski lodge.
Princesa Insolente Hostel, Santiago
Making squeaky bunks a thing of the past, this hostel boasts the latest furnishings in a bohemian neighbourhood in Santiago. Rooms encircle a courtyard – candlelit by night – complete with bar for drinks under the stars. It has a brightly painted frontage with earthy wooden touches throughout and dried flowers dangling from the rafters.
Peking Yard Hostel, Beijing
This remodelled Chinese hutong house surroundes an enchanting Qing-dynasty courtyard. The bundles of flowers and potted plants pleasantly cluttering the interior bring out the artistic side and welcoming temperament of the owners. An absolute gem!
Rock&Wood International Youth Hostel, Shanghai
The zen-like garden complete with fish-filled pond and water features is just one of the relaxing spaces where guests can indulge in moments of calm. But come evening, the bar is always lively. Something to do with the cheap beer perhaps? Warm wooden flooring throughout, light-filled rooms and curious framed photos on the walls; this is the stuff of backpacker inspiration.
Design Hostel Goli&Bosi, Split
It has a lot to live up to situated next to the Diocletian Palace, but Design Hostel Goli&Bosi holds its modern own. Once a 19th century warehouse, then briefly a department store in the 20th century, it is now a cutting edge boutique hostel complete with designer bar, restaurant and cinema projection room.
Miss Sophie’s Hostel, Prague
An old favourite on the boutique hostel circuit, Miss Sophie’s offers playful dorms designed by local architects and is tucked away down a historic side street. Spend winter nights snuggled up in the cosy cellar lounge in front of the plasma telly or exploring the surrounding bars.
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