For many travelers, it’s finding good, affordable accommodations that can make it difficult to see as much of the world as they would like. While hostels are often significantly cheaper than other accommodation options, the thought of staying in them scares some travelers into spending way more than they need to for a good night’s sleep. Other travelers think that hostels are only for poor college students with rooms that are so basic they are the equivalent of a jail cell.
It’s time to re-think hostels. A new world of hotels has been born.
As Karen Schwartz wrote in her New York Times article this week, “I had entered the new world of upscale hostels, bridging the gap between backpacker basic and four-star chic. In prime locations, they maintain the social aspect of hostels by providing affordable shared rooms, common areas and communal kitchens. But they shatter preconceptions with their funky furnishings, free Wi-Fi, safety precautions and attention to detail. Many offer private rooms, en suite bathrooms, free breakfasts and even concierge assistance.”
Our users will be happy to know that four of the hostels featured in this article are available for booking at StudentUniverse.com! If you have plans to travel to London, Venice, Chicago or Miami, these are hostels you will definitely want to check out:
Generator Hostel Venice
Centrally located near St. Mark’s Basilica, this hostel offers shabby chic decor and 29 air-conditioned rooms. Bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers so you can travel with one less bulky item. Enjoy the breakfast buffet or a late night snack and drink at the bar and lounge. Once a week they offer a karaoke night and Wi-Fi is free 24/7.
You will want to book your room early to secure one for your trip to Venice. Start your search now.
Freehand Miami Hostel
Centrally located in Miami Beach, just one block from the beach and boardwalk (at the corner of 28th Street and Indian Creek Drive) is the Freehand Miami Hostel. The property offers both private and shared accommodations, with handcrafted interiors by acclaimed designers, Roman and Williams, and local artists producing custom pieces for the guest rooms and public spaces.
The property also features a swimming pool and lush center courtyard, bocce courts, ping pong, bicycles, communal kitchen, and social event programming for guests, all curated by an activities concierge. Local food & beverage offerings include our acclaimed specialty cocktail bar, The Broken Shaker, named one of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2014. Located in a historic house adjacent to the courtyard, Freehand’s new full service restaurant and bar, 27, was voted by Eater as one of “The hottest restaurants in Miami right now.”
Rooms start at $31. Book yours now.
Hosteling International Chicago
This hostel is in the heart of Chicago, steps from the Auditorium Building and Theatre and Harold Washington Library Center. It is close to Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck Ledge. You can make yourself at home in one of the 68 air-conditioned guestrooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have hair dryers and housekeeping is provided daily. There is also a a large recreation room that hosts a ping pong table and pool table creating a comfortable atmosphere to interact and connect with fellow travelers.
The front desk will also help you with tour/ticket assistance.
You will want to book your room early to secure one for your trip to the Windy City. Start your search now.
With 214 guest rooms, this large London hostel is near the the Cartwright Gardens and Trafalgar Square. You can enjoy complimentary wireless internet access, a peaceful night’s sleep thanks to blackout drapes/curtains and a lot of fun in the hotel’s large arcade/game and nightclub—a great place to mingle with fellow travelers!
For your convenience, a roundtrip airport shuttle is available for a surcharge and you can enjoy a continental breakfast onsite.
Rooms start at $29. Book yours now.