The World’s Most Instagrammable Hostels Prove Cheap Accomm Doesn’t Have To Be Nasty

Some hostels have seedy, off-white sheets that smell like three-day old teabags. Others have bathrooms that scream lime disease. Thankfully, however, other hostels offer you a five-star experience without the cost of legitimate hotel accomodation.

In recent years, the hostel world has undergone a total shake up. Your average hostel digs now offer cash-strapped travellers with not just a bed, but an entire experience – complete with booze, bar and Instagram-worthy decor to really get the Insta rep’ rolling.

Hostelworld customers rated the the most Instagram-worthy hostels across the globe and the results are in. Here’s ya best bets, from 10th place to 1st place, because you’re gonna want to dote over them allllllll.

#10 Combo Venezia • Venice, Italy

A totally revamped 12-century convent, this Italian lodgings is anything but outdated. Complete with mini supermarket (stocked with all the most wonderful Italian goodies you’re waist line could ever dream of), this hostel has guests feeling like they’re experiencing a boujee European villa without the added cost.

#9 Selina Nosara • Costa Rica

Forget hostel, this is your ultimate beach club. Equipped with everything from yoga retreat, on-site restaurant and the most luxurious common areas you’ve ever seen in a hostel, why wouldn’t you book a trip to Indo solely for this.


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Blue girl 💙 #selinanosara #costarica #beachinteriordesign #travel

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#8 Travellers Oasis Backpackers • Cairns, Queensland

Travellers Oasis, Cairns is your ultimate Aussie beachside chill-out zone. It’s got everything you’d possibly need for a beach meets rainforest escape.

#7 El Rio Hostel • Santa Marta, Colombia

Literally located right in the heart of a Colombian jungle, El Rio is your ideal South American getaway destination. Guests can opt for a whole range of inclusive activities, like yoga, horse riding, sunrise hikes and bird watching (!).

#6 Calle 11 Hostel • Santa Marta, Colombia


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Come enjoy our chill vibes in the beautiful city of #santamarta

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When it’s time to chill, head up to the penthouse and relax in our hammock with a view

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Honestly really shocked and confused why Calle 11 didn’t receive top bloody spot. This a daylight robbery of what really is, the most amazing hostel I’ve ever seen. Straight out of a summer-break-esque vacay, Calle 11 should be the sole reason you travel to Colombia. Well, not quite, but close.

#5 Gili Meno Eco Hostel • Gili Meno, Indonesia

Gili Meno Eco Hostel is your sanctuary in the heart of Indonesia. This is Gili Meno’s first and only beachfront hostel, equipped with scattered fire pits, snorkel rentals (for the turtles, der) and eco-friendly compost toilets. This is your ultimate eco hostel.

#4 Casa Elemento Hostel • Minca, Colombia


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View from my room at #casaelementohostel. Minca #colombia #heimat . . .#colombiantrip #mountainsinfrontofthesee

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The legendary hammocks of Casa Elemento are part of the reason why this hostel is rated so highly – no huge surprises there. Located in the heart of a jungle, your morning alarm clock will soon become the sounds of toucans and monkeys (sign me up).

#3 USA Hostels Ocean Beach • San Diego, USA

Chic meets hippy: USA Hostels will give your Insta profile the splash of colour it truly deserves. Aside from truly mind-altering decor, these digs are located in a super buzzing area – museums and galleries in Balboa Park within walking distance.

#2 Selina La Fortuna • Costa Rica

Aptly named ‘La Fortuna’ (meaning, ‘the lucky one’) after the site survived a huge volcano eruption back in the ’60s. This is your ultimate wellness/adventure retreat, offering everything from yoga, live music events, horse riding and so much more.

#1 248 Street Hostel • Chian Mai, Thailand

Boujee rooftop pool beside a luxury rooftop bar, need I say more? 238 Street has fast become Thailand’s top accomodation spot and there’s little wondering why.

Sources: 248 Hostel Facebook, @agustinadibenedetto, @sianyp_, @yariibarrantes, @_charlesgonzalez_, @misslulufmp, @gilimenoecohostel, @calle11hostel, @elriohostel, @travellersoasis, Hostelworld, Calle 11 Hostel Facebook. 

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