January 25, 2011
Whether young or old, outgoing or reserved, timid or adventurous, travelling the globe really can offer something for everyone. However the type of accommodation that the individual chooses will have a huge impact on their enjoyment of the holiday.
Hostelworld.com has therefore compiled a selection of top places to stay whether travelling in a group or individually, with your family or just with a loved one on a romantic getaway. There are ideas for every walk of life that should fit the bill and all, of course at great value.
'GREY GAPPER' - For travelers of the older generation who may have previously considered hostels a young person's game, Hostelworld.com have some suggestions tailored to suit their every need.
Lisbon Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
The original hostel in Lisbon, Lisbon Lounge relocated to a new premises in 2007 in Lisbon's historical district. This hostel manages to achieve cutting edge design whilst maintaining a comfortable and homely atmosphere for guests - perfect for those looking for quieter trip. With nine unique rooms available including privates and dorms, three lounge areas, library, tourist information, laundry service, 24-hour reception, mini bar and free breakfast, this spacious hostel offers everything a guest could possible ask for. For those seeking a day getaway, the nearby beaches of Estoril and Cascais are only a short train ride away.
Accommodation from €18.00/night
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 panoramic view to wake up to. For those looking to give that bit more on their holiday, the hostel 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. If knitting needles are outside of your remit you can always bring along an old pair of runners or a football for the sports program the hostel runs.
Accommodation from €15.85/night
'SOLIDAYMAKER' - For those 'solo holiday makers' who prefer to make friends along the way, Hostelworld.com have selected their top best places to mingle and meet like minded souls.
Base Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Base backpackers is located right in the heart of Auckland central to shops, cafés, museums, the Sky tower and only a few minutes walk to train, bus and ferry terminals and Vector Arena. Base is the ideal spot for solo girly travellers wanting to stay safe in "The Sanctuary" - an innovative and luxurious 'girls only' floor available with high quality facilities, safety and home comforts. The airport bus (Airbus) stops right outside our door of the hostel so a great option for travelers on the move.
Accommodation from €14.62/night
Wombats City Hostel, Munich, Germany
Wombats hostel is renowned for doing the best job in combining style with location. There is a great social atmosphere where the common room, pool table and womBAR make the art of conversation all the easier. Along with comfortable dorms, friendly staff and a great location, Wombats City Hostel is an essential pit stop for any type of traveler with an adventurous streak for meeting new people and new experiences. For those soliday-makers wanting a bit of calm, double rooms come with their own terrace and the glass-roofed courtyard, lined with trees, hammocks and beach chairs is the perfect little haven.
Accommodation from €12.00/night
'BROOD BREAKS' - For the Ultimate family breaks, Hostelworld.com has pieced together some great accommodation ideas coupled with fantastic activities for all the family to enjoy
Villa Saint Exupery, Nice, France
This exceptional former Carmelite monastery has been voted amongst the top of its class by several industry and customer polls. The hostel, fabulously situated in a park of olive, pine and carob trees with views of Nice, is social, stylish and serves a legendary free all-you-can-eat breakfast! The hostel's glass atrium kitchen is open to all visitors, and serves cheap home-made pizzas as well as traditional French meals. The chapel with beautiful stained-glass windows has been converted into a lounge for guests to meet and relax. The Riviera itself has so much to offer visitors - sunshine, beaches, Provencal cooking, museums and jazz clubs. For the more adventurous, the hostel can organise scuba diving, surfing, sailing, wakeboarding and canyoning tours. Comfortable family rooms are available at very reasonable prices.
Family Rooms from €22.00 pp/night
Ace Hostel, York, UK
This grand old Georgian hotel dating from 1752 has many impressive features including a stone-flagged entrance hall, grand carved sweeping staircase and paneled rooms. With its own oak-beamed basement games room, TV lounge, sauna, and outside seating area Ace Hostel is perfectly suited for any family wanting a relaxing holiday. After its £2 million refurbishment Ace Hostel gives you Georgian Heritage with a modern twist making it the best place to stay for your money in York. Family rooms overlook the Medieval walls and offer tea & coffee making facilities, in-room safes, plasma screens and ensuite facilities. Situated in Micklegate, the oldest part of York, historic activities and shops are just a stone's throw away while nearby York railway station makes travel to the surrounding area quick and simple. Finally the staff are knowledgeable and helpful when planning walks, tours, historic visits and many more activities.
Accommodation from €19.75/per night
Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara, Ireland
With an average rating of 88% from Hostelworld.com customers, Sleepzone Connemara is not only a gorgeous hostel but is one of the most spectacularly situated hostels in Western Europe. Rooms for families range from three to six bed and all have ensuite bathrooms. The hostel has its own tennis court, pool table and mini-supermarket and with the Killary Adventure Centre just next door, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits are available on its doorstep. If it is a relaxing holiday that the family are after, the serenity of the location of Sleepzone is an attraction in itself.
Family rooms from €15.00/night
'TWOSOME TRAVEL' - For those romantic souls wanting to share a special holiday experience with their 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.
Private rooms from €32.09/night
Plug Inn Hostel, Paris, France
It's the world's worst secret that Paris is the most romantic city in the world city and Plug-Inn is set in the in the heart of the stunning Montmartre. Surrounded by the trendy neighborhood of Abbesses, vibrant cafés and restaurants are in abundance and only just around the corner from the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. The rest of town is accessible on foot, or with the two metro lines (2 & 12) found on the doorstep and the Gare du Nord is a 5 minute trip away should couples wish to take a romantic day trip somewhere. The fresh design and modern touches of the Boutique Hostel perfectly compliment the charm of this historic quarter.
Private Rooms from €34.90/night
'BUDDY HOLLY-DAYS' - Whether a gap year or just a gabble of guys or gals, Hostelworld.com has it covered for the ultimate group trip.
La Controra Hostel Naples, Naples, Italy
With a spacious garden among palms and citruses, La Controra Hostels Naples really is luxury at an affordable price. La Controra Hostel Naples is in the centre of the city, in a safe area halfway up the Vomero Hill, close to a Metro Station and within fair walking distance from the historical centre further downhill. Group trips to Sant'Elmo Castle, the Royal Palace, Spaccanapoli, and the Modern art museum Madre are highly recommended. Day trips to Capri and Pompeii, Sorrento and the stunning Amalfi Coast are organised by the hostel on a regular basis.
Dorms from €15.00 pp/pn
Barcelona Urbany Hostel, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Urbany Hostel it's a brand spanking new hostel with modern and funky amenities. The hostel is well connected with public transportation and within walking distance to some of the most popular tourist sites for some great group days out: Sagrada Famila (Gaudi), Torre Agbar (Jean Nouvelle), and the Barcelona Bullring are about five minutes on foot. It takes 10-15 minutes to Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas, Port Olimpic and the beach is even closer if a well earned game of volleyball or simply chilling is in order.
Dorms from €16.00 pp/pn
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