We even curated a list of 28 handpicked Boutique Hostels you instantly want to stay in.
What is a design hostel? It is simply a design-conscious and hostel-typed accommodation.
Here you can find an overview of all types of Hostels.
This article about +112 beautiful design Hostels is part of our guide to hostels.
For every questions you may have about hostels, we got you covered.
Do you manage a hostel?
Have a look at these 13 creative design ideas you can “steal” from hostels.
For more powerful hostel marketing, head over to www.hostelnerds.com, our b2b section. It is build for hostels taking their accommodation to the next level.
The Best Hostels in the World
Besides being a design hostel, some of the mentioned unique accommodations in this list are as well 5 Star Hostels.
What does that mean?
We at Hostelgeeks collect and award 5 Star Hostels all around the globe. A 5 Star Hostel fits the 5 transparent criteria, and this is why they are awarded this the highest hostel standard.
For all the top hostels destinations out there, we created big hostel guides such as:
Find all guides to the best hostels in the world here.
Before booking any hostel…
So, Mr and Mrs. Design Lover!
Here is the ultimate list of gorgeous Design Hostels to fall in love with.
1. The Passenger Hostel in Porto
I want to kick start this list with one of the best, most gorgeous design hostels in the world: The Passenger Hostel in Porto!
This hostel is located in a monumental building, the Sao Bento train Station. It’s an actual sight, so when was the last time you can sleep inside a cities sight?!
The high ceilings give the hall ways a special Cinderella feeling. The technology? You will only find Dyson Technology and macs for free use.
You think hostels are cheaply build?! Think again.
Find our full review of The Passenger Hostel here.
Hostel Guide: fresh guide to the coolest hostels in Porto
Guide: find 11 fun Things to do in Porto
2. Casa Pepe in Mexico City
Casa Pepe is the type of hostel where the saying ‘mi casa es tu casa’ really starts to make sense!
Sometimes we cannot believe these incredible hostels you can stay at nowadays.
Bienvenido a Casa Pepe, the brand new 5 Star Hostel in Mexico City.
Expect a roof-top terrace with a bar and a swimming pool, games room with Cluedo and even Mario Kart, a huge lounge to chill, luxury double rooms, and high-quality dormitories.
You know what….just have a look for yourself. Here is our full review of Casa Pepe including photos of their roof top swimming pool.
Read: full guide to 3 best hostels in Mexico City
3. Paper Plane Hostel in Kuala Lumpur
The Paper Plane Hostel in the Capital comes with a lovely loft-style plus a roof top terrace.
We love the design, the name, and logo. This minimalist, clear design is something to admire. Enjoy, when in KL!
Our full article: Paper Plane Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Kuala Lumpur
Read: complete guide to the best hostels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
4. Madama Hostel & Bistrot in Milan, Italy
There is a former police station that has furniture built entirely of recycled materials, and its name is Madama Hostel & Bistrot.
Decked out with quirky art, colourful decor and splattered with clever design details – it’s a traveller’s ideal chill space.
Here’s our full guide to 3 Best Hostels in Milan, Italy.
5. Urban Jungle Hostel in Malaga, Spain
Welcome to the jungle. Welcome to Urban Jungle Hostel; the absolute best hostel in Málaga center.
Here, in the South of Spain, right on the coast line we have our beautiful small boutique 5 star hostel in central Málaga.
This jungle design is something we personally absolutely admire.
The private rooms are designed in different themes, from Flamingos to Jungle theme. The dorms are a dream for every solo-traveller too: privacy curtains, own power sockets, outlet and lights.
The place to be is the roof-top terrace in the heart of the town.
Read our full review of Urban Jungle Hostel here.
Here’s our complete guide to the coolest hostels in Malaga compared.
6. Ecomama Amsterdam
A reception made out of old books, and old magazines turned in a chair.
The Ecomama Amsterdam takes up-cycling to a new level. Their huge common area has enough space for a big reading corner, a kitchen, a long communal table to socialize and even a teepee tent.
Our full article: Ecomama Amsterdam, the 5 Star Hostel in Amsterdam
Read: complete guide to the best hostels in Amsterdam – compared
7. Free Hostels Barcelona
Barcelona and design – that’s a fit!
The Free Hostels is a super-hip design hostel in Barcelona, boasting a modern, chic interior in yellow, black and white. The team put a lot effort into the sleeping area which is quite unusual for a hostel.
Why is that? Every room at Free Hostels was designed by a local infamous artist. The Hostels is supporting actively the local art scene, and working closely with independent artist networks across Barcelona. This is their passion and tribe! Once you’ve done your check-in, you will notice it right away.
There are many different areas at Free Hostels Barcelona. However, thanks to the distribution of the different rooms and common areas, it feels like a very intimate hostel. A great place to slow down after a long day in Barna.
Read our guide to all 3 best hostels in Barcelona here.
8. Kos One in Canggu, Bali
Okay, ready to get your mind blown?!
This is a HOSTEL!!! Kos One in Canggu took the hostel experience even a step further. It looks like a 5 star resort.
We wrote a big review o Kos One Canggu Hostel.
We even compared the hostels with all the other top hostels in Canggu Bali. This way you see if it fits your style.
9. Mosaic House in Prague
The Mosaic House in Prague has seriously everything you can imagine.
Deluxe Apartments, stylish private rooms, cool dorms. Their biggest and most popular common area is the stage, where you can join live concerts, Karaoke sessions, and more.
However, Mosaic House always tries to connect their design to the local art scene. This is why you can find so many for Prague typical sculptures around the hostel.
Our full article: Mosaic House, the 5 Star Hostel in Prague
Check the full guide to the 3 best hostels in Prague here.
10. BUNK Yard Hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Hipsters haven!
The Bunk Yard Hostels is located in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
It is the place where you kick off your Sri Lanka trip. Their black and white design stands out from the rest of the best. But it is their style on top of it that makes this place to special.
Join the beer nights, the daily lunch menu, the food truck nights.
Update: the new integrated concept store is another highlight.
Read the full review of Bunk Yard Hostels in Colombo here.
11. Casa del Pavo Real in Palomino, Colombia
One of the most beautiful hostels in Colombia is the Casa del Pavo Real.
It is not hard to see why this place stands out.
With only 8 rooms, bungalow and luxury double rooms, this hostel certainly makes it on the list of awarded 5 Star Hostels worldwide.
Our review of Casa del Pavo Real, the best hostel in Palomino, Colombia.
12. Sunset Destination Hostel
Roof top terrace, in-house bar and swimming pool. The Sunset Destination Hostel has so many reasons to be your top hostel choice in Lisbon.
And how about a cocktail at a bar looking like a Zebra? Pretty fun and unique design hostel, no doubt.
Our full article: Sunset Destination Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Lisbon
Read: Full guide to the best hostels in Lisbon
13. Nexy Hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam
NEXY is the coolest and most luxury hostel in Hanoi. It is on top of our list for the best hostels in Hanoi.
Located perfectly right at the edge of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, NEXY Hostel is the number 1 hostel in town. The place comes with an in-house bar, foosball, cinema and even a roof top terrace.
One more thing that makes this place special? Well, they ONLY recommend you amazing tours.
The new luxury brand gives you access to a good-night sleep and fun tours to ha Long Bay, Sa Pa and more.
So if you have doubts about a tour, stay at NEXY and ask the staff. They will make sure they send yo u on the coolest tours; and not the scam tours!
Read: 27 BEST Things to do in Vietnam
14. Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage in London
What a lovely hostel! The Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is beautiful inside-out. A wonderful mansion which puts you back in time.
Our full article: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, the 5 Star Hostel in London
Read: Complete guide to the best hostels in London
15. Two Pillow Boutique in Malta
Another hostel you might not expect. The Two Pillow Boutique Hostel takes another step up the ladder.
The Two Pillow Boutique Hostel in Malta was the first boutique hostel on the island. It caters to all types of guests looking for a social hostel, yet with high-end facilities.
How does a SPA sound? The Superior Suite easily challenges 5 Star Hotels!
Read our full guide to the 3 best hostels in Malta.
16. Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof ( plus 5% in Interlaken)
The Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof is a shy design-conscious hostel.
Their focus was to create a comfy, chill out budget accommodation to kick back after a long day of activities. After all, Interlaken is the European sports capital.
However, they added some lovely design details we enjoy.
The brand-new building is kept in anthrazit which by itself makes it stand out next to the traditional swiss cottage.
The staircase is loaded with stucco, so pay attention when walking up the stairs. (There is an elevator too, though!)
Our full article: Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, the 5 Star Hostel in Interlaken
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17. Mountain Hostel Tarter in Andorra
Ever been to Andorra?
The Mountain Hostel Tarter in Andorra is an impressive design hostel. Especially the big lounge with its cosy chairs, seating area, and bright colors got our attention.
Our full article: Mountain Hostel Tarter, the 5 Star Hostel in Andorra
18. Hopewell Lodge in New Zealand
The Hopewell Lodge is New Zealand’s most remarkable hostel.
19. COMBO Hostel in Venice, Italy
Located inside an old monastery, the COMBO Hostel in Venice impresses us with a calm and majestic flair. Currently opened as a hostel only during Summer, COMBO Venezia is a small hidden gem as well – even in Venice!
You will enter the big, black door, and walk into a big square, with a small café next to it. For us, this is the perfect Hostel in Venice!
Read: complete guide to best hostels in Venice Italy
Update: here is our guide to where to eat in Venice? 22 restaurants for Venice on a budget
20. With Inn Hostel Kaohsiung, Taiwan
We are big fans of With Inn Hostel in Kaohsiung City in Taiwan.
The house itself was used by local families, until it was empty, and turned into a cool hostel afterwards. The old dining area is now the lounge, and what was once the kitchen, became the reception.
You can still see and feel the traditional Taiwanese architecture from the 60s.
Our full article: With Inn Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Kaohsiung City in Taiwan
Here is our guide to best hostels in Taiwan – a backpacking Guide
21. Jacobs Inn in Dublin, Ireland
Jacobs Inn Hostel is a spacious, bright accommodation in the heart of Dublin city center. This is our #1 recommendation for the coolest hostels in Dublin.
This is one of the best hostels in Dublin for solo-travelers!
Read: the 3 best hostels in Dublin
22. Sputnik Hostel and Personal Space
A design hostel kept in the colors black and white.
The Sputnik Hostel and Personal Space even designed their very own type of bunk bed. Now couples can stay as well in dorms. The bricks on the walls add some texture to the scene.
Update: Sputnik Hostel closed its doors; you can no longer stay here.
Read the complete guide to best hostels in Moscow, Russia.
23. Santurcia Hostel & Bar
How about a cool design hostel in the Caribbean? Have a look at Santurcia Hostel and Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The 5 Star Hostel comes with a roof top terrace and great vibes.
Prepare yourself for gorgoeous Caribbean colour and fun Bohemian flair. Our only 5 Star Hostel in San Juan will entice female solo travellers and intrigue any traveller that enjoys a cosy, relaxed accommodation.
Here’s our guide to the best hostels in San Juan Puerto Rico – all compared.
24. Amayour Surf Hostel
Learn to surf in the coolest surf spot and hostel ever!
Our full article: Amayour Surf Hostel
25. Hostel Ruthensteiner in Vienna
Mixture of family-cozy vibe and art exhibition. It has a courtyard with a well stocked bar (with good prices), which can be enjoyed in the garden, or whilst playing your favourite instrument in the music area.
Our full article: Hostel Ruthensteiner, the 5 Star Hostel in Vienna
Read: the 3 best hostels in Vienna Austria – compared
26. Hektor Design Hostels in Tartu, Estonia
Talking about design-conscious budget accommodation, we have to consider Hektor Design Hostels.
Their minimalist and fresh interior attracts every type of traveler, including the business traveler.
Our full article: Hektor Design Hostels, the 5 Star Hostel in Tartu
27. Puli Center Center Hostel in Taiwan
The small Puli Center Center comes with a big passion for art and theatre. The name itself is design as well.
It refers to the center of Taiwan, the hostels location, plus it’s a term used in the theatre. It’s indicates the position on the stage.
Find here a complete guide to backpacking Taiwan with all hostels.
28. Maverick City Lodge in Budapest
The coolest design hostel in Budapest party town!
Maverick City Lodge is the only 5 star hostel and is NOT a party hostel, but a hip social one for travelers of all ages. The clean design comes with typical Hungarian design elements. Also, their female dorm is quite popular. Sorry boys, those rooms come with more facilities.
Our full article: Maverick City Lodge Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Budapest
Read: 3 best hostels in Budapest, Hungary compared
29. Gili Castle in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
A 6m jump into the pool, Banksy art, and even an own climbing wall.
The design and features, or well, facilities of Gili Castle are simply amazing and therefore they deserve to be part of this list.
And not just that: They are an awarded 5 Star Hostel.
Our full article: Gili Castle, the 5 Star Hostel in Gili Trawangan
30. CCasa Hostel in Nha Trang, Vietnam
The CCasa is a open-space concept hostel, made out of 3 shipping containers in blue, red and yellow.
You ready correctly; it is actual shipping containers that this place is made of. We have stayed here – WOW! Every room has an Air Con and comfy beds.
There are 3 giant hammocks on the upper floor. As there is no roof top – literally – you have a beautiful view from here!
Find here our complete guide to best hostels in Vietnam with map.
31. Book and Bed in Tokyo
After Train Hostel in Brussels, this one is another nerdy hostel we love! Book a bed, and sleep in the shelves – literally! Book and Bed Asakusa is a top choice when it comes to design hostels in Tokyo.
Read: The 3 Best Hostels in Tokyo, Japan
Shortlist of 3 of the best hostels in Tokyo:
Read: 58 best hostels in Japan – the backpacking Guide
32. Caveland Santorini in Greece
Caveland Santorini is a former winery and it comes with a huge courtyard to chill, and a swimming pool to have your morning swim.
Their design is clearly influenced by the island lifestyle. Everything possible is getting upcycled and turned into a piece of design.
Our full article: Caveland Santorini, the 5 Star Hostel in Santorini
Here’s our guide to compare the best hostels in Santorini Greece.
Here are our 27 Fun Things to do in Santorini.
33. The NORDIC Hostel in Skopje
Traveling to the Balkans, in East Europe?
Add Skopje in North Macedonia to your list.
It is a curious city, a fun place, perfect for budget backpackers. The city offers a unique experience since, well, the city is unique.
Just step foot inside the city central square and you will see what we mean. Statues all over the place and a complete different image from what you have seen outside the center.
When travelling to Skopje, make sure you stay at the coolest hostel of all of them: NORDIC Hostel.
The capsules are awesome!
We have stayed here and had a blast. Super fun people, neat and minimal design for a small price.
Seriously, Skopje is an epic place for everyone travelling on a budget.
Read: the big guide to the best hostels in Skopje, North Macedonia including NORDIC Hostel
34. inBox Capsule Hotel in Saint Petersburg
The inBox Capsule Hotel is a 24-bed-sized hostel in the heart of Saint Petersburg.
The space is used at its fullest. The pod-styled dorm beds, as well called Capsule beds, offer the luxury of a private room and yet is accommodation on a budget.
Our full article: inBox Capsule Hotel, the 5 Star Hostel in Saint Petersburg
Read: 3 best hostels in Saint Petersburg – put on a map
35. Bread and Jam Hostel Bali
We love it!
This hostel is located inside a typical two-storey building. It combines lifestyle,
family vibes, and design in just that house. Although there are no organized events, the Bread and Jam is a super social spot to mingle and kick-back.
There are many reasons we are big fans of this hostel. Make sure you check out our review and full article about them, including more design shots.
Our full article: Bread and Jam Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Kuta, Bali
36. Nui. HOSTEL & BAR LOUNGE
Popular among travelers and locals alike, the Nui Hostel is a lounge plus design-conscious hostel.
NUI Is located in Tokyo. Read the full guide to best hostels in Tokyo here.
37. Da Lapa Design Hostel in Rio de Janeiro
Beautiful hostels nowadays come with private rooms too. This Design Hostel is located in Rio de Janeiro.
Read: 3 best hostels in Rio de Janeiro – compared
38. Memory Hostel in Da Nang, Vietnam
The Memory Hostel believes that hostel design not only needs to be beautiful but also reflect spirit of the people living there.
And they certainly succeeded. Have a look on their website! Plus, they have a lovely terrace with city views.
Our full article: Memory Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Da Nang
Read our complete guide to best hostels in Da Nang, Vietnam.
39. Heyyyy Bangkok, Boutique Hostel
Another hostel right from the category “are you freakin’ kidding me?” – hostel.
Yes, that bad boy is another one of the epic boutique hostels in Bangkok out there.
Heyyyy Bangkok a perfect hostel as well for families. It is a quiet, easy-going hostel in style.
The breakfast here is included. Yet, as in most hostels, very basic.
Read: 3 best hostels in Bangkok – compared and put on a map
40. STAY Hostel in Rhodes, Greece
Located only 5 minutes from the beach, you can walk with your beach-sandy feet through a design hostel. In fact, STAY Rhodes is a one-of-a-kind hostel!
Awarded with the 5 Star Hostel award, STAY Hostel put together an outstanding accommodation with a big social heart.
And FYI: You are greeted with a homemade lemonade. CHEERS!
Our full article: STAY Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Rhodes
41. Cocomama Amsterdam
„The first boutique hostel in Amsterdam“ is THE place to be if you are looking for an intimate, cute hostel. The owners gave each room and dorm a different theme.
Our full article: Cocomama, the 5 Star Hostel in Amsterdam
42. Ani&Haakien Hostel
Artsy hostel with a big heart and passion! Ani&Haakien is the 5 Star Hostel in Rotterdam.
Their vintage and homely interior invites people to slow down. Everything is super comfy, yet stylish. They even have a small garden to host some smaller events like live music. Oh…and dips on the hammock!
Our full article: Ani&Haakien Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Rotterdam
43. The Spot Cosy Hostel
The design of The Spot Cosy Hostel is completely handmade. Even the small paintings in the lounge is hand-painted.
44. Ximen Wow Hostel in Taipei, Taiwan
Awarded as the Best Designed Hotel in Taiwan, the Ximen WOW Hostel in Taipei is a carefully designed hostel with sharing character.
Industrial design combining up-cycled containers, wooden, and concrete with traditional Taiwanese setting where travelers are invited to feel warm and relaxed.
Our full article: Ximen Wow Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Taipei
45. Mini Boxtel, Female-Only 5 Star Hostel in Ao Nang in Thailand
A young and fresh boutique hostel in South Thailand.
Their roof top terrace with the beautiful sea view is famous. A perfect hostel with a chill-out vibe. We’ve visited this boutique hostel.
We brought back a story, photo impressions and a new home in Ao Nang. The fruit bowl we got here, sorry; that one was only for us.
Read our full review of MiniBoxtel Ao Nang here.
46. WAKE Up Sydney
Pack the city of Sydney in a hostel and you’ll get Wake up! Sydney!
Fresh, fun, modern and the hub of backpacker activity. They even have a super popular café, open for public PLUS a stylish cinema to hang out.
Read: the 3 best hostels in Sydney
Here’s a quick overview of the best hostels in Sydney:
47. Clock Inn Kandy in Sri Lanka
As one of the best hostels in Sri Lanka, Clock Inn Kandy ticks all the boxes of a 5 Star Hostel.
It’s s small boutique hostel inside a colonial building. it offers 3 different room types:
- private rooms (double and single)
- capsule beds
The capsule beds are located on the roof top terrace with a view over the city and towards the mountain with its buddha statue.
Read our full review with more photos of Clock Inn Kandy here.
Our Guide to Kandy: 19 wonderful things to do in Kandy.
48. Marken Guesthouse
Nature-themed Hostel with a big heart!
Marken Guesthouse is rated for the best hostel in Norway, and that since years. When designing the hostel, natural elements has been implemented. A reflection of the incredible landscapes and nature of Bergen, combined with the Scandinavian design.
Our full article: Marken Guesthouse, the 5 Star Hostel in Bergen
We also wrote a big guide for the best 27 things to do in Bergen, Norway. Make sure you read if before you head here.
49. We Bologna Hostel
The We_Bologna Hostel feels like entering an oasis in the urban jungle. The orange-anthracite building is the perfect match to the green surrounding. The inside is kept in bright, wooden colors. Simple icons are added throughout the hostel to indicate your way through the hostel.
Our full article: We_Bologna, the 5 Star Hostel in Bologna
Here is our guide to best hostels in Italy – with map and itinerary
50. Wallyard Concept Hostel in Berlin
This is such a hipster-styled hostel, it couldn’t be more typical Berlin.
The spacious lounge has its different corners to relax, read a book, and chat with fellow travelers. The kitchen itself is probably the most stylish hostel kitchen ever with dark-black tiles.
Our full review: Wallyard Concept Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Berlin
Read: complete guide to the best hostels in Berlin Germany
51. The Common Room Project – Saigon
The most stylish hostel all over Saigon?
Certainly one of the most impressive, without a doubt!
A sharing community in a tasteful environment. Knowledge, life, and design – a fantastic design hostel in Saigon!
Check our guide to best hostels in Ho Chi Minh City here.
52. Yim Huai Khwang Hostel in Bangkok
Bangkok is loaded with so many awesome Hostels. Yim Huai Khwang however still stands out. Their famous colored wheel in the lobby makes its way to many instagram posts.
Their corridors are kept in different, pop-colors.
Meanwhile, the rooms are kept in a traditional thai-style. Simple, clean design with lots of natural colors and wooden elements.
Check our complete guide to the best hostels in Bangkok (especially interesting for female solo-travellers)
53. Adler Luxury Hostel in Singapore
The first 5 Star Hostel in Singapore comes with a luxury design and huge rooms.
The location is not to beat and the vibes simply cosy and laid-back.
Read: 3 best hostels in Singapore for solo-travellers
54. Alfama Patio Hostel
The brother-hostel of Sunset Destination Hostel is Alfama Patio.
A traditional Portuguese house where the living room extends into a garden patio with flowers spilling over their pots and a deck terrace overlooking red roofs and the Tagus River.
It comes with a quirky, handmade design. A true Lisbon-styled hostel to enjoy the Portuguese capital.
This place is also included in our unique guide to the best hostels in Lisbon (including party hostels)
The brother hostel Lisbon Destination hostel is also a fabulous accommodation to check out!
55. Saga Poshtel in Oslo
The capital city of Norway has its very own design hostel. The Saha Poshtel is located in the city center.
Read our guide to best hostels in Oslo for more details.
56. The Share Hotels Hatchi Kanazawa, Japan
Welcome to Japan’s first 5 Star Hostel.
Although the name of The Share Hotels implies a hotel-typed accommodation, it is a brilliant naming of the hostel.
The accommodation is indeed hostel-typed and the hostel comes with a deep passion for culture and local community.
Our full review: The Share Hotels Hatchi Kanazawa
57. Valencia Lounge Hostel in Spain
A new understand of reception and smart technology.
The new concept of Valencia Lounge Hostel was developed by an award-winning designer team masquespacio.
It comes with 11 unique neo-classical rooms, and is one of the most stylish hostels in Europe.
Read: Best hostels in Valencia – compared
58. Bubbas House – Bocas del Toro
When was the last time you entered a hostel through a landing stage?
It is just, you know, well…actually, we are speechless…Have a look for yourself!
59. Hostel Celica in Ljubljana
The building of Hostel Celica was a former prison, loaded with history.
Local and international artists turned the building into an artistic hostel.
Every private room is a former prison cell.
Now, you can stay here in prison – in style!
Our full article: Hostel Celica, the artsy Hostel in Ljubljana
60. Youthink Hostel in Cluj, Romania
Great pun and a lovely vibe, the Youthink Hostel is a super cosy hostel with frontyard and backyard, and a restored mansion from the 1900 built by a famous Hungarian architect.
61. Surf in Caparica, Costa Da Caparica
Swimming pool, large garden and the beach at the front door. Borrow a beach cruiser, do some yoga, chill out in the hammocks or simply soak up the sun!
Awesome Hostel indeed!
Read: full guide to best hostels in Portugal
62. Swanky Mint Hostel in Zagreb, Croatia
The building of Swanky Mint used to be a dry-cleaning factory.
Now, it is a 5 Star Hostel in a creative industrial design. Especially the Swanky Mint Bar is eye-catching. You can spend so much time here, you will keep finding new things.
Our full article: Swanky Mint Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Zagreb
Read: best hostels in Zagreb compared
63. The Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta, Colombia
64. Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse in Hobart, Tasmania
Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is the perfect example of a design-conscious hostel with a big heart. The owners actually live inside the hostel itself, sharing their daily life with their guests. This fact makes this space already a special, homely accommodation.
They put a huge community table inside the dining area. Reminds you of Oktoberfest? Well, it is an original Oktoberfest table!
Our full article: Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
65. The Independente Collective in Lisbon
Originally built for the Swiss ambassador’s official residence, the O The Independente Hostel & Supubites comes with this special wow-effect!
Its impressive floor to ceiling heights as well as the abundant size that all rooms boast offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a private lounge within every room.
It is included in our complete guide to Best Lisbon Hostels.
66. #Bunk Hostel Taksim, Istanbul
Roof top lounge and high-end dorms. The roof top lounge comes with stylish furniture, and from here you have a wonderful panoramic view over Istanbul.
Read the full guide to 3 best hostels in Istanbul.
Can’t get enough? Continue the journey through the world of Design Hostels!
67. Collaborate Hostel in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
68. 91Loop Boutique Hostel in Cape Town
Stylish, young, cool! The 91Loop Hostel is the newest Boutique hostel in cape town.
Located right downtown, it is a secure and stylish place to enjoy a cosy ambiance.
Pretty cool as well: Their pod-styled bunk beds!
Read: best hostels in Cape Town – safe and fun places
69. SPIN Hostel in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Although the SPIN is clearly a design hostel, it is mainly a community, a home, and coworking space for people around the world. Definitely a special budget accommodation!
We are keen to share the 5 Star Hostel award of the SPIN Designer Hostel as well.
Oh, and it almost goes without saying: El Nido is a surfers paradise!
Our full article: SPIN Design Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in El Nido, Palawan
70. The Hat in Madrid
Hopping over to the capital of Spain, you find The Hat, one of the best hostels in Madrid.
Have a look for yourself.
The double room comes even with a balcony. It does not get “more Spanish” than this.
The hat is one of the coolest hostels in Madrid.
Read: Our complete guide to the best hostels in Madrid
71. Alcazaba Premium Hostel in Malaga
Modern and functional. But what makes Alcazaba Premium Hostel special is the mix between the new and the old.
On the first, second and third floor they have the actual Hostel, an inexpensive accommodation, with a modern design and all the facilities to make you feel like home.
Also, the terrace is simply amazing!
With its impressive views, it is the perfect place to disconnect from the noise of the city and enjoy a good cocktail in a gorgeous design hostel in Málaga.
Read: complete guide to best hostels in Malaga Spain
72. Teatro Hostel in Barcelona
The Teatro Hostel in Barcelona is the sister-hostel of Tailors Hostel.
While Tailors is kept in a tailor-shop theme, the Teatro Hostel is designed like an old school theater.
Find the coolest hostels in Barcelona here.
73. The Olivers Hostelry in Jawa Barat, Indonesia
The Oliver’s Hostelry went to the extra mile when designing the rooms.
Each one is kept in a different theme, and has its very unique design: the Ceremony comes with a dominating green plus a veritas symbol made of wood.
The „A dream goes on forever“, the „Wild Horses“, and „Kinky Love“ and basically any other room invites you to have the best good night sleep in Jawa Brat.
74. We Hostel Design
One of the most famous design hostels in the world, the WE Hostel Design in Sao Paulo.
Even the outside is impressive, as the building is a 1920s mansion. Their interior design it state of the art, designed by the young architect Felipe Hess.
Our full article: WE Hostel Design, the 5 Star Hostel in Sao Paulo
75. Oxotel Chiang Mai
The Oxotel boasts a hipster style.
It combines a popular in-house coffee shop with numerous common areas to socialize. Even plants are integrated in the design itself which gives the hostel a very open and wide feeling.
Read our complete guide to the best hostels in Chiang Mai, North Thailand.
76. Das Mietwerk I Boutique Hostel Lindau, Germany
77. One Stop Hostel Sihanoukville, Cambodia
78. Happynest Inspiring Hostel
Happynest Hostel in Chiang Mai is a beautiful hostel. Their common area is all over Instagram.
No wonder with this design!
79. Dragon Dive Komodo in Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
This is one of the most awesome hostels in the world: Dragon Dive Komodo in Labuan Bajo.
The diving center and hostel combines everything you will need for your Flores adventure.
Learn to dive in a swimming pool, enjoy a breakfast with a view and visit the world-famous Komodo Dragons.
Your base? Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel.
We did the leg work for you and visited them.
Here is our full review of Dragon Dive Komodo Hostel, including the best things to do in Labuan Bajo.
80. Hostel Costel in Timisoara, Romania
Upcycling at its best!
Hostel Costel in Timisoara took great inspiration from platforms like Pinterest to turn old disc into a cool lamp.
81. Casa Zen Guesthouse
Start your day with a yoga class or with hitting some waves. Your choice!
Case Zen Guesthouse is located only 50 min away from the beach, surrounded by trees, palms, and endless plants. If you are looking for a design hostel next to the beach, Casa Zen Guesthouse in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is the place to be.
Our full article: Casa Zen Guesthouse, the 5 Star Hostel in Santa Teresa
82. Kiwi Hostels Ecuador
83. Botanic Hostel in Rio de Janeiro
One of the coolest hostels in Rio for sure.
Read our full guide to best hostels in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
84. Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel in Georgetown
85. Old Kings Füssen Design Hostel in Füssen, Germany
Known as one of the most beautiful hostels in Germany, Old Kings Hostel holds up its promise.
We wrote a big guide on best hostels in Germany and how to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein. Free beer on us if you can pronounce this first try!
86. Calle 11 Hostel in Santa Marta, Colombia
Ex-mafia house! Do we really need to say more?
The huge villa has its own swimming pool, and …well, have a look for yourself.
Check here the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia.
There is many more impressive budget places in Colombia. Read our complete guide on best hostels in Colombia.
87. Chao Hostel in Bangkok
Another epic hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. Find all best hostels in Bangkok, Thailand in our handwritten guide.
88. Basecamp Bonn
A campsite turned into hostel, inside an old industrial hall.
The Basecamp Bonn is a one-in-a-million hostel with a special flair. They even hold weddings, and epic events such as holy festival in Bonn.
89. Amazigh Design Hostel
90. Boutiquito Hostel
Boutiquito Hostel is a beautiful design hostel overlooking the capital of Ecuador.
Their motto is „you’ll be back“ – and they are right!
Their hostel design reflects the local art and design scene, which makes it a wonderful, authentic place to enjoy your time exploring Quito.
Read: Best Hostels in Quito Ecuador – compared
91. KEX Hostel in Reykjavik, Iceland
KEX Hostel is a social hostel with a goal which is to bring life and culture into an old industrial part of Reykjavik’s city centre.
A part of town that had been known for too long as the “Shadow neighborhood “of Reykjavik.
KEX Hostel features a cosy, wooden design, and actually, locals love to come here as well.
The in-house bar downstairs is open for public, and many events are hold here. It is no coincidence, the KEX Hostel has been featured along numerous design and boutique magazines.
Read our guide to 3 COOLEST hostels in Reykjavik, including
92. Lupta Hostel Patong Hideaway in Patong Beach
Clean design and slick elements! Especially the lighting and lamps are actually worth it to pay close attention.
93. Hao Hostel Phuket
Minimalist cool thai design!
The Hao Hostel in Phuket is a small design hostel, going the extra mile to make the accommodation a special and unique place.
Read: The 3 best hostels in Phuket
94. Lights Out Hostel in Malaga, Spain
Located in an historical building, offering a clean-lined design.
Bright rooms furnished with large comfy beds, private curtains and reading lights. Join free sangria nights, home-made dinners and lots of other fun activities upon the roof top terrace.
Read: complete guide to best hostels in Malaga
95. Doctors House Sarajevo
The Doctor’s House in Sarajevo features custom-made bunk beds that are crafted to perfection.
Travelers sleep cozy on Bosnian-made memory foam mattresses in their private nook: each complete with privacy curtains, charging station, reading light, storage pouch, mirror, and, of course, a unique quilt made by the original doctor’s wife.
It doesn’t take travelers long to find this house has become a home!
96. The Fort Boutique Hostel in York, UK
97. Cascais Boutique Hostel in Portugal
A hammock in the living room, that makes every place better!
Read: our full guide to the best hostels in Portugal
98. 3 Bros Hostel in Cieszyn, Poland
Feels like staying at a friends place with local experts!
Comfy rooms with modern design and brick walls, board games and even a mini-golf set. The day starts here with an amazing breakfast!
99. Bed and Be in Córdoba, Spain
Cosy and boutique – the Bed And Be Hostel is a synonym for just that.
The hostel is distributed through different floors, and it feels like an intimate boutique accommodation. Their roof top terrace is the tip of the iceberg. Come here to enjoy your breakfast.
For the very rare case of rain, you can just stay inside, admiring the different vintages elements, music box, old typewriter…
Our full article: Bed and Be Hostel in Córdoba, Spain
Check as well our big guide to best hostels in Spain + itinerary.
100. Heradsskolinn Hostel in Iceland
Héraðsskólinn hostel offers a full range of accommodation options.
This historical building is 1600 m2 in size and was designed by Iceland´s most famous architect Guðjón Samúelsson in 1928 as a school. It remained a foundation for education and culture until 1991 when the school closed.
Read: complete guide to the best hostels in Reykjavik
101. Hostel Emanuel in Split
The new player in town! Split is known for their Game of Thrones settings.
While you are hunting down those movie spots, you can stay at Hostel Emanuel.
Read: insider guide to best hostels in Split, Croatia
102. Lemon Rock Hostel in Granada
The Lemon Rock Hostel is a super cool hostel in Granada. It comes in a cool vintage hostel design.
There are wooden beams in the courtyard and stone columns throughout the hostel. Those cool couches and cabinets are from the 60’s mixed with industrial lighting.
Our highlight? The roof top terrace with bar.
Read: best hostels in Granada, Spain
103. Selina Hostels in Bocas del Toro, Panama
Located right at the pier, the Selina Hostels is a perfect spot for ever backpacker looking for fun, events, activities, and a well-designed accommodation.
Well, here you go!
104. CoDE Pod Hostels – THE LoFT in Edinburgh
A small hostel with a big geeky heart. The pod-styled dorms are quite unique across Europe, and it boasts a clean, modern design. They recently opened a super-cool apartment with an own small terrace.
Our full article: CoDE Pod Hostels – THE LoFT, the 5 Star Hostel in Edinburgh
Read: The 3 best hostels in Edinburgh compared
105. TOCO Hostel in Tokyo
A small green oasis to slow down, kick-back, and enjoy Tokyo in a different time and speed.
Read: The 3 Best Hostels in Tokyo
Shortlist of 3 of the best hostels in Tokyo:
106. La Casa Roja, Santiago de Chile
Now that looks already inviting, right?!
Wait, until you see the rest!
Read: our guide to 3 best hostels in Santiago de Chile
107. Grids Hostel AKIHABARA in Tokyo
This premium hostel is a hostel&lounge, and it comes with the typical high-standard you know from Japan.
Read: The 3 Best Hostels in Tokyo
Shortlist of 3 of the best hostels in Tokyo:
108. The Backpack Cape Town
Contemporary design combined with high-quality hostel amenities.
TheBackpack Cape Town out a lot of effort into their interior design. Take into account all the charity projects and sustainable efforts, TheBackpack Cape Town is one of the most inspiring Hostels in the world.
Read: 3 Boutique Hostels in Cape Town – with safety check for solo-travellers
109. F Design Hostel in Salvador, Brazil
Sex appeal! The F Design Hostel in Salvador is a spot for social animals!
DJ sessions, and other events next to the swimming pool with a city view.
Check out their hostel video:
110. Meet Hostel at Lake Garda, Italy
Awesome place to relax on the way from Milan to Venice; the Meet Gardalake Hostel.
The hostel has an amazing roof top terrace, bar and garden. We recommend to rent a bike and/ or boat here to get around.
Read: 3 best hostels in Milan
111. FYF Hostel in Punta del Este, Uruguay
Is there really anything to add to this photo?
The FYF Hostel in Punta del Este is a unique and outstanding hostel. Maybe even the coolest design hostel in Uruguay?
112. POD Hostel Cafe Designshop in Bangkok
113. Dream Hostel in Tampere, Finland
Dream Hostel opened its doors in 2010 and in 2014 the hostel got an expansion of 20 modern ensuite rooms.
Dream Hostel & Hotel is an example of a simple, yet tasteful Scandinavian design.
The idea was to offer the guests an authentic, international hostel experience spiced up with warm service. The concept seems to be working – Dream Hostel receives multiple awards!
114. Len Kyoto, Japan
Len Kyoto is one of the coolest hostels in Kyoto, Japan.
Their in-house coffee shop is both popular among locals and travelers.
Read our guide to the 3 best hostels in Kyoto here.
115. Rambutan Hostel in Townsville, Australia
Design Hostel meets so-called Glamping.
Rambutan Townsville is a popular accommodation for travelers in Australia, and popular among locals alike.
The restaurant and bar are quite known for its cool events around the swimming pool.
Certainly, Rambutan is one of the coolest hostels in Australia.
Read: Best Hostels in Australia – with map and itinerary
More fantastic hostels around Australia
- Find the 3 best hostels in Sydney here.
- The selection of 3 best hostels in Melbourne here.
- 3 top hostels in Cairns, Australia.
- 3 coolest hostels in Alice Springs, Central Australia
- best hostels in Brisbane
116. Room2Board in Jacó, Costa Rica
Unique Hostels are always cool.
This one shows Room2Board in Jacó, Costa Rica. Our friend Lavi from Laviwashere has been here.
Check out her review about Room2Board.
Read our guide to best hostels in Costa Rica.
117. Taiga Hostel in Saint Petersburg
TAIGA Hostel&Hotel is a cozy design hostel which is in the TOP-10 of Saint Petersburg hostels and which is one of the best accommodation options in the city.
Guests are our friends
Quote from the Taiga website
Each design room of Taiga Hostel&Hotel is unique, each interior detail was made to inspire you.
The interior design is a mix of shabby chic style and boho-chic style.
Beautifully decorated room mostly in white and pastel shades, adorned with pot flowers and hand-made items and stuffed with a great quantity of magnificent pillows lovingly created by local designers; comfortable and stylish black&white room decorated with authentic Russian birch; loft-styled room with authentic bricks from empire’s time, framed vintage photos and huge beds with hand-made pillows and blankets.
118. Onas Hostel & Suites in Córdoba, Argentina
Bar, swimming pool, suites, graffitis, hammocks, plants, reading lounge, movie room aka cinema, …anything missing?
Our full article: Onas Hostel & Suites, the 5 Star Hostel in Córdoba, Argentina
119. Most Art Boutique Hostel
Located at the Atlantic coast, just one hour North of Lisbon, the Most Art Boutique Hostel has the peculiarity of encouraging art and culture.
Local artists with international reputation helped to create the concept of this hostel. The Most Art Hostel has successfully become a point of reference in the city of Leiria as a beautiful art gallery.
Our full article: Most Art Boutique Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Leiria
Read: full guide to 27 best hostels in Portugal + map and itinerary
120. Stockhome Hostel Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Scandinavian chic meets Thai Design!
Find the best hostels in Thailand here.
121. Lollis Homestay in Dresden, Germany
Beautiful and individually decorated rooms, you can sleep in an old car or inside a giant table!
This backpacker hostel in Dresden also offers free bike rental, and their free dinner nights are not to be missed – everyone loves free food!
122. Fleming Hostel in Mallorca, Spain
123. Pars Tailors Hostel in Barcelona
This design hostel in Barcelona is designed as a tailor-shop.
The detailed design is really impressive. Iron boards have been turned into tables with stools, and they even put an iron as a decoration element on it.
You are waiting next to a mannequin at the reception. For the convenience you can even sit down at some old school chairs you would find at a hair dresser salon from the 60s.
Find the 3 best hostels in Barcelona here.
124. Hobu Hostel
Hobu Hostel is a modern co-living space in Colombia’s capital.
With a stylish décor and high speed Internet throughout, this hostel has also the perfect location to explore Bogota from.
Make sure you check out guide to the 3 coolest hostels in Bogota, Colombia too.
Here we compare all the coolest places and put them on map.
Summary +124 Design Hostels
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