10 of the best hostels with pools around the world

For those who like to take a dip after a day of exploring( or a night partying ), here are some of the best hostels with their own swimming pools

Freehand Miami, US

Occupying the 1930 s art deco building of one of Miami Beachs historic hotels, the Freehand is one classy joint. Surrounded by deck chairs and giant green palms to shade you from the Florida sun, the pool is just one of these components that induces this such a laid-back place to remain. While the garden has plenty of lounging places, inside you are able to relax, beverage and dine in communal regions decked out with kitsches, funky decoration, vintage oddities and cosy furniture. The hostel has a full-service eatery with delicious fresh fish and shellfish on the menu, but the real treat is its James Beard Award semi-finalist cocktail bar, the Broken Shaker, where you can enjoy exotic liqueur, herb and syrup infusions thrown together by expert mixologists.
Dorm bed from 17 pn, thefreehand.com/ miami

Swanky Mint Hostel, Croatia

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Photograph: Petar Vucetic

Not merely swanky by name, this already tremendously popular hostel in Zagreb upped its game this August when it became the first hostel in the Croatian capital to offer a swimming pool. Situated on the hostel terrace, the pool dedicates guests the chance to cool off from the heat of the city, inducing it that bit more seducing to expend an extra night before heading to the coast. That told, the rest of the hostel is pretty inviting, too; the building is a former textile dyeing factory, and offers a beautiful sunlight terrace with foliage climbing up its red-brick walls, as well as simply designed rooms and dorms, plus functional but cool chipboard bunks. The hostel bar is a popular place on the citys main street not only with backpackers with live music and DJ nights, as well as those all-important cheap cocktails.
Dorm bed from 16 pn,
swanky-hostel.com

Plus Hostel Berlin, Germany

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As a place to remain for a lively weekend in the city, Plus Hostel Berlin the newest of the half dozen Plus Hostels couldnt be better. The hostel is set right behind Warschauer Strasse U-bahn, so its strolling distance from the citys best clubs, as well as summertime hangouts like Gorlitzer and Treptower parks. Its perfectly placed for those who want to roll out of bed and go to a party. Though the decoration and rooms are pretty basic, Plus Hostel induces up for this with its sauna and impressive indoor pool, which is big enough to swim lengths of, should you wish to clear your head after a heavy night. Free yoga conferences every Thursday morning also help and the super-low prices even more so.
Dorm bed from 18 pn,
plushostels.com/ plusberlin

TOC Hostel Barcelona, Spain

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Even without the pool, TOC Barcelona would nearly be swanky enough to pass as a budget boutique hotel. The suites for two are simple and snug, with small balconies to look out over the city from; the communal regions are decked out with contemporary furniture and those low-hanging industrial lightings that are a staple of hip establishments. The hostel also has a lively bar and coffeehouse, as well as a kitchen where you can cook your own food. The rooftop pool and terrace, however, are what make the TOC special, with wooden decking and sun loungers to cool off on after a day exploring the cafes, stores and bars around La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter.
Dorm bed from 29 pn,
tochostels.com/ barcelona

Refill Now! Thailand

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Its not the most reassuring name for a hostel with a swimming pool, but Bangkoks Refill Now! really is a tranquil place to remain. Its east of the city centre, a little further out than most backpackers prefer, but for those who want something quieter and better formed than the stacks of cheap beds around Khao San Road, this is a good place to start. The small pool is a cool feature in the four-storey hostels peaceful back garden, surrounded by tropical plants. The vestibule area features more lush foliage and corners to hang out in, while on the top floor youll find the hostels massage parlor. The rooms are pretty sleek, too, particularly if you opt for a private loft.
Dorm bed from 8p n, refillnow.co.th

Sunset Destination Hostel, Portugal

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With positions over the Tagus river and Lisbons Golden Gate Bridge, this stylish hostel is bang in the middle of the citys best clubbing neighborhood, Cais do Sodr, which is renowned for its pink-painted street and the overflowing bars that line it. The rooms in the hostel are well appointed, with wooden floors and pleasingly mismatched furniture, with custom-made bunks in the dorms and draperies for extra privacy. Still, guests will want to expend most of their time on the Sunset Terrace, with its pool overlooking the river, and the Zebra Bar, where people can sip cocktails from hammocks, smoke shisha and get a massage.
Dorms from 16 pn,
destinationhostels.com/ sunset-destination-hostel

The Backpack, South Africa

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This Cape Town hostel has a host of awardings under its belt, topping rankings for Africas best hostel for years on end most recently for its green policies and employee participation. Its a big place, able to accommodate up to 100 people in rooms and dorms spread across four Victorian houses, courtyards and gardens. As for the pool, its surrounded by mosaic artwork and offers a stunning position of Table Mountain which you can also enjoy from the cafe every morning over breakfast.
Dorm bed from 13 pn,
backpackers.co.za

Bambuda Lodge, Panama

Bambuda
Photograph: Shane P White

Surrounded by rainforest and tropical fruit trees, the enormous pool at Bambuda is actually less impressive than its waterfront location. Just off the hostels dock is a coral reef, which guests can explore using free borrowed snorkelling gear from the hostel, or by renting a canoe. If thats not enough to get you out of bed in the morning, then perhaps the 150 ft waterslide from the hostel bar into the ocean will do the trick.
Dorm bed from 12 pn,
bambuda.net

La Brisa Loca, Colombia

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So, its not quite a pool to do lengths of, but the water feature in La Brisa Locas beautiful internal courtyard with plants tumbling off the balconies is a great place for a paddle while you cool off with a beer and get to know some of your fellow travellers. The impressive 100 -year-old hostel building in Santa Marta, a former mansion, exudes colonial Caribbean charm, with high-ceilinged rooms and a stunning roof terrace, complete with rows of hammocks and positions of the ocean and the towns cathedral. Inside, the Rum Junkies bar has five happy hours a day to spice up the atmosphere.
Dorm bed from 11 pn,
labrisaloca.com

Travellers Oasis, Australia

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Ranked among the top three hostels in Oceania, Travellers Oasis in Cairns is a sweet little backpacker home with an easygoing, homely atmosphere its not as much of a party hostel as many of the popular ones around the country are. As well as a relaxing pool side region, theres a shady kitchen area with hammocks and benches and its perfectly placed to explore Cairns, or as a base for journeys to the Great Barrier Reef.
Dorm bed from 16 pn, travellersoasis.com.au

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