Looking for an affordable, yet weird place to rest your head at night? Sleep off the beaten path at some of these unique, and definitely strange, hostels. Traveling on a budget sometimes seems limited, but there are plenty of estranged opportunities and accommodations to fit your pocketbook. From prison cells to jumbo jets, these are world’s weirdest and wackiest hostels.
Hans Brinker Budget Hotel | NetherlandsSelf claimed promotion, “World’s Worst Hostel,” has become popular amongst curious backpackers. Their creative PR ads boast about elevators that are out of order, free candy wrappers on your pillow and basement bar with no fresh air and limited lighting, have hit the world with lightning speed popularity. It’s possibly the worst yet the best hostel in the world.
Riviola Cinema Hostel | PortugalThis cinema-themed hostel has 13 guest rooms decorated according to a film’s theme or director. From cartoons to drama, this hostel has everything you need including an Oscar winning roof top deck. Grills, blown up pools and hammocks overlook the city streets. If seeking a quiet evening, watch one of many movies located in the common area–who would have thought a DVD library would be available?
Hostel Celica | SloveniaOnce a military prison, now a vibrant youth hostel featuring hardwood floors and single beds (good for those who don’t like top-bunk surprises.) The hostel dedicates its design and atmosphere to art, music, and philosophy. With 20 jail cells, choose between a shared or “cell for two.” Each cell has its distinct “flavor” and features photography exhibitions, musical events and the all-you-can-eat buffet. This hostel has been voted “hippest hostel” by Lonely Planet.
Jumbo Stay | SwedenFor those who hate flying, stay grounded while sleeping high in the sky in this Boeing 747 jet located at the Stockholm Arlanda airport. The jet consists of 27 rooms, café and bar. Snuggle in a four-bedroom dorm or book the private cockpit suite. The suit includes luxuries such as breakfast, TV, Wi-Fi and private bathing facilities.
Hedonista Hawaii Eco-Hostel |Big Island, HawaiiLocated in the lush, volcanic rainforests near Pahoa town, backpackers seek peace, tranquility and earth-friendly living. Stay in a cottage, bungalow, school bus or the avocado tent, which features a giant lime-green tent with a bed inside. For those who enjoy communal spaces, rock a pillow in the “barn.” Taste the rainbow with fresh Hawaiian fruit and enjoy the local scenery. Did we mention the giant 2 acre volcanic crater located on site?
The Beary Hostels | SingaporeFor those who have not overcome the traumatic loss of their teddy bear, get your bear-fix at one of three beary awesome hostels. Choose between the beary nice, beary good or beary best hostel, all located within walking distance of Chinatown. Have you guessed the theme? Yes, bears are the name of the decorating game, so bare your heart, hug a bear, and be sure to get some beary good sleep.
Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel | ScotlandThis maybe the only time in your non-royal lifetime, to sleep in a castle. Built for the Dowager Duchess of Scotland, this castle has homed wealthy pocketbooks and bathed royal behinds. It even served as royal refuge at one point in history. Now a youth hostel, the interior was decorated with art, Italian marble and even housed a local ghost. The castle closed in 2011 because of repairs and encourages hostellers to keep an eye if it will ever re-open.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.