For those of us to whom the word hostel conjours up memories of smelly, sometimes dirty, always crowded rooms full of young overly hairy backpacking young vagabonds of the '70's (oh yes, that was me), then I have a treat for you.
There has been a recent uptick in the quality of hostels around the world. From .... here are some of my favorites.
1. La Buena Vida - Mexico City
Starting at only $25, you can stay here in the heart of Mexico City, in either a 4,6, or 8 bed dorm with linens, towels, continental breakfast buffet and free wi-fi in your room. It also has a restaurant and bar, a computer/TV lounge and a solarium!
2. Centric Point Hotel - Barcelona, Spain
e Centric Point Hotel is a large (400 bed) modern and completely renovated high quality hostel in the best location of Barcelona. The hotel features free broadband internet access and the budget minded traveler can start the day with a free continental breakfast, and check out the travel desk to book city tours and expeditions.
3. The Matchbox - Singapore
If you are anywhere near this place, you have to stay, if just for the sheer uniqueness of it. This pod hostel has breakfast available all day, along with wi-fi, laundry, linen & towels. Also you can get a cardio workout and a foot massage - FREE!!
4. Wombats City Hostel at The Naschmarkt, Vienna
Clear, clean minimalistic lines, the Wombats chain of hostels are well known for their hospitality, safety and design. Take advantage of the free tourist information, wi-fi access, laundry, wheelchair friendly rooms, luggage storage, and security lockers. Offering both dorms and private rooms for under $40 per night is a real bargain.
Stayokay Hostel - Rotterdam
Last, but certainly no least is the Stayokay Hostel. A uniquely designed pod type building with dorms, but also private rooms and private baths. You may not want to leave your comfortable room, but when you do there is storage for your luggage, safes and bicycle rentals. This hostel is also set up for groups and conference areas.
Today's backpackers are not the old hippie students of yore, but dollar conscious students, frugal families, hip high techies and even savvy seniors. By creating fun, lively spaces with lots of color and clean lines, these hostels are sure to help budget minded travelers have a wonderful experience. Look to see more of these boutique type hostels in the future, catering to the expanding market.
Starving artist is not just a cliche' phrase. Very few artists make the big bucks, yet it is not in their make-up to quit creating. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm recognizes that - and are now offering a Room For Art, where an artist can get one night free and pay for it with their artwork. Before you go running off to create your masterpiece for the Clarion, be sure to check out their website for the rules.
I can't help but think, what if one of those pieces of art comes from a young "Picasso"?
Redeye to Stockholm, anyone?
Finally a clothing brand that provides practical pockets for travelers. Double zippers, button flaps and hidden pockets all work together to keep the most important travel items out of a pickpockets hand. These pants are a must have for security alone, but they have gone the extra mile and made them out of comfortable materials for the business or personal traveler. Good job P^Cubed - WE LIKE!
Intrepid is an off the beaten track type of adventure tour company. Want action? They have it. Want relaxation? They will find that for you too. Whatever your passion, be sure to check them out, because this sale only happens once a year - book now. (click the sale box above)
The Altiplano is an area of inland drainage lying in the central Andes - above 3500 meters. Most travelers visit the large salt flat in the area, but it is strikingly beautiful in so many ways.
Île de Sein is a tiny Breton island, 8km from Pointe du Raz. It is barely higher than the ocean around it, but is a misty beautiful place.
One Australian business is offering a unique discount to their customers. Wicked Campers in Cairn, Australia will give a free one day $40 rental to anyone with the guts to show up to rent the vehicle in their birthday suit. Evidently it's not illegal in Cairn.
Now these two Swedish ladies were waiting outside the door for their camper rental and it looks to be a real advertisers dream of a photo op.
I would recommend it for guys only.
They have some other silly discounts too - so you don't have to bare all to get a deal
Hi Everyone! Having spent the past 20 years traveling full- time we are always looking for our next adventure and hope we can infect you with the travel bug! We travel Two by Two -as evidenced in our blog title, and hope that we can become your travel advisers or companions - with our many tips for your trip. Enjoy!
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