Low on cost but high on style, these hostels cater to budget-conscious travelers who don’t want to sacrifice modern conveniences for price.
The Bowery House, once temporary lodging for World War II veterns, is reborn as a luxury hostel in the hip Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood of NYC. Modern amenities, stylish design and a rooftop garden make this a unique and budget conscious place to stay. And catch at least one meal downstairs in The Bowery Kitchen -- modern Italian fare at a friendly price.
Courtesy of Lub d This trendy hostel is located in the lively Silom, Bangkok’s business district, and is close to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. You'll be greeted in the stylish “Happy 2CU” lobby, and you can unwind all day at the Yellow Donut Cafe and Bar that buzzes from early morning till late night.
KEX is a renovated biscuit factory cum stylish hostel in downtown Reykjavik. Living up to to its “social hostel” label, KEX offers guests a café/bar area and outdoor heated patio to enjoy local beer and traditional Icelandic dishes. More than just a place to stay, KEX hosts live music, concerts, movie premieres with celebrities and musicians who stop by to soak up the Icelandic culture.
Think you have to spend big bucks to stay in a fashionable NYC hotel? Think again. Gershwin Hotel is a funky art-themed boutique hotel that offers affordable rates and some dormitory-style rooms for the budget-conscious traveler.
With over 1,020 beds, Danhostel is Europe’s largest design hostel, located in the heart of Copenhagen. The atmosphere is international and social, with travelers from all over the world mixing in the sleek and modern lounge.
Set in a huge tropical garden, Eco Resort Chiang Mai is surrounded by greenery, yet is a short tuk-tuk ride away from the center of Chiang Mai. A dip in the lap pool is a perfect respite from the muggy Thai weather.
Located in a 250-year-old building in Lisbon’s historic center, Travellers House offers modern amenities such as a music lounge and iPads that are available for borrowing. And 10 minutes from the hostel are studio apartments for those who want a bit more privacy.
Stay Waikiki is a hip hotel/hostel hybrid in the heart of Waikiki Beach geared toward those who don’t want to sacrifice style for budget. Catering to a youthful crowd, Stay offers bunk-bed rooms and private junior suites, as well as amenities such as a media room and in-room PlayStation and DVD players.
Set in a contemporary stylish townhouse in Seville's city center, Oasis combines Spanish charm with modern luxuries. With a fully-equipped communal kitchen, a roof terrace with pool and a bar -- this is the place to meet fellow travelers.