Travelling can be quite exciting if you have your itinerary all planned out. Passport – check, ticket – check, a little something on the side for the journey (we are talking about those long bars of Toblerone) – check, hostel…? The true test of time is finding the right hostel. You can’t just live moving from motel to motel, each with a faulty door lock, roaches roaming around and soiled sheets. Its barbaric I tell you, absolutely barbaric!
What you need is some nice digs that offers all the luxuries, plus a few amenities that will make living easy. For you to bask in comfort and opulence even in a hostel, we bring you the top eight hostels from around the world that you should look into:
1. Big Pineapple Backpackers in Bali
One thing that is appreciated by most people staying in a hostel is a swimming pool. When travelling solo and looking for some place luxurious, Big Pineapple Backpackers is your destination. The small island holds many sites, which can be visited in one day but why not do it in style. Make some friends here and enjoy your stay in comfort at this hostel.
2. General Hostel Amsterdam
General Hostel Amsterdam is the former zoological department of the University of Amsterdam. Built among Oosterpark’s trees, this is a pretty laid back hostel, but what makes it appealing is the interior décor that ranges from abstract art to murals that are a burst of colors adorning the wall. The rooms have a Scandinavian feel to it and onsite facilities include a bar, restaurant, library and entertainment center.
3. Pal’s Hostel and Apartments, Budapest
While you may not find opulence here, what you will get is individual rooms with an apartment feel, tasteful room décor, the view of Stephen’s Basilica and balconies so close to Basilica that you can touch it’s dome. Guests have access to a fully functional kitchen and laundry service is provided within the building. With a Wi-Fi connection available 24/7, what more could one ask for.
4. Wombat’s City Hostel, London
The relaxed atmosphere of Wombat’s City Hostel is what makes it such an appealing place to stay. The best thing about this hostel is the view of the skyscrapers. There are hammocks on the terrace that allows you to enjoy lazy nights outside with a free drink by your side. There’s a bar downstairs that offers small snacks and a breakfast buffet. The kitchen also allows you to make your own meals and enjoy them in your room. As for the rooms, they have been white washed and furnished with wood furniture and marble floors.
5. Kex Hostel, Iceland
Offering a spectacular view of Mount Esja, Kex hostel is popular for all the facilities it offers nearby. The hostel has been furnished with vintage furniture, along with the occasional objects found here and there. Most of the double rooms offer a view of the bay. What’s impressive is the facilities offered inside the hostel, which includes a fitness center, bar, an entertainment center, space for parties and concerts, an electronic library and a hair salon.
6. Living Lounge Hostel, Portugal
This hostel has a friendly vibe to it and has been created specifically for student backpackers but families are welcome to. What’s fascinating about this place is the rooms that have been designed by a local artist and feature varying themes. One such is as the jazz-themed room, which has a vinyl player with some old-is-gold records. The lounge is the highlight of this restaurant where a local chef comes in everyday and makes a hearty meal.
7. Celica Hostel, Slovenia
This slick styled prison in Slovenia offers you to live in luxury in jail cells. The reason why this place makes its way on the list is due to its atmosphere. Along with a dormitory, it offers a garden terrace café-restaurant and since the staff is young, they regularly host art exhibitions and concerts for the guests. The cell to visit is the one named “Point of Peace”. The wall’s six niches have been dedicated to different religions, which include Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism. The last niche is left empty for a person’s personal belief interpretations.
8. Meet Garda Lake Hostel, Italy
Meet Garda Lake hostel has a cheery and bright interior that makes it a great place to stay. The panoramic views from the terrace add more charm to this place and the occasional gigs, parties and film screenings are what make this an interesting place. The hostel gives a whole new meaning to entertainment, taking it old school with board games, table football, table tennis and billiards. The white rooms are spacious with most of them having private access to the garden and terrace. As for food, the hostel has partnered up with a restaurant that offers all kinds of dishes at a low price.
Though we have covered only a few cities, the best is what we wanted to let you know about. So, if you are planning your next vacation in any of these countries, look up these hostels and you won’t be disappointed.