The old-fashioned, no-frills hostel is getting an upgrade. It is a new concept of hotel known as the ‘poshtel’- a hybrid of the hostel and the hotel, which is being targeted at consumers who are watching the pennies but still demand a stylized, glamorous hotel experience. Call it a “poshtel” – a cross between a hostel and boutique hotel.
The poshtel has been referred to by many as one of the defining travel trends of this year, partly because the accommodations are starting to spread from Europe to America. Poshtels often occupy intriguing buildings, place an emphasis on design, and offer spacious, clean rooms, freebies and perks, cool bars, top-notch restaurants and, perhaps, even a rooftop lounge or pool – and all at an affordable price.
Here’s our pick of five of the best around the globe:
1.GOLI ± BOSI Design Hostel, Croatia
Goli+Bosi designer boutique hostel is located in Split, situated on the Croatian coast. The beautiful city of Split offers stunning sea views and elegant Romans architecture.This ultra modern yet funky hostel provides shared and private suites and a healthy menu within it’s own onsite pizzeria.
2. Casa Gracia Barcelona, Spain
The Casa Gracia hostel is located in a modernist styled building, offering a unique and creative stop-over in Barcelona. The hostel presents excellent access to the wonderful Gracia neighbourhood where you will find narrow streets, busy public squares and alfresco bars/restaurants. Casa Gracia is perfect for guests looking for an elegant stay within Barcelona’s city centre.
3. Generator Berlin Mitte in Berlin, Germany
Generator Berlin Mitte includes the perfect space for your next event; Go subterranean in our sky-lit, multipurpose space. The interior represents the unique character of the city, with exposed brickwork, a rustic finish. Whatever the event, hold it here and you’ll make a big impression. Generator Berlin Mitte is an über hostel Germany can be proud of.
4. NY Loft Hostel, New York City
This renovated 1913 warehouse building in Bushwick is a good choice for urban pioneers. It has spacious, brick-lined dorms, with two or three beds in each. Amenities include a communal kitchen, a large patio area with picnic tables and a small terrace. With loads of activities on offer – outdoor barbecues, film screenings, bar crawls – this is a great place to meet other travelers.
5. Space Hotel: Backpacker, Hotel, Poshtel, Melbourne
Discover all of the attractions and hidden laneways, cafes, bars and boutiques Melbourne has to offer simply by stepping out of your front door. Feel a real sense of belonging when staying at Space Melbourne with premium offerings and friendly service. Space Hotel features a rooftop terrace, private cinema and fully equipped fitness centre. Some rooms have a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and iPod docking station.
The rise of the home restaurant offers the best of both worlds – hosts open up their homes and get to meet new people, while guests get a taste of authentic local food and insider tips. Much like online community Airbnb, sites like Bookalokal and Eatwith have followed the popular peer-to-peer model. Only this time, the focus is on connecting foodies from around the world.