Upscale hostels give hotels a run for their money
When you think of a hostel, the image that comes to mind may be a drab, nondescript set-up filled with hiking kids. Maybe that was a bit true a long time ago, but it’s not really anymore. It’s time to rethink staying at a hostel. You can stretch your travel budget and feel safe in digs that may just give some hotels a run for their money.
Matt Kepnes, who runs the budget travel website nomadicmatt.com and is the author of How to Travel the World for $ 50 a Day, has stayed at nearly 1,000 hostels over the years. What is important? Free lockers. âGood hostels depend on a central neighborhood, free Wi-Fi, common room, kitchen, cleanliness and organized social activities for people to meet,â says Kepnes. .
When selecting hostels, he looks at user reviews, photos, amenities and star ratings on sites like Hostelworld. âSee what your fellow travelers are saying. The consensus will be quite precise. Pick the hostel that the majority of travelers think is great. “
Here, travel gurus and others share their favorite hostels.
HI New York City Hostel
This New York hostel is the largest hostel in the United States and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also has one of the largest outdoor spaces of any Manhattan accommodation provider. There is a huge outdoor patio to relax in after walking around town all day. Show off your cue stick skills at the pool table. Take care of plenty of games when you hang out at the hostel. The location, the trendy Upper West Side, makes it easy to get away from Harlem, Midtown and top Manhattan attractions.
Rado Boutique Hostel, Santiago, Chile
Rax has spent over a decade traveling to different continents and operates the travel website, nomadsunveiled.com and the travel podcast. Rado Boutique Hostel is a favorite. âI enjoyed my stay there and found myself extending the stay several times. It was also recommended to me by other friends who were there. He says it’s small and modern. One of the best features is the spacious kitchen and living room, located on the top floor. There is a large outdoor patio where you can see the city. âThe breakfast buffet is plentiful and has a good variety. For a hostel, the price is towards the high end. I remember paying about $ 18 a night, âhe says. It is ideally located in Bellavista, renowned for its nightlife. The hostel is right next to Patio Bellavista, a lively area with shops, restaurants and bars. Another popular natural landmark, Cerro San Cristobal, is just a 5-minute walk from the hostel. There is a metro station just across the road from the main road. It is also within walking distance of other places of interest such as the Lastarria district and the city center (Plaza de Armas).
Bivvi Inn, Breckenridge, Colorado
The Bivvi is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and offers both shared and private rooms. It is located on the Breckenridge Free Ride bus route making it easy to get into and out of the mountain / town and is also a short walk into town on a trail. Enjoy the 10-person outdoor hot tub that overlooks Ten Mile Mountain. Shared rooms start at $ 45 a night. Breckenridge has hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, new restaurants and shops on Historic Main Street. There are over 30 pieces in the city’s public art collections. Meet the new AirStage, a 1975 Airstream Ambassador mobile travel trailer that has been upgraded to a preform stage everywhere in an effort to bring much-needed concert joy safely throughout town.
Kos One Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Alexx from FindingAlexx.com travel blog has visited and stayed in over 57 hostels during his adventures. Her all-time favorite hostel is Kos One Canggu in Bali, Indonesia. âAlthough this is considered expensive compared to other Bali options, a grand total of $ 20 per night will get you a comfortable bunk bed in a female or mixed dormitory with a storage suitcase, a curtain of privacy and your own power outlets. Outside the bedroom there are shared bathrooms and lounges, but the best thing is the huge pool, complete with a swim-up bar, two-story waterslide, and floating bean bags, âexplains Alexx.
She says Canggu is in a “super cool neighborhood popular with digital nomads, with awesome restaurants, trendy shops, and easy access to amazing surf spots and beach clubs.” The best-known cultural place to visit is Tanah Lot Temple, an ancient Hindu temple that stands on top of a rock just above the crashing waves. Canggu is cheaper than luxury hotels in Seminyak and classier than tourist traps in Kuta, and is known as the hipster capital of the island.
Maarten Cox, owner of the online travel guide Gecko Routes, is also a fan of Kos One. He stayed in around 100 hostels and traveled across Southeast Asia for several years. âIt’s only a 5-minute walk to Canggu’s main beach, but the best part about this location is their swimming pool. I’ve never seen a hostel with a pool like this, let’s leave their amazing poolside parties on Saturdays alone.
It is also easy to meet people. âAt breakfast (which was fabulous) travelers make new friends all the time and as well as in their gym, the common area overlooking the pool and the pool bar. We played beach volleyball, took surf lessons together, and even organized a volcano hike with people staying at the hostel. Last but not least, the beds were some of the best I have ever had in a hostel. Super comfortable, with a good blanket, curtains, a charging plug and a lamp. Everything you could wish for.
HighRoad Hostel, Washington, DC
In the middle of the vibrant Adams Morgan district, home to an eclectic dining scene and bars with live music, there is the HighRoad. If you feel like nesting after a day or two of sightseeing, no worries. There’s free Wi-Fi, free Netflix and Hulu, and a collection of mini-libraries offered by fellow travelers. Even better is the common area, a sleek living room with a cozy fireplace that lets you view DC’s nightlife right outside the front door at Adams Morgan. You don’t even have to leave for food by attending free dinners, ice cream parties, hot chocolates, and movie nights. Get a good night’s sleep on the hostel’s memory foam mattresses, and enjoy luxurious linens, towels, reading lights, and bed dividers. Free computers are available.
Hostelling International, Chicago
Avid traveler Roger Senpai loves this multi-story hostel with its huge kitchen and accommodation areas (eg, game room, sofas, library). âIt’s bigger than most hotels I’ve been to. The amenities are truly amazing, the free breakfast buffet, fully equipped toilets and drinking fountains on each floor, lockers to store your luggage and valuables and much more, âhe says. The hostel is located in the heart of The Loop (downtown Chicago), so there are some nice views of the L-train and the skyscrapers. He says, “For a semi-private room (with 3 other people) I pay a fraction of what I would normally pay in a hotel, especially in the city center.”
Notch Hostel, North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Located in an old house in North Woodstock, Notch Hostel is ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The hostel offers not only rooms but also the Carrigain Cabin which is a converted tool shed. Backyard tents are also available. Stay in a shared or private room and enjoy the living-kitchen areas, gardens, fireplaces and terraces. Even if you are not a backpacker, you will love the quaint town of North Woodstock with its shops, restaurants and breweries. There is family fun like Alpine Adventures, Clark’s Bears, Lost River Gorge, and Whale’s Tale Water Park.