10 Best Hostels for Women TravelersGroup Travel, Hostels, Staying There, Staying There Deals — By Patty H on March 7, 2011 at 6:00 am
By Patty Hodapp
LG Deputy Editor
Lady travelers, tomorrow on March 8 the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a tradition rooted in the early 1900s where working women worldwide give a nod to the fight for equal political and economical rights with men. That’s huge. Without the rights we have today, many of us wouldn’t be able to vote or have the same working conditions (ahem, salary status in the U.S. is still up for grabs).
But rights aside, a huge part of this day revolves around simply celebrating being a woman in the world. It’s a day for all women: mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, wives, girlfriends. And in many countries, men join in support too. In Russia, men wake up early and buy flowers for the important women in their lives. Being a woman in today’s globalizing world means we have a different kind of access to the world. Whether we’re scoping out another country through our fingertips on a keyboard or walking off the jet bridge of an airplane for the first time in a new international airport, the world is ours for discovery.
To celebrate the day, HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist, released its 10 best hostels (safe, clean, and feminine) for women travelers around the world. HostelBookers also put together a series of expert articles for women travelers, listing the best destinations, packing tips, safety tips, and attitudes towards women on every continent. So grab a group of girlfriends, take a weekend off, and celebrate your womanhood at one of these LG approved, female-friendly hostels.
Located on South Beach, The Miami Hostel has eight, 10, and 12-bed female dorms available. The hostel supplies guests with free beach towels and you can enjoy cocktails in the hostel bar before heading down to the beach.
St Christopher’s Orient Espresso, London, UK
Girls can take their pick of private, four-bed, or eight-bed dorms. Other hostel facilities include a free travel library, complimentary chess in the coffee shop, and internet access in the cafe.
All the rooms and facilities are clean, and the hostel provides free internet kiosks and Wi-Fi that are useful for planning a day out in Rome. It’s centrally located so just grab a map and explore.
Cairns Girls Hostel, Cairns, Australia
With car rental facilities nearby, this is a great choice for those hoping to explore the coastline and the Great Barrier Reef. The hostel is located in the central business district close to the main shopping and tourist outlets. It boasts easy access to cinemas, nightclubs, the waterfront, and the lagoon.
Caulaincourt Square Hostel, Paris, France
Located close to Montmartre and Le Sacre Coeur in Paris’s pretty bohemian quarter, the hostel offers free Wi-Fi and free bike rental which is a great way to explore the city.
Ranked top three for Most Popular in North America in the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2010, Adventurer Hostel offers female-only dorms which sleep four, eight, or 20 people.
Plus Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Women will appreciate the homey creature comforts on offer: extra space, cosmetic tables equipped with hairdryers, and complimentary toiletries included in the girls-only dorms. The rest of the hostel is mixed genders and has an indoor swimming pool open to guests.
The hostel is equipped with plenty of security features such as key card access to the dorms, private rooms and communal areas. There are also individual lockers in each dormitory.
BASE St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
Located in St Kilda—Melbourne’s seaside suburb—BASE offers ladies their own sanctuary wing. In these female-only dorms girls can enjoy free champagne, hair straightening irons, and tea or coffee in bed on weekends.
Jazz on Amsterdam Ave., New York, USA
It offers ladies eight, six, or four-bed dorms—many of them en suite, air-conditioned, and with nice colorful decor. Staff organize outings and events throughout the week so guests have plenty of opportunities to meet their fellow travelers.
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