Travel and accommodation go hand in hand! You cannot go to a new country or city and not consider where you will stay? Unfortunately, it is also impossible to have friends and family that would help you out every where you go! For many the accommodation is not the main attraction you travel to explore new surroundings, learn about different cultures and see life changing things!
Naturally, no one wants to stay in crappy accommodation but who wants to spend tons of money on accommodation when you actually spend very little time there. Also, if you anything like me you don’t want to spend tons of money on anything in general! This is why hostels are right up my alley! They are budget friendly, usually includes a below average breakfast (Don’t be pretending you eat eggs Benedict every morning at home!) and you get to meet new people, really a key part to travelling!
What is even better than your run of the mill hostel, is a funky and unique hostel! They’re out there craving a spot on our bucket lists and we don’t even know. I have scrutinized the internet, reading ever article on unusual, funky, themed or over the top hostels and have compiled my top 10 favorite! So get excited and take note!
You get to spend the night in a Jumbo jet! I don’t know what’s more exciting the fact that this is the closest any budget traveller will get to first class or the thought of getting a decent nights rest on a plane! Jumbo stay is actually more a hotel than a hostel but has the option for a female / male four or two bedroom door for a very reasonable price! They even have space for a common area and a fully stocked kitchen!
This is hostel heaven for avid readers! If you not one for party hostels and like to relax after a long day of sight seeing, how dam cool would this be! Fully equipped with everything you need bed, washing machine and food, it’s simple perfect! With a huge range of both Japanese and English books you spoiled for choice. Grab yourself something to read and snuggle up between the books!
This is my favorite by far! When someone’s suggestion of great accommodation is a sewage pipe you would naturally question it! This hotel (Yes I know it isn’t a hostel but it is in the same budget range) offers sewage pipe rooms re-done to fit a double bed, space for your luggage under the bed, electricity and key pad doors to ensure security. Best part about it all is they work on a “Pay as you wish” system!! Yes you pay what ever you can afford! The concept has taken off so well they have just opened another one in Germany!
Not only do you get to stay on a train for the night, this train happens to be situated only 30 metres away from the beach! Extremely affordable accommodation that includes breakfast and a great view. The Santos express offers a variety of different types of rooms to choose from! Bonus is that it falls along the amazing garden route, making it the perfect stop over on your way!
You are spoiled for choice with this one! There are tree houses, private rooms, dorms and hammocks! How cool? 8$ (R100) gets you a night in the jungle in a Hammock! You can catch the free shuttle up to the hostel, join in on daily tours to secret swimming spots and dig into some home style cooked meals! If you are tired of the same old hostels and love the outdoors this place is perfect for you! Apparently they not running short on howling monkeys either!
This hostel symbolises so much more than just a hostel! A former prison that has been completely refurbished by numerous artists! You can stay the night in one of many uniquely designed prison cells. Not one alike! The hostel often hosts art exhibitions and “all you can eat” parties! Really a destination in itself!
Referred to as a home stay instead of a hostel because of its relaxing and tropical vibe! You get to spend your stay in bamboo bungalow dorms right by the beach! You can hire bikes to go explore or join in on a bonfire! With delicious home cooked meals up for grabs and everything you need on holiday I think it will be hard to leave!
This awesome hostel is set up in an old court house where the famous band The clash once upon a time stood trial! How exciting! Bonus is that it is situated close to the famous Kings cross station with Harry potter’s platform 9 and 3/4! This place is energetic and picture perfect! A real taste of British history if you ask me!
This place is like an explosion of color! An affordable ancient palace to stay in the heart of Morocco! Reviews are through the roof and the staff are great! The best hostels are the ones that shower you with information on what you can do in the area!
Can anything in Switzerland really not be amazing?? This hostel got my attention for all the cool things you can do, mystery rooms! You and some friends get locked in a room and need to figure out how to get out! It is a family business in its third generation already! Practice makes perfect, so do yourself a favor and make your visit to the Swiss Alps even better by staying at Balmers Hostel!
I read about so many awesome places to stay all over the world! Many people are extremely anti hostels for good reason but I just cannot get enough of them! I am yet to have a bad experience at a hostel, a few sketchy events maybe but really all made for a good story instead of a bad experience! My list does not even scratch the surface of what is out there so please if you think I missed something the world must know about please let me know!
The TravelBug 🙂