6. Gyreum Ecolodge (Corlisheen, Ireland)
Looking to make a positive impact on the world while traveling? The Gyreum Ecolodge is probably the perfect hostel for you! This hostel seeks to be invisible and completely blend into its natural surroundings while running off of wind turbines, solar panels, compost toilets, repurposed rain water, and organic gardens.
7. The Jugglers Rest (Picton, New Zealand)
Another option that lets you get in touch with your childhood, The Jugglers Rest is a part circus part total relaxation hostel. Complete with juggling and unicycling lessons, circus toys on hand to play with, and LED juggling shows at night, this hostel is every wannabe star’s dream. If you don’t feel like participating in the circus act, kick back in one of their many hammocks, nom on some homemade bread and jam, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
8. Ostel (Berlin, Germany)
If you’re longing to take a trip back in time and experience what it was like to live in the GDR, the East-German style Ostel Hostel is definitely for you. This hostel features everything you would find in a museum: Stasi-suits, vintage furniture and decor, chocolate GDR-Mark coins, and many other unique additions. Why pay for museum entrance when you can experience it in your sleeping quarters? And while you’re there, get your eat on with our guide to eating in Berlin.
9. Radeka Downunder (Coober Pedy, Australia)
This hostel gives a whole new meaning to “down under”. Located 34 steps below ground, Radeka Downunder gives visitors an accurate picture of what life is like in Coober Pedy, where 60% of the local residents live underground. Its accommodations are located in a former opal mine, and they live up to their motto of “warm in winter, cool in summer”. In addition to their unique setting, they also offer tours of the mines and surrounding area.
10. Hostel Celica (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Want to feel like a badass without having to deal with the legal ramifications? Hostel Celica is a converted military prison that allows you to sleep behind bars without an arrest record. Besides having a dark history, this hostel also features many types of art, complete with live music, art exhibitions, and parties celebrating local talent. Forget selfies, take a mugshot while you’re here!