Eco hostels02/05/2007 16:13:57
Top Eco Hostels Around the World
Eco hostels put the good of the environment at the centre of what they do, and their customers of course. From using eco light bulbs to fitting out the roof with solar panels, or even just making sure the recycling is done properly, these hostels from HostelBookers.com have been given eco hostel status, are in great locations and are perfect for anyone on a budget too.
Hostelling International Washington DC
Hostelling International Washington DC is one of the few hostels in the world to have Energy Star certification. As part of their commitment to being a steward of the environment, this Washington hostel uses compact fluorescent light bulbs, paper made from at least 95% recyclable materials, push faucets on sinks, Green Seal Certified cleaning products and low VOC paints and carpets.
In an effort to educate guests, HI Washington also provides information on recycling and environment throughout the property and hosts monthly documentary movie nights on environmental topics.
The hostel is located in downtown Washington DC just 8 blocks from The White House and The National Mall and just steps away from loads of bars and restaurants to keep you busy.
Dorms and privates are available and you'll get a free breakfast and free Wi-Fi included in the price. There's also a huge common room, a TV room and a fully-equipped self-service kitchen too.
Beds start from €30.21pppn.
Feetup Hostels - Mellow Eco Hostel Barcelona
You'll find Feetup Hostels just 15 minutes away from Barcelona city centre on the Metro. It's surrounded by green areas that you can enjoy looking over from their roof terrace. They've got a huge common area and kitchen, and even a small library filled with classic novels.
Look around the Guinardo area and you'll see beautiful architecture defined by Catalan Modernism. You can also explore an area of Barcelona not always seen by the average tourist and make the most of the local atmosphere with markets, shops and cafes to indulge in.
You'll get a free continental breakfast included in the price and free Wi-Fi too. Check out the notice boards around the hostel for details of their Spanish Cooking Experience, Pub Quiz nights and Flamenco dancing evenings.
Just a short walk or even shorter tram ride away from the city centre in Krakow you'll find the Elephant on the Moon Eco Hostel. It's Krakow's first eco-friendly accommodation and there's a cosy and friendly atmosphere and the hostel is set up for you to make friends easily. It's in beautiful surroundings just on the bend of the picturesque Vistula River. If it's flowers you like you'll love the hostel garden filled with magnolias and rhododendrons. It's the perfect place to relax after spending the day touring the nearby Wawel Castle, the historic market square, and the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Staff will be happy to help you plan trips to Auschwitz, the Tatra Mountains and the Wielicka salt mines.
A huge breakfast is included in the price and you can use the fully-equipped kitchen to make your lunch and dinner too. There's free Wi-Fi and towels and a secure private parking area too. There's a range of rooms from one-bed privates to six-bed dorms.
Beds start from £11.99pppn.