This week, the Guardian Travel site launched a very cool interactive guide to the world’s best boutique hostels. We’re always looking for places to stay that are cool and cheap and this list is a great place to find them. The best part is that it’s interactive so the list will continue to grow as readers contribute their own tips. The 50 “boutique” hostels on the list have sleek double rooms as well as dormitories. Some of the hostels on the list are located in beautifully converted buildings that are centuries old and some even have pools. In the past few years, many hostels have really upped their game in an effort to cater to flashpackers. Now, in a time when everyone is strapped for cash, upscale hostels offer great value for travelers.
Here are a few from their list:
Hostel Mleczarnia – Wroclaw, Poland You’d be hard pressed to find a single hotel in Poland that matches the antique interior of Hostel Mleczarnia, let alone a hostel that offers beds from £9 a night. The downstairs cafe is the only remaining Yiddish-style bar in Wroclaw and is dripping in old world romanticism – from oak floorboards to wobbly antique furniture and sepia-toned photographs. Upstairs, the rooms are furnished with ancient dressers, vintage gramophones and old rugs on stripped floorboards and with exposed brick walls. A true hidden gem.
Auberge Alternative – Montréal, Canada A bohemian arts hostel sculpted from a 19th-century warehouse by two design-savvy travelers, with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, arched windows and lofty ceilings. Each bed is hand-made from reclaimed wood, including the large double on the second floor.
Hangout @ Mount Emily – Singapore A stylish hostel converted from a condominium at the top of Mount Emily Park. The rooms are modern, but the rooftop terrace is the star of the show, with a barbecue pit, oriental sculptures, and some of the best views of the city. As with many hostels in Asia, guests have the option of single sex dorms if they desire.
Big Milly’s Backyard – Krokobite, Ghana Mig Milly’s Backyard is the heart and soul of Krokrobite, a fishing town 30km outside Accra. The collection of well-designed, basic huts (owned by an English woman and her Ghanaian husband) sit by some of the finest stretches of beach in Africa, and play host to local music concerts every Saturday night. The tiny town has a high musical pedigree – the Academy for African Music and Arts is one of the continent’s most renowned musical centers.
Base St Kilda – Melbourne, Australia It’s hip, cheap and close to the beach. Housed in a new red glass and polished concrete building, all the dorms and private rooms at Base have ensuite facilities – and the girls-only Sanctuary floor offers extra creature comforts (tea in bed, champagne in the evening, Aveda shampoo).