The following five hostels in Europe are not only modern and stylish offering the best comforts and perks, but also ones vying with each other with budget-friendly rents wooing travellers.
1. Franz Ferdinand Hostel in Sarajevo, Bosnia:
This is a famous comfortable and budget-friendly hostel, located at Jelica Street at the city center, which you can reach from the main pedestrian street Ferhadija. Hostel rent ranges from 9.90£ per bed in dorm to 15.90£ per private double. Its facilities include round the clock reception; free Wi-Fi and Computer browsing; free breakfast and unlimited coffee/tea; TV, common area music and games. Special attractions are its proximity to the old town, popular Bascarsija and the Sacred Heart Cathedral overlooking it. The hostel rooms look modern with walls adorned with impressive pictures. The charges are less but come offering comforts. Designed and launched by a group of budding architects and artists, the hostel speaks the story of assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke which sparked the World War I.
The hostel rooms welcome you with chandeliers, floral wall-papers, gold-laced ceilings, patterned red rugs in classic style reminiscing the opulence of the palace of an 18th century Odessa aristocrat. Even the common area has a fireplace, a luxury in those days. Located at the city center and surrounded by important places of Odessa, the hostel is quickly accessible from the Arcadia area also which has clubs and beaches. The rooms’ facilities include air-conditioners, round the clock reception, kitchen with free tea/coffee, laundry service, board games and spring mattresses, while its not-to-miss attractions are the busy Deribasivska (arterial street) and the ostentatious Odessa Opera Theater. The rent is 7£ per dorm and 11£ per private room.
3. Saint Briavels Hostel, Gloucestershire, England:
It’s not a joke; it’s an 800-year old castle in the English countryside where you can stay at nominal rents. Beds are available from 24 £, and private rooms from 74£ per night. As is the wont in such offers, the castle is said to be “haunted” and hence this low rent, perhaps. The rooms’ walls and furniture replicate the luxury of the Victorian era. Located at the city center of St. Briavels, Gloucestershire, the facilities offered consist of big park, library, bike rental, credit cards accepting, self-catering kitchen, restaurant, conference hall and free board games. And, the chief attractions vary as Puzzlewood forest with several trails and rocks, ‘go ape’ at rope park, knowing the local history at Dean Heritage Center and exploring the atmospheric Clearwell Cave nearby.
Located at the entrance of Latin Quarter, and in closeness to Line 6 and Line 7 Metro stops, it offers comforts like 24/7 reception, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, air-cons, free lockers and luggage room. The special attractions include direct metro lines to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe; easy access to Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower; Marais and Montmartre communities, easy walk to the reputed Sorbonne University, The Pantheon and Jardin des Plantes. As you walk to the Reception, the staff there welcomes you with warmth and take you around to help you make your choice easily. The dormitories are very spacious and brightly lit providing you lot of comforts. The rentals are 27£ per dorm and 70£ per private. They are comparatively cheap considering that Paris is a costly city.
Situated at an easily walk-able distance from the famous Duomo Cathedral, and at a 10-minute walk from the train station, and remaining almost at the city center, Plus Hostel is known for its modern, stylish doubles and triple suits apart from its mixed dorms accommodating 4, 6 and 8 persons. It’s a wonderful choice for holding a grand party as it’s provided with a free outdoor pool, sauna and a beautiful terrace bar with late-night fiestas, bars, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, Internet Cafe, indoor and outdoor pool, Turkish winter bath, free linen and parking. Places of historical importance which you can easily visit from the hostel are Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria and the Duomo Cathedral. Rent ranges from 24£ per dorm to 44.16 £ per double room. These hostels are almost centrally located in the historical cities, making sight-seeing and visiting historical places quick and cheap.