10 Cool & Unusual Hostels Around the World Mike Richard March 17 Accommodations, Features 18 Comments Editor's note: This article comes to us courtesy of Victoria Philpott - a travel writer for HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist. She lives and works in London. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.If a bunk bed, locker and four walls in a normal building just don’t cut it for you as enough of a travel experience, check out the top 10 coolest and strangest hostels. In the world of competitive novelty accommodation childhood caveman, tree house and train driver fantasies can become realities, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to see a ghost. #1: Jumbo Stay, Stockholm, Sweden Jumbo Stay Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden For anyone who isn’t fed up with trying to get some sleep on an aeroplane, book a few nights on this stationary jumbo-jet-cum-youth-hostel, Stockholm. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by past unsuccessful in-flight snoozing experiences, this is not the usual restrictive chair where any excessive movement gets the whole row tutting and giving you evils, oh no. Jumbo Stay has 25 rooms; each with four metres of head room, flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The plane/hostel is within easy walking distance from Stockholm Arlanda airport terminals and you can even watch the arrivals and departures on the on-board big screen. #2: Anak Ranch of Mongolia, Mongolia Anak Ranch of Mongolia, Mongolia The Anak Ranch of Mongolia is definitely one for those after somewhere ”˜strange’. Indulge yourself in the wild wilderness and make your new home in a ger, or yurt. These semi-permanent four-bed tents are traditional Mongolian nomadic homes, designed to be easily dismantled and moved on the back of a camel or yak. Speaking of our four-legged friends, horse riding is included in the price, so slap a saddle on and yee haa your way across the baron landscape in style. Subscribe to Our Under the Radar Newsletter Get our freshest + most popular travel stories, exclusive travel deals, and loads of pretty pictures + travel inspiration! #3: Traveller’s Cave Pension, Cappadocia, Turkey Traveller's Cave Pension, Turkey Live out your caveman fantasies in Traveller’s Cave Pension – the coolest out of Cappadocia hostels. You don’t have any? Well simply enjoy a respite from the sun’s hot, humid heat, underground. This novelty dwelling is surrounded by cool scenery to explore and the hostel exterior has plenty of cool photo ops with the traditional fairy chimneys and rock-carved entrance. #4: Bayrams Tree Houses, Olympos, Turkey Bayrams Tree Houses, Turkey Remember on American TV shows when all the kids had cool tree houses that were better decked out than your family home? Ever want one? Well, this is your opportunity to take your siesta up in the branches above, step right up Bayrams Tree houses. They’ll provide the mattress, pillow and sheet and you and your mates can bed down six feet up. Just a short walk away from the houses you’ll find the National Park of Olympos and Olympos beach beckoning you down your rope ladder. #5: Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn, China Zhangzhou Wei Qun Lou Inn, China Get on the phone to Mulder and Scully — this curious, circular layout definitely has an air of aliens-up-to-mischief about it. Though on closer inspection, looks can be deceiving, and this unique, strange hostel in mountainous China not only has World Heritage Status, but also lavishly adorned bedrooms and traditionally decorated balconies for you to admire your surroundings. #6: Boat Hostel Barka Basia, Krakow, Poland Boat Hostel Barka Basia, Poland Should we call it a bostel or a hoat? Well, either way, Poland’s Boat Hostel Barka Basia is a hostel, on a boat, on a river bank, and it’s cool and strange — it makes the cut. There are private and shared heated rooms available in the boat cabin for rest. As for relaxation, come up to the top of the hostel, Krakow, to admire the beautiful boulevard on the River Vistula, just ten minutes away from the Old Town. #7: Carbisdale Castle, Culrain, Scotland Carbisdale Castle, Scotland Feeling flush on a budget is easy when a real highland castle moonlights as a youth hostel. The Carbisdale Castle was built for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland, housing her, her entourage, and many like them ever since. Today the castle has an impressive art, statue and sculpture collection for your perusal. If you’re looking for cool, check out the surroundings for woodland walks and mountain bike trails. If it’s strange you’re after, stay up late with a Ouija board — the castle is haunted. Good luck to you on that one. #8: Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, California, USA Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, California Perched on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is the perfect, cool getaway from extreme San Francisco, just 25 miles away. The lighthouse still guides ships across the sea, and the hostel is a certified eco-friendly hostel dedicated to helping maintain the wealth of wildlife in the area. If you’re there in season you could glimpse the annual grey whale migration, or watch as the elephant seals catch some rays. If you’d rather live the wild life than watch it, there’s also plenty of opportunity for kayaking, surfing and biking. #9: Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa Imagine telling your mates back home about being banged up in a jail in Canada, well you can if you book into this Ottawa Hostel. You won’t get a criminal record, or even a black mark against your name here — just a night spent in a former jail cell, or if you’re lucky, the governor’s quarters. Known locally as ”˜the most haunted building in Ottawa’, the building operated as a prison for over 100 years. Officially, three people were hung there, and their ghosts are said to remain in the grounds. Take a tour on the top floor to walk the steps of the judged and damned on the jail’s death row, and to make up your own mind about the ghost factor. #10: Santos Express Train Lodge, Santos Beach, South Africa Santos Express Train Lodge What is it with hoteliers and transforming transport into accommodation? ‘The Train‘, as it’s known to the locals, has five coaches, each with five compartments that look out onto the neighbouring Santos beach on the Indian Ocean. Located in South Africa’s famous Garden Route, if you’re there in season you can watch the whales and dolphins showing off in the sea from the train’s deck. Out of season, you can still enjoy the cosy bar and traditional seafood just 30m from the sea. Check out more at HostelBookers.com. 18 Responses Mark E Tisdale March 17 Some awesome places to stay! I just hope I don’t have to climb that ladder with my pack at the one in Turkey! :-) Reply ArenaCreative March 17 Awesome places to stay – and affordable, too I would assume :) Hopefully no bedbugs Reply Fresh From Twitter March 20 […] http://bit.ly/el2DMA RT @vagabondish: 10 Cool & Unusual Hostels Around the World #travel http://bit.ly/gqgj5r Lovu00c9 had me travel over 6000 miles 2 c his black ass! Long distance relationships are DEAD Top […] Reply Julie Ann Aguila March 21 Me and two other friends tried the cave pension in cappadocia. The owner was so accommodating and friendly. You won’t an aircon during the night because the cave has it’s own cooling system. The bathroom would give you a chance to experience turkish bath. I won’t forget that awesome experience. And to top it all the breath-taking landscape of cappadocia region. Reply Matt Splat March 24 Excellent article, when i win the Euromillions this friday these will be the first port of call!! :-) Reply Research for good accommodation deals. | bfreespirit-relaxation March 24 […] 10 Cool & Unusual Hostels Around the World […] Reply Debbie Beardsley March 26 These look great! The airplane is a crack up. I can see my husband, the pilot, in one of those beds! Personally, the cave and treehouse looked like places I would really enjoy trying out. Thanks for the information! Reply Sonya April 2 Thanks for the heads up on these cool hostels. Reply Sofia - As We Travel April 28 That’s awesome! We were thinking of staying at the airplane hostel but it was a bit out of town, but if you’re catching a flight the next day it’s perfect! Reply ecothreesixty.com May 14 A great list, each one is a real find! Really the fact it’s a worldwide selection. Our first choices would probably be a toss up between ANAK RANCH OF MONGOLIA and SANTOS EXPRESS TRAIN LODGE. Maybe one day we’ll get to both. Reply fajas colombianas May 25 These are very amazing and very classy looking for a hostel. Reply Nomadic Samuel August 25 A wicked list. I’ll have to check out the jail-house in Ottawa, Canada – my own backyard. Reply DaGameMasta14 January 21 woah……. Reply Joe Wong March 7 awesome stuff Mike, I hope to get to be at least at one of those places Reply Vicky May 18 Thanks for the comments everyone and glad you like the article! There are some pretty cool hostels out there :) Reply Lucy Harper May 18 I want to stay in the treehouse – looks wicked! Reply Charles Rahm (@DWJustTravel) May 22 This is a super list of unusual hostels. I particularly liked the idea of staying at the Boat Hostel Barka Basia. Hostels certainly offer some varied accommodation these days as we can see from your list. Reply Tamerlan May 9 The hostels look amazing. I’ve been to hostels throughout most of my travels and I think that even if I had much money I will continue doing so. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Let's Make Sure You're Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. eight + = Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.