Lonely Planet has released its top 10 best value stays for 2014 – and guess what – nearly half of them are HI hostels!
Scroll down to take a look at the hostels Lonely Planet thinks will give you the best value for money without sacrificing character, charm and unforgettable accommodation experiences.
The Backpack, Cape Town, South Africa
Discover the best of Cape Town while staying in this super-stylish hostel. The hip vibe and eclectic charm of The Backpack will guarantee an unforgettable stay. Spend your days chilling at the pool which offers incredible views of the stunning Table Mountain, sip on cocktails at the bar, enjoy scrumptious braii (barbecue) evenings with travellers from all around the world, or buy Zulu necklaces, Xhosa dolls and Mandela bags at the on-site shop. Best of all, the hostel strives to make a difference to the local community by contributing to its employees’ college funds and supporting township programs.
Sydney Harbour YHA, Sydney, Australia
If you’re staying in Sydney, why not stay in style. Sydney Harbour YHA will grab your attention straight away with its incredible rooftop terrace offering unparalleled views over Sydney Harbour. But an incredible rooftop view isn’t all this hostel has to shout about – built above the archaeological remains of colonial Sydney and based in The Rocks, one of Sydney’s most interesting neighbourhoods, this hostel places you within walking distance to most, if not all, of Sydney’s best sights and attractions. Plus, the facilities on offer are state-of-the-art and all rooms are air conditioned and en-suite.
Inkosana Lodge, Champagne Valley, Drakensburg, South Africa
With a sweeping panorama of the Drakensburg mountains as your backdrop, acres of indigenous gardens to walk through at your leisure and the calls of various types of birds providing a relaxing soundtrack, a stay at Inkosana Lodge in South Africa’s Champagne Valley is certain to leave you feeling refreshed and de-stressed. With the choice between the backpackers’ lodge or private thatched rondavels, you can hike through stunning scenery – with owner Ed’s expert hiking advice – or visit local villages during the day and enjoy a braii (barbeque) in the evenings.
Old Plovdiv Guesthouse, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
This beautiful boutique hostel is owned by Hristo Giulev and his wife; together they restored the property to its former glory. Guests staying at Old Plovdiv Guesthouse will experience luxury and old-world charm combined with a warm family welcome. All rooms are elegantly decorated and adorned with fascinating hand-picked antiques. After a blissful night’s sleep in a lavish bed, savour the sunshine over a delicious courtyard breakfast before heading out to explore Plovdiv’s charming Old Town which is right on your doorstep.