There's nothing creepy about hostels, despite what horror movies tell you, they're just cheap and they're actually becoming quite creative. You can choose from Japanese capsule hostels, airplane hostels, and even hostels hosted in former prison facility, depending on where you're staying. Hostels tend to have basic amenities but very impressive interiors, helpful staff and great company.
Hostel Hotels
Sekeping  
Victoria
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Sekeping Victoria (Ruins of Victoria) is located in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Georgetown, Penang, a constituent island off the coast of Malaysia. The island was a colonial hub for trade in spices, tobacco, and betel nut for much of the 19th Century. Remnants of the old town center …
Accommodation types: Hostel   Industrial
Friends by the  
House of Books
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Tucked away on the top two floors of a historic building somewhere in St. Petersburg is one of the best budget hotels. 'Friends by the House of Books' as it's called, is right next to the landmark Zinger House aka the House of books. The hotel decor is vibrant and …
Accommodation types: Cartoon   Hostel   Soviet
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Curzútt
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Situated near Bellinzona, Switzerland, the Fondazione Curzùtt-San Barnard hostel is surrounded by natural beauty near the Swiss and Italian border. The rural areas of Ticino have a rich and interesting history that is often overshadowed by the larger urban centers in the region. Still, those who make the trek to …
Accommodation types: Heritage   Hostel
Pengheng Space  
Capsules Hotel
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Whether you are a tech nerd or just have a dream to live in a world where robots cater to your every need, the Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel is the choice for you. This hotel made news all over the world and took the internet by storm, and for a …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Hostel
Location: Shenzhen  China  East Asia
The Pod  
Singapore
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You might not get views of Sydney opera house or herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains, but you do get a good night’s sleep in Singapore’s chic answer to the Japanese pod hotels. Each pod is luxuriously accommodated with 300 thread-count sateen cotton sheets, fluffy duvet, and blind. …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Hostel
Clink78  
Hostel
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Located inside an English Heritage building, this has to be one of the grandest-looking youth hostels ever. It was once a magistrate’s court and served sentences to London’s criminals for over 200 years. I’m sure some of the patriarchs of Australia even went through this courthouse. Anyway, today it is …
Accommodation types: Hostel   Jail
Location: London  England  West Europe
ArkaBarka  
Floating Hostel
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This hostel rocks, literally. Arkabarka (is that not the most fun name to say?) is a boat hostel in Belgrade, Serbia, at the river Danube. This contemporary wooden building is situated in one of the most beautiful central parks of Belgrade. Though it’s a hostel, there are definitely options for …
Accommodation types: Floating   Hostel
Location: Belgrade  Serbia  East Europe
DEL900  
Hostel
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Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the DEL900 hostel is a unique escape for travelers looking to explore this cosmopolitan capital. With a vintage, quirky, 1900s vibe and style, this hostel is described as having “all kinds of musical, expressive & architectonic styles converge and coexist in perfect disharmony.” From the …
Accommodation types: Design   Hostel
SleepIn  
Fængslet
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Fancy sleeping behind bars for a night? Ever wonder what it truly feels like to be an inmate? The SleepIn Fængslet (Fængslet = jail) in Denmark can finally put to rest your curiosities! Situated in a prison’s old, sick ward (the last inmate left in 2006), the building has been …
Accommodation types: Hostel   Jail
Location: Horsens  Denmark  West Europe
Hotel Galeria  
Spirit
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Locally known as the “Butterfly House,” this Slovakian hotel/hostel hybrid in Slovakia looks like something out of a children’s fairytale with its explosions of color and jagged designs. Strikingly bright and bold, Hotel Galéria Spirit is a 5-minute walk from the train station and about 15 minutes from the historic …
Accommodation types: Fairytale   Hippie   Hostel
Book and Bed  
Tokyo
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Book lovers rejoice! A self-proclaimed “accommodation bookshop,” Book and Bed Tokyo is essentially a library that guests can snooze in. This affordable hostel has room for 30 guests and a selection of 1,700 books in both Japanese and English. Those looking for Japanese literature will find English translations of works …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Design   Hostel
Location: Tokyo  Japan  East Asia
Kadir’s Top Tree  
Houses
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Imagine the ideal beach with its perfect community of backpackers. Now, if that all happened in Turkey, then you will find something similar to Kadir’s. The treehouses are modern yet rustic, with air-conditioning and bathrooms. You could also stay in a beach bungalow. There is a pizza house, nightclub, two …
Accommodation types: Hippie   Hostel   Treehouse
Location: Olympos  Turkey  Middle East
BaseCamp  
Bonn
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If you are looking for something different as you pass through Bonn, the Base Camp-Bonn hostel is a funky and retro alternative to more traditional backpackers’ accommodations. Thanks to the creative mind of a movie set director, you can now stay in the only indoor vintage caravan in the world. …
Accommodation types: Car   Hostel   Trailer   Train
Location: Bonn  Germany  West Europe
Boutique Hostel  
Forum
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Situated on the Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is steeped in history and intrigue. One of the most important hubs on the Adriatic Sea is home to Roman ruins, medieval churches, museums, and international ferries that welcome tourists to this vibrant city. The Boutique Hostel Forum is situated in the very heart …
Accommodation types: Design   Hostel
Location: Zadar  Croatia  East Europe
Mariastein-Rotberg  
Youth Hostel
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As you approach the Jugendherberge Mariastein, it feels as if you have entered the pages of a fairy-tale and are embarking upon your own medieval quest. This youth hostel is located within the walls of a 13th-century castle, perched on the cliffs overlooking Mariastein, Switzerland, near the French border. The …
Accommodation types: Castle   Hostel
Adler Luxury  
Hostel
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Hostels are not always the grungy and dirty places people tend to think of when they hear the word hostel. However, Adler Luxury hostel, located in the heart of historic Chinatown in Singapore, has proven the stereotype wrong. About two years ago, the Adler was established and built on the …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Hostel
Tubohotel  
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This hotel does exactly what it says on the tin, I mean, tube. Ever wanted to sleep in a concrete tube? No? Well you wouldn’t be unusual in that respect but these aren’t just any concrete tubes, they are the latest in hotel design with glass fronting that open straight …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Eco-Friendly   Hostel
Suneta Hostel  
Khaosan
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A combination of the Western backpacker hostel and the Japanese pod hotel; this unique venue is aimed at the backpacker community that congregates on the famous Khaosan road in Bangkok. It is built completely from wood in the traditional style of the Bangkok old town. Your sleeping pods come with …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Hostel
SwissTubes  
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SwissTubes and the attached campsite are located on the shores of Lake Thun surrounded by snow-capped mountains. A nearby nature reserve will convince you that all those writers and philosophers who came to this location over the centuries were right – it really is a place of inspiration. The tubes …
Accommodation types: Capsule   Hostel   Nature
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Art Factory
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This hostel in Buenos Aires has its own art gallery. Set in an old colonial building located in San Telmo – the art district of the city – the hostel has a funky, mellow vibe while exposing you to the creativity of the local art scene. Take the “art walk” …
Accommodation types: Art   Hostel