Affordable Luxury for Flashpackers: Best Luxury Hostels in the World!

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If you thought that hostels and luxury could not co-exist, then you are in for a big surprise. The gaining popularity of staying in a hostel to interact with travellers from different cultures, yet not wanting to give up on the comfort and luxury of hotels, has brought in a new breed of luxury hostels. From boutique to design; think of designer furniture, unique theme-based interiors and the latest technology available and getting all of this in a minimal budget.

A popular choice with travellers popularly known as 'poshpackers', here are some of the best luxury-inspired hostels that are on my to-do list for my next vacation.

The House of Sandeman Hostel and Suites, Porto

The House of Sandeman Hostel and Suites, Porto

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Located in one of my favourite cities, this hostel is in an 18th century building overlooking the Douro river. With interiors inspired by wine cellars and a kitchen which serves food made from fresh produce paired with some local wine, this hostel is the perfect location to enjoy a wine tasting, sitting by the river. Due to its central location it's also convenient to go for a city tour from here. Mixed and female dorms start from just Rs.1,200 per night excluding breakfast.

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KEX Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

KEX Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

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A Trendy gastropub with a cozy reading corner, centrally located and offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, this vintage hostel is a mixture of a hotel, bar, restaurant and jazz club, all in one. Surrounded by nightclubs and an array of coffee houses, this is one hostel you don’t want to miss out visiting on your next trip to Iceland. Mixed and female dorms start from just Rs.2,900 per night excluding breakfast.

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Casa Kessler, Barcelona

Casa Kessler, Barcelona

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Located just 2 minutes away from the popular Plaça de Catalunya, this boutique hostel is renovated with a glorious mezzanine, intricate mosaic floors and murals on ceilings. Their philosophy is 'comfort combined with a personal service' and the reviews that this place has on all the online forums testify to it. Mixed and female dorms start from just Rs.1900 onwards excluding breakfast.

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WellnessHostel4000, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

WellnessHostel4000, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

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Rather than breaking your wallet on your next trip to Switzerland, chuck the other popular destinations and travel to this vehicle-free village in Saas-Fee for your next winter break. From a fitness centre, spa and an award-winning restaurant and a free lift to learn skiing, this hostel will leave your awestruck with its architecture and high-quality amenities. Mixed and female dorms here start from just Rs.3500 onwards excluding breakfast.

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Freehand Los Angeles, USA

Freehand Los Angeles, USA

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To live it up like A-list celebrities and stay in designer-inspired rooms, this hip hostel is centrally located and is extremely spacious with LED equipped rooms and retro cinematic furnishings. There are plenty of bars and eateries to choose around from as well. Mixed and female dorms start from just Rs.3500 onwards excluding breakfast.

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Dream Hostel, Tampere, Finland

Dream Hostel, Tampere, Finland:

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If you thought that Finland cannot be done on a budget, then its time you got introduced to this Scandinavia-inspired hostel. It is attached to a hotel; however, the dorms are equally amazing. Occasional free dinners, WiFi and the central location are a big yes to book this for your next vacation. Mixed and female dorms start from Rs.1600 onwards excluding breakfast.

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LetsBunk Poshtel, Delhi

LetsBunk Poshtel, Delhi:

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Hostels aren’t just an international trend, they are now slowly picking up in India as well; mainly for solo travellers or with millennials. Located in the popular Haus-Khaz district, it has a rooftop terrace complete with live music and social events such as barbecue nights, Indian Beer tasting, movie nights and adventure activities. The biggest bonus though? Mixed dorms start from just Rs.750 per night excluding breakfast!

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Yim Yam, Bangkok

Yim Yam, Bangkok

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I have somehow never encountered anyone going to Bangkok and staying in a hostel, mainly because of its affordable hotel prices. However, this stylish hostel complete with a lounge, spacious private rooms and a serene garden should be enough to push you to consider this for your next trip there. Especially when dorms here start from just Rs.920!

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Lavender Circus, Budapest

Lavender Circus, Budapest

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This one is my personal favourite for its brightly decorated rooms and vintage feel. It sits in a 19th century building with trinkets scattered all over, designed by painters and sculptors. They even organise Hungarian dinner parties from time to time. Mixed dorms start from just Rs.1400 onwards.

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Skyewalker Hostel, Isle of Skye, Scotland

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This family run hostel inspired by Star Wars and located in the Isle of Skye, has accommodation in the form of Jedi Huts and glass solar domes with excellent views of the night sky. It also offers exhilarating views of the Cuillin mountain range and is within reach of popular local activities such as the sea eagle-spotting and a visit to the whisky distillery.Mixed Dorms here start from just 2100 per night.

Tips:

• Most hostels offer free cancellation upto 7 days before travel.

• If you want to experience the hostel vibes yet want your own private room, then go in for a 2 or 4 bed private arrangement. They are a perfect option for people travelling in groups. Privates in most places start from 3500 onwards.

• Check in beforehand for the list of events, activities offered by the hostels, you wouldn’t want to be missing out a free whisky-tasting or game night!

I have barely covered the surface with this list of favourites, however there are many quirky and luxurious hostels across the world. If you have a wishlist or have stayed in any of them, do let me know which one is your favourite luxury hostel here!

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