Not Just for Backpackers: 9 Amazing Upscale Hostels

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If your memories of hosteling consist of broken bunk beds full of backpackers, it's time for a rethink. Hostels have upped their game in recent years, improving their beds, bathrooms and interior artwork, adding private rooms with iPod docking stations and fitness facilities (even swimming pools!), and offering excursions and special events for all ages of travelers. Free Wi-Fi, computer access and outlets to charge all the devices that today's flashpackers carry are a given.

Among the additions that Giovanna Gentile of HostelBookers.com has noticed: Elevators for older travelers, free baby-sitting service, cots and high chairs for families, and movie and game rooms. "Modern hostels are now increasingly stylish and offer en-suite rooms," she said in an e-mail. "They provide cheap but comfortable accommodation, meeting travelers' expectations in terms of more value for money."

Click on any image on the left to start our slideshow of hostels that raise the bar for budget stays. You might never stay in a traditional hotel room again.

-- written by Chris Gray Faust