February 03, 2009
It may seem that, as the credit crunch bites, treating a loved one to a romantic break has become one expense too many with a takeaway pizza and a movie replacing the more traditional forms of romance. However, thanks to Hostelworld.com and its fantastic range of luxurious, romantic hostels, this needn't be the case. Hostels offer a fantastic, cheaper alternative to hotels whilst still offering all the amenities that a couple could wish for.
Below is a list from Hostelworld.com of some of the best hostels from around the world to spend a memorable break away with a loved one.
Equity Point Hostel, Marrakech, Morocco
Located in the Plaza Djemaa el-Fna, in the very centre of Marrakech, the new Equity Point Hostel is the perfect place for couples to unwind after a day exploring the city. The stunning double rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, are exquisitely decorated to the highest standard. At night, guests can enjoy the peace and quiet of the softly lit inner courtyard, or take in the amazing views from the rooftop terrace whilst enjoying a bottle of wine. Rachida, the hostel's in-house expert Moroccan chef can also prepare an amazing traditional meal at your request. Enjoy a relaxing and enchanting stay at this extraordinary hostel.
Rates from €15.00/night
Rooms Deluxe Hostel, Valencia, Spain
Rooms Deluxe Youth Hostel in Valencia, situated just 100 meters from the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It offers 28 individually themed ensuite rooms, decorated by 28 different artists. Choose from the comfortable Buddhist temple, the fiery flamenco suite, the retro-future room or the wonderfully chilled Mediterranean suite. A large living room is at your disposal where guests can use the fully equipped kitchen, unwind with a DVD or simply relax in the peaceful atmosphere of the Rooms Deluxe Hostel.
Rates from €20.00/night
Knockree Hostel, Wicklow, Ireland
This brand new 5 star hostel is a converted farmhouse overlooking the beautiful Glencree Mountains. The Wicklow Way passes through the hostel grounds, offering the ideal location for a romantic walk in the country. Knockree Hostel boasts all the usual features of a top rated property including en-suite rooms, self catering kitchen and car parking. Particularly amazing is the Double Deluxe Room - also dubbed the 'Honeymoon Suite'. With panoramic views of the stunning surrounding scenery, this room offers the perfect place to spend a weekend with a loved one.
Rates from €18.50/night
Gongkaew Chiangmai Home, Chang Mai, Thailand
The brand new Gongkaew Chiangmai Home is a gorgeous resort-style guest house offering visitors a lush tropical retreat in the heart of the old city. Only 15 minutes from Chiangmai airport, the hostel is a haven of peace and tranquility, yet still within walking distance of local amenities and the famous Luang Sunday Night Market. The double bedrooms are tastefully decorated and individually housed offering a great degree of privacy for couples wanting a charming and affordable break.
Rates from €5.93/night
La Village Hostel, Paris France
Montmartre is one of Paris' most picturesque districts and has been attracting poets and artists to its village-like neighbourhoods for many years. La Village Hostel provides guests with the level of service and comfort usually reserved for hotels. A number of the ensuite double bedrooms give fantastic views of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. La Village Hostel will complete your stay in the world's most romantic city.
Rates from €26.00/night
Daddy Long Legs Independent Traveller's Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Staying in a Daddy Long Legs Independent Traveller's Hotel is like sleeping in an art gallery. Each of the thirteen uniquely designed rooms is a playful experience that is miles away from your average hotel stay. Poets, photographers, artists, musicians and designers have decorated each room with humour, imagination, energy and endless creativity. Relax, order a drink and sit on the balcony to take in the vibrant atmosphere of Long Street; Cape Town's creative and eccentric heart. And at the end of the day, each Daddy Long Legs room offers good quality beds, cotton linen and a private ensuite.
Rates from €29.19/night
Port O'Call Eco Lodge YHA, Port Douglas, Australia
Award winning Port O'Call Eco Lodge offers resort style accommodation at bargain prices. The beautiful 4 Mile Beach and Marina is only a five minute walk away and with Port Douglas Village just a little further down the road, the hostel is ideally located for exploring the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. The tropical Eco Lodge offers a lagoon style pool, perfect for those long, lazy afternoons in the sun. All double rooms come with private bathroom, tropical outdoor area and air conditioning. For that extra level of comfort or to treat that someone special, choose the Deluxe Double and make it a Valentines Day to remember!
Rates from €15.07/night
Miss Sophie's Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
Miss Sophie's Hotel is a boutique hideaway located in the New Town of Prague but within easy walking distance of the spectacular Old Town. The private rooms are all fully equipped with stunning marble ensuite bathrooms whist the cosy, softly lit cellar bar is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening after exploring the delights of the gorgeous city of Prague.
Rates from €15.36/night
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