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Hostels get flashier by the minute: from a Jacuzzi in Reykjavik to a view of the Nile, these five smart hostels offer chic comfort and more than a hint of romance, perfect in time for Valentine’s Day…
1. Baldursbra Guesthouse, Reykjavik
Right in the heart of Reykjavik, Baldusbra Guesthouse combines an excellent urban location with spacious private rooms and a secluded garden. Enjoy a long walk under the never-setting summer sun or warm up in their Jacuzzi and Finnish sauna.
One guest said: “This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at. The location was perfect and the rooms were comfortable. The landlady, Evelyn, was extremely friendly and went out of her way to help us with everything. We were there for New Year’s Day, and she and her husband organized a champagne party with canapes for all the residents. And Iceland is an amazing place to visit. Do yourself a favor and book this hostel.” (07 January 2013)
Private rooms from €20.34pppn | More info
2. Maverick Hostel and Suites, Budapest
All narrow cobbled streets and baroque architecture, the picturesque Hungarian capital makes a perfect destination for two. Situated in a peaceful pedestrian area, the Maverick Hostel and Suites is a haven of colorful mosaics. Make the most of the kitchens, lounge areas, TV and free internet on every floor.
One guest said: “Excellent location. Metro stop just a minutes walk from the hostel and a supermarket a few doors down. Comfortable clean rooms and very friendly, helpful staff. I would recommend this hostel to anyone and would certainly stay there again if I go back to Budapest.” (22 December 2012)
Prices from €8pppn | More info
3. Sleeping Beauty, Rome
Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Guesthouse Sleeping Beauty offers inexpensive, high level lodging, right in the centre. Stay here and you’ll just be a 15-minute walk from the Colosseum.
One guest said: “Excellent location, extremely helpful staff. The owners of this guest house really did all they could to make our stay in Rome a wonderful experince. From helping us with finding the best local food to tourist attractions, I would highly recommend this guest house to anyone.” (22 November 2012)
Private rooms from €15pppn | More info
4. Riad Lakhdar, Marrakech
This family-run hostel is a great choice for anyone looking for some peace and quiet among the splash of fountains and the warbling of birds. It’s just close to the main sites, restaurants and bustling activity of fabulous Marrakech. The town’s largest and most famous hamam El Bacha is right next door.
A guest writes: “It is a beautiful property.and in a good location as it is very close to the center and all the markets. The owner, who fetched us at the airport, was very friendly and helpful and we were given the most delicious pot of mint tea on arrival. Although there is no private kitchen you can order food and drinks if you want them and the breakfast in the morning was enjoyable and consisting of breads and the traditional pancakes. I really enjoyed my stay here and hope to return. Very clean and spacious.!” (15 December 2012)
Private rooms from €16pppn | More info
5. Portus House, Istanbul
Portus House in Istanbul is located right by the Galata Port in a quiet street by the lively ferries. There’s free Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and an LCD TV in every room. The Art Nouveau architecture features high ceilings and French doors in some rooms giving airy corridors to provide guests with space and a place to rest.
One guest said: “Extremely friendly front of house staff and housekeeping staff. Great breakfast and AMAZING location. This location is on the European Side of Istanbul. The Asian side (where the Blue Mosque is) is a walk over the bridge. The walk is great with lots of fantastic shops, restaurants, and the fishmarket. The location is also close to the best baklava house in Istanbul, gorgeous Galata Tower, the bridge to the Iztiklal pedestrian walkway with awesome shopping. Couldn’t be happier.” (21 November 2012)
Private rooms start from €16.66pppn | More info
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