You don’t have to be a millionaire to live like one. There exist certain establishments that have the look and feel of a swanky 5* hotel but actually cost around the £20 a night mark – welcome to the world of the luxury hostel! Here are five of the best:
Hilux Valencia Feet Up Hostel, Valencia
Each of the gorgeous balconied rooms in the Hilux are decorated with the creations of local artists. The small number of rooms and the surroundings of the ornate, historic Barrio El Carmen all contribute to the relaxed, fun atmosphere offered by the hostel. The lounge is colourful and modern, rooms are cosy and fabulously decorated and directly on your doorstep is vibrant and colourful Valencia – what’s not to love?!
Cost: Around £23 euros a night
Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel is notorious for its bedrooms; each one in the old Victorian building has been envisioned by local artists and musicians so the entire place has an incredibly creative feel to it. Each double ensuite has its own private shower and a toilet The hostel has a fantastic on-site bar and an enormous flat screen TV (not that you should be watching it in, go out lazybones!)
Cost: About £40 a night
Plus Florence, Florence
Plus Florence boasts its own swimming pool, flatscreen TVs in every room, a rooftop terrace bar looking out over gorgeous Florence, and a vibrant basement bar with its very own DJ. As well as private doubles, there’s also the hostel’s Plus ‘Girls’ option, which are rooms designed for groups of women with large bathrooms, a vanity table with mirror, hair-dryers, and even makeup!
Equity Point, Marrakech
With fantastic views over the Atlas Mountains, Equity Point in Marrakech is more like the luxury bedouin tent of your dreams! It’s only 300m from the city’s main square Djemaa el Fna, so you can literally walk out and enjoy the colourful offerings of Marrakech at a moments notice. The hostel has a pretty courtyard and a panoramic roof terrace for lazy afternoons, as well as a swimming pool, and there are weekly dinners with Moroccan music and food for around £7.50!
Cost: About £60 a night for a private ensuite double
Oasis Backpackers Mansion, Lisbon
The Oasis is located on the ‘Miradouro do Santa Catarina’, overlooking the river and the bridge ‘Ponte 25 de Abril¨. Designed for the traveller who is more discerning than shared bathrooms and uncomfortable beds, the Oasis offers high pressure showers, very comfortable beds, gourmet, yet cheap dinners, Portuguese language classes, a library and even a laundry service!
Price: Around £20 per night