My Favorite Hostels – 2017

In my last post I wrote about why I stay in hostels; now that we all know why hostels ROCK, here are my 7 favourite hostels that I have stayed in. I have chosen these 7 hostels based on location, breakfast, cleanliness, vibe, design and group activities. They are in order from the most recently stayed. I generally prefer to stay in small sized female dorm rooms and have learned over the years female dorm rooms are always cleaner and nicer than mixed ones.

Pella Inn, Athens

When I chose to spend a couple of days in Athens before venturing into the stunning Mykonos and Santorini, my main purpose was to behold the history filled beauty – The Acropolis, to stroll the Plaka neighborhood and make a stop at Pittaki Street. Pella Inn would easily rank as one of my top 3 hostel experiences as it met my needs to the tee and surpassed them.  The rooms are clean and they have private bathrooms within the 4 person dorm room. The roof top lounge/ bar offers non-obstructed stunning views of the Acropolis and it’s a 7- 10 minute stroll through Plaka to the entry of the Acropolis. I actually got to experience a full moon on the roof top chatting away with a bunch of interesting South Africans.  There is a free walking tour that starts at 1015hrs and the guide – Sam is extremely passionate and knowledgeable. We walked and explored Athens in about 2.5 hours and gave a great start to my Greek week.

Cost: 20€  – 30€ – Kes 2,500 – Kes 3,500 per bed for a 4- 6 person dorm room

*Female Dorm Room available

2GO4 Quality Hostel Grand Place, Brussels

2G04 hostels have 2 hostels one in the actual city centre and the other at Grand Place, I chose the one at Grand Place to allow me to easily access all the places I wanted to visit. This particular hostel is a little different in that you check in at the other hostel and get a room key. There is no reception at the hostel. This together with the remote check in was not good for me as I had some questions and no one to answer. However on the plus side the interior design of the hostel is very quirky with collectibles from different places and has an artsy vibe combined with a feel of warm elegance. The kitchen is airy and well stocked with a glass floor. The 4 bed dorm room also came with a private bathroom, blow drier and great mirrors – vanity :). Interesting, my dorm mates were a Mexican girl and 2 Korean girls and when we realized we all spoke Spanish it was all laughs and Spanish practice. There is no common room/ bar here thus the social interaction was greatly missing. It offers all day coffee and tea for free.

Cost: 20€  – 30€ per – Kes 2,500 – Kes 3,500 bed for a 4- 10 person dorm room

*Female Dorm Room available

  • NO Breakfast  – Kitchen available

    Lounge Area

Jam Hotel, Brussels

This is one of the fanciest hostels I have ever stayed at, with a full of fine dining Italian restaurant, 2 bars, a swimming pool, game room and a great fancy lounge area. It is a former art school on the end of the century building that was converted into hostel by showing it some love but still keeping some of its character. Located a little outside of the historical centre and city centre, it offers a different vibe that’s brings out the hip and cafe culture side of Brussels.  The interior design is plush and warm giving a very cosy feeling. The rooms have retained the industrial vibes of the original building by having intricate concrete roofs and exposed brick walls. They do allow non residents to come in and use the pool, have drinks and Jam which is a great plus. The only con is they have only one dorm room that is co ed and takes 18 people. If you are a sucker for privacy, this may not work for you but they do have many other room options in singles, doubles, triples and quads.

Cost: 25€  – 35€ – Kes 3,000 – Kes 4,000 per bed for 18 person dorm room

*NO Female Dorm Room available

  • Optional Breakfast  – at a fee

    Pool and Chill Area

Misfit Hostel, Mancora – beach

Mancora is a party beach destination and as much as I love me a good party I like the idea of partying when it’s party time and recharging by sleeping when I need to.  The infamous Loki Hostel where we did hang out most of the day is one never ending party  – literally from morning to night and repeat. A couple of us opted to swap the nights to a more relaxed hostel right on the beach where we could hangout outside having some Rum Maracuya (rum and passion juice) and chatting as we listened to the crashing waves. Misfit is a very basic hostel with a couple colorful bungalows that are en suite. Why this hostel is on my top 7 list is the atmosphere and relaxed feel you get in a party destination. The owners are super chilled and will grab a drink with you and just chill. It really meets my ideal beach hostel – wear no clothes and do nothing all day. The down side you need get a tuk – tuk from the beach – Playa el Amor (beach of love) to town.

Cost: $6 – $ 12 – Kes 600 – Kes 1,200 per bed for 6 person dorm room

*NO Female Dorm Room available

  • NO Breakfast

    The bungalows

Siem Reap Hostel, Cambodia

With its perfect location in the centre of Siem Reap, 5 minutes walk to Old Market and Pub Street and a short 20 minute Tuk Tuk ride to Angkor Wat, it’s the perfect hostel for travelers seeking comfort at a budget. The hostel has a clean pool, a bar with great happy hour prices, game area, yoga and pilates, tour desk and day spa. I stayed in the deluxe dorm rooms as they have en suite bathrooms shared among 6 people. The atmosphere is vibrant and enjoyable but not overly noisy. The owner is a happy chap who will seat and drink and anchor beer with you as he tells you of many different types of people he has met at the hostel. The rooms are very well ventilated and airy making one’s stay very comfortable.

Cost: $8 – $ 10 – Kes 800 – Kes 1,000 per bed for 6  – 10 person dorm room

*Female Dorm Room available

  • NO Breakfast

    Pool source – website

Why Not Backpackers (Capsule Hostel), Phuket

Located on the infamous Bangla Road in Patong, you would expect that you would never bat an eyelid. However, the hostel has been built in a way that once indoors, it is a little haven that removes you from the Mad Phuket vibes. As a capsule hotel, you will get your own capsule that has lighting and power outlet. The hostel has 3 saunas, a cold room, couples massage seats, free computer room, and an expansive relaxing areas. When I visited, it had just opened and everything was new and unused. The bathrooms are of very high standards with hair driers, toiletries, high pressure hot water and cleanliness was top notch. This hostel is ideal for party people as a stop over to some of the other more beautiful beaches in Phuket.

Cost: $7 – $ 10 – Kes 700 – Kes 1,000 per capsule

*NO Female Dorm Room available

  • Breakfast included in room cost

    The common area

The Backpack, Cape Town – location

Cape Town is my favourite city and this hostel was my initial welcome to Cape Town and led me to fall in love with city. It is located on Church Street which is a walking distance from Long Street, some good bars, well priced restaurants and popular attractions like Green Market Square, Company’s Gardens and the Bo-Kaap. It is a slightly further walk or 5 minute taxi or bus ride to V&A Waterfront and 10 minutes to the Table Mountain Cable Car Station. For me the winning aspect was the panoramic Table Mountain views. Having your free continental breakfast with the backdrop of Table Mountain or having your wine and swim as you chat away overlooking the Table Mountain is special. When I stayed there, I was lucky to have no other roomies in my 3 bed female dorm room. The room was en suite and tastefully furnished and was cleaned each day which is not very common in hostels. The facilities include a pool, travel centre, cafe/ bar, self catering kitchen, parking and community shop. They also practice responsible tourism and arebig on tangible giving back making them even more awesome.

Cost: $25 – $ 50 – Kes 2,500 – Kes 5,000 per bed for 3 – 8 person dorm room

*Female Dorm Room available

  • Breakfast included in room cost

    The pool area with Table Mt View

I am sure I will experience other hostels that may be even better. Let me know some hostels that you love and recommend highly.

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