I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels all over the world as a budget backpacker.
Some were good, some were bad, and many were just awful.
Today, I want to highlight my all-time favorites, even though I have previously written about my favorite hostels in cities all over the world. Hostels that helped me make the most of my time abroad and truly made my travels memorable.
These lodgings typify the qualities I love: cordial staff, warm air, cutthroat costs, comfortable beds, clean offices, and that exceptional je ne se quoi that makes a spot significant.
I’ve probably stayed in more than a thousand hostels during my ten years of backpacking and around 100 countries. Some were so bad that I no longer remember them. I will, however, go out of my way to stay in some of my clear favorites, out of those hundreds. These are the places I will never forget.
Here are the lodgings that, as I would see them, are the most incredible on the planet.
1. Los Patios
a stylish hostel in Medellin, Colombia, has themed floors inspired by the natural surroundings of Colombia: sea, plains, jungles, and mountains It is part of a huge two-building complex that also has a coworking space, a gym, rooftop bars, an organic garden with herbs you can use, a Spanish school, and kitchens for everyone to use. Out of all the hostels in the city, it was by far my favorite.
The themed floors of this chic hostel are based on the natural surroundings of Colombia: sea, plains, jungles, and mountains It is part of a huge two-building complex that also has a coworking space, a gym, rooftop bars, an organic garden with herbs you can use, a Spanish school, and kitchens for everyone to use. Out of all the hostels in the city, it was by far my favorite.
2. Francesco’s (Ios, Greece)
is one of two primary lodging options on Ios. The other is the Far Out Beach Resort. Francesco’s is better for me because it is closer to town (no late-night walks home) and the staff brings everyone together at night to talk to each other. It’s a considerably more friendly spot than Out of Sight. There is no way to avoid meeting people here. There is also a pool.
In addition, Francesco ranks right up there with the best place in the world to make milkshakes. While the rooms are nice and the beds are comfortable, this hotel’s central location and the fact that you meet a lot of new people every night are what set it apart.
3. Kabul (Barcelona, Spain)
is one of the best hostels in the world. Kabul is full of all kinds of fun, but only if you want to party all night. You don’t stay up in Kabul.
It is so notable for air and gatherings it’s in every case completely reserved, and throughout the mid-year, it’s reserved a long time ahead of time. To meet other travelers, everyone socializes in the dorms and hallways by playing card games, drinking, and listening to music. Alternatively, they go downstairs to the enormous common room for cheap beer and a pool.
Kabul likewise offers a little free supper every evening. Since I prefer to sleep over partying these days, I haven’t been there in a long time. However, if you are young and like to drink, just like to drink, or are just young at heart (whatever!), remain here.
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