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You voted, we listened. After tallying up the entries, we’re excited to announce the definitive list of the world’s best hostels in 2014. Whether you’re looking for a romantic couple’s getaway or a buzzing party atmosphere, we’ve found the perfect hostels across the world. And to give you a taste, here’s the cream of the crop…
‘Award for Cleanliness’ Category
Mystic Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The timeless grandeur of the Golden Fort has made Jaisalmer famous, but not many people know about the ghost towns and desert mystery that make this royal city so unique. Legend has it, that the local village of Kudhara was cursed around 1000 AD, and has since stood empty in ruins…
The aptly named Mystic Jaisalmer is the perfect place to stay for a taste of this Rajasthani magic, with a rooftop terrace (complete with hammocks) looking out onto the Golden Fort and the chance to take a camel safari through the surrounding Thar Desert, the hostel is the perfect starting point for exploring ‘The Golden City’.
Refill Now! Hostel, Bangkok
Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s most buzzing metropolis, and the Refill Now is the best place to be for a slice of the action. Use of the pool and tropical garden is included in the price of your room, and there are super cheap Thai massages available on site. The hostel prides itself on being open and airy, and of course, super clean…
Hostel Apinelo, Split
Split is the party hub of the Croatian backpacker trail. With hundreds of travellers passing through daily on their way to the islands, expect wild parties complete with LED covered robots and delicious street food for the stumble home. With free tea and coffee, WiFi and just a five minute walk from the bar-studded harbour, you can’t do better that Hostel Apinelo.
‘Best Atmosphere’ Category
Big Pineapple Backpackers, Bali
Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie searching for your next big wave or trying to unwind with some spa tlc, Bali will not disappoint. The island is small enough to cross in a day but packed with enough excitement to last you a month, and what better place to make your base than the friendliest hostel in Bali? Big Pineapple Backpackers is known for its homely common rooms and luxurious pool area, making it easy to make new friends to explore the island with. Perfect if you’re travelling solo.
Hedonist Hostel, Belgrade
Live jazz on almost every corner, bars open late serving rekije until the wee hours and some of the cheapest you’ll find in southeast Europe make central Belgrade perfect for budget travelling. The Hedonist Hostel is in the centre of it all, just five minutes from the buzzing boulevard Knez Mihailova, home to free live gigs and the city’s hippest watering-holes. The hostel is known for its fun staff and plush common areas, perfect for kicking off a great night.
Hostel Riad Mama Marrakech
Marrakech is a labyrinth of market covered streets, getting lost in the chaos of potion-sellers and snake charmers is all part of the city’s unique charm. A stay at the Hostel Riad Mama is the perfect way to jump into the crazy world of Marrakech, drink mint tea on the stunning roof terrace or book an adventure with the onsite tour operator. Whether riding camels through the Sahara, taking a hike through the Ourika Valley or just relaxing with free tea, you won’t be bored at the Hostel Riad Mama.
‘Best Hostels For Couples’ Category
HI-San Francisco Downtown, San Francisco
San Francisco is a city that welcomes outrageousness. As long as you’re here, you’re free to let loose; head to Union Square to get your drink on in some of the city’s most famous bars or try some fresh seafood in Fisherman’s wharf. Whatever you choose, HI-San Francisco is just one block away from the centre of the city. Couples will love the plush private rooms and friendly atmosphere.
The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel, Berlin
World famous for an unrivalled clubbing scene, an abundance of cultural diversity and more cocktail bars than you can handle, Kreuzberg and Neukölln are the hippest areas of Berlin and The Cat’s Pajamas hostel is right at the centre. With a warm atmosphere and some impressive power showers you’ll be sure to find all the vital creature comforts for a comfy couple’s getaway. The hostel is also just five minutes from the U Bahn, perfect if you’re looking to explore the city.
So there you have it, the best hostels in the world decided by you, the travel experts. Now go forth and explore, and then tell us all about it…
What’s the best hostel you’ve ever stayed in? Let us know in the comments.
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