Hostels are a great option for all kinds of travelers. Whether you're on a tight budget, looking for a social scene, or a solo traveler, there is a hostel out there to meet your needs. While hostels can be just a place to sleep at night, they can also completely change your experience in a new city. We've highlighted some of our favorite hostels across the globe to get you started planning your next adventure!
This hostel truly had it all! They went above and beyond in terms of cleanliness, atmosphere and comfort. Mosaic is a capsule hostel, a very traditional sleeping arrangement in Japan, in which guests stay in their own private pods. The capsules here were so spacious, each with their own light, hanger, and outlet plug. Pull the curtain down at night, and you're in your own cozy space. It felt just as nice as a hotel and was kept so clean! Bathrooms had all the amenities- no need to bring shampoo, body wash, or even a hairdryer. The common space was bright and cheery with video games, musical instruments, a communal kitchen, and even a hammock. Check out the rooftop deck for an impressive sunset view and chill space.
As if that doesn't set Mosaic apart from other hostels already, the staff and social scene truly made my experience special! They helped out with bike rentals and the best advice for directions around Kyoto. They organized events such as a local meet-up and impromptu karaoke nights. The staff truly made an effort to get to know and help each guest. I'll be sure to return!
This favorite is the epitome of a backpacker’s hostel complete with brightly painted murals, outdoor patio for shared meals, and an atmosphere that reminded me of what college parties look like in the movies. Asylum is also a great choice for those of us on a budget with lots of perks including free breakfast and kitchen facilities. It's located in the center of Kings Cross, Sydney, which is a hub of nightlife and activity for tourists and locals alike. This is one of those places that seem to collect a dedicated following, people come for a night and end up staying for weeks. Asylum is a fun, young, exciting place to stay if you are looking to make friends, go out, and have some fun in the city!
While some may discredit Reykjavik as merely a stopover city en route to Iceland’s natural wonders, the country’s capital offers much more splendor & charm than ever expected! Ample with quirky cafes & stunning architecture, Reykjavik boasts many hidden gems. However, one thing the city is NOT... is affordable. Airbnb & hotel prices can be staggering for any thrifty traveler, but KEX Hostel has the solution. Situated a 10 minute walk from the main tourist street (and directly across from a beautiful fjord), KEX intertwines the city’s whimsical spirit with backpacker friendly prices. Offering both private & shared rooms, each decorated with personal family photos & paintings by local artists, this hostel is perfect for all types of travelers. There is a communal kitchen for use & an outdoor patio area, but the real star is the lobby/restaurant area. Complete with a full bar & food served all day, KEX’s main area is a fun spot for both guests & locals alike to chill. The hostel even organizes live music performances & other events all year round! The hostel staff is also happy to help book excursions outside of the city & assist with airport transfers. KEX is open year round (yes, even in the winter months when there is only three hours of daylight) & is a great choice for anyone looking to explore Iceland’s unconventional capital!
This year, Sungate One has been rated first in Spain, first in best location, first in worldwide small hostel, and second in continent's winner- Europe. I can assure you, this hostel is well-deserving of such high and prestigious awards! Sungate One offers more than a place to stay and has a lot to make it unique. One major factor is that they do not have bunk beds. No awkward climb up in the middle of the night, no uncomfortable squeaking from a bunkmate's rendezvous, no sharing your personal space. As a light sleeper, this feature alone went a long way for me. Another offer that Sungate One provides is the copious amounts of free activities. My visit to Madrid cost me little to no money, but still jammed pack with adventure and good times. They help offer free walking tours, free trips to surrounding cities of Segovia and Toledo (minus cost of train fare), free dinner, and free pub crawls. All of these things are UNHEARD OF. You would be lucky to get one of these activities in a typical hostel. And if all of that is not enough, there is one last thing that sets Sungate One apart from the rest and that is- the staff. These staff are outstanding. They are travelers, adventurers, and overall compassionate and fun people. They will be sure to tend to your every need, make you feel included, and encourage you to take part in all they have to offer. My journey at Sungate One several years ago and built a love for the city of Madrid that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. I encourage you all to go to Madrid to do the same.