Hostels come in many shapes – from Turkish tree houses to converted jumbo jets – and if you’re a traveller you’ll love this list of the most unique hostels on the planet!
Check it out and start checking these crazy hostels off your bucket list:
1. Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, SwedenIn Stockholm you’ll find a modern, renovated Jet where you can stay in the cock-pit or grab a drink on the flight deck! Jumbo Stay is the ultimate in unique hostels, the airplane, a decommissioned model 747-200 jumbo jet built in 1976, was last operated by Transjet, a Swedish airline that went bankrupt in 2002.
The Fauzi Azar Inn is a 200-year-old Arab mansion turned guesthouse in the heart of Nazareth. Selected by Lonely Planet as #7 hostel in the world, it deserves all the attention it receives with a relaxed atmosphere where guests can truly feel at home. Make sure to check out the free city tour offered with your stay!
3. DJH Youth Hostel (Castle Hostel), Nuremberg, GermanyThis 500 year old castle is a fantastic spot to lay your head while exploring Nuremberg. Inside you’ll find a fully modern interior housed inside a classically German example of Architecture.
4. Kex Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland“Kex” is the Icelandic word for biscuit – this hostel located in central Reykjavik was once a biscuit factory, but now serves as a homey hostel for international travelers. The interiors are decorated with furniture found from all types of places, and there’s a cozy reading room to chill out and relax.
5. Gyreum Ecolodge, Sligo, IrelandThis eco-friendly hostel in Ireland aims to be invisible, leaving no trace on the surrounding environment and offering a peaceful setting to explore the surrounding countryside. It’s set inside a hill with a sloping roof and has a social common room for traveller to meet up and share stories!
6. The Aydinli Cave Hotel, Goreme, TurkeyThe Cave house overlooks the gorgeous city of Goreme, Turkey, where you can dine at sunset while you soak up the views in style! The terraces allow for uninterupted views over the Goreme village centre and famous fairy chimneys, the stunning Rose Valley, and beyond, to the snow-capped Aragus Mountain.
7. Railway Square YHA, Sydney, AustraliaRent out your very own converted railway carriage in one of Australia’s most exciting cities. Equipped with air-con, swimming pool, and a nice cafe for those hot summer days to relax after seeing the sights like the Opera House and Taronga Zoo!
8. Castle Rock, Edinburgh, ScotlandCastle Rock Hostel was originally built in 1846 and then converted into a hotel in 1997. Located right next to the famous Edinburgh Castle, you can pop outside and be at the local attractions in only a couple of minutes. Within the walls you’ll find suits of armor, medieval art and furniture, making your visit to Edinburgh extra special!
9. Traveller’s Cave Pension, Cappadocia, TurkeyThis Turkish paradise is located in the city famed for its views and hot-air balloons. You can stay in caves with arched ceilings decorated with traditional linens and curtains. Wake up every morning to a Turkish breakfast buffet and then go exploring!
10. Hotel Costa Verde 727 Fuselage, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa RicaAn exclusive opportunity to stay inside a refurbished a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life was an Avianca plane, taking passengers all around South America. Relax on the terrace and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like sloths, toucans, or monkeys!
11. The Drop Bear Hostel, Santa Marta, ColombiaThis 1970’s mansion is steeped in Columbian history, with hidden rooms, compartments within the walls, cryptically encoded tiles and a rumored subterranean tunnel all the way to the beach! Take advantage of the outdoor pool, comfy chill out rooms and hammocks!
12. Generator Venice, Venice, ItalyGenerator Hostels are famous for their interiors, and their Venice location lives up to the hype! Modern design meets classic architecture, this converted warehouse is also perfectly located in the city centre, with each room having a view of either the gardens, Lido, Grande Canal or the iconic San Marco.
13. Kadir’s Tree House, Kumluca, TurkeySituated on the breathtaking Mediterranean coast of Turkey, here you can take advantage of the unspoiled natural beauty by staying in either a treehouse or rustic bungalow! Around the hostel you’ll find plenty to do, form rock climbing to bike & boat trips.
There you have it, our picks for must-see, world-class hostels that you’ve got to see to believe! Have anything to add? Tell us about the coolest hostel you’ve ever stayed in!