Upmarket HostelsPosted on: 24 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Don't be put off by the word hostel - these are up-market European hostels that will halve the cost of a city break.
If stylish, sociable, quality accommodation that goes easy on the bank balance sounds appealing, then embrace the rise of the modern day hostel.
Below are a selection which not just catered to twenty-something backpackers, but are suitable for travellers of all ages, and far removed from the out-dated image of boarding school corridors and cold showers. Read on, and be amazed.
Hilux Valencia: Feetup Hostel, Valencia, Spain
A unique touch is given to this hostel, as each of the spacious balconied rooms are decorated with the contributions of imaginative local artists. Combine this with the fact that they have just ten double or twin rooms, the hostel never feels overcrowded. To maintain this energy, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to stay without a guardian.
The hostel is located in the heart of Valencia´s beautiful and historic Barrio El Carmen, just minutes away from the train and bus stations and a short ride from the airport. The warm and friendly staff always have plenty of time for a chat in the cool and colorful lounge or to offer advice on the best restaurants and bars to take in the vibrant and diverse nightlife that Valencia has to offer.
Accommodation is from £25.02 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/OasisBackpackersMansionLisboa-Lisbon-14760
Sleepzone, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Awarded the Best Hostel in Ireland in 2006, as voted by Hostelworld.com users, Sleepzone is situated in the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare from where it boasts close proximity to some of Ireland's most famous areas of natural beauty, including the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands and The Burren region – 400sq miles of unique limestone terrain. It offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
This fantastic new hostel was previously a 3-star hotel until late 2006. Now a 130-bed hostel, it offers 22 rooms – several of which are private with en suite. Also at the hostel is a fully licensed bar with cosy lounge, spacious self-catering kitchen and dining room, beautiful landscaped gardens, free internet and WiFi, free private parking and laundry facilities.
Accommodation is from £13.35 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/SleepzoneTheBurrenCliffsofMoher-CliffsofMoher-16929
Hostel Paradis, Nice, France
Positioned in one of the city’s best locations, Hostel Paradis is just a one minute walk to the beach and a two minute walk to the famous shops and restaurants in town. Each of the bright, comfortable rooms have their own ensuite, television, phone and fridge. The hostels offers guests free use of beach mats, internet and towels. The multilingual staff are extremely helpful and can organise local tours, car or bike hire for guests.
Accommodation is from £23.36 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/HotelHostelParadis-Nice-2558
Oasis Backpackers Mansion Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
A new generation of contemporary styled backpackers, the Oasis is perched on the 'Miradouro do Santa Catarina', overlooking the river and the bridge 'Ponte 25 de Abril.'
Designed for the modern day global traveler, the Oasis offers high pressure showers, 9 inches of mattress heaven, famously gourmet yet economical dinners, free breakfast, Portuguese language classes, high-bow library and laundry service. This state of the art backpackers offers a superior level of comfort, cleanliness and a staff well versed in the art of travelling.
Accommodation from £16.68 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/OasisBackpackersMansionLisboa-Lisbon-14760
Dan Hostel, Copenhagen, Denmark
The new five-star Danhostel is at Langebro on H.C. Andersens Boulevard, and is already a landmark for entry to the City of Copenhagen.
Apart from the building’s exceptionally fine view over the city’s roofs, the Opera house and Islands Brygge, it is centrally located within walking distance of the city hall square, the Tivoli, the main railway station and the pulsating life in the centre of the city. Danhostel is one of Europe’s largest city hostels with 1,020 beds in private and dormitory rooms catering for all types of travellers. The hostel comes equipped with a new café, bar and restaurant with Authentic Italian cuisine, a massive TV lounge room and internet café.
Accommodation from £23.47 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/DanhostelCopenhagenCity-Copenhagen-17405
Ace Hotel, London, UK
Located in Kensington, Central London this hotel has set a new standard for budget accommodation in the UK. Spanning across four beautiful Victorian town houses, Ace Hotel has it's own bar, garden and hot-tub and provides the latest amenities, security and comfort for the independent traveller or anyone wishing to stay in peaceful, calm surroundings in the capital. All double rooms have their own television, bathrobes, slippers, fridge and private patio.
Accommodation from £22.00 a night. Visit http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/AceHotelKensington-London-10044
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