The 10 most beautiful hostels in the world

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Looking for some budget travel accommodation but still want to stay somewhere that will make your followers turn green with envy? According to Hostelworld’s top 10 most Instagrammable hostels, you can have it all.  

Think staying in a hostel has to mean bed bugs and rooms so cramped you couldn’t swing a cat in them? Think again. 

Thanks to the increasing number of millennials with a serious case of wanderlust, and the news that we’re more likely than ever to pick a destination based on its Instagram photo opportunities, hostels all over the world have been upping their game. 

For those of us feeling the pinch of our purse strings this all sounds pretty wonderful. After all, hostels are inherently known for being less luxurious accommodation options because of their low costs. But, all this is nothing new to, the website that has been championing hostels for years.

Using its 155,000 strong Instagram following as judges, Hostelworld has revealed the 10 most photogenic hostels around the world after asking keen travelers to vote with likes on their favourite places to stay. 

Marek Mossakowski, head of brand at Hostelworld, commented on the increasing design-lead focus of hostels, saying: “Instagram is changing the way people find travel inspiration and choose their next holiday spot. How accommodation looks has always been an important factor but with people increasingly wanting to share their travel experiences online, there’s also the consideration of how it will look on their social media feeds.

“We’ve found that hostels have absolutely embraced a design-led approach by incorporating cool interiors, quirky features and amazing communal spaces for visitors to enjoy and take snaps of. Hostels are really geared towards offering people an experience that is not only sociable and value for money, but aesthetically beautiful too.” 

From a bath perched a South African mountain edge (talk about views), to a pastel-hued, plant-filled traditional Moroccan riad, consider this your new travel accommodation check-list. 

1. The Farm Hostel, Bali 

With luscious greenery surrounding a crystal clear pool, a spacious terrace filled with a range of beanbags and sprawling views of the Canggu countryside at your disposal, it’s no wonder this Bali hostel has nabbed the top spot. 

Make a booking here.

2. Rodamon Riad, Marrakech

This riad-style terrace with beautiful patterned tiles, partners traditional Morroccan architecture with a modern style, to create the perfect picture opportunity. But not only are the interiors to die for, the rooftop terrace and bar boasts views of the Atlas mountains and Kotubia Mosque, making it a firm favourite with travelers. 

Make a booking here.

3. Abbey Court, Dublin

Voted Dublin’s best hostel this year, the terrace of Abbey Court will fulfil all your quirky interior dreams with a ceiling covered in bright, colourful umbrellas alongside a floral graffiti wall.

 Make a booking here

4. Central Backpackers Hostel, Catba, Vietnam

Nestled amongst the mountainous Vietnamese countryside, these small huts fit effortlessly into the picturesque landscape and provide a cosy, picture-perfect place to stay the night and explore the gorgeous scenery. 

Make a booking here

5. Discovery Hostel, Rio, Brazil 

If you’re looking to par-tay, Discovery Hostel is the place to do it. Known for its Latin American party spirit, the fairy lit courtyard is the ultimate place to crack open a cold one and make some new friends. 

Make a booking here

6. Away With the Fairies Hostel, Hogsback, South Africa

We love a good soak in the tub, but the bathing experience at this South African hostel is a whole new level. 

Make a booking here

7. 99 Surf Lodge, Tola, Nicaragua

This eco-friendly beach front retreat, built entirely with local materials, comes complete with a four-sided infinity pool and lots of glass windows to enjoy those dreamy ocean views. 

Make a booking here.

Santos Express Train Lodge, Mossel Bay, South Africa

This hostel takes form as a genuine train, with each carriage converted into a room. It’s sat right on the beach overlooking the ocean and South African mountains, which is a scene quite hard to beat. 

Make a booking here.

9. Outpost beach hostel , El Nido, Philippines 

Situated on El Nido’s sunset beach, the huge lounge on the balcony of this hostel provides a prime spot to get those sunset snaps.

Make a booking here.

10. Bambuda Lodge, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Your inner mermaid will love this waterfronted hostel, that has a 150ft waterslide leading straight into the ocean and a huge net for relaxing in.

Make a booking here

Images: Instagram