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Hostels are no longer the down and out lodgings of strapped-for-cash backpackers that they once were. Yes, they are still cheap but the industry has become incredible competitive - offering travellers more and more facilities and freebies to outshine their rivals.
Now offering both private rooms and shared dormitories, hostels are becoming an increasingly popular choice for families and couples; travel types who prefer a greater level of independence.
So whether you are looking for a party hostel, gym facilities, a place to meet fellow travellers or just great value for money, there is now a hostel to suit any type of trip or traveller. Take a look at some of the best hostels in the world.
Best Hostel for…Families
What you need is a private room, with plenty of things to keep children entertained and a hostel that is off the party radar. Chicago Getaway Hostel offers 4-bed private rooms with en suite facilities. The kids can be left to their own devices in the games room complete with pool table and foosball or why not rent some bikes from the hostel to explore the Chicago lakefront? Feeding a family on holiday can be a financially daunting prospect three times a day. Here at the hostel, breakfast is included and guests have access to self-catering facilities as well as a BBQ on the large patio area. The hostel is a 10-minute walk from the Lincoln Park Zoo and the popular Chicago Loop district is a short train ride away.
Best Hostel for…Design
We hate to say it but looks are important when it comes to hostels. And contemporary decor also reflects well on a hostel’s level of cleanliness which will be important to travellers of all ages. Hostels in Spain and Portugal both seem to be leading the pack in terms of design but a favourite has to be Lisbon Calling Hostel. The place feels more like the trendy apartment of a very (very) rich friend with fabulous taste. The beautiful bunk platforms are raised to offer views of the church square and the ceilings are adorned with some lovely frescos. The trendy Barrio Alto is on your doorstep with cool nightlife, shops and cafes.
Best Hostel for…Couples
An oasis in the city centre, the Equity Point Marrakech has sumptuously furnished private rooms. Colourful mosaics, Berber rugs and lamps, and plush cushions reveal that no nook or cranny has been overlooked and attention to detail is everything. The inner courtyard with palms and fountain is atmospherically lit on an evening and the roof terrace with views across Marrakech is the perfect place to lounge in the sun and enjoy your free breakfast. They offer a swimming pool, bar and also home-cooked meals on an evening for an additional cost. You will never want to leave!
Best Hostel for…Partying
Nobody does sexy nightlife like Rio de Janeiro and Che Lagarto Hostel – Copacabana knows how to show you a good time! The onsite bar makes a mean caipirinha, there is a games room and the hostel staff arrange nightly activities so you can get to meet fellow guests. Recover after your night on the town and spend the day on the beach; the hostel is just 10 minutes walk from the infamous Copacabana stretch. They offer a free breakfast, air-conditioning, lockers in dorms and self-catering facilities should you have a case of the midnight munchies!
Best Hostel for…Value
For freebies, The Miami Hostel is hard to beat. Here it is possible to eat a free breakfast, lunch and $1 dinner, use the BBQ facilities as well as have your fun with the pool table and ping pong table. Guests have free access to internet kiosks, books, board games, beach towels and make free local phone calls. Guests can also save money on entertainment and enjoy free movie nights, rent free bicycles – perfect for cruising along South Beach – and also join in with hostel parties and get free drinks at the bar.
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