January 11, 2011
After the expensive Christmas season, treating a loved one to a Valentine's break may become one expense too many with a movie and meal at home replacing the more traditional forms of romance. However, thanks to Hostelworld.com and its fantastic range of luxurious, romantic hostels, this needn't be the case. Hostels offer a fantastic, cheaper alternative to hotels whilst still offering all the amenities that a couple could wish for. Below is a list from Hostelworld.com of some of the best hostels from around the world to spend a memorable break away with a loved one.
The Fort Boutique Hostel, York, UK
The Fort is conveniently located in the heart of the historic City of York, situated above Kennedy's Bar and Restaurant, the ideal spot for a romantic glass of bubbly and a candlelit supper. Each room has been individually designed by young artists; resulting in comfortable, funky accommodation with en-suite wet rooms, flat screen TV's and Wi-fi. There are complimentary hot drinks available in the chill-out area which offers the perfect accompaniment to snuggling up to a loved one.
Equity Point Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
Located in the Plaza Djemaa el-Fna, in the very centre of Marrakech, the new Equity Point Hostel is the ideal hideaway from the mad rush of the city. The stunning double rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, are exquisitely decorated to the highest standard. At night, guests can enjoy the peace and quiet of the softly lit inner courtyard, or take in the amazing views from the rooftop terrace whilst enjoying a bottle of wine. Rachida, the hostel's in-house expert Moroccan chef can also prepare an amazing traditional meal at your request. Enjoy a relaxing and enchanting stay at this extraordinary hostel.
Rooms Deluxe Hostel, Valencia, Spain
Rooms Deluxe Youth Hostel in Valencia, situated just 100 meters from the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It offers twenty eight individually themed ensuite rooms each decorated by a different artist. There are extensive options to chose from such as the comfortable Buddhist temple, the fiery flamenco suite, the retro-future room or the wonderfully chilled Mediterranean suite. A large living room is at guest's disposal where they can use the fully equipped kitchen, unwind with a DVD or simply relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the Rooms Deluxe Hostel.
Knockree Hostel, Wicklow, Ireland
Renovated in 2008 following €4m investment this five star hostel is a converted farmhouse overlooking the beautiful Glencree Mountains. The Wicklow Way passes through the hostel grounds, offering the ideal location for a romantic walk in the country. Knockree Hostel boasts all the usual features of a top rated property including en-suite rooms, self catering kitchen and car parking. Particularly amazing is the Double Deluxe Room - also dubbed the 'Honeymoon Suite'. With panoramic views of the stunning surrounding scenery, this room offers the perfect place to spend a weekend with a loved one.
Oasis Backpackers Mansion Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
One of Europe's best hostels in the heart of the Lisbon's funkiest neighborhood, the Oasis is a true travellers amorous paradise! A new generation of contemporary styled backpackers, the Oasis is perched on the 'Miradouro do Santa Catarina', overlooking the romantic setting of 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 for ultimate lie ins and famously gourmet yet economical dinners. For couples wanting a joint experience worth sharing, Portuguese language classes are on offer and there is a high-brow library for quiet evenings snuggled up in front of a fire. This state of the art backpackers offers a superior level of comfort, cleanliness and a staff well versed in the art of backpacking.
The Backpack and Africa Travel Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Voted Best Hostel in Africa in 2008 and 2009, the Backpack and Africa Travel Center of South Africa have recently added three en-suite loft rooms with outstanding views of Table Mountain, ideal for that unique romantic getaway. For those couples looking to extent the feeling of romance to goodwill, the hostel also asks those with the ability to knit blankets while lounging around the hostel or tucked up in front of the television. Blankets are provided for the countless sick babies, many infected with HIV, that call the nearby crèche's their home. The hostel also offers soccer camps so guests can break out the old soccer ball or donate used soccer gear.
Miss Sophie's Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
Miss Sophie's Hotel is a boutique hideaway located in the New Town of Prague but within easy walking distance of the spectacular Old Town. The private rooms offer a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with designer flair, all fully equipped with stunning marble ensuite bathrooms. The softly lit cellar bar is the perfect mood setter for a relaxing evening drink with a loved one after exploring the delights of the gorgeous city of Prague.
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