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The rise of poshtels: Are they really worth it?

BY Richard Mellor

1st Jan 2015 Travel

The rise of poshtels: Are they really worth it?

Welcome to the age of the poshtel. Long tipped as a travel trend, these now-popular hostel-hotel hybrids cater for tourists keen to skimp on costs, but not glamour or style. With prices still so low (as in, £9-a-night low!!!) is this too-good-to-be-true territory? We’ve put four leading poshtels under a strict value microscope.

GENERATOR HOSTEL, PARIS

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The premier poshtel brand, Generator landed in Paris on 1 February with this ‘micro-chic’, 916-bed whopper near trendy Canal St Martin. Its most notable perks number a restaurant serving traditional French meals, a basement bar stocked with French wines and a roof terrace with Sacre Coeur views.

WORTH IT?

Mostly, oui. Perfect for friends, these sharp four-person shared rooms cost from only £19 each. Snaffle one with an en-suite bathroom and, given the facilities and location, that’s sensational - even if breakfast is a little extra. An £88 starting price for private suites (double/twin) is, despite top-floor seclusion and private balconies, less spectacular. 

 

OSTELLO BELLO, MILAN

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As might be expected in the home of fashion, Milan’s best hostel is chic, with colourful cushions and framed ancient maps lining walls. Guests receive a free arrival drink and daily Mediterranean breakfast – available all day, curiously – while hammocks decorate terraces, a trattoria does food, ping-pong tables and guitars await use, flea markets are held and the Duomo is just a short stroll away.

WORTH IT?

Certamente! Opt for an en-suite double room: given the above, £60 per night would be good value normally, but in Milan it’s positively criminal. Sleeping six, these relatively roomy en-suite dorms somehow cost from just £21 a night. 

 

U HOSTEL, MADRID

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Fancy staying inside a restored 19th century palace? Minimalist in look, this ultra-central Madrid haunt also affords a clean, shared kitchen, a chill-out area with leather sofas, a cinema room, indoor swings and, due this summer, a sunny roof terrace. While basic breakfasts of toast, ham and cheese are free, cups of Lavazza coffee cheekily cost €1 extra. Free city walking tours are also offered.

WORTH IT?

And then some! Including headboards with power sockets and custom-made mattresses, en-suite four-person rooms cost from just £16 a person, while en-suite double rooms begin at £16.50 per person. O to the M to the G! 

 

INDEPENDENTE, LISBON

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Well located, this former Swiss Ambassador’s residence mixes Scandinavian practicality with original Art Deco elements: chip-board bunk beds here, wrought-iron staircases there. Life revolves around the busy Decadente bar and restaurant, where bargain-priced buffets meet cocktails, local crowds and a ‘beer garden’. 

WORTH IT?

Just a bit! Sleeping 6-9, the 13 modern dorms boast private sitting areas and, while bathrooms are shared, entry rates of £9 per person, including breakfast, are gaspingly cheap. As are the luxy en-suite double rooms, which start at £60 a night for two.