Hostels become cut-price boutique hotels

Hostels attract smart youngsters and grow into ‘poshtels’
Hostels still conjure images of grungy backpackers, uncomfortable beds, shared bathrooms and snack machines, USA Today writes. But times are changing.
Some hostels are becoming more like cut-price boutique hotels, a trend that started in Europe. To reach out to younger guests, hoteliers began to give hostels bars, coffee counters, game rooms, even full-service restaurants. And so the poshtel (from posh hostel) was born.
At brands like Freehand and Generator, a bed in a shared room can be just $25 (€22) a night. Private rooms are on offer too, as well as free Wi-Fi, breakfast and activities to promote guest interaction.
“Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the variety of the look and feel of hostels,” says Netanya Trimboli of non-profit organisation Hostelling International USA. “With just the sheer number of hostels in Europe, there has been a natural creation of various niche products. Just as the hotel market saw the introduction of life-style boutique hotels 25 or so years ago, we’re now seeing the same in the hostel sector.”
Examples of some of the best poshtels are HI USA, which has 54 hostels in the USA, in cities such as Boston, New York and San Francisco; Freehand in Miami and Chicago; The Bivvy in Breckenridge, Colorado; Space Hotel in Melbourne; and Generator Amsterdam.
USA Today


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