Ultimate hostel hangs

Ultimate hostel hangs

What’s not to love about hostels? Amazing dorms with tons of space, fancy AF private rooms with en-suite bathrooms, rooftops, pools… And we haven’t told you about the amazing social spaces yet! This is where the magic happens: it’s the sociable heart of the hostel. Forget about tired old common rooms, today these chill out areas are design-led and turbo-charged! Language is never a barrier in a hostel, and you’ll meet travellers from all over the world to share your adventures with, make friends, and maybe even meet the love of your life (or a famous rapper)!

Whether you just want to chill, drink a beer, play pool, or have a read, there is totally a hostel social space made just for you:

For the party animal: Generator Kings Cross, London

You gotta love Laaaandaaaan! Head to Generator’s chill out area to unwind and socialise with other travellers while enjoying a pizza, or get warm and comfy on the cushions in the hidden yellow room. The bar is the best place to get the party started on a shoestring with a decent choice of London’s best drinks and a pool table – add in an awesome red double decker bus that doubles as a DJ booth and you have the definition of e-p-i-c!

More good things:

  • Traditional English breakfast – even better than hair of the dog for curing a hangover!
  • Amazing central location next to King’s Cross
  • Cinema room

For the green quirky explorer: Ecomama, Amsterdam

As soon as you step into Ecomama, you’ll feel like you’ve been wrapped in a warm and cosy blanket! Relax with a cuppa in the boho chic little café before entering the HUGE chill out area, with massive leather sofas where you can listen to the oldies on the record player. Take a moment to connect with nature in the quirky garden before cooking up a storm for your new friends in the communal kitchen, where the long wooden tables can seat a hungry crowd. Hidden away in the corner you’ll find a real tepee tent decorated with fairy lights. Living. The. Dream!

More good things:

  • Ecomama is dedicated to green and conscious travel, so you can sleep easy knowing you’re doing your bit for the planet
  • Their cakes are organic and homemade and so yummy
  • Ladies-only dorms with “free girly goodies”

For the cool city slicker: Casa Gracia, Barcelona

If you are the kind of traveller that lives and breathes Instagram, this hostel will definitely make you and your followers happy!

Casa Gracia is full of rooms and spaces where you can get lost, each one cleverly and stylishly decorated: a bar you would never expect to find in a hostel, a fairy-tale garden patio, a library filled with the classics and a cosy social space with massive sofas!

More good things:

  • The bar and restaurant is the perfect place for anyone in need of an Instagram-ready meal and a mind-blowing cocktail
  • Located in the trendiest neighbourhood of Barcelona
  • Weekly “gastrocreative” events – from Lomography workshops to brunch and Vermut

For Hipster lovers: Wallyard Concept Hostel, Berlin

Just look at those sofas! Nothing about this place is “mainstream” – casual interior meets the love of adventure, meets art, meets urban jungle. This hang is the perfect compromise between modern design and ‘home sweet home’: enjoy a homemade breakfast in the lounge or in the scenic backyard. Or grab an espresso and skype your loved ones from the art salon to tell them how amazing Berlin and this hostel is!

More good things:

  • Bicycle hire
  • Barista-style coffee
  • The best insider tips for wild nights in Berlin

For a touch of French class: Les Piaules, Paris

Recently opened in the heart of the city, ‘Les Piaules’ is the place to be seen in Paris. The chill-out space is a mix between a classic Parisian bistro with an industrial feel. In the winter, you can get comfy by the authentic wood burner or if the weather’s nice, head to the rooftop to admire the amazing view of Paris. Don’t forget to capture the memories with your fellow travellers in the photo booth! BRB just ordering an ‘apéritif’ and a nice glass of French wine to chill ‘à la française’ – Au revoir!

More good things:

  • Incredible views of Paris
  • Cheap bistros, cool French boutiques and boulangeries all on your doorstep
  • Badass breakfast

For first class travellers: Lisbon Destination Hostel, Lisbon

Just look at this huuuuuge winter garden where the light filters in through the rooftop onto the patio. It’s the perfect place to meet other travellers or just relax, and it’s equipped with a pool table, a cinema room, a Nintendo Wii – and of course Mario Kart – and a bar that’s open every evening. Both tranquil and upbeat, this one’s a blinder!

More good things:

  • Surrounded by some of Lisbon’s top nightlife spots
  • Steam room to bring the chill to another level of chillness
  • Located IN the train station – now that’s what we call well-connected!

For adrenaline junkies: Livingstone backpackers, Zambia

This is definitely not your average social space: just look at that crystal clear pool and the CLIMBING WALL! After a day full of rafting, bungee jumping and safaris, you’ll be glad to head back to this peaceful traveller’s oasis with lush tropical gardens and a bar to plug into the holiday vibe.

More good things:

  • BBQ and fully stocked bar
  • Book crazy activities like microlight flights, helicopter flights, elephant rides, lion walks, rhino walks, cheetah walks, Devil’s Pool, cultural tours and more directly at the hostel reception
  • If you want to get real close to the amazing surroundings you can check yourself into the camp site

For anyone in need of vitamin Sea: Selina hostels Bocas del Toro, Panama

PARADISE ALERT! This hostel’s social space is directly on the oceanfront so you can actually jump straight into the crystal clear sea after enjoying a free, healthy and yummy breakfast or a free session of rooftop yoga.

You can join the free daily activities to meet other travellers, like the Bocas bar crawl, movie and popcorn night, salsa classes and the Caribbean Day Party (every Saturday). Or just spend the day sunbathing on the deck in the amazing hammock chairs with your feet dangling above the ocean…living the dream, amirite?

More good things:

  • The surrounding area is the best – you are on a tropical island, people!
  • Catch a water taxi from the hostel’s private dock for a spot of island hopping – invite your new hostel buddies along and it’ll be cheap as chips!
  • Surf board hire

For the foodies: Soul kitchen, St Petersburg

Soul Kitchen knows the meaning of food and drink made with L-O-V-E! The kitchen is worthy of a 5* restaurant, and is fully equipped with everything you need to cook a great meal. Or alternatively, you could wait for the Russian chef to prepare a 3 course dinner of local specialities for you and your hostel buddies. Not enough? The cleaner bakes the most amazing homemade apple pie each morning – drooling already. After all that food, kick back and relax in the quirky TV lounge equipped with mac books and free Wi-Fi, or in the reading lounge, decorated with garlands and fairy lights.

More good things:

  • Quirky and effortlessly cool design
  • Learn to cook amazing traditional dishes with a local chef
  • Under-bed lockers and privacy curtains in the dorms

For the inner child: Hub New Lisbon, Lisbon

No you are not dreaming, this is an adult size BALL PIT! And if you find the rubber duck while you are down there chilling with your fellow travellers, the hostel offers you a free bar tab! I repeat: Free bar tab! But that’s not all: baby foot tables, videos games, an amazing bar and patio, everything about this hostel is designed to make you inner Peter Pan happy!

More good things:

  • Ideal location in the heart of the city near Bairro Alto
  • Free WiFi and breakfast!
  • Females-only floor

For the urban skater:  Sant Jordi Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The social space is filled with comfy seating and a skateboard ramp – yep, you read that correctly: a SKATEBOARD RAMP! Decorated with the absolute coolest skateboards you’ve ever seen, this is the perfect place to work on your kickflips! If you are not a show-off *wink wink* just chill in the big red cushions or have a drink in the backyard decorated by local street artists.

More good things:

  • All bedrooms are spacious and include private lockers, big windows and air conditioning
  • Close to the most iconic monument of Barcelona: la Sagrada Familia
  • BBQ nights!

For the movie goers: King Kong, Rotterdam

WARNING: you’ll never want to leave King Kong once you discover the amazing cinema, packed with the best films and the most comfy cushions and FREE Netflix and popcorn! Chill on the terrace in the summer and if you go there with your best buddies, you can book the HUUUUUUGE dorm which has its own chill space with crazy hammocks.

More good things:

  • Luxury Breakfast Buffet
  • The spacious Loft Dorm (shared bathroom) can accommodate up to 48 people, divided amongst unique and trendy ‘spaces’, including an old-school gymnasium.
  • Free printing service, so you never have to pay £25 to print a boarding pass again!

For the Star Trek geeks: Space Inn Taipei, Taiwan

GEEK ALERT: the hostel has a totally out of this world design that looks exactly like a space ship. You will be in awe of its futuristic look, galactic wall hangings and sliding doors.

Get cosy in one of the space booths to play board games with other travellers or challenge them to a game of free baby foot or air hockey! Live long and prosper, travellers!

More good things:

  • Book exchange
  • Free walking tours
  • Male-only and female-only dorms
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