Boutique and unique: hostels with maximum style, on a minimum budget

October 15, 2014
Alex

Feel chic in our pick of luxurious, beautifully designed accommodation, complete with budget-friendly price tags. Just adding that ‘s’ into ‘hotel’ cuts a huge portion of the cost, but our boutique hostels retain all of the comfort, cleanliness and facilities expected of high end alternatives. Enjoy:

The swanky spa hostel…

WellnessHostel 4000, Saas-Fe, Switzerland

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Refurbished spa hostel, wellnessHostel 4000, Switzerland.

This Swiss spa hostel nestled amidst the mountains in the glacier village of Saas-Fe has been newly refurbished this September. Now a stylish haven of wellbeing, their exhaustive list of eco-friendly facilities is centred on health, fitness and relaxation – and includes saunas, whirlpools, massage showers, relaxation lounges, water slides and progressive training programs for athletes (pause for breath).

If these state of the art amenities aren’t enough to channel your inner chakras and make you feel like some kind of heavenly being, we’re sure that the hostel’s restaurant and bistro will do the job: get served tapas, body-boosting smoothies, or even an aperitif with the Alps as your picture-perfect backdrop.

The deluxe city pad…

HI iSanook Residence, Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok’s iSanook, with jacuzzi, pool and all the trimmings.

Bangkok is a busy, lively and infectious city, and iSanook provides the perfect complement. Begin and end the day away from the hustle and bustle surrounded by gorgeous modern décor and features, including a rooftop cocktail bar, spacious sun terrace, pool and fitness centre.

Room options range from Deluxe Suite to Economy Studio depending on how your budget is holding up, but don’t sweat; each air-conditioned room is fitted with a balcony, flat-screen cable TV, fridge and safe. If you don’t fancy wandering into the abyss for that enticing Thai street food every day, the iSanook on-site restaurant can help you out with top notch Thai and Western cuisine, with Si Praya Pier, China Town and Siam Paragon shopping centre a short ride away.

The slice of natural beauty…

HI – Bariloche – Hostel Inn, Bariloche, Argentina

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Beautiful views from HI Bariloche Hostel Inn, set right on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, Patagonia.

Straddling the happy line between city slicking and heartbreakingly beautiful nature, this is an authentic home-away-from home in Bariloche National Park, Patagonia. 300 metres from the main city square but with incredible views from the shoreline of Nahuel Huapi Lake, the hostel setting is a unique gem all on its own.

With slick, comfortable facilities, and a bar area and terrace illuminated by the postcard-worthy view, outdoors enthusiasts will love this perfect base for mountain trekking, rafting, kayaking, horse-riding, fishing and a whole lot more, all facilitated through the friendly faces at the hostel.

Hip with a twist…

HI – Aventura Boutique Hostel, Budapest, Hungary

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Quirky escapism at HI – Aventura in Hungary’s Budapest.

Here is a prime example of what boutique hostelling is all about – a dip into cool, creative escapism. This Hungarian hostel is filled with imaginative themed dreamscapes in which you can rest your weary head, with every room decorated using a different design vibe: space out in outer space, recline in a Utopian garden, be enchanted by Fairytale land, meditate in far-eastern Bohemia or sleep deeply in Africa.

With its central location, you can explore vibrant Budapest by day and enter another world by night. The bliss doesn’t end there; with fun staff on hand to make sure you have the best break possible, you can also spoil yourself by taking advantage of the in-house massage service.

The rainforest escape…

HI – Laranjeiras, Antonina, Brazil

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Pamper yourself in Brazil’s rustic, plush HI Laranjeiras Hostel on the Parana coast.

If you feel like losing yourself to the beautiful Brazilian rainforest region and Paraná coast, then this is the place to do it in style. With rustic, colourful features, a swimming pool and garden area, buffet breakfasts, barbecue and mini-bar, this accommodation is artfully and thoughtfully decorated, and has an ideal proximity to local markets, where you can buy edible Brazilian goodies and authentic handicrafts.

With swaths of unspoiled rainforest and pristine coastline, there are endless superlatives you could use to describe this Brazilian region, and the impressive HI – Laranjeiras ties in with the experience very nicely.


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