NEW YORK – Backpackers have been voting with their thumbs to crown 2019’s “Most Instagrammable Hostels”. The prestigious title awarded to the hostels that received the most Instagram likes from Hostelworld customers throughout the year.
As well as being full of swim-up bars, colorful facades and beautiful spots to watch the sunset, the list this year heavily features South and Central American hostels, particularly in Colombia and Costa Rica. The Evolution of the Hostel Traveler Report commissioned by Hostelworld, the world’s leading hostel-focused booking platform, recently revealed that South America is top of the list for many travelers, particularly Gen Z, who intend on visiting in the next three years. Hostelworld travelers are demonstrating their wanderlust by making these hostels some of the most liked of the year.
New research also reveals that travelers have increasingly discerning tastes and are opting for stylish hostels, with a 114% rise in millennial Americans believing great decor is vital when deciding where to stay, in comparison to past generations.
Maryline Goldman, Head of Global Communications at Hostelworld, said: “It’s great to see hostellers sharing their priceless travel moments with the world through images they’ve captured. Social media-savvy backpackers are increasingly finding inspiration for their next adventure from Instagram, with over a fifth (23%) of today’s travelers being inspired when they see where their friends have been on social media.”
“Our new research highlights that backpackers are eager to capture scenic spots for their feeds, as two-fifths (40%) rank getting to see the prettiest landscapes as their most memorable and positive travelling experience. The wants and needs of travellers are constantly changing and evolving, and in line with this, hostels are raising their game to provide the best insta-worthy accommodation.”
The top 10 most Instagrammable hostels of 2019:
1. 248 Street Hostel, Chiang Mai, Thailand – Captured by @thetravelingfreelancers
Guests can’t help but be charmed by the quirky, industrial style of 248 Street – and when we say ‘quirky’, we mean that the bathroom sinks are made from tires and there’s a vintage motorbike in the lobby. The rooftop pool and open-air bar are certainly not to be missed, and nor is Wat Loki Molee or the Chiang Phuak Street Food market next door.
2. Selina La Fortuna, Costa Rica – Captured by @juliaaskorb
Named after how lucky the town was to avoid being destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 1960’s, Selina La Fortuna has a view of that same volcano and a river crossing the property. With yoga lessons, horseback riding, paddle boarding in the lake, hiking, hot springs, canopy and many other adventures, La Fortuna is definitively the place to discover your wildest side. Guests can stay in dorms or choose to stay in tents for that little bit more adventure.
3. USA Hostels Ocean Beach, San Diego, USA – Captured by @laffertycolin
Probably the most colorful and lively hostel you could stay at, USA Hostels Ocean Beach is one of a kind! Two blocks away from the beach and surrounded by cool restaurants and bars, the hostel offers a free shuttle to the city’s highlights. The hostel also hosts regular bonfires, ping-pong tournaments and pub-crawls. If the beach is more your style, they offer yoga classes and rent umbrellas, towels, chairs and surfboards!
4. Casa Elemento Hostel, Minca, Colombia – Captured by @maloupts
The legendary hammocks at Casa Elemento are some of the largest in the world, with sweeping views across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Awake to the sound of monkeys and toucans, take a dip in the pool, watch the sunset from the bar or relax at the nightly bonfire. Guests do not have to go far to find hiking tracks and waterfalls, or you can book a mountain biking or safari tour. Book a bed in the Cabana dorm with its own private viewing deck and hammock or stay in your own treehouse for added privacy.
5. Gili Meno Eco Hostel, Gili Meno, Indonesia – Captured by @josefiinebjork
Sleep under the stars in incredible bamboo bungalows at the only beachfront hostel in Gili Meno. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and spend your day swimming with turtles, meet friends at the Shanti-Shanti beach bar or jam with fellow travelers by the fire pit. This hostel is built by travelers for travelers.
6. Calle 11 Hostel, Santa Marta, Colombia – Captured by @joshleynott
This magnificent converted Colombian Villa in El Rodadero is only minutes away from three of the best beaches and is close by to Santa Marta’s many bars and restaurants. Unwind and relax with a massage and a glass of wine by the stunning pool, or watch movies on the terrace. Many use the hostel as a base to explore nearby attractions such as Tayrona Park, the Lost City, Minca, Palomino or la Guajira.
7. El Rio Hostel, Santa Marta, Colombia – Captured by @hitched.hikers
Set in the heart of the stunning Colombian jungle, and with incredible surfing beaches just a short walk away, the El Rio Hostel is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to miss. The hostel has a ping-pong table, a basketball net, a volleyball court and a pool table to keep guests entertained, as well as hosting regular partied. If sleeping under the stars is more your style, try out one of the hammocks each of which comes fully equipped with a pillow, blanket, power point, locker and mosquito net.
8. Travelers Oasis Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland – Captured by @_norathenomad
Travelers Oasis is a chilled-out haven in Queensland’s tropical north, loved by backpackers for its friendly and homely atmosphere. Described as a relaxed hostel with a great vibe, Travelers Oasis is the perfect option for those looking to kick back and relax while still enjoying the cities night-life and social scene. In between trips to the Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rainforest, guests can take it easy in the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers, hammocks and palm trees.
9. Selina Nosara, Costa Rica – Captured by @pepallama
Selina Nosara is located right alongside Playa Guiones in downtown right at the heart of all the action. This stunning natural setting strikes the perfect balance between relaxation and exploration. Surf the famous waves of Playa Guiones all day long with Selina Surf Club. Balance out the swells with a yoga session or head out to the nearby Ostional Wildlife Refuge to see sea turtles hatch.
10. Combo Venezia, Venice, Italy – Captured by @marielouisespp
This beautiful renovated 12th-century convent is set in a neighborhood full of historic charm. The communal areas are unlike any other hostel, with two ancient cloisters, a library and a study room as well as an atmospheric cafe and bar Caffe ai Crociferi. Drop by for lunch or a drink with some new friends or find a spot for a moment’s quiet contemplation of our amazing building.
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