The Classic Hostel
The humble beginnings of hostels have evolved into something a bit more than what most travelers expect. Early on hostels started out as a way to advance the peace movement and for young student travelers to experience and learn from different cultures, to get out of the weather, and have a place to stay for very affordable rates. Hostelling has over time, transformed into something that for many travelers, has had a very unique appeal. From their modest shelters, hostels have become a place where travelers can socialize with other travelers and spread a bit of good will. No longer does one have to be a student, back-packer, or part of a youth group, but affordable accommodations can be had at a fraction of the cost of the more traditional big brother places to stay.
Demand for the Trendy and Style Have Pushed the Envelope for Hostels
With its well-appointed options, and located in one of the better spots in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Flying Pig Hostel is constantly sought after, considered safe and friendly, you are well-advised to book well in advance of your stay to ensure a spot. Want to be catered to even on a budget, try the Easy Hostel in Lisbon Portugal where the inviting warmth surrounds you, where the daily tempting delectable homemade breakfasts are hard to resist, with no curfew, personal lockers, clean fresh linen and comfortable rooms, then the Lisbon Easy Hostel and their hospitable staff is waiting to welcome you.
A wonderful, truly delightful experience that stands out from the others, in close proximity to transportation as well as many city activities and sights, and quite modern by most standards is Wombat’s in Munich. They often offer all-you-can-eat breakfasts, and convenient parking in the basement. Though its name may conjure up funny pictures, but the Funny Palace Hostel in Rome, Italy just might prove to be your genie in a bottle, where your wishes are met with accommodating staff that seem to compete to satisfy your every whim, and where trendy seems to be defined by their well-appointed rooms, immaculate, very clean bathrooms, and a great location.
For travelers between the ages of 18 and 35, The Centre International BVJ in Paris is a splendid no-nonsense hostel, and is located not far from the Louvre, and finding your way to and from the airport to the hostel is a breeze. Though this hostel caters to the under 35 crowd, they do have a “no party, no smoking, and no alcohol” policy. The rooms are dorm-style basic, linen included, with lockers, laundry service, breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and Internet access are all included with your stay. With its grand entrance and beautiful atrium you’ll find the BVJ very welcoming.
The Family Experience
Affordable is the operative word for families, and travelers with children still want to enjoy their leisure time in spite of the uptick of certain underlying traveling costs and shrinking wallets. As hostels continue to evolve, travelers have many choices and will find that in many cases they rival some of the very trendy and costly mainstream lodging accommodations. If you find yourself in Washington, DC, the HI-DC is a real bargain for families. There are free movies, free tours to Arlington Cemetery, Georgetown, and different monuments, and the HI-DC even offers free tickets to many Kennedy Center concerts. It offers different family arrangements, has a library, TV room, and large kitchen and dining areas.
Reviewed as one of the best properties in the world, the Chicago Getaway Hostel will not disappoint you. The property is not far from Lincoln Park Zoo or the subway, and the beaches along Lake Michigan offer a nice relaxing respite for families after a day of sightseeing, or if you want to kick it up a notch, rent a bike from the hostel and pedal your way down the eighteen and a half Lakefront Trail. Trendy private family rooms are available, and if you like barbecues, they are free on the weekends to be enjoyed by all on their cozy outdoor patio.
Families will love the HosteriaGrau in Barcelona. Top tier and flush with pizzazz with star quality accommodations, this charming family-owned hostel knows what families want and staff members aim to please. Spacious apartment-style rooms, tile and hardwood floors, ambient lighting, antique woodwork, all spell luxury for a fraction of the cost. Travelers have several room choices, some even have very homey kitchenettes, and all the rooms surprisingly have private baths and refrigerators. After a day of sightseeing, sink into one of the soft sofas in the cozy lounge where you can relax for a nice break from the day’s activities. With such boutique accommodations and conveniences, the HosteriaGrau will be one of your favorite destination choices.
If you have ever dreamed of living in a castle, a stay at the Stayokay Domburg will set the scene for a chance to sleep like royalty, take romantic walks along dazzling beaches or enjoy a midnight swim. Located along the Zeeland Coast, this 13th century hostel even has its own moat. If you just cannot get enough of the Netherlands, your family can enjoy some of the good life at the Stayokay Den Haag, in The Hague. Centrally located, in close proximity to city attractions, enticing eateries, and assorted local shops, the Stayoaky Den Haag will appeal to the most discriminating tastes. Though very family friendly, individuals as well as businesses, even sports teams are welcomed and pampered at the Stayokay Den Haag. There are various packages to choose from, free Wi-Fi, an ice rink and ski-center close by, your holiday will be one well-remembered.
Seniors Can Have It All
Adventure, affordable lodging, as well as style and comfort, seniors can have it all. Whether on a budget or not, seniors want to travel too, without having to sacrifice adventure or familiar amenities. Hostels not only have a sense of community, but many offer tours, breakfast, private rooms with in-room bathroom facilities. There are package deals including meals, cultural and educational tours. Active adults can explore their world through biking, hiking, and walking, and many package deals even come with camping trips, wine tasting and shopping.
Hostels just may be the answer to what you are looking for in a budget-friendly, fun-filled experience without sacrificing adventure, entertainment or many familiar amenities.