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25 Incredible Places Around The World To Stay For Less Than $20 A Night

Updated on October 27, 2016
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Pop Art Hostel - Belgrade, Serbia - $12

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Travel Serbia

Designed by Belgrade artists Mladen (Deni) Lisavac and Danilo Nadj, this hostel is also a pop art museum. Each room is “Pop Art” decorated with painted walls, furnished with custom-made beds.

8 Bed Mixed Dorm for $12 (or 6 Bed Mixed Dorm for $14)
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker
Complimentary coffee & tea
Fee ‘welcome’ drink (rakia)

Hostel Features:
Fully equipped kitchen, public terrace and common area with cable TV, stereo, board games, and laptops. Free Wi-Fi throughout.

FUN BONUS: Apparently you can also request shampoo, shower gel and “all the little things that means a lot to women.” Additionally, there’s an in-house laundry service where you can have your clothes washed, dried and ironed (for a small fee).

The Siem Reap Hostel - Siem Reap, Cambodia - $9

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Cambodia, backpacking paradise

“The Siem Reap Hostel is a clean and luxurious guesthouse, for travelers who want the comforts and community of a luxury hostel, on a budget. With private rooms as well as dorm rooms available, it is a great place to meet people from around the world at the lively poolside bar and restaurant. Or relax in our retreat area overlooking the beautiful Wat Damnak Pagoda. We are ideally located 5 minutes walk to Old Market and Pub Street and a short 20 minute Tuk Tuk ride to Angkor Wat.”

18 Bed Dorm for $9 (or 6 Bed Dorm for $11)
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms with double bed and ensuite from $34)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker
Free pickup (airport, bus or boat)
Free bike rentals
Breakfast buffet ($2) including tea, coffee, juices, toast, pancakes and a selection of fresh fruit and cereals.

Hostel Features:
Air conditioning in all rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout, plus a large outdoor pool, public terrace, balcony room for yoga (several classes weekly), and common areas with a pool table, lending library, “heaps” of board games and guitars. There’s also and onsite restaurant/bar with daily happy hour specials of 2 for 1 cocktails and $0.50 beer. Hostel activities include weekly BBQ’s, $1 daiquiri pool parties, yoga classes and local food tours, plus nightly cinema screenings.

The Naughty Squirrel - Riga, Latvia - $9

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Beer tasting and 'AK47 Shooting Tour'...?

Located right in Old Town, five minutes’ walk from most of Riga’s greatest sights, The Naughty Squirrel is consistently voted amongst the top hostels in Latvia.

10 Bed Dorm for $9 (or 4 Bed Dorm for $16)
Bathroom: Shared
(Single private rooms available from $35)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker
Tea & coffee
Riga city map
Free “good times & awesome memories”

Hostel Facilities:
There is an onsite bar, common area and games room with TVs, foosball tables, vending machines, board games, and a lending library.

FUN BONUS: The Naughty Squirrel offers guests a whole roster of other activities, including free walking tours, bobsledding, dogsledding, Latvian beer tasting, and an ‘AK47 Shooting Tour’ …hopefully not consecutively.

World House Hostel - Istanbul, Turkey - $18

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Travel Istanbul

World House Istanbul is a 150 year-old Genoese-style stone building located just a few steps away from the iconic Galata Tower and the renowned Istiklal Avenue, and just several minutes away from the Sultanahmet.

14 Bed Dorm for $18
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms with double bed and ensuite from $79)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker
Tea & coffee
Turkish breakfast
City map

Hostel Facilities:
There is an open-air public terrace with a view of the sea of Marmara and a ground-level cafe called Latife, serving freshly roasted coffee, homemade lemonade and pies. A three course lunch is available daily for about $7. There’s air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout, as well as an array of hostel activities including daily city tours and weekly pub-crawls.

Casa Garcia - Barcelona, Spain - $17

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Spain on a budget

“Casa Gracia Hostel is centrally located on a grand, picturesque and distinctly Barcelonan boulevard in the centre of the city, close to Gaudi’s La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and high-end shops. The excellent location allows easy access to the best attractions and hot spots in the city. Paseo de Gracia with the buildings of the famous Gaudi´s such as La Pedrera and Casa Milà, las Ramblas and Rambla Cataluña are a mere stone’s throw away.”

6 Bed Dorm for $17
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker
Coffee & tea

Hostel Facilities:
Casa Gracia has a fully equipped kitchen, large outdoor terrace and multiple common areas including a library, onsite cafe, restaurant and bar. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout and affordable laundry and bicycle rentals available.

Hostel Activities:
There are drop in yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (for $6), as well as free art exhibitions, theatre performances and regular live music concerts.

Don Santiago Hostel - Santiago, Chile - $13

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Backpacking through South America

8 Bed Dorm for $13
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens
Full breakfast: coffee, tea, Spicy Scrambled eggs (spice smoked chilli with coriander)
fresh fruit salad, dulce de leche, and vegemite.

Hostel Facilities:
Don Santiago hostel has a full self-serve kitchen, outdoor terrace, and large cozy common area. There is free Wi-Fi throughout, cable TV and a BBQ.

Wombat City Hostel - Munich, Germany - $19

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Affordable Oktoberfest

“This lively glass-fronted hostel is adjacent to Hauptbahnhof subway station and 1.5 km from the Marienplatz, Munich’s main square. It offers private rooms, as well as mixed and single-sex dorms sleeping up to 8. ” There is also an awesome glass-roofed courtyard, complete with hammocks and beanbag chairs.

8 Bed Dorm for $19
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & locker (towels available for rent)
Free ‘welcome’ drink
All-you-can eat breakfast (for a small fee)
Free city map

Hostel facilities and activities:
There’s a fully stocked bar on-site, as well as a great common room equipped with pool tables. Free Wi-Fi throughout.

FUN BONUS: Munich is home to the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Germany. Billed as ‘Disneyland for adults’, this event runs for 16 days each october and attracts over 6 million guests annually.

Eco Resort - Chiang Mai, Thailand - $13

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Backpack Thailand

“Accommodation for Nature Lovers - Eco Resort Chiang Mai has reinvented the simplicity of the hostel concept in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Eco Resort Chiang Mai offers travelers and backpackers who enjoy simplicity and nature in the local northern Thai style and accents amidst the peaceful environment.”

12 Bed Dorm for $13
Bathroom: Shared
(Private room with double bed and ensuite from about $40)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens, towel & locker

Hostel Facilities & Activities: There’s an onsite restaurant and bar, as well as enormous herb and botanical gardens, an outdoor gym and an olympic size swimming pool. All rooms are air conditioned and there is free Wi-Fi throughout.

Castle Rock Hostel - Edinburgh, Scotland - $17

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Budget Scotland

Built in 1846 and turned into a backpackers hostel in 1997, Castle Rock Hostel offers wonderful character, with a mix of grandeur and a backpacker vibe. Located right beside Edinburgh Castle and one minute from the royal mile - the heart of Edinburgh.

10 Bed Dorm for $17
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linen & locker
Free coffee & tea
Towels & hair dryers available for rent
Breakfast available for $3

Hostel facilities & activities: There is a fully equipped self-serve kitchen, as well as a number of common areas including a movie lounge, “groove” lounge and a “posh” lounge (with fireplace and piano). There is also a pool table and juke box,as well as on-site laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can also get in one of a couple weekly pub-crawls.

Flipflop Backpacker Lounge - Chengdu, China - $7.50

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Panda excursions, national park hikes and Yangtze river cruises

The Flipflop features a large and lively lounge area with cool decor, “good taste” music collection, lots of free recreational facilities (such as pool and foosball tables) and events. The bar/restaurant serves cheap, cold beer and delicious local and western food. All the guest room,s including the dorm rooms have a private shower, toilet and air-con. Dorm rooms have lockers and free locks to loan, private rooms have satellite TV (“real English news not only cctv9”), electric kettle and towel.

4 Bed Dorm for $7.50
Bathroom: Shared
(Get a private room with ensuite bathroom for $22)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & Locker
Towel (extra)
Free Wi-Fi

Hostel Features & Activities:
You can also take part in free walking tours, dumpling & hotpot making parties, free majhang classes, panda excursions, national park hikes and Yangtze river cruises. If you want to learn some tips and tricks for preparing a delicious, authentic, regional meal, Sichuan cooking classes are offered on site for about $15. (This includes a short tour of a local food market and step-by-step instruction how to cook.)

Curiocity Backpackers - Johannesburg, South Africa - $13

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Johannesburg adventure on a shoestring

“Situated in the vibrant cultural neighbourhood of Maboneng, Curiocity not only offers you a guided experience through Johannesburg’s inner city. But also offers the opportunity to experience Johannesburg like a local with direct access to the people and happenings of the community.”

12 Bed Dorm for $13 (or 4 Bed Dorm for $18)
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & locker

“Curiocity’s facilities include a games room, a swimming pool, laundry facilities, bar and communal chill-out zone. And if public art is something you appreciate, you must sign up for the weekly guided walk through the area, as there are over 30 artworks to eyeball. Or rent a bicycle and go for a spin. We have a light house called the Joker In The Pack with the best views of Johannesburg jeu a few minutes away…”

Drop Bear Hostel - Santa Marta, Columbia - $18

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Backpacking adventures in Columbia

“The mansion was built in the early 1970’s during a particularly turbulent period in Colombian history which saw a massive influx of the export of illegal drugs from the Caribbean coast, also known as the La Bonanza de la Marimbera.There are hidden rooms, secret compartments, cryptic codes enscribed on tiles, whiskey basements. Some rumours say there is a subterrean tunnel all the way to beach and that also there is still gold hidden in the walls!”

Single Private Room for $18
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens
Towel & facecloth
Free Wi-Fi
Free bike rental
Free salsa classes

Hostel features an outdoor pool, games room (including ping pong and pool tables), and a mango tree garden.

Container Hotel - Kuala Lumpur, Malasyia - $8

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Travel Malaysia

Bumping the capsule hotel concept up a notch, these Eco-Friendly recycled containers are air conditioned, equipped with complimentary WiFi, and fitted with hardwood floors. All rooms include clean linen sheets, hot water showers, and free bath towels.

8 Bed Dorm for $8
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & towel
Locker
Free Wi-Fi
Breakfast of bread and jam
Bike rental

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre, the hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the popular Berjaya Times Square and Sungei Wang Plaza. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 50 minutes away by car.

Kayun Hostel - Bali, Indonesia - $12

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Backpack Bali

“Kayun hostel is in the heart of Bali’s best hangout area, surrounded by clubs, bars, culture, shops and of course, Kuta Beach, all a within 500m radius! Kayun is a stylish, clean new hostel designed with the traveller in mind. We provide free Wi-Fi, 24hr security and reception, English-speaking staff, tour bookings, a café, air conditioning in every room, a swimming pool and more.”

16 Bed Dorm for $12
Bathroom: Shared

Includes:
Bed linen & Towel
Locker
Free Breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

There is also an outdoor pool and a garden terrace.

India House Hostel - New Orleans - $20

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Vibrant New Orleans Nightlife

“If you have come to New Orleans for it’s bawdy reputation this bohemian haunt is party central - India House Hostel is the closest hostel to Jazz Fest, Voodoo Fest, City Park, the Museum and the Cemeteries, all within easy walking distance. We are on the Canal streetcar line, just minutes to the French Quarter. We are also on the Endymion parade route which is the biggest and best parade at Mardi Gras.”

12 Bed Dorm for $20
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens
Towel
Locker
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Free in-house live music shows

FUN BONUS: There is a large outdoor terrace, swimming pool and outdoor live music stage. Activities you can get in on include crawfish boils, movie nights, pool parties, city, plantation, swamp and cemetery tours.

Yes! Hostel - Porto, Protugal - $16

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Budget Europe

“Located right in the center of Porto, next to the city’s main monument - Torre dos Clérigos - and bustling nightlife, Yes! Porto Hostel, will allow you an easy access to almost all touristic points, all while staying side by side with the locals that work and live in this area.”

4 Bed Mixed Dorm for $16
Bathroom: Shared

Includes:
Bed linens
Towel (extra)
Locker
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free ‘welcome’ shot

FUN BONUS: Nightly group dinners and language lessons.

PLUS Florence - Florence, Italy - $16

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Renaissance City

Just a 10-minute walk from the main train station, PLUS Florence is located right in the centre of the Renaissance city. This ‘luxury hostel’ boasts an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, and Turkish Bath. It boasts two restaurants, an onsite fitness facility, and a flat screen TV in every room.

8 Bed Dorm for $16.
Bathroom: Shared

Includes:
Bed linens & Locker
Towel (extra)

FUN BONUS: The hostel regularly hosts multiple arts exhibits. You can also stay free on your birthday.

Pariwana Hostel - Cusco, Peru - $9

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Backpack Peru

“Pariwana offers top quality affordable accommodation in superb location. No matter what you get, a share or private room, you can rest assured that your stay with us will be one of exceptional comfort (leaving intact your piggy bank).”

12 Bed Mixed Dorm for $9
Bathroom: Shared.

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & Towel
WiFi
Locker
Luggage storage
Free Breakfast
Free Infussions all day (Tea, cinnamon and clove, chamomile, lemongrass, anise and coca tea)

FUN BONUS: Pariwana features a large common area with foosball, ping-pong and “frog game” (so curious!), as well as an enormous outdoor courtyard. Nightly free activities include drinking games, poker, trivia nights, salsa lessons and unspecified (though amazing-sounding) “adventure activities.”

Hostel Old Plovdiv - Plovdiv, Bulgaria - $11

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Travel Bulgaria

“Built in 1868, the house, where Hostel “Old Plovdiv” is located, belonged to one of the richest local tobacco merchants. The 130-year old wooden floors and the 4 metres high ceilings and big windows will take you back in time of the Bulgarian Renaissance.”

5 Bed Dorm for $11
Bathroom: Shared
(Upgrade to private room for $28/night)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & Towel
Free Wi-Fi
Free Homemade Bulgarian Breakfast
Free parking

FUN BONUS: There is a wall that was part of a Roman fortress in the dining room. Also, the games room has a wii.

Hostel Revolution - Quito, Ecuador - $10

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Galapagos cruises and jungle excursions...

“Hotel Revolution is a small capacity (22 people) chilled out hostel in the historical part of Quito. HR is in a colonial type house with wooden floors & decorative plaster ceilings. We have several common areas: a comfortable TV lounge with lots of DVDs, a rooftop terrace with tables and a great view, and a bar/common room where you relax over a few drinks and socialize.” Plus a ginormous gas BBQ.

12 Bed Mixed Dorm for $10
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms from $28)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens
Towel (extra)
Breakfast (extra)
Locker
WiFi

FUN BONUS: Access to amazing tour deals on Galapagos cruises and multiple day jungle excursions.

Tabinoya - Tallin, Estonia - $14

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Travel Estonia

“Tabinoya is located in the heart of Tallinn old town, only 100m away from the town hall square and the closest hostel to the train station (Balti jaam). A perfect place for the travellers who are looking for a cosy and laid back environment to stay. An authentic old town building full of wooden decor invites travellers to unwind. Our private Sauna is available to all our guests.

8 Bed Dorm for $14
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms from $32)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & Towel
Locker
Free Breakfast
Free Luggage storage
Free Coffee and tea

FUN BONUS: Unlimited access to the beautiful in-house authentic Estonian sauna.

Smugglers Cove - Nadi, Fiji - $9

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Backpack Fiji

“Smugglers Cove is an upmarket backpackers resort located on the famous party beach, Wailoaloa Beach at Nadi Bay & only 15 minutes drive from the Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau Marina & Nadi Town. Smugglers has nightly entertainment & daily beach activities & is an ideal home base while exploring Fiji’s stunning outer islands and scenic highlights.”

34 Bed Dorm for $9, 4 Bed Dorm from $24
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms from $45)

Nightly rate includes:
Linens & Towel
Locker
Free WiFi
Free breakfast (buffet!)
Free scuba (pool) lesson
Free paddle board lesson
Free use of golf clubs (for the course next door)

FUN BONUS: So much stuff. Nightly entertainment. Kayaks. Immense piles of free fruit.

Soul Kitchen - St. Petersburg, Russia - $16

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St. Petersburg on a shoestring...

“The owners of Soul Kitchen Junior are passionate hosteliers who took their time to conceptualize and build the hostel from bottom-up. Their goals are to get together the privacy of a hotel with youth hostel social vibe as well as carefully decorated interior design. Soul Kitchen hostel is ideally located in the most beautiful and central area of St Petersburg (near St Isaac’s cathedral) in 150 years old Neo-baroc building on Moika river embankment, within a short walking distance to all major attractions and interesting spots of the city.”

8 Bed Dorm for $16
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & towel
Locker
Free WiFi
Free parking
Free walk about umbrellas

Hostel amenities include laundry facilities, book exchange, large kitchen (complete with 19th century stove), steam room and a games room.
FUN BONUS: The music lounge has a comprehensive vinyl listening library.

Sunny Lake Hostel - Orhid, Macedonia - $10

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Travel Macedonia

“Sunny Lake Hostel is located in one of the oldest towns in the world, dating back to 4,000 B.C. The hostel is comfortably located in the old section of the town; it being a mere 7 minute walk to a plethora of historical sites and just two blocks from the main shopping strip. Sunny Lake Hostel embodies the Ohrid and Hostel experience with it being the best, the friendliest, the coolest, the most esteemed, the greenest, the tastiest and the number one hostel in Ohrid!”You had me at ‘tastiest’, Sunny Lake Hostel.

4 Bed Dorms for $10
Bathroom: Shared
(Private rooms from $13)

Nightly rate includes:
Bed linens & towel
Locker(s)
Free Macedonian Breakfast
Free Coffee and tea (all day long)
WI-FI

Hostel amenities include a satellite TV (with 8000 channels) and a massive lake view balcony, plus daily boating excursions and ‘social crawls’. It also boasts free access to sporting gear (badminton, frisbee, soccer balls), a communal acoustic guitar (or maybe several, who knows?), hammocks, and $4/day bike rentals.

Posada San Francisco - San Juan, Puerto Rico - $20

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Budget Puerto Rico

“Posada San Francisco may seem simple at first but the depth of history will add to your enchantment. Open yourself to a new experience and transport yourself to another time another place. The unique missionary / monastery decor adds to the experience
of the colonial times in the old city. The evenings in Old San Juan are always filled with life. Its the preferred town of locals and they come and dance, sing & drink Mojitos and Piña Coladas. You can find hundreds of restaurants bars and shops steps away from your room. Or, you can be budget friendly and enjoy a bottle wine or nice premium golden rum on the rocks looking at amazing views from one of 5 balconies, while being caressed with nice sea breezes.”

5 Bed Dorm for $15
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Linens & towel
Locker
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

FUN BONUS: Apparently you can check out the haunted elevator. The downside is that it’s the only elevator, and often out of commission, so be prepared to walk your gear up a few flights of stairs.

Al-Andalusi Hostel - Tangier, Morocco - $16

Moroccan desert adventure...

“If you like discovering other cultures, music, art, adventure, and amazing landscapes, Tangier and Al-Andalusi Hostel are definetly your place to stay. This Muslim, Jewish and Christian city has been a great cultural crossroads since many centuries. Follow the steps of Hercules, Matisse, the Rolling Stones and much more in this unique place where two seas and several worlds encounter…

We are located in the heart of the Medina – next to the Grand Socco – and our pleasant oasis will captivate you with its oriental flavor, come discover Tangier with our international and multicultural staff and enjoy the beautiful view from our terrace.”

4 Bed Dorm for $16
Bathroom: Shared

Nightly rate includes:
Linens & towel
Locker
Free WiFi
Free Breakfast

FUN BONUS: Arrange overnight, camel-back desert excursions from the front desk.

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