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9 Hostel Chains Every Budget Traveler Should Know About

What pops into your head when you hear the word “hostel”? Rowdy student crews on break, wobbly metal bunk beds, and mangy bathrooms down the hall? Or, how about scruffy party dens with wasted acidheads dancing to ska-punk bands? If that’s not your scene, but you love the idea of saving precious travel dollars and…

The Quirkiest Hotels and Hostels in London

Wizard schools, flying nannies, Engelbert Humperdinck — it’s a fact that no one does “quirky” quite like the British. And that hallmark quirk comes out to play in some of London’s trendiest hotels. Properties in this cosmopolitan capital like to tweak their presentation a little, or a lot, with design-conscious flourishes that throw aside buttoned-up…

10 Hostels You Actually Want to Stay In

If you see hostels as falling somewhere between dorm rooms and jail cells in terms of their chicness and comfort, these properties will elevate your opinion. Gone are the musty lounges with beanbag chairs; the rusty lockers of questionable security; the plain rooms with flimsy mass-produced furniture. In their place, you’ll find urban artwork, design-conscious…

Your Worst Nightmare: 12 Hostel Surprises We Hate

This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel. At Oyster, we love a good hotel deal, and we’re not above sharing a room to save some cash. Hostels are often excellent budget-friendly solutions, with the best of them successfully combining local flavor and fun extras with low rates. But just because a property is charging less,…

8 Hip Chain Hotels You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of — But Will Love

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting, and airline-quality breakfasts, have earned it. But they’re not all that way. Some chain hotels are building their brand as hip and stylish, with restaurants that attract foodies and rooms that look straight out of Dwell magazine. Here,…

Eight Hostels For When You’re Too Old to Stay at a Hostel

Sure, college students and party animals may seek out hostels as an ideal way to meet other young travelers and save money on the road, but there comes a point in every traveler’s life when showering with flip-flops and playing drinking games with strangers becomes less appealing, and clean bedding and quiet at a reasonable…

The Very Best Party Hostels Around the World

This post originally appeared on Yahoo! Travel. Traveling can be expensive. After all, hotels, transportation, dining, and sight-seeing add up quickly! But one way to lessen the financial load is to opt for hostels over hotels; these budget-oriented spots have an undeserved bad rap. Sure, they’re usually bare bones when it comes to accommodations, but…

Modern Hostels –They Do Exist! — For the Low-Budget, High-Style Traveler

Forget no-frills lodging; today’s new brand of hostels offers cool decor and plenty of perks. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we’ve got the scoop on hostels that pack a wow factor with upscale amenities, contemporary comforts, prime locations, and good food. Plus, with fun social scenes and affordable rates, they have all the…