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10 of the world’s most unusual hostels

Alice Woolliams, content editor of, picks budget accommodation that’s a little out of the ordinary. So whether you are looking at hostels in Jerusalem or hostels in China, you want to have an experience that you’ll never forget without spending too much money.

Sleep in a yurt the traditional Mongolian nomad’s home and eat home-grown food after herding horses, goats, cattle and sheep. There’s no internet and no television, but you won’t miss them with the views of the dramatic steppe and taiga outside your back door – this is one of the last unspoilt wildernesses of the world.

You can also milk animals, make cheese and airag, ride horses, go trekking, feed the animals, cut firewood and even relax! You may get caught up in delivering baby animals, moving a ger, fishing in the Orkhon River, visiting, singing, and celebrating.

How much? The daily rate from 26 per person includes accommodation in a ger, all meals, horse riding, and activities at the ranch. This hostel is not yet rated on

Bayrams Treehouse – Olympos, Kumluca, Turkey

This hostel is just 500 metres from the beach, and its rooms are built among the branches, in treehouses. There are single, twin, double, triple and dorm tree houses, all with shared bathroom facilities. If you don’t fancy being up in the trees, bungalows are available.

There’s a restaurant, bar and chilled-out orange grove (with hammocks, backgammon and Turkish waterpipes) on site.

With its picturesque setting at the foot of Mount Olympos, Bayrams is the perfect spot to relax. The ancient Lycian city of Olympos is nearby, along with the “Chimera Flames” – a natural phenomenon that has been burning on the mountain for thousands of years. Opportunities abound for swimming, rock jumping, kayaking and hiking.

Recent guests have scored this 90 per cent in satisfaction ratings

How much? Private rooms start from 11.50 per person per night including breakfast

Coober Pedy Radeka Hostel, Outback, Southern Australia

Escape the heat of the outback at the Radeka Downunder Underground Backpackers Inn & Underground Motel, which is in the former mining town of Coober Pedy.

Radeka Downunder was originally an Opal Mine which has been transformed into accommodation 6.5 metres underground, with dorm beds, budget rooms and motel rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

There’s also a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge, laundry, and an internet caf? and WiFi zone.

How much? Prices start from just 11 per person per night. This property is not yet rated.

Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel – Stockholm

The Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel is in a converted cruise ship and floats on the S?dermalm just outside central Stockholm, within walking distance of numerous galleries and cafes and the cobbled streets of old Town.

Guests have access to the maritime style lounge with cable television and a bar service. The main bar hosts a range of Swedish beers and ciders, as well as the usual. During the long summer evenings the top-deck bar is open. Here guests can enjoy a cold drink alongside magnificent views of Lake M?laren. The onboard restaurant offers bar menu.

How much? Prices start from just 17.50 per person, per night. The average is rating is 84.2 per cent.

Jumbo Hostel, Sockholm, Sweden

Jumbo Hostel offers 25 two and three bed rooms, and a four-bed dorm option in a converted Boeing 747 jumbo jet.

The most luxurious rooms are on the plane’s upper deck, which boasts an exclusive cockpit suite with private ensuite bathroom and toilet. The hostel is also equipped with eight bathrooms on the main deck, which are accessible for handicapped guests.

Each room has a flat-screen TV where you can watch the times of the departures and arrivals, and there is wireless internet access throughout and a snack cafe.

Jumbo Hostel is at the entrance to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, within reach of the airport terminals by foot or by shuttle bus.

How much? Prices start from 21 per person, per night. There is no rating yet. Read Richard Green’s review of Jumbo Hostel.

London Clink, Kings Cross, London

Clink combines 200 years of history with a cool interior and modern facilities. Set in a former courthouse, the dorms are converted prison cells with modern pod beds with reading lights and personal lockers, a new kitchen and secure key-card access to every room.

There’s also an internet hub, bar and lounge.

The court was disbanded in 1998 after 200 years in service, including the infamous “pigeon shooting” trial of British band The Clash in 1978.

How much? Prices start from 13.50 per person, per night. The average rating is 75.9 per cent.

Carbisdale Castle, Culrain, Ardgay, Sutherland, Scotland

Reputedly one of the most opulent youth hostels in the world, Carbisdale Castle Youth Hostel was built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland. Since then it has housed various wealthy and influential people, and served as a royal refuge.

Carbisdale is in a beautiful location overlooking the river Kyle with many local woodland walks. The castle has a large collection of art and Italian marbles, and even a ghost.

How much? Prices start from 12.50 per person, per night. The average rating is 85.4 per cent.

The Village Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey

The six bedrooms are either rock-cut or a combination of rock and stone walls; some of which are at the end of a 30-metre tunnel with a tiny natural spring running in an open canal at the side. Each room has a private bathroom, hair dryer, central heating, telephone, minibar and some have bathtubs and fireplaces. Laundry and internet services are available.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the rock cut restaurant in winter and outdoors in summer.

How much? Prices start from just 31 per person, per night. There is no rating yet.

HI Point Montara Lighthouse, California

Located on the rugged California coast 25 miles south of San Francisco, the historic 1875 Fog Signal Station and lighthouse has been restored and is now a hostel perched on the coast. Family rooms and dormitories are available and the hostel has its own espresso bar.

It is near to the James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a four-mile stretch of tide pools full of starfish, crabs, mussels, abalone, and sea anemones. Visitors can enjoy beaches, swim, surf, kayak, jog, horseback ride, windsurf and bicycle along the shore.

How much? Prices start from 25 per person, per night. This hostel is not yet rated.

Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn, China

The striking building was constructed in 2005, and was supposedly inspired by UFOs. It has 20 guest rooms with bathrooms on each floor and balconies illuminated by Chinese lanterns. It was included in the list of World Cultural Heritage in July, 2008.

Weiqunlou Inn is in Taxia village in the mountainous Fujian province.

How much? Prices start from 5 per person, per night. This hostel is not yet rated.

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