Hostels have come a long way from the days of being basic, functional places for weary travellers to lay their heads. These days, plenty of hostels have become seriously cool, and some of the ones we see popping up on Instagram capture plenty of attention for being stunning or quirky and highly picturesque.
In this digital age, part of the fun of any holiday is getting that perfect snap for Insta. With this in mind, online hostel-booking platform, Hostelworld, has come up with its list of ten of the most Instagram-friendly hostels in the world.
Ten of the most Instagram-friendly hostels in the world
This Spanish boutique hostel is an Instagram lover’s dream with its geometric murals, picturesque breakfasts and pineapple ornaments. Rooms have private balconies with a view of Valencia’s old town and a communal lounge area.
Lucky Lake is made up of multi-coloured caravans and cabins within a five-minute walk from a picturesque lake in the countryside just outside the centre of Amsterdam. There’s a big communal outdoor kitchen and BBQ and kayaks can be hired for all those casual lakeside pics.
Located in Lisbon city centre, this hostel is an art-lover’s dream. Each room is inspired by a different artist, so you can let Picasso, Matisse, Hirst or Van Gogh up your Insta-game. They provide a free breakfast, a sunny balcony and plenty of opportunities for those artistic shots.
In the heart of the historic town of Plovdiv, the Old Plovdiv transports you back in time to the Bulgarian Renaissance with its authentic antique furniture, picturesque garden and water fountain. You can see a wall painting that’s 125 years old in Room 8, as well as original vintage furniture.
The Selina Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica offers you the ultimate Instagram opportunity, from striking murals and palm print cushions to yoga on the decking and that quirky Volkswagen bus reception desk. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach next door or zip-wiring across the jungle, there are photo opportunities at every turn.
Riad Verus in Fez provides free breakfast, wood oven pizzas and homemade Moroccan meals. With fabulous tiles and breathtaking views over the whole medina, this hostel is worthy of appearing on your Insta feed.
The Memory Hostel in Danang, Vietnam, boasts a bar on the rooftop and a great view from each room. The staff can take you on adventures where you can brush up on your fishing skills with professionals or ride motorbikes to the Sơn Trà Mountain.
This boutique hostel in Bangkok is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is full of quirky vintage finds. But will Kamin the resident cat, eclectic artwork or magazines make the grade on your Insta story?
This hostel in Reykjavik has retro board games, a bar stocking Icelandic beers and a patio to watch the sunset. If the bar and communal areas don’t inspire you to get your phone out, the incredible sky certainly will.
Located in the old school district of Esquileno, Generator Rome is highly Instagrammable, as it’s covered in murals and clashing patterns. The only thing left for you to do is pick the right hashtags to get all the likes and make your friends envious.