Travel Tips: Traveler Personas and the Hostels that House them
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The hostel industry has exploded in popularity worldwide over the last decade. As the industry has grown, hostels have adopted vastly different personalities to appeal to unique types of travelers.
Some remain the ideal choice for rambunctious college students looking for an endless party, while others serve a more refined accommodation palette, presenting luxurious traits usually associated with boutique hotels. In light of this great diversity, Hostelworld.com offers below profiles of the myriad traveler personas and the hostels that house them.
These hostels are the perfect lodging for outgoing and self-assured solo travelers looking to make friends and explore new lands.
St. Christopher’s Village, London, England
As one former patron wrote, St. Christopher’s is a “great place for partying and meeting people from all around the world.” The hostel bar Belushi features DJs, karaoke, big-screen TVs, great food and international parties. If the bar isn’t your scene, relax in the rooftop spa and sauna or in the mini-movie room.
Base Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Base Backpackers is located in the heart of Auckland and is the ideal stop for solo female travelers, offering them the opportunity to stay in “the sanctuary” – an innovative and luxurious ‘girls only’ floor with high-quality facilities, safety and all the comforts of home.
Keeping the kids content and engaged while traveling is a parent’s challenge. The following hostels provide a great environment for families on the go.
Sleepzone Connemara, Connemara, Ireland
Connemara is one of the most spectacularly situated hostels in Western Europe. Rooms for families range from three-to-six beds and all have ensuite bathrooms. The hostel has its own tennis court, pool table, and mini-supermarket. With the Killary Adventure Centre just next door, adventure activities and outdoor pursuits are available for kids of all ages within steps from the hostel.
HI – Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pescadero, California
Fifty miles south of San Francisco, HI – Pigeon Point Lighthouse sits on a cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can explore the adjacent lighthouse, which is one of the tallest lighthouses in America, standing 115 feet high, roam the sheltered beaches, partake in whale watching outings or explore the great state parks. Families can hike through the giant 1,000-year-old redwoods at Butano State Park and then journey to Año Nuevo State Park to get a glimpse of the famous elephant seals.
Dorm rooms and in-hostel nightclubs aren’t necessarily the amenities that older travelers are looking for. With this in mind, Hostelworld recommends that seasoned trekkers take advantage of the more refined offerings at the following hostels that feature private rooms.
Rooms Deluxe Hostel, Valencia Spain
Located steps from the City Of Arts and Sciences complex in the heart of the city, Deluxe Hostel provides all the amenities and pampering of a boutique hotel. Offering 28 themed ensuite rooms decorated by 28 local artists, guests can relax in the Buddhist temple, flamenco suite or Mediterranean room. The peaceful atmosphere of the hostel caters to the quieter crew, and other amenities include free internet access, air conditioning, full housekeeping, and a private car park.
The Backpack and Africa Travel Center, Cape Town, South Africa
n 2010, the Backpack was voted one of the “Worlds Top 10 Coolest Hostels” by the Guardian and one of the “Top 10 Places to Stay” by Lonely Planet. South Africa’s most prestigious hostel is accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism and offers guests stylishly decorated rooms with ensuite bathrooms and private electronic safes. Travelers can stay in touch in the hostel’s mellow internet cafe, relax in the outdoor pool or meet like-minded international travelers in the hostel bar.
The following accommodations provide the ideal setting for couples looking for a romantic getaway that won’t break the bank.
Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon’s newest hostel blends art and accommodation to provide an unforgettable cultural experience. Each room at the hostel is a unique work of art, individually designed by local artists to reflect different elements of Lisbon’s rich culture and to provide guests with the pinnacle of style and comfort.
Plug Inn Hostel, Paris, France
The only ‘Boutique Hostel’ in Paris, Plug Inn is nestled in the trendy neighborhood of Abbesses, surrounded by vibrant cafés and restaurants and located around the corner from the Moulin Rouge. The fresh design and modern touches of Plug Inn compliment the charm of this historic quarter. Privacy abounds in this hostel, with ensuite bathrooms in every room, making it a perfect choice for couples looking for time alone and peaceful accommodations.
Revelry is the primary motivation for groups of friends on holiday. The following hostels provide the ideal accommodations for travelers with hedonistic appetites and limited financial means.
Hostelling International New York, New York City, USA
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, HI New York is a partier’s delight. Offering free nightly happy hours, free pub-crawls and free clubbing nights, raucous patrons can celebrate until the sun comes up. For recovery days, the hostel offers sanctuary in Manhattan’s largest privately owned sunken patio and garden or on the second-floor balcony, a rarity in space-conscious Manhattan.
Las Vegas Hostel, Las Vegas, USA
Found amongst the sprawling glitz and endless neon in the original city of sin, Las Vegas Hostel provides high-roller accommodations just steps from the Strip. Guests can enjoy Vegas with the limo tour, which escorts you through town in your own limousine bringing you to Vegas’ hottest nightclubs. Weary partiers can spend their days nursing that inevitable hangover soaking in the hot tub.