• Posted:Thursday, July 9, 2009
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Hostels Luxury on a budget

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Hostels Luxury on a budget
Hostels are renowned as the great budget accommodation choice, offering a roof over your head in a strange city for what can often be a fraction of the cost of a hotel. That's not to mention the sense of community and adventure that can be gained from visiting a hostel, pretty much wherever you go.

For some, the budget aspect of such institutions has led to the impression that they are always basic, filled with students that are packed like sardines into tiny rooms. Those of us who have travelled enough know that this is far from the case in the modern world and now some of the more luxurious options for travellers have been highlighted.

Canada's Metro News noted that hostels are becoming increasingly popular, particularly as budgets are being stretched by all these economic worries everyone is facing.

In a bid to reassure globetrotters about the luxury that can be found without breaking the bank (if it hasn't already broken itself), it picked five of the "hippest" spots.

Hostels in Europe dominate the list, with facilities in Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona and Prague offering a variety of interesting architecture and activities such as computer game consoles to keep you entertained.

But it's the cheapest option on the list that caught my eye - Imm Eco Chiang Mia in Bangkok. It's located in a tropical garden and has an outdoor swimming pool, with dorm prices starting from around CA$12 (£6.40) per night!

If you've not stayed in hostels before, then now could be the time to check them out. And that applies even if you might feel you're too old, as Brian Cantwell of the Seattle Times recently suggested that people in their 60s and 70s are increasingly choosing this kind of accommodation.

Sam Buckley
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