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March 22, 2010
Cracking destinations with a difference
If you are heading off over the Easter holidays, but are desperate for something a little different, then leading online hostel provider, Hostelworld.com has come up with some cracking destinations. Sample the delights of Serbia, meander through Moscow or let loose in Las Vegas - if you're after that bit egg-stra, then relax, Hostelworld.com has done the Easter hunt for you.
Chocolate Hostel, Moscow, Russia
To really celebrate Easter, why not stay at the aptly named Chocolate Hostel, located in the heart of Moscow, by the side of Pushkinskaya square and just a 15-minute walk from the famous Red Square. The hostel is also perfectly located to numerous historical sites, including the Museum of Revolution, The Patriarchal Ponds, Hermitage Garden, and a great number of night clubs, cafes and restaurants. The hostel also lives up to its name and provides guests with hot cocoa, pancakes and chocolate, so perfect if you want to indulge your sweet tooth before bed time.
Accommodation starts from €18.52 per person, per night
Greg and Tom Hostel, Krackow, Poland
Named as one of the best boutique hostels in Krackow, this chic establishment is just the ticket for travellers looking for something a little egg-stra. With free vodka tasting and Polish nights, this recently revamped hostel is dedicated to creating an authentic atmosphere for all that stay here, but in a home from home environment. Situated just five minutes from the old town, you can explore the mythical Wawel Castle, head to the Market Square to listen to the famous hejnal bugle call and feed the hero pigeons. If you're keen to travel further afield, the friendly staff will organise tours to Aushwitz and the Wieliczka Salt mines, but if you're keen to see some scenic beauty then you're perfectly positioned to reach the Tatras mountains and Dunajec river where you can try out a host of sporting activities.
Accommodation starts from €13.58 per person, per night
Manga Hostel, Belgrade, Serbia
Voted best hostel in Serbia for 2008 and 2009, the Manga hostel is perfectly positioned to explore all that Belgrade has to offer. Friendly staff are on hand to advise you how to get the most authentic Serbian experience, from the best bars and restaurants serving popular local dishes to museums, galleries and local farmer markets. Belgrade is definitely a city that has it all and is the ultimate destination for those who love to take in historic sights, shop til you drop and then party all night. However, if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life then you can escape to Ada Ciganlija. Here you can relax on the beach, swim or explore the forests. The Manga hostel is famed for its welcoming atmosphere and whatever you want from your trip to Belgrade, then this is the perfect base from which to do it.
Accommodation start from €12.00 per person, per night
Sin City Hostel, Las Vegas, USA
As the name suggests, this hostel is perfect for people who like to party. You'll find a basketball court, BBQ pit, sun lounge area, gazebo and even a Hangover Room for those who have enjoyed the excesses of Vegas a little too much. If you manage to drag yourself away from the pool tournaments and poker and pizza nights, then you will find the real Sin City is literally on your doorstep. Located on the Las Vegas strip, the Sin City hostel staff will provide you with VIP access to some of the top night spots, as well as arranging limo tours and trips to attractions such as the Grand Canyon.
Accommodation start from €10.87 per person, per night
Tirana Hostel, Tirana, Albania
The first hostel to open in Albania, The Tirana is now a firm favorite with visitors, and welcomes thousands of travellers through its doors every year. With just 25 beds and situated in a beautiful villa built in 1940, this is regarded as one of the finest buildings in the whole area. Despite growing in popularity, Tirana is still a relatively undiscovered destination and so has a wealth of history waiting to be uncovered. Compact enough to explore on foot, museums, Cultural Palace and authentic restaurants are conveniently located along the main boulevard near Skanderbeg Square, however if its nightlife you're after, then head to nearby Blloku. The hills on the southeastern part connect with the Botanical Garden and the Zoo, which provide a welcome break if you're tired from exploring the cities hidden treasures.
Accommodation starts from just €12.00 per person, per night
Jaeger's Hostel, Munich, Germany
With a free Jaegermeister on arrival, daily happy hour between 5.30pm and 8.00pm at their bar and no curfew, Jaeger's Hostel is the place to put you in the party mood. Situated close to Munich's buzzing nightlife of Kultfabrik and Optimolwerkeand, it is also perfectly positioned to explore the world famous Hofbrauhaus, grounds of the renowned Oktobefest and its stunning shopping district. If you are really keen to explore, Jaeger's Hostel will also provide free walking tours and city maps. And when you're ready to rest your head after a heavy nights partying or exploring, your private, double or single room will be waiting.
Accommodation starts from €15.00 per person, per night
Naughty Squirrel Hostel, Riga, Latvia
Voted the number one hostel in Latvia in 2009, this is the only hostel to be located in the heart of Old Riga and is the perfect place if you want to enjoy a social atmosphere, but also get away from the crowds and explore some truly hidden gems. The staff pride themselves on their extensive local knowledge and are eager to show all that Riga has to offer, from the cultural walking tours to extreme activities like bobsleighing and Russian Car Rallying. After a busy day exploring or night on the tiles, you can kick back and relax at the Naughty Squirrel bar or enjoy one of their free movie nights before heading off to one of the many comfortable rooms which includes a private double, triple and quad rooms.
Accommodation starts from €9.78 per person, per night
Skanstulls Vandrarhem, Stockholm, Sweden
Located in the centre of Sofo, Stockholm's cultural midpoint in the trendy South, is the new and very modern Skanstulls Vandrarhem. This hostel is perfectly located to explore Sofo's mix of restaurants, cosy cafes, gallerias, music events, bars and odd boutiques. It is also just a stone's throw away from the Metro. There is a choice of larger dorms or small private rooms and all have a cosy, family feel to them, which is in keeping with the individual character of the hostel.
Accommodation starts from €23.27 per person, per night
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