For most of us when we think about hostels, we think of accommodation at its most basic; bunk beds and shared bathrooms. But there are hostels out there breaking the mould of what we know hostels to be. From tree houses and floating hostels to repurposed castles and jails, there’s something for everyone. The hostels on this list are accommodations worthy of being your final destination.
Want a first class ticket on a Boeing 747 without the hefty price tag? Jumbo Stay has got you covered! Sure you won’t leave the ground but, on this Jumbo Jet converted into a hostel, you’ll enjoy all the comforts of first-class flying, minus the turbulence. If you’re after a truly one of a kind experience they also have a cockpit suit!
The Treehouse, as the name implies is a wooden structure high in the jungle treetops. The amenities are quite basic, eco-toilets and no shared kitchen, but the atmosphere and forest environment definitely make up for it. You’ll be partying all night in the jungle and woken the next day by howler monkeys at your window.
At the Railway Square YHA, you have the choice of sleeping in converted train carriages rather than those boring, normal hostel rooms. Step off the platform and into your private or shared carriage for an award-winning hostel experience.
This brightly coloured hostel gives you the option of sleeping in Mongolian Yurt tents during the summer. The yurts are beautifully decorated and add to the charm of this small but homely hostel.
Floating on the Danube river, in the middle of the Central Park of Friendship, ArkaBarka is a floating masterpiece. Contemporary wooden architecture, handpainted walls, sundecks and modern furnishing all add to the beauty of this hostel. And did I mention it’s floating on a river?
Walking distance from a pristine waterfall, Hostel Cascada Verde is an open-air, jungle tree-house. This relaxed jungle hostel is a perfect place to explore and see many of the animals Costa Rica is famous for; sloths, monkeys, racoons and colourful birds.
This converted Courthouse, that once saw rock band The Clash stand trial, is a must for anyone wanting a historical hostel with a modern vibe. The hostel maintains its courthouse/prison theme coupled with modern, clean furnishing and a youthful feel. For a bit of extra novelty, you can also stay in one of the remodelled prison cells – chamber pot not included.
Located in an old 18th-century winery, this hostel is a complex of caves, terraces, houses and gardens filled with a variety of fruit and nut trees. Caveland is luxury on a budget, complete with tennis courts, swimming pools and ocean views!
With 16 rooms each uniquely themed and decorated in detail, the Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel has something for everyone. With such a variety of rooms, you can spend the night in a spaceship, nurture your inner artists, live out your fairytale fantasies, or spend a night in a Bollywood palace. The choice is yours.
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