HostelBookers Picks Best Women-Friendly Hostels
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day recognized on March 8, 2011, HostelBookers has produced their 10 best hostels for women. Security, pampering and the feminine touch were key in the company making their picks.
I first became aware of International Women’s Day during my 2006 trip to Kabul. It was inspiring attending an event in the same room with young Afghan women who hoped for independence. Now five years later, I hope the young ladies I met continued their education and become leaders in their community.
Here is HostelBookers’ list of 10 best women-friendly hostels:
The Miami Hostel, Miami, Florida
Located on South Beach, The Miami Hostel has 8, 10 and 12-bed female dorms available. Guests are supplied with free beach towels and ladies will enjoy cocktails in the hostel bar.
St Christopher’s Orient Espresso, London, U.K.
Girls can take their pick of private, 4-bed or 8-bed dorms. Other hostel facilities include a free travel library, complimentary chess in the coffee shop and internet access in the cyber café.
Papaya Female Youth Hostel, Rome, Italy
All the rooms and facilities are kept to a high standard and travelers will find the free internet kiosks and Wi-Fi useful for planning their day in the city.
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.
Adventurer Hostel, Los Angeles, California
Ranked top 3 for ‘Most Popular’ in North America in the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2010, Adventurer Hostel offers female-only dorms which sleep 4, 8 or 20 people.
Plus Prague, Prague, Check Republic
Girls will appreciate the homely creature comforts on offer; extra space, cosmetic tables equipped with hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and a goody bag, are all included in their girls-only dorms. The rest of the hostel is mixed and boasts an indoor swimming pool which guests can use for free.
Lub d Bangkok – Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
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 8, 6 or 4-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.
Now don’t you have a trip to plan?