When travelling with your girlfriends, it’s fun to soak up the vintage vibe by staying in cosy hostels. You can find reasonable prices, great locations in old, atmospheric neighbourhoods and the company of fellow travellers from all over the globe. Check out a few favourite vintage hostels housed in antique buildings in some of the hottest cities around the world.
KEX, Reykjavik, Iceland
Quirky, lively and close to all the super sights and sounds of Reykjavik, KEX Hostel is situated smack in the middle of downtown and has amazing views of the North Atlantic. Walk to all the legendary bars, clubs and live music venues of this hip little city, or just stay in to enjoy one of the hottest spots in town. Kex is whimsically housed in an old biscuit factory, and its antique furnishings and wide open spaces just ooze a cool combo of vintage cosiness and industrial chic. This hip hostel is jammed with amazing extras: a café and bar, lounge, spacious community kitchen, heated outdoor patio and small fitness centre. Chill to some amazing music in the main bar most evenings, surrounded gorgeous bay views and lots of new friends.
Woodah Hostel and Yoga, Copenhagen
Tiny, cosy and welcoming, Woodah is perfect for the budget-conscious eco-traveller. With an eye-popping, funky modern vibe, Woodah is an earth-friendly spot offering free daily classes in a big, bright Yoga Room (which is free of course), with complimentary organic breakfast and lots of earth friendly events. After an exciting day in cool, cosmopolitan Copenhagen, settle in for a spot of tea or a quick bite with fellow travellers in the bright bar/café. Sunny days lure visitors outside to relax amid pretty potted plants, and evenings often feature live music. Rent a bike, surf the Internet or walk to exciting local shops, restaurants and bars, and then return to your cosy dorm bed, where walls and curtains create a snug, private cocoon.
Soul Kitchen Saint Petersburg, Russia
Graced with a hip, eclectic vibe, Soul Kitchen is housed in a beautiful 150-year-old Baroque Revival building. With a perfect location right in the heart of the city, Soul Kitchen prides itself on combining a friendly youth hostel vibe with bright eye-popping décor and loads of social activities. Relax on the balcony and enjoy sparkling amazing river views, or whip up a meal with old friends and new acquaintances in the trendy vintage/modern kitchen. With lots of bathrooms, free towels and linens, card-lock rooms, free Wi-Fi and even a girl’s only dorm queen – Soul Kitchen has it all.
Sir Tanus, Catania, Sicily
With a heavenly historic location, hanging gardens, amazing roof terrace views of Mount Etna and cool loft-style accommodations: Sir Tanus is a true charmer. Located on pretty Piazza Vencenzo Lanza, Sir Tanus is close to Giardino Bellini and all the best shops and pubs. After a day of exploring intriguing historic spots, you’ll be delighted to return to this pretty hostel, decked out with beautiful artwork, crystal chandeliers and intriguing trinkets. Owned by a well-known author and his wife, Sir Tanus offers loads of sweet Sicilian pampering, from tour assistance to a bountiful free breakfast featuring homemade jams and fresh-baked bread.
Hostelle Female Amsterdam
If you want to just chill out with the girls, sample the fun vibe and girly décor of Hostelle Female, Amsterdam’s only all-girl hostel. Just 15 minutes from Central Station, Hostelle offers a friendly, homey spot for budget-conscious ladies. You get a lot for a little at Hostelle, where you can sunbathe or enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop terrace, chill on your own balcony, spend a rainy afternoon relaxing with book and games in the library, or meet new friends from around the world in the airy common room. A quirky combo of historic glam and Hello Kitty, the décor is international girly. Channel Marie Antoinette in an antique bed under a golden chandelier or sashay back to the sultry Orient in the black and red Chinese room.
Independente Hostel & Suites, Lisbon, Portugal
Sweetly situated across from the lovely São Pedro de Alcântara overlook, the Independente was once the 19th century residence of the Swiss ambassador. Though the hostel is near the trendy Barrio Alto, district, you won’t even need to leave the cool confines of this amazing hostel to experience some of the best dining and cocktailing in the city, as the award-winning Decadente restaurant is right on-site, serving luscious Portuguese dishes and smart signature cocktails in airy, modern surroundings. Live music is a big draw; with shows including some of Portugal’s hottest rising stars. Pick a private elevator-accessed suite with a private balcony overlooking the Tagus River and St. George’s castle, and be sure to keep an ear out for organized social events like pub crawls.
WE Hostel Design, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Retro-inspired décor graces the amazing spaces of this 1920s mansion, where owners have very successfully combined the chummy vibe of a hostel with the awesome amenities of a gracious old hotel. Some rooms have balconies and all are equipped with individual lockers, wall sockets and reading lights. You can relax with a movie in the cheerful common room or sip a cocktail in the friendly lounge. Take a leisurely walk in lovely Ibirapuera Park, rent a bike to check out nearby tourist spots, and then head out in the evening to sample the exciting bars and clubs of bohemian Joaquim de Tavora Street.