Ultimate List of gorgeous +105 Design Hostels

Ultimate List of 99 gorgeous Design Hostels 2022 (Mafia, Island-Retreats, and Hipster Haven)

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.

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.

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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…

you should have a look for our Hostelgeeks Community discounts and how to book hostels like a pro.

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.

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The Passenger Hostel in Porto The Passenger Hostel

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

Wanna splurge? Stay at the BEST hostel in all Mexico City; the double room at Casa Pepe

Refresh at the pool at Casa Pepe, 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 once again. 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 kickback at the beach right in front of the hostel. Join their numerours 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.

Book Selina Tulum here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Selina Hostel in Tulum - Sleep in Luxury Tents

Best Beach Hostel n Tulum? That would be Selina Hostel
Selina South Beach

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.

Madama Hostel & Bistrot one of the 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.

Hostels in Cancún, Mexico

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

Ecomama Amsterdam

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.

Website: www.freehostelsbarcelona.com

Read our guide to all 3 best hostels in Barcelona here.

Free Hostels Barcelona

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.

Kos One Hostel is one of the best hostels in Canggu, Indonesia

Kos One Hostel is one of the best hostels in Canggu, Indonesia
Kos One Hostel

Enjoy the outdoor pool at 5 Star Hostel, Kos One Hostel in Canggu

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

Viajero Tayrona Hostel & Ecohabs is a 5 star hostel in Tayrona National Park, Colombia Viajero Tayrona Hostel & Ecohabs is a 5 star hostel in Tayrona National Park, Colombia Viajero Tayrona Hostel & Ecohabs is a 5 star hostel in Tayrona National Park, 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.

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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.

Luxury Double Room at Casa del Pavo Real

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

Sunset Destination Hostel 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

Private room with Balcony at NEXY Hostel Ligthly dorm at NEXY Hostel in Hanoi, 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

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage 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.

The Superior Suite at Two Pillows Hostel - the answer to Where to stay in Malta
Two Pillows Boutique Hostel

Design Hostel; Two Pillow Hostel in Malta is the oldest Boutique Hostel 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.

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

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The best Hostel in Interlaken? The Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, 5 Star Hostel

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

Mountain Hostel Tarter in Andorra

18. Hopewell Lodge in New Zealand

The Hopewell Lodge is New Zealand’s most remarkable hostel. You will find the exact location and more information about Hopewell Lodge in our guide to top hostels in New Zealand.

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!

Orange Trees in a former cloister; a perfect setting for staying in Venice as a backpacker

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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

With Inn Hostel Kaohsiung - Smallest 5 Star Hostel in the world!

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

Quick overview:

  1. Jacobs Inn Hostel
  2. Gardiner House
  3. Generator Hostel

Jacobs Inn in Dublin, one of the best hostels in Dublin, Ireland

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.

Caveland Santorini Hostel

The Best Hostel in Santorini CAVELAND, a real 5 Star Hostel

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.

Santurcia Hostel & Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Bohemian Flair in the Caribbean
Santurcia Hostel & Bar

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.

amayour surf hostel Thagazout Morocco

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

  1. KEX Hostel – the top choice
  2. Bus Hostel – fun for backpackers
  3. Galaxy Pod Hostel – posh and hip

Boutique Hostels in Reykjavik; The KEX Hostel

KEX Hostel in Reykjavik

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

Hektor Design Hostels

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.

Artsy Puli Center Center Hostel in Taiwan

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

Maverick City Lodge in Budapest

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.

Dip & Doze Boutique Hostel, Canggu

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.

Common area at Ccasa Hostel Nha Trang

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.

Selina Playa Venao is one of the best beach hostels in the world

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

Fancy a private room? Go with Nordic Hostel in Skopje Stylish lounge at Nordic Hostel, one of the best hostels in Skopje

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

Smartbox at inBox Capsule Hotel Saint Petersburg

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.

3 Best Hostels in Málaga, Spain - Welcome to the Jungle Urban Jungle Hostel in Málaga - Fresh and Green Boutique Hostel in the Heart of the city Enjoy the roof top terrace at Urban jungle Hostel in Malaga

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.

The Nui Hostel & Lounge, remarkable!

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

private room at Da Lapa design Hostel Rio de Janeiro Brasil

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.

Memory Hostel in Danang, 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

Heyyyy Bangkok - The Boutique Hostels in Bangkok

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

Website: www.stay-rhodes.com

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

Cocomama 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

Website: www.anihaakien.nl

Ani&Haakien Hostel 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.

The Spot Cosy in Cluj

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

Ximen Wow Hostel Taipei, Taiwan - homely design in a busy city

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.

Upcycled table at Mini Boxtel Life is easy at Mini Boxtel café

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:

  1. Sydney Harbour YHA
  2. Wake up! Sydney Central
  3. Bondi Backpackers

Wake Up Sydney Central one of the best hostels in Sydney, Australia

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.

Selina Hostels in Bocas del Toro

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.

Len Kyoto

49. Combo Bologna

100% Italia!

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

Combo Hostel in Bologna; take a seat and enjoy Have an Aperol Spritz at Combo Hostel in Bologna, one of the best hotels in Italy

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

Wallyard Concept Hostel Berlin

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.

The Common Room Project in Saigon

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)

Yim Huai Khwang in Bangkok

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

Rambutan Hostel in Townsville, Australia

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)

Alfama Patio in Lisbon, beautiful hostel design dorm

The brother hostel Lisbon Destination hostel is also a fabulous accommodation to check out!

Destination Hostel Lisbon

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.

Saga Poshtel Oslo Central is one of the best hostels in Oslo, Norway

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.

The private room, the japan-style. The Share Hotel offers both private and shared accommodation

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

Valencia Lounge Hostel - New Reception Concept & Contemporary Design

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 2022

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

Rooms are designed as prison cells at Hostel Celica

Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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.

Youthink Hostel

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

Swimming Pool anyone? The Surf in Caparica Hostel

62. Swanky Mint Hostel in Zagreb, Croatia

Industrial design!

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

Swanky Mint, a creative hostel in an a former factory

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.

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!

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse in Hobart, Tasmania

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.

The Independente Hostel in Lisbon, Portugal

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.

#Bunk Hostel Taksim, Istanbul

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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!

Dream Hostel Tampere

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

91 Loop Hostel in Cape Town

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

Spin it! The SPIN Hostel

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

The Double Room with a balcony at THE HAT - Stylish, right?!
The Hat Hostel

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

Alcazaba Premium Hostel in Malaga

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.

Teatro Hostel in Barcelona

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.

The Olivers Hostelry in Jawa Barat, Indonesia

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.

We Hostel Design 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.

Oxotel Chiang Mai, 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.

JO&JOE Paris Gentilly is one of the best hostels in Paris, France

77. One Stop Hostel Sihanoukville, Cambodia

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!

Happynest Inspiring Hostel

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.

Anything missing? Join the pool partyThat surfboard? It's the shower next to the pool. That is so cool!

80. Stockhome Hostel Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Scandinavian chic meets Thai Design!

Find the best hostels in Thailand here.

Stockhome Hostel Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya, Thailand

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

Casa Zen Guesthouse

82. Kiwi Hostels Ecuador

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.

Botanic Hostel in Rio de Janeiro

84. Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel in Georgetown

Ryokan Muntri Boutique Hostel in Penang

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!

Old Kings Füssen Design Hostel in Füssen, Germany

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.

Calle 11 Hostel, a former Mafia House

87. Chao Hostel in Bangkok

Another epic hostel in Bangkok, Thailand. Find all best hostels in Bangkok, Thailand in our handwritten guide.

Chao Hostel in Bangkok

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.

Basecamp Bonn

89. Amazigh Design Hostel

Amazig 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

Hostel Emanuel in Split

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.

Welcome to Hobu Hostel Bogota

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.

Lupta Hostel Patong Hideaway in Patong Beach

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

Hao Hostel 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

LightsOut Hostel 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!

The Doctors House in Sarajevo

96. 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.

Pars Tailors Hostel in Barcelona

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

Cascais Boutique Hostel

98. 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.

Unique Hostels are always cool - but are they safe?

99. 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.

Taiga Hostel in Saint Petersburg, Russia

100. 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.

Fleming Hostel in Mallorca, Spain

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