Luxury and small prices aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. Take a look at my top 5 of the best hostels in the world – perfect for adding that extra flair to your backpacking!

The best way to travel on a super tight budget is undoubtedly by staying in hostels, but many people still imagine hostels as 16-person rooms, muggy dorms and full of snoring room mates. I’d like to introduce to you a few hostels that will really surprise you. You’re bound to love these super cool rooms, so keep reading!

The 5 Coolest Hostels in the World

The B.I.G | Alfama Patio | Casa Kessler | Freehand | King Kong

The B.I.G, Cape Town

Have you always wanted to head to South Africa’s oldest city? In Cape Town you’ll find a hostel with some of the coolest dorms in the world! The B.I.G Backpackers is situated in a central location right in the heart of the Green Point district and awaits you with modern rooms in that beach chic style. You’ll have a lovely pool, several places for barbecuing, terraces and even a wood-fired pizza oven to look forward to! Since the owner of the hostel is an experienced backpacker herself, she knows exactly how to get travellers’ hearts racing – plenty to be excited about!

Alfama Patio, Lisbon

Fabulous dormitories and a fantastic roof terrace await you in this beautiful hostel in Lisbon. The roof terrace is especially cool, since it’s been designed by street artists and offers wonderful views of the River Tejo. You can also indulge in some pancakes each morning and enjoy some some BBQs, tapas and films in the evenings too. It’s the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of exploring.

Casa Kessler, Barcelona

This unique hostel is located in the heart of the gorgeous city of Barcelona! The Catalonian capital isn’t the only thing bursting with that special charm – this newly opened hostel will enchant you too. Each dorm has an individual theme, mosaic floors, minimalistic bunk beds and Art Deco-style ceilings. On the sunny terrace you can chill out for a bit or take part in a yoga session. Now that’s what I call a luxury hostel! ;)

Freehand, Miami

Welcome to Miami! This cool hostel in Miami will definitely leave you speechless, offering a fantastic pool and stylish design. Here you’ll find works from local artists and comfy couches that are perfect for relaxing on after a long day at the beach. The bar here has also been named as one of the best in Miami and the Restaurant 27 is considered one of the best newcomer restaurants around. Try out the free yoga, recharge your batteries in the steam bath and explore the tropical garden of this cool, innovative accommodation!

King Kong, Rotterdam

This first class hostel has everything you could want and more: an espresso bar, a play room, vintage furniture, hammocks and a film lounge complete with Netflix. The rooms are sorted into different categories such as the Luxury Female Dorms with silk curtains and queen-sized beds, or the so-called Business Dorms with their own desks and a typewriter. If you’re on the move with your partner or you’ve met someone during your travels and want to enjoy the time together, then the Lovers’ Loft will be perfect for you. ;)

Well? Fancy a holiday in a hostel? With all these fantastic rooms I can totally understand that. So, what are you waiting for – get your bags packed and set off on some adventures!


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