Creativity! So many hostels around the world have a creative design. We at Hostelgeeks decided to collect cool hostel design ideas. Creative ideas that you can simply steal from Hostels (or, well, borrow!) for your own good. When it comes to design, there is no doubt that the 5 Star Hostels know how to do it. After all, they all do come in an awesome design!
Looking carefully, the 5 Star Hostels do offer lots of awesome hostel design ideas. Those can be applied to pimp your own design at home. These ideas we are showing you can be also used for your own home decoration. Take a look at those hostel design ideas with a creative mind. Get inspired, adapt, and try your own style.
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Let’s have a look at all those great hostel design ideas out there you can steal from these design hostels.
1. World Maps to inspire your travels
As travelers, we love World maps. And they can be used in so many different ways to decorate!
The Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg decided to drill the wall in a World map form. This unique hostel in Hamburg understands how to turn things around. They upcycled old tables, and ropes. They even took a former wheelbarrow and flipped it into stylish design chairs.
Lisbon is also known for being a creative hotspot. We can steal a design hostel idea from Sunset Destination Hostel. This accommodation is the 5 Star Hostel in Lisbon. It comes with a swimming pool on his own roof top terrace. That might not be too easy to steal though…
However, the hostel design idea we can steal from Sunset Destination Hostel is the big, painted world map in the common area. Sure, the hanging table is also a pretty impressive hostel design element.
Different ways where maps can be used for an awesome design, so. Having some old maps? Take out the maps and use them! You do not have any? Order a vintage map on Amazon.
If not, you can always paint a world map on the wall by your own. Or even drill a wall or wooden piece with the map form. We at Hostelgeeks just hook an old map into a wooden piece and it is part of our bedroom decoration right now. Simple and nice, don’t you think?
Also, Hostel Olé, the new 5 Star Hostel in Alicante has a handmade world map hanging in their lounge.
2. Memory Board to organize the week
A memory board around is always a plus, as it will help you not forgetting things, or even inspire you every day! We just spot so many different ways in the 5 Star Hostels which are easy to copy in your home decoration. You can see these ideas for memory boards and more at our Pinterest.
Here, you could see Cube Hostel memory board made with corks. This retro-chic Hostel in Leuven decided to use the following memory boards combination to show their activities during the week.
3. Add letters for a personalized design
Decorating walls with letters has lots of possibilities!
You may have seen quotes on the walls all around design hostels. Quotes are great to get very day inspiration, or demonstrate the hostel character, as Happynest Hostel Chiang Rai does. This boutique hostel added some of its character on the walls. Lot of travelers love to take pictures of themselves in this area. Very instagramable!
The amazingly cosy hostel in Kaohsiung City With Inn Hostel plays with very original letters to show their logo. It is made from old tools and hooks. Like that, travelers can notice the vintage-feeling from this taiwanese hostel from the first step through the door.
4. Bricks for an urban loft-look
Including bricks as a backdrop gives a gorgeous urban loft look. It adds texture and color to any room. Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, one of the 5 Star Hostels in London, decided to combine bricks in its natural state and use paint over to create a modern and casual appearance. The result is stunning!
Now you might think, I do not have a brick wall in my place…
Did you know that there is bricks pattern adhesive wallpaper? We have been in some restaurants which used it. Some of them looked so real it was hard to notice it was actually wallpaper.
5. Combine different lighting in the same area
Every area at home needs a different lighting, but you can actually combine different lighting in the same area to offer always the light you need! For bedrooms, we just need a soft light, even though sometimes you would like to read. Do you love books? Then add a direct light near your bed.
We can see how Sputnik Hostel & Personal Space uses different lightning on their dorms. It is the 5 Star Hostel in Moscow! There is a big lamp in the middle of the bedroom, and an individual lamp on each bed. Like this, travelers are able read or check their emails before going to sleep without disturbing other guests.
The stylish Berliner boutique hostel Wallyard Concept Hostel includes a pendant light in the center of the table to have extra illumination on it. Combining the different lighting in their common area, this hostel do emphasize their industrial design vibes. Is there anything more Berlin-like?
Heading over to Thailand. The Oxotel Chiang Mai also combines different lighting in the common area. They sustain direct light on the tables, which helps to eat comfortably and meet other people. To illuminate the food and bar counter, they use industrial lights. And for central lightning, they use decorative lamps with softer light.
6. 3-2-1… Cinema!
Creating a cinema at home is not that difficult nowadays.
Lots of people have already a big TV, or even a projector display, in their living-rooms. STAY Hostel Rhodes just built some comfy sofas with 98 pallets and added a projector display to create their amazing cinema. Combining the wood with brighter colors, they do offer a relaxed atmosphere.
Just with a big TV, Cube Hostel in Leuven, Belgium offers a pretty cool cinema experience. Combining real cinema seats with enormous air puffs, they also added some Film posters. Al Pacino, the godfather, and rocky are watching you! It feels like a real cinema, shh….
With different hostel design decorations, the Backstay Hostel and We Bologna Hostel, chose old vintage cinema chairs for their cinema club. The simple brown chairs are perfect to save some space and add a special cinema atmosphere. Ready for tonight’s movie?
You see, both cinemas are kept in a different style.
The Onas Hostel&Suites also comes with an in-house cinema. The cinema is filled with pillows, and it’s so cosy, the guarantee for falling asleep is included!
7. Evoque emotional feelings adding natural elements
Adding natural elements to our home decoration brings emotions: you can feel excited, calmed or soothed just adorning with birds, rustic leaves or even fruits.
The 5 Star Hostels in Amsterdam show it. Including natural elements to achieve a remarkable design is also very simple! The funky eco-friendly Ecomama Hostel gave us bits from nature just adding some apples in their decoration. It can’t be easier, neither healthier!
Its little sister and first boutique hostel in Amsterdam Cocomama, prefers to include trees in some of their bedrooms. Let nature find itself into any space of you home and life, and feel how nature plays a role in your interiors. Another cool hostel with a natural theme is Marken Guesthouse in Bergen.
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