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10 New Generation Hostels in Europe
Modern, youthful, low budget, multicultural and in the center of our favorite European cities. The hostels of Europe are being updated! With lots more attitude and high quality services, utilizing new technologies and emphasizing on building architecture and interior decoration. Here are some of the best options in the most popular European capitals.
ONE 80° Hostels, Berlin
The neighborhood: The hostel is located in the trendy and upcoming Berlin's Mitte district, only 650 meters from the train station and metro Alexanderplatz. Ideal for groups of youths!
The hostel: Its conceptual decoration includes works of various of Berlin's painters and designers. Inside the minimalist beautiful lobby-lounge and at the bar with the plush sofas you can hang out with your friends or make new ones.
Highlight: At the fully soundproofed basement there is a club, whose DJs know how to keep people entertained until the morning. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about having to find your way back to your hostel. At the photo booth you can capture your partying in Berlin and maybe get yourself featured on the hostel's website. Sandwiches and light snacks are available 24/7. Free wifi.
Info: Otto Braun Strasse 65, www.one80hostels.com
The Loft, Paris
The neighborhood: Filled with lively bars and restaurants, the neighborhood's characteristic is the multicultural environment. Belleville is a real hotspot in Paris and now it's home to this pop hostel as it was once home to Edith Piaf. It also well-served by two metro lines.
The hostel: There are rooms and dormitories that can accommodate from 4 to 8 people. They are bright, sunny and decorated in simple modern lines that will surely make you feel very comfortable. They have very good sound insulation and feature ensuite bathrooms. Some even have their own balconies.
Highlight: In addition to breakfast, which is included in the price, you can use the communal kitchen at all hours of the day to make a snack or dinner. Free wifi in all rooms.
Info: 70 Rue Julien Lacroix, Ménilmontant, www.theloft-paris.com
The Yellow, Rome
The neighborhood: The hostel is located just a 10-minute walk from the main railway station Termini. Thus, using «Yellow» as a base, you can see many of Rome's main attractions and at the same time keeping your distances from the city's noise heart.
The hostel: Rooms are simple, bright, colorful and rather directed at younger ages. They have either shared or private bathroom and air conditioning. There is also a club with DJ, a bar perfect for parties and a lounge with a library and xbox if you want peace of mind. Free wifi and use of iPad.
Highlight: «Yellow» features an interesting restaurant and an atmospheric terrace.
Info: Via Palestro 44, Termini, www.the-yellow.com
U Hostels, Madrir
The neighborhood: Just a 5-minute walk from the Fuencarral market and the lively Chueca, U Hostels is situated in a large building. About 20 minutes away, is the square Puerta del Sol and the museums Thyssen and Prado.
The hostel: The modern rooms are decorated in a youthful and casual way, while most have a balcony. Breakfast is served in the dining room and there is also a communal kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. It also has vending machines with snacks and drinks.
Highlight: You can spend your free time watching a movie in the cinema or relax at the hostel lounge. On each floor of the building, you will find rooms with free computer access. Free wifi included.
Info:C/Sagasta, 22, http://en.uhostels.com
The neighborhood: Zeeburg negighborhood is about 15 minutes by bike from the historic center. It shares its building with a cinema and a theater and is one of the most uniquely designed hostel in Amsterdam. Previously, the building functioned as a school.
The hostel: It offers spacious rooms and dormitories with their private bathrooms. There are no towels, so bring your own. Orange predominates in the common areas, while the furniture in the rooms are primarily inox. It also has laundry service.
Highlight: Since Amsterdam is the city of bicycles, you can rent or store your bike here. It offers a bar- brasserie, a restaurant and terrace. And free wifi.
Info: Imorplein 21, Zeeburg, www.stayokay.com/nl
The neighborhood: Cityhostel is located within a short distance from the shopping street Friedrichstrasse, in Mitte, but just a 15-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate, so it is a perfect base for exploring the city. The Station Mohrenstrasse Metro is nearby too.
The hostel: Rooms are bright and simply furnished. Some rooms include a private bathroom with shower, apart from the shared facilities. Breakfast is included and all products served are fresh.
Highlight: In your spare time you can play pool, table football or pinball in the games' room. The hotel also offers a bicycle rental service to strol around Berlin. If the weather is good relax at the outdoor terrace. Free Wi-Fi.
Info: Glinkastrasse 5-7, Mitte, www.cityhostel-berlin.com
The neighborhood: Very close to the train station Gare du Nord, Pajol is originally an old railway warehouse converted into a hotel. Photovoltaic panels on the roof give energy self-sufficiency, while the trees and plants that grow here make the area completely ecologic and the best example of sustainable development.
The hostel: It houses a theater, a bar, a restaurant overlooking the garden and can accommodate 340 people. As a plus, the decorating lines are clean, emphasizing the ecological solutions.
Highlight: Magical environment with lots of green, perfect for relaxed walks. Free wi-fi.
Info: Rue Pajol, firstname.lastname@example.org
The neighborhood: The 18th century John Smith House building now houses the Safestay hostel. It is just 5 minutes away from the Elephant & Castle station.
The hostel: Offers a very good option for those looking for a budget hostel with quality services. Some rooms feature plasma TVs, while some have private bathrooms and others shared. You will find laundry facilities and a games room with pool tables.
Highlight: An impressive fully renovated building with a beautiful garden. Free wi-fi.
Info:144-152 Walworth Road, Southwark, http://www.safestay.co.uk/en/
STF af Chapman, Stockholm
The neighborhood: The 34-room hostel is housed in a 1800s ship, docked on the island Skeppsholmen in Stockholm. It is just 10 minutes away from the metro station Kungstradgarden.
The hostel: The rooms are carefully renovated on a 19th century decoration. Most rooms and all public aeras have internet access, while there are also available four computers. Breakfast offers traditional Swedish dishes with both hot and cold options.
Highlight: From the deck you have amazing views of both the Old Town and lake Malaren. If the weather is good, your best bet is to relax on the deck and enjoy the sun along with a cup of coffee.
Info:Flaggmansvägen 8, 111 49, http://www.svenskaturistforeningen.se/en
The neighborhood: Eurohostel is located on the island Katajanokka in Helsinki, just a 5-minute walk from the Viking Line ferry. The décor is unique and youthful with the characteristic blue columns at the lobby imparting a more modern dimension to the space.
The hostel: Every floor has a laundry room and all rooms have shared bathrooms. Free towels and linen are offered and every morning, there is access to the sauna. The front desk is open 24 hours a day and from here you can get various passes and tickets for the city.
Highlight: Visit the restaurant and try some of the best Finnish beers. During the summer months, you can enjoy your meal on the terrace.
Info: Linnankatu 9, http://www.eurohostel.eu/