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12 Good Hostels for Big-City Stays Worldwide

From beach parties to its bar, the Flying Pig Downtown hosts one of the liveliest scenes in Amsterdam.
From beach parties to its bar, the Flying Pig Downtown hosts one of the liveliest scenes in Amsterdam. (Flying Pig)

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58 Pariserstrasse, 011-49-30-784-4360, http://www.jetpak.de. Rates start at $23 a night.

· DUBLIN: Four Courts Hostel

Just steps away from Dublin's hopping Temple Bar neighborhood, the Four Courts will have you wondering why they don't just lose the "s" and call it a hotel. With key-card room access, the hostel is so secure you even can keep your pints of Guinness exposed with little concern. Enjoy views of the River Liffey, a game of pool and a free breakfast in this beautiful Georgian building.

15-17 Merchants Quay, 011-353-1-672-5839, http://www.fourcourtshostel.com. Rates start at $21 a night.

· ISTANBUL: BaHaus Guesthouse

With a DVD and CD library, a restaurant serving Turkish and vegetarian cuisine, panoramic views of the Marmara Sea and hair dryers in the bathrooms, it's hard to beat this hostel, located a few leaps from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Akbiyik Cadessi, Bayramfirin Sokak 11, Sultanahmet, 011-90-212-6386534,http://www.bahausguesthouse.com. Rates start at $12 a night.

· LONDON: Palmers Lodge

Even the bunk beds are beautiful at this refined hostel, with chandeliers, mahogany staircases and common rooms that seem more appropriate for tea sipping than beer guzzling.

40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage, 011-44-207-483-8470, http://www.palmerslodge.co.uk. Rates start at $26 a night.

· PRAGUE: Czech Inn

Almost too hip to be a hostel, the Czech Inn makes many boutique hotels seem downright dowdy. With modern interiors, spotless rooms and pristine common spaces, you can keep those shower shoes in your suitcase.


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