5 unusually awesome hostels

Published July 20th, 2012

The humble hostel isn’t so humble anymore. Around the world hostels are upping their game and their amenities, improving and innovating budget accommodation as we know it. And who’s reaping the benefits? Students of course! From castles to tree houses, here are five of our favourite unusually awesome hostels.


Sleep underground at Radeka Downunder in Cooper Pedy, Australia

While many of us would dread the thought of having to sleep in a mine, Radeka Downunder is bound to change your mind. Located in Cooper Pedy, the hotel is located literally down under in what was once an opal mine.  Said to be cool in summer and warm in winter, Radeka Downunder features 10 motel rooms, 12 budget rooms and 12 dormitories with some rooms located 6.5 metres underground.


Sleep by the sea at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel in California, USA

If you’re travelling around the West Coast of America, take a break from city hostels for one with a view at Point Montara. The hostel accommodation is set within an actual lighthouse that was established in 1875 and still operates today. Stay in either the former Coast Guard quarters or fog signal building and admire the million dollar views and a budget price.

Clink78 Hostel in London


Sleep in a courtroom at Clink78 in London, England

Usually a night in the court house is the last place you want to be while on holidays but Clink78 may just be an exception to the rule. Located on King’s Cross Road, Clink78 is a friendly and stylish hostel set within a 200 year old courthouse building. Check your email at the hostel’s internet lounge set in one of the old magistrates’ court rooms or chill out on the sofa in an old wood-panelled courtroom (pictured).


Sleep in a Tree at Kadir’s Tree Houses in Olympos, Turkey

Like something out of Disney movie, Kadir’s Tree Houses in Olympos have to be seen to be believed. With wooden steps and sprawling balconies, these tree houses make the most of their surroundings. Stay in either a private or shared house with or without air conditioning and enjoy a peaceful stay surrounded by trees.


Sleep like royalty at Carbisdale Castle in Culrain, Scotland

When travelling on a backpackers budget, staying in a castle is usually out of the question – except in Scotland. Yes that’s right, in Culrain you can sleep like a King on a paupers budget because the Carbisdale Castle, originally built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland in 1906, has been converted into a rather posh looking youth hostel.



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.