50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

Mon, Jun 2, 2014

. Posted by: Sophie

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By Madeleine Wilson

Travellers are a curious, creative and passionate lot so a new breed of boutique hostels around the world are demonstrating that cheap chic is possible.

Prepare to be a little dumbstruck by this list of 50 gorgeous hostels fit for even the most discerning of travellers including slummy mummies, need-to-impress girlfriends or businessmen on a budget. See the world in style!

Australia | Austria | Argentina | BrazilCanada | Chile | China | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | France | Greece | Hungary | Iceland | Israel | Italy | MexicoMoroccoThe Netherlands | Poland | Portugal | Russia | Serbia | Singapore | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Thailand | UK | USA

Australia

Australia 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

1. Bounce, Sydney   |   Book Now

Soak up Sydney’s spectacular skyline from the hip hostel roof terrace complete with BBQ and cabana – perfect coverage for any of you who caught a few too many rays at nearby Bondi Beach. You don’t have to be a gadget geek to appreciate the charging points fitted inside the personal lockers. And what do we have to say about the funky lounge with leopard print clad furniture? Grrr…

Austria

Austria 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

2. Wombats City Hostel at The Naschmarkt, Vienna   |   Book Now

One of the funkier properties in the Wombats hostel chain, this property has plenty of character as well as all the mod cons, light-filled rooms and a decent bar area. Backpackers dragging themselves out of bed in time for a cheap breakfast is not usually a pretty sight, but their lush dining room offers a pleasant visual wake-up call and the garden theme is the next best thing to alfresco breakfasting.

Argentina

Argentina 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

3. America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires   |   Book Now

A purpose built hostel, this place offers backpackers a stylish and relaxing area to socialise with fellow travellers. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but inside there are streamline leather sofas forming a rather chic TV lounge. Daily Buenos Aires goings-on are chalked up on a blackboard and there are plenty of mags to flick for inspiration for your trip.

Brazil

Brazil 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

4. Caipi Hostel, Rio de Janeiro   |   Book Now

Located in Lapa – the heart of the nightlife in Rio – Caipi Hostel offers air conditioning in every room, a great common area with a happy hour bar, tv and a lounge area for smokers. It’s a fun hostel, no doubt, but they take sleeping seriously here – after 11pm, the party must go on in the streets! And what wonderful streets they are too.

Canada

Canada 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

5. HI-Whistler Hostel, Whistler   |   Book Now

If it was good enough for the Winter Olympics teams in 2010, then it is certainly good enough for us! A roaring fireplace and leather armchairs in the swish TV lounge (think private premier screening room); there is something rather sexy about this hostel-come-ski lodge.

Chile

Chile 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

6. Princesa Insolente Hostel, Santiago   |   Book Now

Making squeaky bunks a thing of the past, this hostel boasts the latest furnishings in a bohemian neighbourhood in Santiago. Rooms encircle a courtyard – candlelit by night – complete with bar for drinks under the stars. It has a brightly painted frontage with earthy wooden touches throughout and dried flowers dangling from the rafters. Beautiful.

China

China Peking Yard 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

7. Peking Yard Hostel, Beijing   |   Book Now

This remodelled Chinese hutong house surroundes an enchanting Qing-dynasty courtyard. The bundles of flowers and potted plants pleasantly cluttering the interior bring out the artistic side and welcoming temperament of the owners. An absolute gem!

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8. Rock & Wood International Youth Hostel, Shanghai   |   Book Now

The zen-like garden complete with fish-filled pond and water features is just one of the relaxing spaces where guests can indulge in moments of calm. But come evening, the bar is always lively. Something to do with the cheap beer perhaps? Warm wooden flooring throughout, light-filled rooms and curious framed photos on the walls; this is the stuff of backpacker inspiration.

Croatia

Croatia 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

9. Design Hostel Goli&Bosi, Split   |   Book Now

It has a lot to live up to situated next to the Diocletian Palace, but Design Hostel Goli&Bosi holds its modern own. Once a 19th century warehouse, then briefly a department store in the 20th century, it is now a cutting edge boutique hostel complete with designer bar, restaurant and cinema projection room.

Czech Republic

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10. Miss Sophie’s Hostel, Prague   |   Book Now

An old favourite on the boutique hostel circuit, Miss Sophie’s offers playful dorms designed by local architects and is tucked away down a historic side street. Spend winter nights snuggled up in the cosy cellar lounge in front of the plasma telly or exploring the surrounding bars.

Denmark

Denmark 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

11. Danhostel Copenhagen City, Copenhagen   |   Book Now

Scandinavia generally oozes good design with a plenty of wood to remind us of Mother Nature to offset more utilitarian elements. And that is Danhostel in a nutshell. You don’t have to leave the hostel to find a cool or cheap Copenhagen bar. Couples on a city break can smooze over a a glass of red in the dimly lit drinking den which offers fine views of the Opera House and Brygge Islands. All that is missing is the live piano crooner.

France

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12. Oops Hostel, Paris   |    Book Now

Looking for that je ne sais quoi? This design hostel offers budget Parisian chic in the heart of the city. With private rooms, it is also a desirable choice for couples on a budget. And the best bit? Your girlfriend/wife will still talk to you after checking in to this Paris hostel!

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13. Vertigo Vieux Port, Marseille   |    Book Now

Local artists are responsible for this carefully refurbished and typical Marseillan house in the idyllic Côte d’Azur region. There are sturdy wooden bunks, pleasing artworks propped up against walls and delicate Anglepoise lights on the dorm room desks. Something of a dreamy rustic French retreat that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Wallpaper* either.

Greece

Greece 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

14. Pantokrator, Corfu   |   Book Now

Overlooking the Ionian Sea and a Blue Flag beach, this luxurious retreat ticks all the boxes for a budget beach break. It is more of a hotel offering a few dorm rooms with activities, a bar and restaurant and is within reach of the picturesque and traditional village of Barbati.

Hungary

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15. Aventura Boutique Hostel, Budapest   |   Book Now

Expect boutique decor at this popular Budapest hostel. And you can forget about bunk beds. Even budget conscious travellers are treated to spacious loft dorms that each arouse a sense of either exotic India, adventurous Africa or minimalistic Japan.

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16. Casa De La Musica Hostel, Budapest   |   Book Now

Forget Communist-era Budapest, at this hostel it is all about colourful and striking design with a sociable terrace and bar area. The exterior definitely has more going for it than the interior, so make the most of any fine weather with drinks in the courtyard ogling the somewhat zaney but uplifting paint job.

Iceland

 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

17. KEX Hostel, Reykjavik   |    Book Now

A new kid on the block, this hostel is housed in a former biscuit factory in Reykjavik’s most lively and exciting cultural quarter. Utilitarian hints of the hostel’s former industrial life remain but the collection of found and salvaged furniture soften the overall effect. It is every inch a design project, and the restoration journey has been lovingly photographed. You’ll find guests and locals alike in the uber chic bar or chilling out on the heated patio area.

Israel

Israel 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

18. Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth   |   Book Now

High ceilings and luxurious Ottoman-style decor are winning formulas for this 200-year old Arab mansion. Enjoy free cake and Arabic coffee under the hand-painted ceilings and with panoramic views in the communal area. Anyone travelling through Syria, Lebanon or Iraq (and has a stamp in their passport to prove it) can stay for one free night at Fauzi Azar Inn which supports backpackers visiting the Middle East.

Italy

Italy 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

19. LoLhostel Siracusa, Sicily   |   Book Now

If you visit the Siracusa archaeological park by day, you will feel right at home returning to the historic LoLhostel with beautiful stone walls. It has all mod cons including internet, a fantastically fashionable guest kitchen where you’ll be proud to rustle up your own cheap Sicilian dinner and a sunny courtyard with cheerful umbrellas.

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20. Sir Tanus, Catania, Sicily   |   Book Now

Donning a worldly collection of art and curious clutter, Sir Tanus is a treasure trove of interesting finds which you can spend many happy evenings soaking up in the lounge area, perhaps with a nightcap in hand.

Mexico

Mexico 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

21. Hostel 3B, Playa del Carmen   |   Book Now

Meet Cancun’s trendy neighbour, Playa del Carmen. This hostel is a cheap and chic solution for those shunning the concrete blocks of built-up Cancun. A short walk to the infamous beaches, there are decorative bunks and en suite facilities in all the dorms.

Morocco

Morocco 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

22. Equity Point Marrakech   |   Book Now

For the riad you’ve always dreamed of, Equity Point Marrakech is a tranquil sanctuary for budget travellers. Plush furnishings are draped throughout all the rooms and surround the exquisite arcade courtyard complete with fountain for the ultimate Bedouin experience.

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23. Riad Verus, Fes   |   Book Now

The beautiful glass rooftop make this an enchanting riad in Fes. The decor is traditional but policies on drinking and partying are rather modern by Moroccan standards with a bar open during Ramadam, iPod docking stations and a Berber Jaima on the 360 degree panoramic terrace with spectacular views of the medina.

The Netherlands

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24. Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg Hostel, Amsterdam   |   Book Now

Housed in a former school, Dutch designer Edward van Vliet is responsible for the new and colourful interior. The hostel shares the building with a cinema and theatre so you have culture right on your doorstep.

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25. Van Gogh Hostel, Amsterdam   |   Book Now

The hostel takes inspiration from its cultural neighbours around Museumplein; the Rijks Museum and Van Gogh Museum. Only a short walk from the centre, those in the know will prefer the cool and local vibe of the De Pijp area.

Poland

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26. Flamingo Hostel, Krakow   |   Book Now

Situated in the heart of Krakow old town, only 50m from the famous Cracovian main market square, Flamingo’s Hostel has a stylish modern decor spliced with bits of original artwork. Added perks include events and freebies during the week like sweeties or ‘vodka tastings’ during the Flamingo parties.

Portugal

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27. Lisbon Calling Hostel, Lisbon   |   Book Now

The bunk beds are works of art! These multi-storey wooden platform beasts are tailor-made, so you leggy lot can forget about getting cold feet! Splashes of orange and lime green bring together old and new with the wooden floorboards and neutral stone walls. It’s the apartment you would kill to own, reflecting the life of your dream Lisboeta!

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28. Lisbon Destination Hostel    |   Book Now

Hostels in Portugal are miles ahead of the rest when it comes to offering stylish budget accommodation, and Rossio Patio Hostel is a firm favourite. Housed in the old Rossio Railway Station, the designers have harnessed the historic charm of this iconic building with rooms leading off from a central winter garden with glass roof.

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29. Gallery Hostel, Porto   |   Book Now

Surrounded by the important Porto art galleries and exciting shopping, Gallery Hostel holds its own in this distinguished neighbourhood. Relax on the sofa with a bottle of the fine Portuguese good stuff, or quiz the staff on the best nightlife in the area. You can exchange views on fine art around the dinner table too.

Russia

Russia1 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers30. City Loft Hostel, Moscow   |   Book Now

This stylish hostel is situated in the historical part of Moscow on Merzlyakovskiy lane, and combines modern conveniences with wooden floors and exposed brick walls. Go explore the fun area or relax in your room, with windows, heating and decorated in a loft style.

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31. Location Hostel, St Petersburg   |   Book Now

Eat, sleep and socialise in style at this fantastic hostel in St Petersburg. Utilitarian-looking bunks and lockers work well with the twinkling chandeliers and wooden floors. The bathrooms are a dazzling white – just what we like to see in hostels, squeaky clean facilities! Staff have great local suggestions for nearby restaurants and bars.

Serbia

Serbia 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

 

32. Hostel Fair, Belgrade    |   Book Now

There is a nook and cranny for every mood: read a book, browse the web in their top notch media centre or throw together a meal for a few fellow guests in the luxury kitchen. The ambient light features are sculptural and there are ample bean bags and cushions for lolloping on. You’ll never leave! But not because you are stuck in Eli Roth’s Hostel horror!

Singapore

Singapore 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

33. Matchbox the Concept Hostel, Singapore   |   Book Now

Ooh, we likey the spacious pod beds with private reading lights, the almost London mod showers and Skittle-coloured assortment of bean bags in the lounge. This place will leave the gadget-mad traveller drooling. In the neighbourhood you will find niche bookshops, concept stores and a cinema with a rooftop bar – perfect for balmy Singapore nights.

South Africa

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34. The Backpack & Africa Centre, Cape Town   |   Book Now

The hostel is fashionably hot on Fair Trade policy and offers guests the opportunity to volunteer to work on local projects. The place is buzzing and the atmosphere was recognised by guests in the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence. There is also a swimming pool and outdoor lounge in the shadow of magnificent Table Mountain.

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35. Guesthouse Three Bees Bed and Breakfast, Pretoria   |   Book Now

The local sunset, stunning views over Montana Park and stylish private rooms give this B&B a warming and homely atmosphere. Relax by the heated swimming pool or head out to the patio to fire up a braii (BBQ).

Spain

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36. Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel, Barcelona   |   Book Now

More of a friend’s trendy apartment than a hostel, it has an address to be proud of along the elegant Paseo de Gracia. The hostel exhibits photography, painting, fashion and jewellery and hosts occasional design events.

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37. Giramundo Hostel Ibiza   |   Book Now

Don’t feel you quite fit the boozy Ibiza stereotype? Check in to this hostel which has fantastic splashes of authentic and colourful Spanish design throughout its rooms and bar. And even if you do find yourself with a hangover, the restaurant serves up hearty home made dishes.

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38. Revolutum Hostel, Salamanca   |   Book Now

Pair Salamanca’s breathtaking architecture with this ‘finger on the pulse’ hostel. Aside from its lively décor they feature a busy programme of events; anything from concerts to live sports in the TV lounge. Their koi carp-filled pond in the garden can be enjoyed year-round with a warming supply of outdoor heaters.

Sweden

Sweden 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

39. City Backpackers Hostel, Stockholm  |  Book Now

Struggling to find economy and style in Stockholm? Here you can enjoy a touch of Ikea design with a few luxurious twists such as sauna facilities. And for you eco-conscious lot, the hostel does their bit with recycling and energy efficient light bulbs.

Switzerland

Switzlerland 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

40. Youth Hostel Basel St Alban, Basel   |   Book Now

Newly refurbished in 2010, this Basier ‘Daig’ was home to one of the well-to-do families of the city. Now a hostel, it boasts a leafy location close to the river Rhine with plenty of natural light filling the minimalist rooms. Concrete never looked so good.

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41. Berghaus Niederhorn, Interlaken   |   Book Now

A slick ski retreat located right on the slopes and reachable only by cable car, here you can experience the Swiss Alps in style. Enjoy panoramic views of the Bernese snowy peaks from the bar, best experienced at sunset. This place is perfect for your daily dose of apres ski.

Taiwan

Taiwan 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

42. Colorful Taiwan Hostel, Hualien   |   Book Now

A cutesy accommodation option that may require sunglasses indoors! The walls trickle with painterly flowers, shoals of fish or illustrative pop art-style creations which frame the cheerful white bunks.

Thailand

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43. NapPark Hostel @Khao San, Bangkok   |   Book Now

An escape from city hustle and bustle, order is restored in this stunning Bangkok hostel. It may be a traditional old Thai house but there is nothing old about the facilities and features. Relax in the shadow of a Tamarind tree inside or snuggle in to the colourful and plush cushioned lounge.

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44. Eco Resort Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai    |   Book Now

Featuring gorgeous sturdy wooden bunks arranged in a unique octagonal dormitory, this hostel is bringing resort style holidays to backpackers. And we like it! Modern facilities are softened with traditional Thai furnishings, flashes of colour on the walls and fantastic exotic floral displays. The jungle-like gardens surrounding the swimming pool are luscious and beautifully lit in the evening .

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45. I-Bed Koh Samui, Koh Samui   |   Book Now

Just two minutes from Lamai Beach, this chic hostel offers a sun deck with mountain views and futuristic dorms and bathrooms. Humble backpackers are treated to private reading lights, socket points, air-conditioning as well as a personal TV with headphones. Female touches in the ladies-only dorms include stylish privacy curtains around the bunks.

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46. Phuket Ghetto Childs Hostel, Phuket   |    Book Now

Located in the central area of Phuket’s beautiful old town makes Ghetto Childs Hostel the perfect spot to go exploring the many restaurants, bars, markets, art galleries, and temples nearby. Or just chill out in the Ghetto Childs garden or the stylish bedrooms.

UK

UK 50 Gorgeous Hostels for Design Lovers

47. Ace York, York, England   |   Book Now

As good looking inside as out, this refurbished Georgian townhouse, complete with Rococo ceiling, will add a touch of class to any weekend break in York. Even the dorm rooms are en suite with original rafter ceiling features and views of either the famous York walls, the cathedral or the historic Micklegate neighbourhood.

USA

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48. Chicago Getaway Hostel, Chicago   |   Book Now

Bold colours are uplifting on rainy days while sunny ones are best spent indulging in a BBQ on the terrace or hopping on one of the rental bikes. The hostel location is a great alternative to the downtown area and guests looking for a more local vibe can easily stumble on decent bars and student hangouts close by.

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49. USA Hostels San Diego, San Diego   |   Book Now

You will certainly feel that Mexico is just across the border from this hostel! Bright, breezy and a slap up colourful paint job gives USA Hostels San Diego its hacienda-style atmosphere. Guests will feel obliged to grab a margarita and head to Tijuana.

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50. South Beach Hostel, Miami   |   Book Now

Well, you are in celebrity-ville after all so you’ll be needing a pad to be proud of. Located right on South Beach, the hostel bar has something of the colonial era about it – picture happy hour with cocktail in one hand, cigar in the other while reclining in the wicker furniture, we think so!

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13 Comments For This Post

  1. Federico Says:

    I’ve been to South Beach Hostel, and it has nothing to do on that list. It’s your typical hostel. It’s a nice place, but has nothing to do with design or the word “gorgeous”, as far as I’m concerned. I haven’t been to the rest of the 50 hostels, but they ALL look much better than this one.

  2. DWhitcombe Says:

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  3. Editor Says:

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  4. Gold Coast Says:

    wow…its wonderful..I’ll be spending my holidays or more happily going through these. i loved your post…

  5. Maja Says:

    I have stayed in Sydney’s Bounce, Budapest’s Aventura Boutique Hostel and BKK’s Nap Park and they are truly amazing. Besides the design the atmosphere was beyond my expectations. Would recommend them to everyone! There are lot’s of other hostels I would put on this list, such as Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and about a dozen in Australia:) Nice work though!

  6. Pecola Coleman Says:

    I love the hostels and they are very fun and comfortable.

  7. Wilianne Says:

    I haven’t been to any of these hostels unfortunatly, but just looking at them makes me want to pack my bags and travel :)

  8. Marian Says:

    Am currently at the HI Hostel in Houston Texas, it is an old mansion in a beautiful areal of town, and was once the home of a former mayor of Houston. The rooms are large and airy, all the interior narrow strip oak floors have been refinished and the architectural details retained. There is a pool and gazebo outside, and huge trees shading the front walkway. It is lovely, and close to stores and buses.

    http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/usa/houston/70937/

  9. Mickyama Says:

    Van Gogh!!! AMSTERDAM.. Truly beautiful, so chic and exceptional service. Great place to stay, just minutes from everything you’d want in AMS!
    Happy travels to all :)

  10. Jeff Says:

    I was in Portugal 5 years ago and the hostels there were far better than any other country. It is nice to see that they have continued the trend.

  11. Amélie Says:

    That’s an awesome post!

  12. domovoj Says:

    I’ve been to Peking Yard Hostel and City Backpackers Hostel Stockholm. Great hostels! :)

  13. Kat Says:

    I love the YHA at the rocks in Sydney, worth staying there for the amazing views from the roof terrace at a fraction of the cost of hotels in the area.

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