10 Most Interesting Hostels Around The World

October 4, 2019

We all know the benefits of staying in hostels instead of hotels and Airbnbs. Yet, it is often hard to find hostels that actually live up to the novelty that they have presented to its guests.

Fret no more, as The Travel Pad rounds up 10 unconventional and exciting hostels from around the world that goes above and beyond to provide the most out-of-this-world experience for its guests! 


You're Royalty, Baby! 

Bambuda Castle (Boquete, Panama)

credits: Bambuda Castle/hostelworld.com

Yes, your eyes are not fooling you - there is an actual rock climbing wall!

Crowned as one of the best hostels in Panama, Bambuda Castle has undoubtedly lived up to its expectations by providing an experience like no other. If you're looking for some serious pampering at an affordable rate, this hostel has all the amenities available for that royalty treatment. From swimming pools to jacuzzis, awesome bars to a sickening view overseeing the fauna and flora of Panama's Highlands, Bambuda Castle is bound to give you an experience of a lifetime.


Ready, jet set, go!

Jumbo Stay STF/IYHF (Stockholm, Sweden)

credits: Jumbo Stay STF/IYHF/tripadvisor.com

Can't afford to fly first class this holiday? Fret no more because this is your chance to enjoy that first class treatment on the Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet! With over 29 rooms to choose from, Jumbo Stay offers the most luxurious experience for all its travelers. Contrary to the idea that the rooms might be small and therefore uncomfortable to stay in, many of its guests have in fact commented on the ample space available in the rooms. If you're thinking of getting that premier experience, be sure to book the rooms on the upper deck, which boasts an exclusive Cockpit suite with private showers and toilets!


I plead guilty for having a good time.

HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (Ottawa, Canada)

credits: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel/hostelworld.com

If you're a lionhearted traveller who jumps at every adventurous opportunity, this hostel is the place for you. Rated as one of the top 10 spookiest buildings around the world, the 150-year-old jail will certainly give you the creeps, albeit in a comfortable manner. For that true-blue jailtime experience, be sure to choose their single rooms to know what it is like to sleep in real solitary confinement. The HI Ottawa Jail Hostel is a perfect accommodation for those looking to learn more about the histories of the jail, as the hostel takes on the role of bringing all of their guests for a free hostel orientation tour.


Look, I'm on a treehouse!

Kadir's Tree House (Olympos, Turkey)

credits: Kadir's Tree House/hostelworld.com

Fulfil your childhood fantasy by getting a night's stay in Kadir's Treehouse! Located on the Mediterranean coast in southern Turkey, your accommodation is bound to expose you to a series of beautiful coastlines and nature reserves, bringing you a lot closer to Mother Nature. Immerse yourself into the little paradise by taking part in fun-filled activities such as sea kayaking, scuba diving, rock climbing, fishing, and even mountain biking!


Caving in 3, 2, 1…

Caveland (Santorini, Greece)

credits: Caveland/hostelworld.com

Nestled in an old 18th-century winery, Caveland is situated in the heart of Santorini island. There are 8 well-maintained and traditional caves to choose from, ranging from those that resemble historic apartments to the numerous seaview terraces that boast a big pool area and gardens. With activities such as movie nights and yoga classes to look forward to, Caveland is one place to cave into when visiting Greece!


Ahoy! All on board!

The Red Boat Mälaren (Stockholm, Sweden)

credits: The Red Boat Malaren/hostelworld.com

The Red Boat Mälaren is definitely another hostel to check out when in Sweden! Marked at an affordable price, guests are able to get that cruise-like experience when staying on the boat, which is located at the crossroads of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. The vintage décor in the cafeteria is also one to die for!


Is this Heaven on Earth?

Onas Hostel & Suites (Cordoba, Argentina)

credits: Onas Hostel & Suites/hostelworld.com

Be ready to be intrigued by the intricate and bedazzling designs of Onas Hostel & Suites, the ultimate accommodation for adventurous travellers on the hunt for comfort and luxury at an inexpensive price. With the breathtaking interior décor and convenience afforded by the hostel, it is said that many travelers have made their way to Córdoba to experience Onas for themselves. A tourist attraction on its own, Onas is a definite must-go when in Argentina!


Party in my yard!

The Yard Hostel Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

credits: The Yard Hostel Bangkok/hostelworld.com

If you're bored in Bangkok, this is because you have not checked out The Yard Hostel! An eco hostel located in Ari, central of Bangkok, this hostel is one largely manufactured with recycled materials. Beyond using old shipping containers as rooms for the guests, the hostel took the extra mile to insulate the rooms with recycled paper, to reduce energy consumption from air conditioning. We certainly love an environmentally sustainable host!


The sky's the limit.

Mountain Hostel Tarter (El Tarter, Andorra)

credits: Mountain Hostel Tarter/booking.com

What better way to wake up than to a view of the Pyrenean Mountains? Nestled in the mountainous regions of Andorra, Mountain Hostel Tarter is a phenomenal hostel that is hard to miss. For travellers who are looking to take on some adventure sports and activities, there is a wide array to choose from! With adventure sports such as skiing and snowboarding during the winter season, as well as mountain biking and trail running in the summer season, there's always something to fill your time with when staying in Mountain Hostel Tarter!


The hostel for everyone!

Die Wohngemeinschaft (Cologne, Germany)

credits: Die Wohngemeinschaft/hostelworld.com 

Definitely a microcosm of the world in here. In Die Wohngemeinschaft, the themed rooms are nicely poised against the Belgisches Viertel neighborhood, which is known as one of the hippiest areas in Cologne. Guests can choose to stay in rooms that look straight out of a fairytale storybook, or vintage-looking rooms that remind you of the 1900s. Whether if you're here for a retreat or for partying, the hostel can accommodate the interests of everyone!