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  1. Nine hostels with private rooms that rock

    posted by Heather Thompson | 6 Comments

    Nine hostels with private rooms that rock

    Jul212014

    Hostels – wonderful places to relax, have fun and make new friends. But did you know that you can enjoy all the social benefits of hostels and still have a private room to yourself? If you fancy having your own personal space to stretch out in, you can find luxurious, comfortable and hotel-standard private rooms in hostels all over the world – some even have ensuite bathrooms! There’s nothing quite like the relaxing feeling of waking up in your own private room and still having a great chat with your fellow travellers over breakfast.

    Want to know how nice these private rooms can really be? Here’s nine great examples in some of our top cities, in no particular order…


    Ecomama: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    This boutique hostel is the new sister hostel of one of Amsterdam’s highest-rated hostels, Cocomama, and is quickly proving to be just as lovely. Ecomama is a spacious breath of fresh air in this crowded, space-conscious city. Their private rooms have big, cushy beds, high ceilings, clever optimisation of space and clean-but-quirky design. There’s plenty of space to sort through your luggage or prop up your legs after walking around all day. And don’t forget the fair trade, organic coffee bar, movie room, and kitchen in the shared areas…
    Book a private room here now


    Tattva Design Hostel: Porto, Portugal
    Portugal is somewhat renowned for the high quality of its hostels, and Tattva Design Hostel is a fine example of how it got this reputation. In fact, when you wake up in one of their luxurious ensuite double rooms you might forget you’re even in a hostel at all. There’s tons of great little touches in this clean, modern hostel, from designer duvet covers to disabled-friendly facilities. One of the best features of Tattva Design Hostel is their large rooftop terrace; it has a BBQ, bar and gorgeous views over the city.
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    The Fort Boutique Hostel: York, England
    This cosy, home-like hostel not only features a free washing machine, strong Wi-Fi and free luggage storage, but their private rooms are very impressive. Each room has its own colourful theme, from high-tech blacklights to monochrome city chic. This is a clean, modern haven situated right in the middle of one of England’s most historic cities.
    Book a private room here now


    U Hostels: Madrid, Spain
    Self-described as Madrid’s ‘first luxury youth hostel at backpackers’ prices’, this swanky hostel is in a prime location near some of the city’s most stylish bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Comfortable, bright and clean, the private rooms have all the features of a hotel room, including card security on the doors. There’s also tons of space to lounge around with an espresso, whether it’s on cushions or up on the rooftop terrace.
    Book a private room here now


    USA Hostels San Francisco: San Francisco, California, USA
    So you want to visit San Francisco but can’t afford a hotel room in this increasingly expensive city? No problem – this hostel offers lovely, boutique-style rooms for less per night than many hotels in the area. Imagine waking up leisurely in your cosy bed, having some free all-you-can-eat pancakes for breakfast, stretching in the yoga room and then strolling right out the door to Union Square, the Museum of Modern Art and the Embarcadero! And while hotels might try to sell you pricey tours, USA Hostels has free and cheap events on daily, plus great local advice.
    Book a private room here now


    Wombats City Hostel Vienna—the Lounge: Vienna, Austria
    The Wombats chain pride themselves on creating their hostels ‘by travellers, for travellers’, and this really shows in the quality of their private rooms. They’re bright, cheery, incredibly clean and quiet, with high-quality wooden beds and all you need for a good night’s sleep. And once you drag yourself out of bed, you can look forward to an all-you-can-eat continual buffet breakfast for less than €4. You also get all of the other benefits of staying in a hostel, such as free pasta in the kitchen, a free welcome drink, free luggage storage and even free condoms. Who could ask for more?!
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    Grand Hostel Berlin: Berlin, German
    The super-friendly staff at this hostel really seem to care about comfort—for instance, their dorms don’t even have bunk beds. What this means for the private rooms is lots of lovely little touches so you might forget you’re even in a hostel, especially as it’s set in a 19th-century listed building. There’s even a four-poster double bed. All private rooms are set in the quiet part of the building and include towels, hair dryers and mineral water.
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    The Local NYC: New York City, USA
    There is something just so characteristically ‘New York’ about the style of the rooms in this hostel – is it the white-painted brickwork? Is it’s the lovely big windows? Or maybe it’s the clean, cool, modern greys and primary colours of the overall hostel. In any case, this is a great spot to stay if you’re looking for a private room in NYC. And like USA Hostels in San Francisco, you will get a lot more value for money at this hostel than most hotels in the immediate area—New York can be expensive! Bonus: The Local NYC’s location in Queens means their rooftop terrace has a pretty spectacular view of Manhattan.
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    Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel: Barcelona, Spain
    Staying at this hostel feels a bit like staying in a boutique palace, if such a thing could exist. Each private room has its own little personal touches to make you feel fancy—and it’s perfectly complimented by the excellent community feel in the common areas, with nightly events, trips and dinners. The overall décor is distinctly Barcelonan and comfortably opulent; grab one of their books and lose a few hours as you sink into a giant beanbag with a coffee or glass of wine. And if you’re in Barcelona for a romantic break, they have that covered, too; their ‘Super Suite’ features Jacuzzi bath, bathrobes, slippers, fruits, wine and more.
    Book a private room here now


    Have you stayed in a private room at a hostel? What's your favourite place to stay? Tell us in the comments below—we love your recommendations!

  2. 6 Comments so far.

    david said on 24/07/2014 at 9:20pm

    If you are travelling on your own and want a private room, this article is a little misleading. You often have to pay twice the amount shown or up to 4 times the amount for a room by yourself.

    Fabiana Lima said on 24/07/2014 at 8:31pm

    One I really loved was Miss Sophie's, in Prague, Czech Republic. The place is quiet and the bedroom has a nice decor - after all, it's a boutique hostel - and amenities. I even had my own tea/coffee machine, like many hotels in cold cities. Breakfast was also lovely: you could have pancake or crepe with hot chocolate specially made for you.

    Ron P. said on 24/07/2014 at 3:13pm

    Stayed in a deluxe double room at Saphaipae Hostel in Bangkok. Really nice modern and spacious room, with a nice, good size bathroom ( I think the bed was a queen or even a king size ). The lobby area was very clean and modern, and the restaurant was nice as well. Was very much like staying in a hotel, and probably the nicest hostel room I've stayed at in over 10 years of backpacking.

    NS said on 24/07/2014 at 2:18pm

    Great read thanks, I'd like to try them all! You could add Dolphins, Noosa, Australia

    Josue Alexandre Py Cardoso said on 24/07/2014 at 12:09pm

    1º Colocado: U Residencial - Madrid 2º Colocado: Tattva - Portugal 3º Colocado: Casa Gracia - Barcelona 4º Colocado: O Forte - Inglaterra

    Meredith said on 24/07/2014 at 10:41am

    I stay in a private room at the Chelsea Hostel every time I go to New a york. It's not as eleventh as the places shown in this article, but it is clean and in a great location right in Manhattan. In the Chelsea neighborhood. I also stayed in the Millhouse hostel in Buenos Aires in a room with really cool artwork and an en suite bathroom. The building was really nice and centrally located. Millhouse is known as a party hostel, so it wasn't very quiet at night, but if you either don't mind or want to party it's great! They also had lots of activities and a concierge to help you book day trips.

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