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The days of hostels as bare-bones backpacker dormitories are over. A new breed of hostels (aka “poshtels”) offering private rooms, designer furniture, stylish communal areas and central locations (Mariah Carey even stayed at one as part of an ad campaign) are taking over. Meet a community of like-minded travelers—without having to sleep five feet from them. But don’t just take Mimi’s word for it. Below, you’ll find the world’s most innovative (and, yes, posh) new hostels, which may inspire a vision of love you previously thought was only possible when booking five-star accommodations.

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edinburgh, UK, Scotland

Code Hostel Ediburgh

CODE: Edinburgh, UK

Head to CODE Hostel Edinburgh and discover what is perhaps the world’s only penthouse under $200. That’s not the only appeal of this chic UK hostel. Boasting a location in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town near Waverley Railway Station, this upscale budget lodging offers views of famous landmarks like Edinburgh Castle, and can even organize excursions into the Scottish Highlands.

Chicago, Illinois

Fieldhouse Jones

FieldHouse Jones: Chicago, IL

If the posh rooms and common areas at FieldHouse Jones don’t win you over, the dining and drinking options will. Wash down diner-style comfort food with an artisanal cup of joe or Japanese matcha green tea at DropShot Coffee & Snack Bar. Think bespoke communal areas, guestrooms reminiscent of the Ace and a location close to primo attractions like the Mag Mile.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Florentin House

Florentin House: Tel Aviv, Israel

Think you need to have a huge budget to enjoy a nice stay in upmarket Tel Aviv? Think again! Florentin House Tel Aviv shares many of the design flourishes you find in boutique and luxury hotels along the city’s famous Rothschild Boulevard, but at a fraction of the price. Location-wise, Florentin House is not only close to Tel Aviv’s Mediterranean coastline, but to the celebrated seaport of Jaffa.

Chile, Andes

Hostal French Andes

Hostal French Andes: Chile

Chile’s Lake District, which sits between the Santiago capital region and Patagonia, is generally not a place you’d think to visit on a budget. Hostal French Andes, however, which has gained a reputation as one of the best hostels in South America, has changed the calculus in this part of the world. Located in the town of Pucon, it not only offers on-site dining and several different room types, but boasts a knowledgeable desk staff who can arrange affordable adventures throughout the District.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Luxury Backpackers

Luxury Backpackers: Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is one of the cheapest cities in the world to book a luxury hotel, which might make a place like Luxury Backpackers Hanoi seem superfluous. However, once you enter this poshtel, you’ll change your mind. Located steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and featuring many of the same architectural flourishes as much more expensive properties, Luxury Backpackers Hanoi is decidedly upscale. Head to the common areas to connect with like-minded travelers, who will become your friends on excursions to lush Sapa and the Ha Long Bay UNESCO World Heritage site.

South Beach, Miami, Florida

Posh South Beach

Posh South Beach: Miami, FL

As its name suggests, Posh South Beach is a place that more than lives up to the glamorous reputation of Florida’s most exclusive coastal destination. Located in the heart of the Art Deco Historic District and boasting a “five-star” rating for amenities that include a rooftop pool with sundeck, Posh South Beach offers both private and shared rooms, and services that include complimentary airport pickup and a full kitchen for cooking.

Melbourne, Australia

Space Hotel Melbourne

Space Hotel: Melbourne, Australia

Australia is not generally known for having awesome hostels, but Space Hotel Melbourne bucks this trend. Stylish (and futuristic, as its name suggests), Space Hotel is built into a deceptively simple building, whose location is equidistant from the Melbourne Museum and the city’s celebrated Chinatown. Make sure to ask the front desk about group tours to the world-famous Great Ocean Road, which sits just a couple of hours from Melbourne’s city center!

zagreb, croatia

Swanky Mint

Swanky Mint: Zagreb, Croatia

Though it’s literally the most-awarded hostel in all of Croatia, Swanky Mint Hostel Zagreb boasts a cool, calm and assured energy when you walk through its doors. Housed in a former 19th-century textile factory in the heart of Old Zagreb (near the unique Museum of Broken Relationships, among other attractions), Swanky Mint offers a lush garden area, swimming pool and frees shot upon arrival in addition to a variety of shared and private room types.

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