The Roundup

The New Hostel Looks A Lot Like a Boutique Hotel. But Cooler.

by Jeralyn Gerba
width="840"

"Not quite a hotel" room at The Independente in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo courtesy of The Independente.

The bad lighting, sterile dormitories, and pay-as-you-rinse showers are nowhere to be found in today's hostels. Instead, young hoteliers and smart entrepreneurs are responding to millennials' love of new experiences, good design, and community spaces with budget hotels-as-affordable-luxuries: friendly, social, Wi-Fi-equipped, and highly Instagrammable.