Coolest New Hostels

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Michael Matynka

Thanks to a new wave of cool designer hostels, it’s time to consider strapping on a backpack again.

Hlemmur Square, Reykjavik, Iceland

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This hostel-hotel combo within a five-story 1930s building is the brainchild of hotelier Klaus Ortlieb (New York’s Cooper Square Hotel). Here’s how it breaks down: 248 beds fill three floors of bunkrooms, while the 18 hotel rooms (some with terraces) have their own floor. Lime green chairs and bright red couches lend a youthful, modern appeal. A dedicated concierge team can plan excursions to attractions like the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon—but you may be tempted to hang around, thanks to live music in the lobby, a teppanyaki restaurant, and Icelandic horses, which guests can take on carriage rides.

facebook.com/HlemmurSquare

—Brooke Porter

Coolest New Hostels

Hlemmur Square, Reykjavik, Iceland

This hostel-hotel combo within a five-story 1930s building is the brainchild of hotelier Klaus Ortlieb (New York’s Cooper Square Hotel). Here’s how it breaks down: 248 beds fill three floors of bunkrooms, while the 18 hotel rooms (some with terraces) have their own floor. Lime green chairs and bright red couches lend a youthful, modern appeal. A dedicated concierge team can plan excursions to attractions like the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon—but you may be tempted to hang around, thanks to live music in the lobby, a teppanyaki restaurant, and Icelandic horses, which guests can take on carriage rides.

facebook.com/HlemmurSquare

—Brooke Porter

Michael Matynka
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