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Post gap year-life, you might have thought you never wanted to hear the word ‘hostel’ ever again but stick with us here for a genius holiday booking hack that will save you loads of £.

Hostels might not seem like your bag for your next destination holiday but we consulted Hostel World on some of the private rooms that are just as nice as hotel rooms (with half the price tag and their own bathrooms…)

Generator Hostel, Hamburg, Germany

At first glance, this no-frills (but functional) Generator hostel will definitely take you back to your backpacker days. But, really, the private rooms’ minimal design, comfortable beds and pocket bathrooms are all that you need. The staff are knowledgable and able to cater their suggestions to your preferences and considering that the hostel is opposite central Hamburg station, you couldn’t be more conveniently located. Rent their bikes to cycle around the AuBenalster lake, or jump on the U-barn to go sightseeing. And don’t miss the port vibes at Elbe beach followed by a night tipplea pre-drink at their recently-opened Helter Skelter bar (which is a homage to The Beatles who performed for the first time, as the complete foursome, on the fourth floor of the building) before heading out to Sternschanze where the locals (rather than stag dos) hang out.

Private Rooms from £56

ArkaBarka Hostel, Belgrade, Serbia

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Fancy staying in a contemporary wooden sculpture that floats on the Danube? At ArkaBarka Floating Hostel, you can book a private room with panoramic views of the river and highlights like the Zemun and the Kalemegdan fortress just around the corner. Plus, there’s a sauna and bicycles that guests can use for free and chilled beers for only €1.50…

Private Rooms from £27

Bangkok Bed and Bike, Bangkok, Thailand

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With a mix of Thai and Western architecture, each private room at Bangkok Bed and Bike follows a different cycling theme with a minimalist colour scheme, tattoo-inspired murals and all-important air conditioning. Naturally, for a hostel dedicated to life on two wheels, there are city bikes to borrow from reception, ideal for cruising to nearby street food markets, temples and fabric emporiums.

Private Rooms from £35

Casa Gracia, Barcelona, Spain

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Casa Gracia‘s private rooms are as fancy as they come with balconies overlooking boutique and bar hotspot Gracia. For the ultimate taste of the hostel high life, check-in to Casa Gracia’s super suite, with its own bath Jacuzzi and supplies of chilled wine, fruit, fluffy bathrobes and slippers.

Private Rooms from £106    

Caveland, Santorini, Greece

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Located in an 18th century winery, the rooms at Caveland in Santorini are simple and stylish. The hostel itself is built into eight caves and wafting aromas from nearby vanilla, pear and pistachio trees will send you into a relaxing slumber. What’s more, there’s also tennis courts and a scenic terrace complete with sea views for a piece of Mediterranean luxury without the hefty price tag.

Private Rooms from £43

Hostel Die Wohngemeinschaft, Cologne, Germany

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Hostel DieWohngemeinschaft is a hidden gem that matches Cologne’s creative vibe with themed rooms that are pretty out there, ranging from a Bollywood cinema through to an intergalactic rocket. For culture vultures, there’s also an in-house theatre, plus bikes and skateboards available for those wanting to explore the city on two or four wheels.

Private Rooms from £44

Lisbon Calling, Lisbon, Portugal

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Located in a 250-year-old building, the private rooms at Lisbon Calling are decked out with boudoir-chic artwork, chesterfield armchairs and retro lighting – very #interiorinspo. These rooms are almost akin to the experience of having your own apartment in Lisbon, but with the added benefit of early morning deliveries of freshly baked bread from housekeeping.

Private Rooms from £48

Soul Kitchen, St Petersburg, Russia

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Multi-award winning Soul Kitchen is ideally located on one of the most beautiful corners of St Petersburg, close to the Moika embankment. We defy you not to Instagram statement pieces like their oversized beds and retro antiques. 

Private Rooms from £37

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