Home Hostel truly felt like a home away from home. They had tons of awesome features that made all the difference for a backpacker on a long haul trip. The atmosphere is really unique in that they merged traditional Japanese feel with a modern vibe. I especiallyloved the tatami mat common space area complete with cushions, guitar, andJapanese art adorning the walls. The communal kitchenand amazing roof space were huge benefits. Home Hostel had really special touches to make guest comfortable. Robes to borrow for the rooftop to keep warm and even shoeboxes in the entry, complete with key, to store your outside shoes and swap for slippers they provided. The powder room with hairdryers and tons of other free cosmetics to use was a welcome relief after weeks of travel out of a small bag. I was lucky and they celebrated their one year anniversary during my visit. They offered free takoyaki (octopus pancake balls), calligraphy lessons, and even Maiko (geisha) dances. All these thoughtful touches put Home Hostel at the top of my list!
This hostel is a sister chain of my beloved Sungate One hostel in Madrid. Located in the heart of Budapest, this hostel won 6th Worldwide Medium Hostel, and 1st in Hungary. This hostel is unique for several reasons, one being the intimate setting for the free dinners and pub crawls. They have one large family style dinner table where you can pass around food, chat, grab a drink from the bar, and get to know your fellow travelers. As the night progresses, dishes are cleaned and fun drinking games commence. These staff know how to have a good time and are excited to bring you out to the local nightlife. The hostel still offers the charms of a free walking tour in the morning, and the staff offer a wealth of information for anything Budapest - from the thermal pools to the best goulash in town. Budapest is arguably a less traveled city than many of our European counterparts, so has that 'real city, real people' feel. This is a great hostel for solo travelers who may be looking for a travel buddy for your time in Budapest. What are you waiting for!? Explore.
When visiting Peru’s bustling capital seek refuge at Alpes Lima. Located in Lima’s charming Miraflores District, this hostel is a backpacker’s paradise! Alpes has both large shared dorm rooms for outgoing backpackers & quiet private rooms for extra comfort. The hostel also offers a wide array of fun activities, such as free walking tours of the city & frequent movie nights. There are daily perks like a delicious free breakfast & a lively Happy Hour—both located on the hostel’s incredible rooftop deck which overlooks the neighborhood. There is even a travel guide desk located near the front entrance to help book adventures like surf classes, desert treks & sea lion swimming excursions!
While Hostal Alpes is a great place to hang out, another major plus of staying there is the incredible location! Although you will be staying on a quiet side street, within a 10 minute radius guests can find the beautifully manicured John Kennedy Park, historical churches, shops, restaurants, & of course—the beach! Just a 5 minute walk from Alpes (& down several steps along a winding cliff staircase) one can find themselves face to face with the Pacific. This is a wonderfully serene place to catch the evening sunset with other onlookers, watching the last few surfers dot the horizon, before heading back to Hostal Alpes for a Happy Hour Pisco Sour (or dos).
The Lemon Tree Hostel on the small island of Andros, Greece, is a home away from home -- if your home comes in the form of a cozy treehouse with family-style breakfast and the island's best tour guide. Travelers at the hostel can start the day as strangers and end the day as friends sharing food, wine, and sunsets from the deck overlooking the ocean. At The Lemon Tree, the space is comfortable, the people are warm, and -- most satisfying of all -- the lemons from the tree make even better fresh lemonade than expected. This is one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in anywhere in the world, and I can highly recommend it to anyone island-hopping in the future!