Designer Hostels That Only Look Expensive
The café at Nui. Hostel in Tokyo is always a scene. (Courtesy: Nui. Hostel)
If you thought hostels are loud, dirty, and without any sense of style, think again. From the backstreets of Lisbon to a buzzing Asian metropolis, the latest crop of hostels takes pride in their nifty design, bespoke furniture, and in-house restaurants and cafes that appeal just as much to the local tribe as they do to discerning budget travelers.
(Courtesy: KEX Hostel)
KEX Hostel, Reykjavik
KEX inhabits a six-story converted biscuit factory overlooking the Reykjavik waterfront. Behind the brick walls you’ll find a bar, a restaurant, a barber shop, and a laundry. Everything is decorated with an industrial vibe and a meticulous attention to detail that looks straight out of a Wes Anderson movie. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth dropping by in the evening for a drink in the über-cool bar.
Skúlagata 28, Reykjavík, Iceland
(Courtesy: Nui. Hostel)
Nui. Hostel & Bar Lounge, Tokyo
This small hostel (only 20 rooms!) inside a 300-year-old building boasts some nifty interiors: concrete walls and wooden furniture mixed with traditional Japanese pieces. The ground-floor café is perpetually crowded with bearded hunks sipping cappuccinos while they tap away at their laptops. It books quickly, so plan ahead!