For a long time, I was fairly sure hostels were for backpackers who literally couldn’t spare an extra dime on their travels.
Thankfully, as more and more young people have decided to hit the road before they turn old and shriveled, and cheap but comfortable travel has become a real thing with millennials, many hostels have been brave enough to take the plunge and invest in serious design and comfort.
Now, of course, the million-dollar question is this: where are the hidden gems?
Cat's Pajamas Hostel, Berlin
This cute hostel in the middle of Kreuzkölln – between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, that is – got in wooden furniture and old-school seating, making it look fresh, modern and cozy at the same time.
The area around the hotel complements the style choices, too; it's one of Berlin's better neighborhoods for trendy drinks and top notch dinners.
Casa Gracia, Barcelona
Casa Gracia in Barcelona is the kind of hostel that is almost too charming to be this cheap.
I can't possibly point out everything that makes this place great: I'd probably list everything about it.
In short, then? There’s the modern interior, the comfortable, clean and cozy rooms, the balconies with their views of the city, the lounge, the bar, the food... and the list goes on.
Del900 Hostel Boutique, Buenos Aires
Just 500 meters from Mayo Avenue you’ll find Del900, right in the heart of Buenos Aires. The beautiful old colonial style of this building and its wooden details give this hostel a unique touch.
Walking in, you almost feel like you’ve just arrived at an old train station; lounging here with a book, in one of the hostel's big chairs, will definitely serve you well.
Del900 has it all: you can rest your head here but also join the barbecue, play around in the game room, have a drink with other guests at the bar and chill out in the beautiful lounge.
Holiday Jones, Chicago
Holiday Jones is the place to be if you’re not afraid to let your inner hipster out. Bring your beenie, fake glasses and a plaid shirt.
It's located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, which is perfect for those who love unique bars, a nice bite to eat and some live music.
Industrial design and hipster vibes: that’s this place in a nutshell. You’ll get a complimentary bagel in the morning, while coffee is available throughout the day.
What did I tell you? Hipster paradise!
The Mahjong, Hong Kong
Searching for that hip vibe Hong Kong is famous for? Look no further than The Mahjong.
It likes to call itself the ‘hippest hostel in Hong Kong’; the name of this hostel refers to the Mahjong neighborhood and is a true foodies’ paradise.
On top of that, the hotel offers fantastic fluffy beds, a privacy screen, security lockers, a lounge, a bar, and much more.
Mahjong’s Hostel is perfect for those who are in Hong Kong for a local experience.