9 of the Best Luxury Hostels in the World Perfect for Flashpackers
Say goodbye to dingy dorms. Five star hostels are becoming increasingly popular on the backpacker circuit and Megan Trigg takes a look at 9 of the best from around the world.
No doubt most backpackers have stayed in their fair share of grubby hostels, but there are actually plenty of cheap options out there that don’t smell of old gym socks and have beds made with questionably stained linen. The concept of the five star hostel comes from Hostelgeeks who rate hostels based on five main criteria including: sustainability and eco-friendliness, design, uniqueness, social vibes, and top-rated staff. Hostelgeeks have compiled a list of hostels around the world that meet their criteria, and we’ve picked our favourites to share with you here at Travioor. Only one hostel from each destination can be awarded the five star accolade, so you know these ones mean business.
CARAVAN BA, BUENOS AIRES
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Located in Buenos Aires’ Palermo Soho district, Caravan BA certainly has a lot to offer. With an outdoor pool, a garden bar and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, the hostel gives travellers the luxury of their creature comforts at affordable prices. It even has its own library where guests can trade in their current book for one off the shelf.
Why stay? Caravan BA hosts weekly events like pizza and cocktail nights, organises trips to other Argentinian destinations and even offers discounted Spanish lessons at the Hibra language school for those staying for extended periods of time. As an added bonus, guests booking through the official website will get five nights for the price of four.
Room types: 6 and 8-bed shared rooms plus one 6-bed female-only dorm. Two 4-bed private rooms with private bathroom and one 2 guest private room with bathroom.
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If you’re looking for eco-friendly travel that won’t break the bank, Ecomama in Amsterdam could be the answer. With rooms from as little as €19 per night (check the El Cheapo Budget 12-bed dorm) you can sleep in style whilst doing your bit for the environment too. The hostel is big on the idea of upcycling, which is obvious from the moment you clock the reception desk made from books when you first walk in.
Why stay? Ecomama benefits from free Wi-Fi in every room (including communal areas), weekly movie nights in the teepee tent, an impressive vinyl collection and a communal kitchen and coffee bar. They even host a family-style dinner twice a week, so you can make friends whilst enjoying a hearty meal.
Room types: 5, 8 and 12-bed dorms plus a female-only 7-bed dorm. A few private rooms are available too, like the double private deluxe, double private superior, family room and the shabby cabin, the first two of which boast en suite bathrooms.
PAPER PLANE, KUALA LUMPUR
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Contemporary design meets 100-year-old colonial architecture at Paper Plane Hostel in Kuala Lumpur. With a perfect location in the city centre, the only downfall of this hostel appears to be its lack of inclusive breakfast, but rest assured that you’ll be able to grab your first meal of the day close by.
Why stay? Relax and socialise in style in the lobby or rooftop garden, admire modern art and design in every nook and cranny, and get tailored recommendations for sights to see in the city from the friendly staff.
Room types: There are ten rooms at paper plane including two 8-bed mixed dorms, one 6-bed mixed dorm, one 6-bed female-only dorm and one 4-bed female-only dorm. There are also private rooms for two people available, one with a bunk bed and four with queen beds.
VALENCIA LOUNGE HOSTEL, VALENCIA
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Pretty, modern decor epitomises the Valencia Lounge Hostel, with pops of colour cropping up alongside white accents. It’s located in a historic building in the El Carmen Quarter, close to a variety of tourist attractions making it perfect for explorers.
Why stay? All rooms have Wi-Fi and temperature control with balconies, the staff can help you find your way around Valencia on public transport and there’s even a laundry service for when you’ve worn that same outfit one-too-many times. The hostel also organises pub crawls and has bike hire services if you’d prefer to explore the city on wheels.
Room types: There are a variety of rooms in the Valencia Lounge Hostel. Guests can choose from a double room, five twin rooms, two triple rooms or two junior suites, the latter of which have en suite bathrooms.
HAPPYNEST HOSTEL, CHIANG RAI
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The Happynest Hostel focuses on big, cosy spaces which create the warm and comforting feeling of a traditional Thai home. The communal spaces here are just as important as the bedrooms, with high ceilings creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Why stay? The communal areas are full of activities and games to help break the ice with other travellers, the staff are on hand to recommend trips to take and sights to see, and there’s free Wi-Fi to take advantage of.
Room types: 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms, private single room, triple room, two double rooms and one twin room.
SPIN DESIGNER HOSTEL, EL NIDO
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Spin Designer Hostel sits on the west coast of El Nido in the Philippines, a short 10 minute transfer from the airport (which Spin can arrange for you). The hostel itself is eco-friendly, upcycling a lot of its furniture and using organic materials. What sweetens the deal with this hostel though, is the ‘bird’s nest’ communal space. Seriously, look it up.
Why stay? The bird’s nest alone is enough to make us want to visit, but the hostel also offers a range of theme nights, from hikes and pub crawls to barbecue nights and picnics, plus you’ll get a free continental breakfast each morning.
Room types: 4-bed mixed dorm, 4-bed female-only dorm, 2-bed private bunk and a private single room with en suite bathroom.
THE YARD, HELSINKI
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Describing itself as a concept hostel, The Yard in Helsinki — based in an iconic building from 1912 — focuses on Finnish design and local art. Even the furniture is locally crafted, with Finnish style bunk beds designed and made in Finland. As the most central hostel in the city, you’ll be surrounded by bars, restaurants and all the best bits of Helsinki.
Why stay? The central location is a massive bonus for this hostel, but there’s also free Wi-Fi, large communal spaces and plenty of plants to keep the hostel feeling natural and fresh.
Room types: 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms, twin or quad rooms plus private group dorms for 2, 3 or 4 people.
ONAS HOSTEL, CÓRDOBA
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It seems Argentina is the place to be for luxury hostels, so we wouldn’t blame you for booking your next trip to South America. The Onas Hostel in Córdoba is an eclectic mix of artistic fusion with all-round Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and even a movie room.
Why stay? You’ll certainly never be bored in Onas Hostel, which benefits from a pub and bar, reading lounge, movie room and pool. If you do manage to pull yourself away from the hostel and explore the city, you’ll get special discounts at bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Córdoba.
Room types: 4, 5 and 8-bed dorms plus two 6-bed dorms, and three private suites with bathrooms.
BREAD & JAM HOSTEL, BALI
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Located in Kuta, Bali, Bread & Jam Hostel is a boutique-style hostel in a peaceful location. Describing itself as a ‘home away from home’, the hostel is in walking distance from the beach and aims to treat their guests like they would wish to be treated when travelling. The staff will even help travellers get activities and rentals for local prices, allowing you to save a bit of cash for a few Bintangs (Indonesian beer).
Why stay? A simple breakfast is included and you’ll get a curtain on your bed for a bit of privacy. Lockers are also provided for your belongings, though guests are advised to bring their own padlocks. Whilst there aren’t any organised events, the cosy atmosphere prompts socialising between guests.
Room types: 11-bed mixed dorm, 10-bed female-only dorm, 7-bed ‘capsule’ dorm, 4-bed family room, 2-bed private room with private bathroom.
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