Hotel Vs. Hostel: there was a time when a simple “s” could make a big difference in terms of comfort, style and services, but this is not the case anymore.
Forget about stereotypes: hostels are not anymore those simple, modest places for skint students and on budget travellers.
It’s been a couple of years now since the first “Boutique Hostels” have started to make their way through the hospitality industry and trust me..they are far away from the common idea we all have about hostels.
As defined by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, boutique hostels are “high end” accommodations for backpapers, offering “high tech” options and all kind of comforts at an affordable price.
If you want to have an idea of this new hostel concept, here it is a list of some of the most famous ones:
- The New York Broadway Hotel and Hostel, Manhattan: you will be comfortably sleeping next to Central Park for about 20€ at night.
- Plug-Inn Boutique Hostel, Parigi: stylish and modern in the heart of Montmartre. The price per night is slightly higher than the previous one (30€ for a bed, 80€ for a double room) but it includes breakfast, wifi, towels, bed linen and an ensuite bathroom.
- YHA London Central, Londra: it has been awarded as the best London hostel for 3 years! 30€ per bed and you will be sleeping in Soho!
- Lub D Hostel, Bangkok: very welcoming name (Lub D means “sleep well” in Thai) and ideal for solo female travelers thanks to its ladies only section. Comfy and safe area, equipped with lovely lounge area with screens to enjoy movie nights. Price: only 15€ per night!
- St Kilda Base, Melbourne: colorful and comfy, welcome drinks, disco bar and free pancakes on Mondays! Prices from 24€ per night.