10 of the best stylish hostels for autumn and winter sun - Halong Junk Cruises

10 of the best stylish hostels for autumn and winter sun

Jack Sprat Shack, Treasure Bay, Jamaica

On an island better known for all-inclusive resorts than cool independent hotels, the Jack Sprat Shack, opening in late October, is a departure from the Caribbean norm. The wood-clad hostel takes its name and look from the Jack Sprat restaurant (pictured), and will have 40 dorm beds, 12 twin/double rooms and a brightly-painted communal kitchen. It is part of Jakes boutique hotel, a stylish collection of cottages and villas popular with the boho set. The Jack Sprat Shack will be entirely solar powered and its guests will have access to most of the resort’s facilities – from a yoga deck with sea views to a waterside restaurant serving dishes made local produce and fresh-picked fruit.
Beds from $ 35 a night, 1 877 526 2428, jakeshotel.com (details not yet on the website)

Goli + Bosi, Split, Croatia

Goli + Bosi, Croatia

For most people, Split is the jumping-off point for the Dalmatian coast and Croatian archipelago. The Goli + Bosi hostel makes it worth adding a city stay to your trip. Looking out across Split’s crumbling terracotta rooftops from the hostel’s diminutive terrace, it’s hard to imagine that below is an ultra modern hostel – all clean white lines with cheery splashes of yellow. It’s clean, functional and contemporary rather than homely; downstairs has an urban feel, with a black-walled pizza and burger restaurant lit by bare bulbs.
• Beds from €20, doubles from €75, +385 21 510 999, gollybossy.com

Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh, Malaysia

Sekeping Kong Heng, Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh isn’t the best-known of Malaysia’s historic cities. Many tourists pass straight through en route to the Cameron Highlands, which makes the presence of this stark design-focused hostel more of a surprise. A former shop, the building has retained its industrial feel with bare concrete pillars, exposed beams and mesh screens. The furniture and fittings are as minimalist as the backdrop with mattresses set on wire bases, concrete basins and copper piping for showers and taps. The ground floor houses the best coffee shop in town.
Double dooms from around £42, +60 12 227 2745, sekeping.com

We Hostel, São Paulo, Brazil

We Hostel, SãoPaulo

All mid-century furniture and minimalist monochrome styling, We looks like it’s come straight from the pages of Wallpaper*, only with Lonely Planet prices. Dorms are pared down but come with a QR code by the door for accessing local guides, music playlists (including songs by local folk and hip hop musicians) and maps. Spacious communal areas in the early-20th-century mansion are furnished with old sideboards and stylish seating. The early part of the southern hemisphere spring brings longer days for exploring the leafy streets of the elegant Vila Mariana district, one of the city’s wealthiest areas.
• Beds from around £15, doubles £52, +55 11 2615-2262, wehostel.com.br

Ibed, Koh Samui, Thailand

Ibed, Koh Samui

Until recently backpackers on KS stayed in unremarkable three-stars or basic beach bungalows. Ibed is the town’s first proper hostel and a smart option that shares more with a four-star hotel than a hostel. The hulking modern building houses 38 cosy, curtained dorm beds, each with private TV, in scrupulously clean rooms, a short walk from the shore at Lamai. Its location means its quiet enough, but just moments away from the beach and booze vibe that makes KS a perennial autumn/winter sun favourite.
Beds from around £10, +66 77 458 760, facebook.com/ibedsamui

Home Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

Home Hostel, Lisbon

The Portuguese capital has more good-value hostels than most southern European cities, which makes it an excellent spot for an affordable autumn break – and it stays warm into October. The two-year old Home Hostel has been voted one of the world’s best, and it’s not hard to see why – handy location in the central Baixa region, hotel-like amenities including free breakfasts and a lovely restaurant, and Mamma’s Dinner, overseen by the owner’s mother. The period features of the beautiful building chime well with the smartly renovated mixed- and single-sex dorm rooms where beds come with their own lights and under bed storage.
Beds from €14, +351 218 885 312, homelisbonhostel.com.

Matchbox, Singapore

Matchbox Hostel, Singapore

Matchbox, in an old shophouse in the Chinatown area, has three spotless, primary-coloured dorms and an “entertainment loft” for board games and film nights. Two pillow options, free linens, bath products and breakfast are nice touches aimed at “flashpackers”, but the USPs are the authentic touches that nod to the destination – free Malay cookies available all day and the lovely old building, once a meeting hall for migrants, is now a gathering point that shows artworks provided by local art therapy charities. Beds are pod-style, with curtains to pull across for more privacy.
Beds from $ 33, +65 6423 0237, matchbox.sg

Basecamp, Lake Tahoe, California, USA

Basecamp, Lake Tahoe

Sunny until October, Tahoe is an underrated spot for an autumn escape. Basecamp is a new hotel five minutes from the water with a summer-camp-meets-posh-hotel vibe, and motel-like prices. Many of the bedrooms are private but find a group to go in on one of two shared rooms – sleeping six or eight, with wood cladding, oil lamps, smart beds and private balcony – and the price per person is hard to beat. Firepits and rooftop Jacuzzis add to the outdoor-luxury feel; the downside is that you can’t book the dorm rooms as an individual, only as a group.
Eight-bed room from $ 199, +1 530 208 0180, basecamphotels.com

Freehand, Miami, Florida, USA

Freehand Hotel, Miami

A hop and a skip from the pricey hotels of South Beach, Freehand makes the most of its SoBe location with a buzzing outdoor bar, The Broken Shaker, where young locals congregate over table tennis and craft beers. Inside the art deco building, eclectic interiors mix vintage finds with handmade blankets and locally made furniture. Private and shared rooms have jaunty wood panelling, design classic lamps and artwork by Miami Beach artists, other selling points include free Wi Fi and proper towels. The template has been so successful it’s now rolling out across America: Freehand Chicago and LA are coming soon.
Beds from $ 26, doubles from $ 128, +1 305 531 2727 thefreehand.com

Downtown Beds, Mexico City

Downtown Beds, Mexico City

Habita is well-established as Mexico’s most stylish hotel chain and its first hostel, in the capital’s Centro Histórico, reflects all the design details that have made its hotels so popular – heritage buildings, busy public areas, sleek modern architecture – with a significantly reduced price tag. Downtown Beds actually shares a building with one of the brand’s hotels, though its rooms are in the old service quarters of the 17th-century palace. Bunks are framed with lattice brickwork, the kitchen serves Mexican street snacks and “artisan” cocktails are served by the picturesque rooftop pool and in the garden. A new hostel in Oaxaca is in the pipeline.
Beds from around £10, private rooms from £38, +52 55 5130 6855, downtownbeds.com

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