Upscale hostels with surprising perks
(Photo: The Blue Hostel)
Upmarket. Design. Boutique. Not long ago it would have been hard to imagine using any of these words to describe the humble hostel. But around the world, historical palaces, renovated mansions, and abandoned factories are all finding new life as budget-friendly accommodations where travelers mingle amid surprisingly well-appointed surroundings.
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The Blue Hostel,
Setting: This recently renovated hostel in the heart of Rome, near Termini Station and the Colosseum, is located in an 18th-century building with preserved wooden ceilings and parquet floors.
Offerings: When The Blue Hostel says it offers hotel-style rooms at hostel prices, it isn't kidding. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars.
Freebies: Fully loaded rooms (see the list above), Wi-Fi, four pillows per bed, and customized Rome city maps with lots of local dining suggestions
Cool Fact: Since the rooms all overlook a private courtyard, guests enjoy an absence of street noise in spite of the hostel's central location.
Price: August rates from $59
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(Photo: Equity Point)
Equity Point Marrakech Hostel,