Staying on budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fantastic design and style. We at Hostelgeeks collected the worlds beautiful Design Hostels you want to stay at.
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Besides being a design hostel, some of the mentioned unique accommodations in this list are as well 5 Star Hostels.
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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. Selina Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a beautiful beach destination in Mexico. Sure, it is quite famous and by now, you find plenty of hostels here.
Yet, Selina Hostel stands out. Luxury Private Double Rooms, wooden garden tents, and cozy, modern dorms make this place a great place for the night. Before you rest your head, you can kick back at the beach right in front of the hostel. Join their numerous events like live music and DJ sessions.
Selina Hostel Tulum is very popular for Female Solo Travellers and Digital Nomads, thanks to their CoWorking Space. It is even on our list of “the best beach hostels worldwide”.
Read more details about Selina in our guide to best hostels in Tulum Mexico.
Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld
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. Chiibal Hostel, Cancún
What a gorgeous hostel to stay in: Chiibal Hostel in Cancún, Mexico.
They design their space with neutral and calm colours that, combined with green of the natural landscape and striking contemporary design.
Find all hostels in Cancun here.
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 to 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. Viajero Hostel in Tayrona Park in Colombia
Get ready; this is not a hostel. This is a hostel-resort! At the beach! With bungalows…and beach volleyball…and delicious food and drinks…
If you are in doubt about hostels, gives this one a go – and you will fall in love in an instant.
We are talking about Viajero Hostel near Tayrona Park, Colombia. Read our complete review/ love-letter.
This is a 5 star hostel that supports nothing but chilled fun times, sociable events and eco-friendly accommodation.
It’s not simply just a building, but a big area with a swimming pool, private beach and detached living spaces. This is outdoor, bare-foot living made easy. You can find Viajero Hostel at Hostelworld as well.
Read: Full List and Map of all top hostels in Colombia
10. OPEN SPOT
#10 went to Bunkyard Hostel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Unfortuntately, this hostel closed due to the Pandemic situation.
We keep this spot open for upcoming hostels. If you think there is a hostel we are missing, let us know in the comments below. This might be the place for it.
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
Read: 41 Best Things to do in Hanoi
14. Fleming Hostel in Mallorca, Spain
The island is called Mallorca (Majorca) and the main city with the airport is called “Palma de Mallorca“, or simply Palma. Palma is the capital city of Mallorca island.
Since we have been several times to Mallorca, we brought back a detailed guide, you guessed it, to the top hostels in Mallorca Island.
Our #1 hostel is in the centre of Palma city – your top pick if you want to explore the city easily on two feet.
The beautiful Hostel Fleming was built in the 1930s and the building has kept many of the authentic features.
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
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.
Read: things to do in Interlaken
However, they added some lovely design details we enjoy.
The brand-new building is kept in anthracite 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
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. 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.
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
More Venice guides
Here is our guide to where to eat in Venice? 22 restaurants for Venice on a budget. We also wrote a guide to the best fun things to do in Venice – many of them are free and real gems!
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. 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.
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 gorgeous 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 in Morocco. To be exact, this hostel is located in Taghazoute, Morocco.
This hostel is a surfer hostel with a laid-back vibe. You can obviously join surfing lessons as well as Yoga lessons and cooking classes. This is a true gem for the active traveler. Our full article: Amayour Surf Hostel.
25. 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
- KEX Hostel – the top choice
- Bus Hostel – fun for backpackers
- Galaxy Pod Hostel – posh and hip
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.
Our review of Puli Center Center Hostel.
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. Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel, Canggu
Dip and Doze Boutique Hostel is perfectly located in the heart of Canggu, Bali. You will find both mixed and female dorms with separate bathrooms on each floor, along with a communal rooftop area, pool, kitchen, free WiFi, and more. Hop on a bike or go for a short walk, and within minutes you’ll be basking in the sunshine at Berawa’s surf break and Finns Beach Club.
Across the street you’ll find boutique shops, an underground club, grocery store and an interesting array of cafes, our links to Canggu can’t be better.
Check all coolest hostels in Canggu here.
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! Check here our guide to best hostels in Nha Trang.
Find here our complete guide to best hostels in Vietnam with map.
31. Book and Bed in Tokyo
Update: Sorry folks, but this hostel has permanently closed its doors.
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
Read: 58 best hostels in Japan – the backpacking Guide
32. Selina Hostel Playa Venao, Las Escobas del Venado
Selina Playa Venao is located on the remote beach of Playa Venao, on the Pacific side of Panama. It has a great swimming pool, a big bar, and a beach volleyball court. It is built on the beach and it has direct access to the water. It looks more like a resort than a hostel, wouldn’t you agree?
Check out more details of Selina at Playa Venao at Hostelz.com.
You can find all Selina Hostels here.
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. 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.
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
We also collected Rio de Janeiro’s coolest party hostels.
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 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.
Make sure you read our backpacker guide with the coolest hostels in Thailand. We even added a full map with the perfect Thailand itinerary.
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. 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!
Find here our detailed country guide and itinerary with best hostels in Panama City.
48. 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.
49. Combo Bologna
The Combo 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: Combo 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.
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. 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
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.
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!
Read: The COOLEST Beach Hostels in the world 2023
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! And since it is one of the coolest surf hostels in the country, we added it to our big list of the best hostels in Portugal for surfing.
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
Although located slightly outside the center of Santa Marta, this hostel is super popular.
When you come the coastal town of Santa Marta in Colombia, you should consider The Dreamer Hostel. We compare here the coolest hostels 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!
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. 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!
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.
We wrote a detailed guide on the coolest hostels 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. JO&JOE Paris Gentilly
New kid in town! Jo&Joe Paris is the newest boutique-style hostel in the French capital. It comes with modern common areas, a roof top terrace with views and, as you can see, cozy and stylish dorms.
Find more details in our handwritten guide to top Paris hostels.
77. One Stop Hostel Sihanoukville, Cambodia
78. Happynest Inspiring Hostel
Loft-style 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. Stockhome Hostel Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya, Thailand
Scandinavian chic meets Thai Design!
Find the best hostels in Thailand here.
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.
Read: best hostels in Costa Rica
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
Update: Sorry folks, Calle 11 has permanently closed its doors.
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. We mentioned earlier another beautiful hostel in Santa Marta. Both hostels are very different in vibes and location.
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. 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
91. 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.
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. 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
97. 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.
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