9 of the Coolest Hostels in the World

Hostels are among the top picks of many travelers for varied reasons. With thousands of hostels to choose from across the globe, finding one should be fairly easy. But if you are looking for something that departs from run-of-the-mill hostel experience, here are some of the coolest ones you may want to visit in your future travels.

Aydinli Cave Hotel
Location: Goreme, Turkey
Aydinli Cave Hotel
Top reasons to book here: A family-run that sits on a hilltop overlooking the picturesque ancient town of Goreme. Areas like the rooftop breakfast room provide a breathtaking view of the surrounding scenery.

Caveland Hostel
Location: Karterados, Santorini
Caveland Hostel
Top reasons to book here: Caveland Hostel sits in the midst of what once was a winery that dates back to the 18th century. It was converted into a hostel in the early 1980s. It boasts of eight traditional caves as well as some private rooms. Guests can use the communal kitchen to cook their own meals if they wish to. Other amenities include a pool and tennis courts.

Fauzi Azar Inn
Location: Nazareth, Israel
Fauzi Azar Inn
Top reasons to book here: A two centuries old Aram mansion that now serves as an inn the heart of Nazareth. The stone building is remarkable in many ways with its Turkish marble floors, scenic views, and hand-painted ceiling. Stone arches grace the courtyard which further adds to the old-world ambiance.

Hằng Nga Guesthouse
Location: Dalat, Vietnam
Hằng Nga Guesthouse
Top reasons to book here: If you are looking for something unusual, you will find Hằng Nga Guesthouse (a.k.a. Crazy House) aptly fits the bill. The bizarre-looking five-storey guesthouse seems to have been transported straight out of a fairy tale. And it has garnered a mix of reactions from locals and tourists. Inside the weird-looking guesthouse are animal themed rooms which add to the unusual look and feel of the entire place.

Hotel Costa Verde
Location: Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Hotel Costa Verde
Top reasons to book here: Hotel Costa Verde is a refurbished 727 sitting atop trees surrounded by nature. It offers a view of the verdant jungle and delightful glimpses of wildlife such as monkeys and squirrels residing in the forest among many others. The nearby ocean provides soothing sounds that add to the tranquility one finds when staying here.

Jumbo Stay
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Jumbo Stay
Top reasons to book here: It may not be the first time you get to sleep while flying in a jumbo jet. But you can sure bet on it that you will have a more comfortable stay in this renovated jet. You can choose from among the accommodations that could house one to four persons at once.

Kadir’s Tree House
Location: Olympos, Turkey
Kadir’s Tree House
Top reasons to book here: This accommodation offers a real tree house experience for the kids at heart. Climb a ladder to get to your room and get inspired by the travel related words of wisdom you can find painted on the panels.

Stahleck Castle
Location: Bacharach, Germany
Stahleck Castle
Top reasons to book here: This 12th century now serves as a hostel that offers a stunning view of the surrounding landscape and natural scenery.

YHA St. Briavels Castle
Location: Gloucestershire, UK
YHA St. Briavels Castle
Top reasons to book here: The 8-century-old St. Briavels Castle is nestled in the midst of Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. The breathtaking natural surroundings provide a perfect setting for nature and outdoor lovers.

Hostel Etiquette to Live By if You Don’t Want to Be That Hated Guest

hostel dormitory

There are many ways to be an annoying traveling. Inconsiderate behaviors that cause inconveniences to others are among the top of the list. If you are staying in a hostel dorm room, etiquette can go a long way in avoiding being that hated person other guests complain about.

1. Keep the noise down. Respect other people’s need to rest. Avoid making unnecessary loud noises, especially at night. Be quiet when coming back late at night or at the wee hours of the morning. Put your phone in silent mode. Or at the very least, lower the sound of the ringtone. Imagine if it is you trying to catch a much-needed rest. The last thing you want in some inconsiderate people disturbing your sleep.

2. Think first before turning on the lights. If possible, avoid turning on the lights when everyone else in the room is asleep. Think twice before you flick the switch on. Sometimes there is enough illumination to help you navigate your way to the door if you need to step outside. If the room is too dark for you to move around, try using whatever lighting your phone can provide to get around. You can also use a flashlight if you have one.

3. Clean as you go. Keep the areas you visit clean. Wash the dishes or utensils you use in the kitchen. Throw your own trash before you go and wipe the table clean, if needed. Make sure to clean pans or pots if you use them. Put reading materials like books and magazines back where you found them. Avoid leaving a mess in the bathroom or toilet. Leave every space or area as clean and neat as it was before you used it.

4. Be conscious of the time when using the shower. Be mindful of how much time you spend in the shower. Keep in mind that there may still be many others who may need to use it. If you want to avoid the rush and the crowd, schedule your shower time earlier or later than most guests.

5. Avoid packing up late at night. Packing up late can disrupt other guests’ sleeping time. If you are leaving early in the morning the next day, make sure to pack up before everyone goes to sleep. Or you can put most of your stuff in your luggage early to minimize the noise you make when you finish packing everything before you leave.