With the rise of digital nomad culture, savvy companies are now catering to travelers who want to combine work and play – and that includes hostels.
There may be a perception that all digital nomads run tech businesses and make a lot of money. But it is far from being the case.
Many are early in their careers and are taking advantage of being lower in the professional food chain to work fewer hours and make the most of their freedom.
In a recent survey by Hostelworld, a leading global online travel agent that accounted for around 1.5 million hostel bookings in 2021, one in five respondents said they would stay in a hotel while working remotely.
And although cafes and restaurants remain the most popular places to digital nomads to work, a third of respondents said that a hostel would be their next favorite option.
To mark this trend, Hostelworld’s annual HOSCAR Awards introduced a Digital Nomad category for the first time this year. The winners were shortlisted based on public voting and then chosen by a judging panel of industry experts.
Here are the five hostels that were voted best for digital nomads in 2022.
Co404, Mexico: by digital nomads, for digital nomads
Close to Palenque, indigenous villages and jungle treks, Co404 in pretty San Cristobal de las Casas might just be the perfect place for people wanting to combine travel and work.
This bright hostel in Chiapas was specially designed for digital nomads by digital nomads. The aim was to build a comfortable workplace in Mexico for those who also want to socialize outside working hours.
Understanding the importance of strong wifi, Co404 has two networks so that if one fails there is always a backup. There’s also a four-night minimum stay, to help build community among residents.
Yellow Square, Italy: technical improvements for media types
This Rome The fixture near Termini Station offers live bands, a cheap street-level bar, and guest experiences like cooking classes and shopping tours. But it has also made a name for itself with its coworking technology.
Remote workers can reserve a dedicated quiet space with desktop and printer access in the Yellow Square coworking room.
But creative media types can get even more than that, as the hostel offers free materials and equipment for influencers and photographers. There’s even a special soundproof room for making calls or recording podcasts.
Viajero Medellin Hostel, Colombia: party atmosphere after work
In the Andean city of Medellin, this smart hostel was HOSCAR’s big winner in the digital nomad category. It’s in El Poblado, a neighborhood close to the trendiest bars in town. And it’s well laid out for digital nomads with a co-working space on the ground floor.
Above Colombian co-working space, there is a restaurant where you can eat while you work, as well as a rooftop jacuzzi to relax after work. There are also private rooms with bathrooms if you need a good night’s sleep.
Draper Startup House, India: the home of entrepreneurs
Located in Bangalore, the Indian city famous for start-upthis hostel markets itself specifically as a home for entrepreneurs.
The hostel is run by Tribe Theory, a global hostel chain with an ambitious goal of empowering one million entrepreneurs by 2030 (though we’re not sure that’s really measurable).
Draper Startup House’s main selling point is that it runs a calendar of networking events and gives guests access to mentors who can help take your ideas to the next level.
Take Hostel Conil, Spain: for an active life by the sea
Take note, surfers: this hostel in Costa Del Luz nearby Cadiz is a short walk from some of the best beach breaks in Spain.
The lounge with panoramic sea views and proximity to water sports, including kitesurfing and windsurfing, have made Take Hostel Conil a big hit with digital nomads. So popular, in fact, that the hostel recently upgraded its facilities to meet the needs of remote workers.
Digital nomads can now book two new spaces, one 100 meters from the beach and another in the hostel’s surf school. The hostel’s main coworking space also includes private workspaces for meetings, high-speed wifi, a coffee machine, and printing facilities.
Special offers are available for digital nomads who wish to plan a longer stay.