Staying in a hostel doesn’t have to mean bunk beds and bare white walls. A stay in one of these coolest and most unusual hostels can be a highlight of your next holiday. From castles to treehouses and wineries to working ranches, there’s something to fit everyone’s idea of fun. And hostels aren’t just for teens and twenty-somethings anymore; many are open to all ages so you can still experience the comraderie and save money even if your college days are well behind you.
747 Jumbo Hostel, Sweden
If you are trying to find a cool and unusual hostel, Sweden has you covered. In Stockholm’s Arlanda airport, you can sleep in a real plane that has been converted to a small, cheap, but luxurious hostel. Even if this plane never leaves the ground, you will surely see a lot of planes landing and leaving. Choose from an upscale premium room or an average hostel room and hang out in common area that looks just like a normal plane.
Kadir’s Tree House, Turkey
Kadir’s Tree Houses offers a whole compound of tree houses with a fun, vibrant vibe. From the outside, this hostel in Olympos looks like children’s tree house with colorful decorations and idyllic buildings. However, you will have free wifi, air-conditioning and other modern world pleasures. Let your inner child out and play around in this tree house village. The hostel’s scenery and location is unique because you can start your hike to Olympos right behind the hostel. Not recommended for sleepwalkers!
Gyreum Eco Lodge, Ireland
Climate change is a real problem and normal tourism isn’t helping it. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint or just enjoy a holiday in beautiful Ireland, Gyreum is good choice for you. In addition to its eco features this hostel looks unique and cool. Some even call it the big green UFO. This wooden building, built twelve years ago, is surrounded by nature and looks in fact like a huge UFO that has landed in middle of Ireland.
Santorini itself is cool destination but you can make your visit even cooler by combining it with stay in this former winery. This winery was built in the 18th century when locals used to dig directly into the ground to create their homes. These caves are now transformed into a hostel with cozy atmosphere and unique feeling. Caveland’s rooms or, better said, caves provide good accommodation that will protect you from Greece’s heat and sunlight.
Book and Bed, Japan
You can always count on Japan for a unique take on everything, including hostels. Are you bookworm who has always wanted to live in a magical bookstore with interesting books always at hand? This Tokyo and Kyoto based hostel chain will make you dreams come true. At Book and Bed, hostel beds are situated on bookshelves that are full of books guests can freely read. If you’re not up for the commitment to a book, there is also wide collection of comic books and other reading material. Only negative point is that you may forget to sleep while getting too into the interesting books.
Prison Hostel, Latvia
If you are a fan of crime stories, unsolved mysteries or just extreme experiences this Prison Hostel in Karosta will be just right place for you. Live like real prisoners used to live in this old military prison. You have to sign form that allows them to treat you like a real prisoner but hey, what wouldn’t we do for a cool travel experience? You will get treated as a real prisoner but you will also get free tour around the buildings and free entry to the Karosta museum.
Radeka Downunder, Australia
If you are not scared of sleeping underground and in closed space, this cool hostel will be experience you are not going to forget any time soon. Radeka Downunder is an unusual hostel located in an old opal mine and, like the name says, underground. Hostel’s motto is “Warm in Winter, Cool in Summer” and that makes it perfect place around the year.
St Briavels Castle, UK
Does staying in real castle without breaking your budget sound like an impossible dream? In England you can stay in this inexpensive and unusual hostel that is located in a Norman castle complete with moat that is over 800 years old. St. Briavels is a YHA hostel welcoming individuals, families, and groups. Room types vary from tower rooms to prison rooms but, whatever you choose, it will definitely be cool hostel experience.
Anak Ranch of Mongolia, Mongolia
Anak Ranch is an unusual hostel that is definitely going to be a once in a life time experience. You will be staying in a local traditional nomadic home called a ger. City girls and boys should think twice before staying here because even if you can try milking cow, horse riding and even fishing this is not for people wanting relaxed holiday. There are not many attractions near Anak Ranch but this cool hostel provides everything you will need to have active holiday in Mongolia.
HI-Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel, USA
Amid California’s sunshine and amazing scenery you can find this small lighthouse that has been turned into a cool, homey hostel. Enjoy the sea, fresh air and a really cool lighthouse at Pigeon Point. Spending the night in a lighthouse is one of those things everyone should add to their bucket list. The only negative point is that this unusual hostel costs a little more than other accommodations in the area.
Arkabarka Hostel Belgrade, Serbia
Float above water of the Danube and enjoy the bright colors of this Serbia-based unusual floating hostel. Spend your day sitting on the edge of the hostel’s platform and dipping your toes into the cold water. In addition of floating like a boat, Arkabarka has a community café and locals dropping by to meet interesting new people from all around the world. You can also decide whether you want to enjoy your free breakfast next to the water or maybe in the funny, colorful café/reception.
Sydney Railway Square YHA, Australia
Spend a unique night in a train carriage in central Sydney near all the most important attractions, pubs and experiences. This place is usually seen as a cool party hostel and they call themselves “Sydney’s most laid back hostel.” However, everyone can enjoy a stay in a train themed room, so don’t be scared even if you are not a party animal. In addition to cool rooms Railway Square YHA has a pool, kitchen, barbecue and, of course, free wifi.
If you haven’t experienced hosteling, these unique hostels are a great incentive to give it a try. Don’t be stuck in the same old chain hotel room. There’s a whole different world out there where you can meet people, save your travel budget for exciting activities, and come home with plenty of vacation memories.