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Choosing an exotic destination is sometimes the toughest part for travelers with all the options out there from sandy beaches to famous capital cities, but happens when you are also given choices of accomodation which are not your typical structures? Here are the Top Ten budget hotels and hostels around the world that make staying abroad even more of an adventure!
1. Jumbo Hostel - Stockholm, Sweden
While you may be use to sleeping in the economy section of the plane in an uncomfortable chair, now you can rest assured that you will have a good night's sleep especially since this hostel won't even take off. Jumbo Hostel was built inside an actual 747-200 jumbo jet from an old Swedish airline that went bankrupt and decided to make good use of the decommissioned model. There are different room categories that can accommodate one to four adults. You are guaranteed an unforgettable experience inside the converted cockpit (considered their luxury suite) with a panoramic view of Arlanda airport.
2. Santos Express Train Lodge - Mossel Bay, South Africa
'Welcome aboard!' is the way you will be greeted as you enter this exclusive train hostel. It is a real six-coach train parked right on the beach! The best part is that all cabins face the sea and you can step out of your room and directly onto the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. Mossel Bay has the second mildest all-year climate in the world and it's also known to be great for whale watching. Only 30 meters from the beach, you can sleep cheaply and comfortably to the lapping waves and sound of swaying palm trees at the Santos Express Train Lodge.
3. Boathotel Fortuna - Budapest, Hungary
A two-story ex-holiday ship is what you'll find docked opposite the beautiful Margaret Island along the Danube River. If you are a water-lover and enjoy the yacht feel, this tastefully decorated boat is a good option for even banquets and weddings. They have 3-star facilities with private rooms on the upper deck and the youth hostel with single, double and triple rooms with shared baths on the lower deck. Boathotel Fortuna is centrally located in Hungary's capital city so all you need to do is walk or hop on a tram to see all the attractions.
4. Hostel Lum 'n Abner - Amsterdam, Holland
While Amsterdam is known for its thousands of canals, why not stay with the water theme and opt for sleeping on a floating hostel? The hostel ship is located at the NDSM Warf, a vibrant part of town, where many flea markets, music and art festivals are hosted. You can choose to stay in the captainsroom, one of their private rooms, or the dorm room located in the hull of the historical coaster. They offer breakfast, lunch and snacks on request and you can even sing karaoke at night. Since this was such a big hit, Amsterdam opened up more floating hostels such as Hotelboat Zwaan, B&B Boat Friesland and Botel Zebra to name a few.
5. Hostel Celica - Ljubljana, Slovenia
If staying in a boat or old train isn't cool enough, this hostel wins for giving you that 'secure' feeling and by secure, I mean being barred inside this former prison. They have twenty cells you can reserve which still have bars on the doors and windows. There are also dorm beds in the comfortably designed attic. This place has become a tourist attraction, so they even have daily tours of Hostel Celica in case you prefer to not sleep where former jailbirds laid their head.
6. The Jane -NYC, USA
This boutique hostel was inspired by luxury train cabins and their smart design allows maximum conveniences into a minimum space. Each cabin comes with air-conditioning, an iPod dock/clock radio, a compact twin bed with built in storage space, free wireless internet and a 26-inch flat screen LCD television. They have communal bathrooms but even these are lavish with complimentary bathrobes, hair dryers and free bottled water. The building even has a basement pool where guests can take a dip in the middle of Manhattan! Book a cabin room at The Jane today!
7. Travellers Cave Pension - Göreme, Turkey
This natural wonder Travellers Cave Pension is located just five minutes from the Göreme bus station, where you can enjoy the breathtaking surroundings and panoramic views of the rock formations from your cave room. Yes, that's right, this lodging has single to quad dormitory rooms dug inside an above-ground Turkish fairy chimney. There is running hot water and heat, satellite TV and meals available so you can live like a modern day caveman! This uniquely landscaped city has numerous lodgings engraved in their rocks, so you can choose to stay in B&Bs like Coco Cave or the Flintstones Cave Hotel to 2-star hotels such as the Guven Cave Hotel. Book a cave room in Göreme today!
8. YHA Ostello di Montagnana - Città Murata - Padua, Italy
Città Murata literally means 'Walled City'. This youth hostel, originally a middle-aged fortress, is located on the northern side, five minutes from the Medieval city centre of Montagnana, Padua. There are dorm rooms with three and four bunk beds located inside the tower dated from the XIVth century. You can buy typical Italian goods and experience the local flavors from the nearby food deli's and shops. This is an ideal place for history lovers who enjoy excursions to nearby towns such as Verona, Vicenza, and the Euganean hills of the Veneto region. Book a room at YHA Ostello di Montagnana today!
9. Clink Hostel - London, UK
At first, the image of metal chains may come to mind. This would be your last sounds as a free man inside this former Victorian-style courthouse located in London's King's Cross neighborhood. Clink Hostel combines 200 years of history into a newly interior-designed hostel with modern facilities such as high-tech pod beds, reading lights, a brand new kitchen, and an in-house DJ bar. Guests can choose to chill in the internet lounge with a 60-inch TV, take advantage of Clink's free walking tours, or sleep in one of their six authentic prison cell rooms.
10. Radeka Downunder Underground Backpackers Inn & Motel - Coober Pedy, South Australia
When you think of Australia's Down Under, you finally have the option to really sleep under the Earth's surface. This underground facility, originally an Opal Mine from the 1960s in the Aussie Desert, has four to twenty-one bed dorm rooms located literally 6.5 meters underground. Their low-cost private rooms are also located deep near the Earth's core and they even have a fully equipped kitchen in case you don't want to come out to see daylight. They claim it's one of the few places which stays cool during their stifling summers and warm in the winter time. Book an underground room today!
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