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What is a design hostel? It is simply a design-conscious and hostel-typed accommodation. Besides being a design hostel, some of the mentioned unique accommodations in this list are as well 5 Star Hostels.
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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.
Official website: thepassenger.com
2. 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.
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
4. 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 our full review of Adler Luxury Hostel.
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5. 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.
6. Ecomama Amsterdam
A reception made out of old books, and old magazines turned in a chair. The Ecomama Amsterdam takes upcycling 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
7. Lollis Homestay in Dresden, Germany
Beautiful and individually decorated rooms, you can sleep in an old car or inside a giant table! This hostel also offers free bike rental, and their free dinner nights are not to be missed – everyone loves free food!
Our full article: Lollis Homestay , the 5 Star Hostel in Dresden
8. 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.
Find all 3 best hostels in Barcelona here.
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
Official website: www.mosaichouse.com
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. 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.
Our full article: Oxotel, the 5 Star Hostel in Chiang Mai
Make sure to check out as well Trace Hotelistro, the second 5 Star Hostel in town.
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
13. Nexy Hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam
Read our full review of NEXY Hostel.
Located in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, NEXY Hostel is the number 1 hostel in town.
The new luxury brand gives you access to a good-night sleep and fun tours to ha Long Bay, Sa Pa and more.
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
15. Superbude St. Pauli in Hamburg, Germany
If you want to experience the North-German lifestyle, you HAVE to stay at Superbude in Hamburg. There are two different Superbude Hotels and Hostels in Hamburg. Both come with a unique design concept. From upcycled tables, ropes, and bike rental.
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. We have visited the Marlborough Sounds. Here is our extended review of the Hopewell Lodge NZ.
Official website of Hopewell.
19. WE Crociferi in Venice, Italy
Located inside an old monastery, the We Crociferi in Venice impresses us with a calm and majestic flair. Currently opened as a hostel only during Summer, We Crociferi 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 our full We Crociferi Review
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
21. 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
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.
Our full article: Sputnik Hostel and Personal Space, the 5 Star Hostel in Moscow
23. Seagulls Garret Hostel
The Seagulls Garret Hostel combines two different styles. From a beach-inspired grey-white-blue palette to a colorful, modern design in the in-house bar. Both areas are well designed for different purposes. Relax and laid-back to social and fun.
Your choice, Mr. Traveler!
Our full article: Seagulls Garret Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Riga
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
26. Hektor Design Hostels in Tartu, Estonia
Talking about design-conscious budget accommodation, we have to consider Hektor Design Hostels. Their minimalistic 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.
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
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. There are 3 giant hammocks on the upper floor. As there is no roof top – literally – you have a beautiful view from here!
Our full article: CCasa Hostel Nha Trang, the 5 Star Hostel in Nha Trang, Vietnam
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!
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 are our 27 Fun Things to do in Santorini.
33. SleepClub Hostel Krabi
The unofficial tourism board in Krabi comes with an upcycled design concept. 2nd hand bike wheels, upcycled furniture turned into a stylish piece of interior design.
Our full article: SleepClub Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Krabi
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
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.
37. Hostel Olé, the 5 Star Hostel in Alicante
Cosy lounge and flamenco vibes. The Hostel Olé Alicante, in South Spain is a music-loving hostel. They created a special lounge to let their guests mingle the best way possible. Who is up for foosball?
Our full article: Hostel Olé, the 5 Star Hostel in Alicante
38. Memory Hostel in Danang, 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
39. CUBE Hostel Leuven
The reception is a masterpiece. It is build out of old suitcases – now, this is backpackers dream, right?! The design hostel did not stop here. Their style is consistent and they even added some cool extras like an in-house cinema.
Our full article: Cube Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Leuven
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.
Our full article: The Spot Cosy, the 5 Star Hostel 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
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! 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.
47. Pars Tailors Hostel
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.
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
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
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 article: Wallyard Concept Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in 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!
Full review of 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.
Our full article: Yim Huai Khwang, the 5 Star Hostel in Bangkok
53. 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.
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.
Our full article: Sunset Destination Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Lisbon
The brother hostel Lisbon Destination hostel is also a fabulous accommodation to check out!
Our full article: Sunset Destination Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Lisbon
55. WOW International Tainan, Taiwan
Do you consider yourself to be a bit of an artist? Then you will love Wow Tainan hostel, for sure! Over the past few years talented artists and illustrators, from both Taiwan and other parts of the world, have come together to leave their personal mark in, on and around the hostel – literally!
Our full article: WOW Tainan, the 5 Star Hostel in Tainan
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.
Our full article: Valencia Lounge Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Valencia
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!
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
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 & Suites 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.
Photo by Miguel Guedes Ramos
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.
Our full article: #Bunk Hostel Taksim, the 5 Star Hostel in Istanbul
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