Top 10 boutique hostels in Europe

ART-INFUSED: The Gallery Hostel in Porto features an ever-changing exhibition of works from artists, as well as other cultural and artistic initiatives.

A poshtel, or posh hostel, is a boutique hostel that mixes affordable luxury with high-tech facilities.

Identified by the World Travel Market as a key trend for this year, poshtels' common features include free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and a stylish, modern design. So, besides backpackers and young people, poshtels also appeal to older travellers looking for an alternative to budget hotels.

If you are heading to Europe, here are the top 10 poshtels on the continent as recommended by hotel comparison website Trivago:


Where: Budapest, Hungary

Located in a converted royal manor built during the Hapsburg Dynasty, the Maverick Hostel blends the old and new.

Guests are welcomed by a grand foyer flanked by palatial stone pillars. The simple rooms are fitted with a variety of modern conveniences, including free Wi-Fi and satellite TV in dormitory rooms.


Where: Tampere, Finland

Just a short walk from Tampere Central Station, Dream Hostel is bright and airy with open-plan communal areas.

A large kitchen is the focal point of the hostel and the epicentre for socialising, but it is easy enough to call it a day in one of the cosy rooms for some peace and quiet.

3. CLINK78

Where: London, Britain

Located in the central region of King's Cross, Clink78 occupies a unique setting in a 200-year-old courthouse.

Mixing Victorian architecture with modern interior design, the hostel boasts an Internet lounge and Clashbar, where guests can grab a cocktail and meet fellow travellers.


Where: Porto, Portugal

As the name suggests, the hostel features an ever-changing exhibition of works from local artists, as well as other cultural and artistic initiatives.

The building itself has been restored, blending traditional Porto features with modern touches and offering a range of rooms, including private en-suites.


Where: Dublin, Ireland

Located in the regenerated Smithfield neighbourhood, the hostel's interior incorporates recycled materials such as brick, stone and steel to reflect the area's urban renewal.

Rooms feature LED lights and free Wi-Fi, while the hostel boasts a private cinema room.


Where: Barcelona, Spain

The distinctive Gracia neighbourhood is known for its authentic feel, where visitors can find traditional Catalan life.

The hostel's extensive range of suites is decorated in an understated yet elegant way, and many come with private en-suite bathrooms. Visitors can expect a variety of modern facilities including complimentary Wi-Fi.

7. KEX

Where : Reykjavik, Iceland

Kex (meaning "biscuit" in Icelandic) is located in a former biscuit factory in one of Reykjavik's trendiest neighbourhoods, where you will find artists' studios, design houses and fashion showrooms. The hostel shares a building with the Living Art Museum.

It is fitted with vintage furniture and offers guests a wide range of facilities including a gastropub, two guest kitchens, a heated patio, gym, Wi-Fi and free breakfast buffet.


Where: Berlin, Germany

Located in Alexanderplatz, the ONE80° Hostel features urban-inspired art and modernist furniture.

In the lobby, guests will find a photo booth where they can take fun snaps and upload them online, while the basement is home to the hostel's own nightclub.


Where: Madrid, Spain

With its open-plan rooms, minimalist decor and modern furnishings, it is hard to believe the hostel is actually located in a restored 19th-century palace.

Visitors can sunbathe on the roof terrace, chill out in the cinema room or socialise in the fully equipped kitchen.


Where: London, Britain

Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage is a historic stately home, complete with oak furnishings and wide, sweeping staircases.

Guests can relax in the spacious lounge and bar areas, and get a good night's rest in the hostel's comfy beds. During summer, the hostel offers a pleasant conservatory and barbecue area.