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22 cool and unusual hostels

December 05, 2010|Michael Robinson | Los Angeles Times


19. Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Magnetic Island, Australia

At the wildlife park at Bungalow Bay Koala Village, rangers will allow guests to hold koalas, crocodiles or lizards.

Oh, you still want to know more? If you feel like kicking back, you'll find a bar on the property and hammocks by the pool. If you're feeling active, there are walking tracks, as well as horseback riding on the beach.

This is an eco-hostel with 25 private bungalows and five dorm areas.

Rates start at $29.31 for Jan. 1.


20. Railway Square, Sydney, Australia

Travelers can stay in one of the railway carriages on what used to be Platform Zero next to Central Station in Sydney.

Otherwise, guests can decide to stay in what is the original main building. It was built in the early 20th century and has since been renovated and turned into accommodations.

Railway Square is just outside of Central Station, giving travelers easy access to Sydney's sights.

Rates start at $35.17 for Feb. 1.


21. Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden.

These are two permanently docked former cruise ships (one a hotel and one a hostel) on Lake MÀlaren that give guests a partial experience of a cruise (minus the actual cruising), at the cost of a hostel.

There are restaurant, bar, and lounge areas on the ship.

The Rygerfjord was built in 1950 and was eventually converted to a hostel in 1995. There are now 55 cabins, with about 150 beds.

Rates start at $44.16 for Jan. 1.


22. Clink78, London, England.

Clink78 is a restored 200-year-old courthouse in London. Two original courtrooms and seven original prison cells remain in the building.

The hostel offers free breakfast to guests in its dorms, private rooms or prison cell accommodations. Clink78 also provides free walking tours of London.

Rates start at $21 for Jan. 1.


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