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HI hostels are not just for sleeping

At Hostelling International we pride ourselves on offering a comfy bed for the night, but there’s loads more stuff that goes on at our 4,000 hostels, around the world making each of them a unique and exciting place to stay.

Here’s a pick of three hostels offering unusual activities:

Hear some cool bands

Loft Hostel in Rekyjavik
The Loft Hostel has fab views over Rekyjavik

The Loft Hostel in Reykjavik is an official venue of the Iceland Airwaves music festival.

The Balconies, Me & My Drummer,  Shiny Darkly, For a Minor Reflection, Mammút, and Rökkurró are just a few of the acts who will perform during the festival, which starts on Wednesday 30 October and lasts until Sunday 3 November.

The hostel’s central location also makes it perfect for visiting the other venues. If you can’t make it this year, get a taste of The Balconies music here, then book your tickets for next year.

Learn a language

Dublin International Hostel front desk staff
The friendly team at reception

Stay in the popular Dublin International Hostel and learn to speak English in Ireland.

Study packages include a general English course and accommodation for a choice of five, 12, 19 or 26 nights.

The language school is just a five-minute walk from the hostel. Small classes and friendly teachers will help you improve your English and your confidence in speaking English too!

Plus you’ll have the chance to put your new skills to practice visiting popular tourist  attractions so you can have fun while learning and see a little more of Ireland!

Get hitched!

HI-New York
Say I do to HI-New York as a wedding venue

Many hostels also offer functions rooms that can be hired for business meetings, parties – and weddings!

HI-New York City, located in a historic Victorian-style building on the Upper West Side, offers four elegant, inexpensive, versatile rooms – perfect for everything from wedding receptions to Sweet Sixteens to conventions and meetings all with top-notch facilities

The hostel also boasts the largest private patio and garden in Manhattan. Plus after the wedding there’s a stylish penthouse for the bride and groom.

  • Where’s your favourite hostel and what else does it offer apart from a good night’s sleep? Let us know using the comment form.

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