Whether you're a college student about to embark on your semester abroad in Europe or a traveler just looking to save money -- you need to know which hostels to book.
Booking.com decided to launch The Booking Truth, a collection of insights based on their 21 million reviews. Using this information, Booking.com has compiled a list of the most interesting international and domestic hostel stays. Herewith, the list...
Violeta Boutique -- Barcelona, Spain
This hostel is located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, which has Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas, the bohemian Born area with Palau de la Musica Catalana, and many metro stations all within walking distance. In a 19th century building, restored with contemporary décor, all rooms have city views, free Wi-Fi, a plasma TV, a private bathroom, and most have a balcony -- not the kind of amenities with which you'd normally associate a hostel.
Plus Berlin -- Berlin, Germany
In Berlin’s trendy Friedrichshain district, across from Warschauer Strasse Train Station, this 3-star hotel and hostel features an Italian restaurant, indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, bathroom, large lockers, and a sauna upon request.
ONE80° Hostels Berlin -- Berlin, Germany
This boutique hostel in Berlin’s trendy Mitte district features free Wi-Fi, a stylish bar, its own nightclub, and contemporary-style rooms decorated with works by Berlin artists. It's also conveniently located -- Alexanderplatz Square S-Bahn Train and Metro Station is close by.
Generator Hostel London -- London, England
In central London, near Russell Square subway station, this large, welcoming hostel has dormitory-style shared and private rooms. The Generator is all about entertainment: it features an internet café, a lounge, a game room with pool tables, karaoke, a live DJ, free movies, and a bar.
Youth Hostel Scuol -- Scuol, Switzerland
The Scuol is a youth hostel characterized by its modern, minimalist design. It offers a choice between rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities, free Wi-Fi, a games and TV room, a kiosk, a dining room, a panoramic terrace, and a lounge with a fireplace and views of the Grisons Mountains.
Downtown Beds -- Mexico City, Mexico
Just a few steps from Mexico City’s Zócalo Square, Downtown Beds features dormitory or private rooms with bed linens and shared bathrooms, free Wi-Fi in public areas, a free Continental breakfast, a rooftop area with a bar, a lounge, bike rental, and an airport shuttle for an extra charge.
MEININGER Hotel London Hyde Park -- London, England
The Meininger is right in London's cultural center -- walking distance from the Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums, the Gloucester Road and South Kensington Tube stations, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, and Kensington Palace. Each room -- either private or shared -- has hardwood floors, a TV, and a private shower.
The Bowery House -- New York, New York
This hostel is stylish: it features a rooftop garden with Italian furniture and individually decorated shared rooms -- and the bathrooms have heated floors. Also available are free Wi-Fi, a living room with a TV, luggage storage, and a bodega.
Apple Hostels of Philadelphia -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This international youth hostel in downtown Philadelphia is only a short walk from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and many bars and nightclubs. It offers amenities such as free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry facilities, a kitchen, lounge, billiards table, and discounted walking tour of Old City.
South Beach Hostel -- Miami Beach, Florida
Walking distance from the beach and the Art Deco District on Ocean Drive, and a short distance from Bayfront Park and Bayside Marketplace, the hostel features a full-service bar and continental breakfast, free shuttle service to the airport, TV room, kitchen, free Wi-Fi in the lobby.