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Top 100 Hotel Trends in 2016

From Gin-Themed Hotels to Hostels Made from Shipping Containers

— January 28, 2017 — World
With everything from hyper-connected hotels to those throwing it back to more retro inspirations, 2016 hotel trends have been nothing if not diverse. Some of the more prominent themes that popped up this year were the prevalence of themed hotels, as well as converted hotel or hostel spaces.

'The Distillery' is just one example of a hotel that revolves around a very particular theme – and in this case that theme is gin. The hotel features everything from a gin museum and bars, to a 'Ginstitute' where visitors can learn how to make their own cocktails.

Converted hotel spaces were another prominent theme in 2016, and are important due to their cost-efficiency and their lessened impact on the environment in comparison to most other hotels. The 'Ccasa Hotel' is an example of this, as the Vietnamese-based space was created using reclaimed shipping containers.

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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Upgraded Hotel Points Programs
Upgraded Hotel Points Programs
Hilton's New Bonus Promotion Offers Double Points For Hotel Stays
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99
Rapper-Endorsed Hostel Campaigns
Rapper-Endorsed Hostel Campaigns
50 Cent Shows Millennials the Draws of Booking a Hostel
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98
Sleep-Inducing Hotels
Sleep-Inducing Hotels
The Conceptual 'Slumber Hotel' Collects Dream Data Through Sleep Pods
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97
Musical Hotel Fitness Programs
Musical Hotel Fitness Programs
These Hard Rock Hotels Will Offer Musically Driven Workouts
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96
Voice-Controlled Hotel Suites
Voice-Controlled Hotel Suites
This High-Tech Hotel Integrates Siri for Hands-Free Room Control
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95
Homeless Bus Shelters
Homeless Bus Shelters
This London Charity Gives Out Tickets For Homeless Youth to Sleep on Transit
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94
Same-Sex Vacation Packages
Same-Sex Vacation Packages
Brendan Vacations' 'Romantic Ireland' is Tailored to LGBT Travelers
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93
Luxury Hotel Canine Concierges
Luxury Hotel Canine Concierges
The Fairmont Hotel Chain Has a Series of Canine Ambassadors
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92
Customizable Hotel Bookings
Customizable Hotel Bookings
GLH Hotels' Site Encourages Guests to 'Choose Your Own Room'
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91
Celebrity Athlete-Branded Hotels
Celebrity Athlete-Branded Hotels
Cristiano Ronaldo's Pestana CR7 is a Soccer-Themed Luxury Hotel
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90
Charitable Travel Platforms
Charitable Travel Platforms
'Kind Traveler' is a Booking Platform That Supports Local Causes
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89
Soft Brand Hotel Chains
Soft Brand Hotel Chains
Hyatt Hotels' The Unbound Collection is Geared to Social Media Consumers
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88
Eco East Coast Hostels
Eco East Coast Hostels
The Deer Isle Hostel Features a Main House Inspired by 17th Century Design
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87
Modernized Cultural Hotels
Modernized Cultural Hotels
The 'Room Mate Hotel Giulia' is Inspired by Historic Italian Designs
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86
Hotel Gardening Initiatives
Hotel Gardening Initiatives
'AccorHotels' is Growing Its Own Produce in Order to Reduce Food Waste
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85
Friendly Hostel Spaces
Friendly Hostel Spaces
This Eccentric Hostel Encourages Interaction Between Guests
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84
Eid-Themed Hotel Packages
Eid-Themed Hotel Packages
The Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt Caters to Luxury-Loving Muslim Travelers
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83
Luxury Disneyland Hotels
Luxury Disneyland Hotels
The Original Disney Theme Park Will Be Offering a New High-End Hotel
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82
Gin-Themed Hotels
Gin-Themed Hotels
'The Distillery' Hotel Will Have Offer a Gin Museum and Bars
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81
Brazil-Inspired Eccentric Hotels
Brazil-Inspired Eccentric Hotels
'Mama Shelter's' Newest Hotel is Inspired by Its Regional Culture
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80
Minimalist Millennial Hotels
Minimalist Millennial Hotels
Hilton's Tru Brand Rental Rooms Opt for a Bare Necessity Aesthetic
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79
Solar-Powered Hotels
Solar-Powered Hotels
This Environmentally-Friendly Hotel Will Also Empower Community Initiatives
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78
Female-Only Capsule Hotels
Female-Only Capsule Hotels
Japan's Nadeshiko Hotel Shibuya is a Hotel for Women
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77
Clay-Built Hotels
Clay-Built Hotels
This Clay Hotel Looks Like Something Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
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76
Geeky Gaming Hotels
Geeky Gaming Hotels
The Arcade Hotel in Amsterdam Features Rooms Outfitted with Gaming Systems
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75
Transparent Hostel Rooms
Transparent Hostel Rooms
This Hostel's Open-Concept Space is Divided with Dismountable LED Walls
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74
Tropical-Themed Disney Hotels
Tropical-Themed Disney Hotels
Hong Kong Disneyland is Opening a New Hotel in 2017
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73
Converted Open-Concept Hotels
Converted Open-Concept Hotels
This Amsterdam-Based Hotel Features a Mix of Eclectic Designs
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72
Eclectic Cabaret Hotels
Eclectic Cabaret Hotels
The Hôtel Joséphine Takes Inspiration from the Music Performance Style
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71
Lavish Ice Hotels
Lavish Ice Hotels
Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glace Boasts an In-House Chapel
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70
Elevated Beachside Hotels
Elevated Beachside Hotels
This Elevated Building is Built with Protection from Extreme Weather
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69
Music-Themed Boutique Hotels
Music-Themed Boutique Hotels
The 'Idol Hotel' in Paris is Inspired by Different Music Genres
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68
Y-Shaped Hostels
Y-Shaped Hostels
LAVA Builds the Bayreuth Youth Hostel in Germany
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67
Robot-Operated Hotels
Robot-Operated Hotels
The 'Henn na Hotel' Will Be a New Addition to the Tokyo Disney Resort
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66
Opulent Dog Hotels
Opulent Dog Hotels
This Space Functions as Both a Pet Hotel and Daycare
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65
Anime-Branded Hotel Rooms
Anime-Branded Hotel Rooms
The Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo Offers Hello Kitty Rooms for Families
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64
Craft Brewery Hotels
Craft Brewery Hotels
The New Stone Hotel Will Cater to Craft Beer Aficionados
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63
Luxury Estate Car Retreats
Luxury Estate Car Retreats
Trend Hunter Travels to Calgary to Test Drive the 2017 Buick Envision
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62
Spacious Traveler-Friendly Residences
Spacious Traveler-Friendly Residences
'Suite for ten' is Designed to Encourage Hosting Travelers
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61
Contemporary Bayside Hotels
Contemporary Bayside Hotels
The Axiom Hotel San Francisco Boasts an Elegant Modern Decor
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60
Anti-Establishment Luxury Hostels
Anti-Establishment Luxury Hostels
A New Breed of Luxury Hostel is Making Its Mark in Liverpool
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59
Tiered Tropical Hotels
Tiered Tropical Hotels
This Greek Hotel is Located on the Shores of Mykonos
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58
Anime-Themed Capsule Hotels
Anime-Themed Capsule Hotels
This Women-Only Hotel Features Anime Men Next to the Beds
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57
Children's Luxury Villas
Children's Luxury Villas
The 'Pineapple Villa' is Inspired by the Classic Kid's Show Spongebob
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56
Hostel Cocktail Parties
Hostel Cocktail Parties
La Maison Cointreau Provides a Night of Upscale Entertainment
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55
Digital Startup Accommodations
Digital Startup Accommodations
The Construkt Media Startup Hostel Offers Business Accommodation
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54
Family-Accommodating Hotel Rooms
Family-Accommodating Hotel Rooms
The Edition Hotels Miami Beach Hotel Received a Modern Upgrade
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53
Contextual Urban Hotels
Contextual Urban Hotels
Amsterdam's INK Hotel is Situated Within a Historic Building
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52
Converted Post Office Hotels
Converted Post Office Hotels
The 11 Howard Hotel in NYC Was Designed by Beyer Blinder Belle
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51
Local Spirit Hostel Designs
Local Spirit Hostel Designs
The Generator London Hostel Received a Revamp
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50
Trailer Compound Hotels
Trailer Compound Hotels
This Hotel Was Made from What Was Once a Rooftop Car Park
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49
Bare-Bones Hotel Brands
Bare-Bones Hotel Brands
This Midscale Hotel Chain is Designed for Budget Travelers
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48
Lavish Festival Accommodations
Lavish Festival Accommodations
Glastonbury's Camp Kerala Caters to Well-Off Festival-Goers
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47
Seismic Hotel Designs
Seismic Hotel Designs
This Hotel Dislocates During Tremors to Prevent Harm from Earthquakes
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46
Luxury Cat Hotels
Luxury Cat Hotels
The Cats Castle Cat Hotel Lets Owners Pamper Their Pets While Away
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45
Social Good Hotels
Social Good Hotels
Every Facet of 'The Purpose Hotel' Supports Meaningful Causes in the World
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44
Casual Rooftop Beer Gardens
Casual Rooftop Beer Gardens
Kimoto is a Rooftop Beer Garden Located in Downtown Brooklyn
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43
Feline Luxury Hotel Mascots
Feline Luxury Hotel Mascots
The Algonquin Hotel in NYC Has a Kitty Concierge Named Matilda
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42
Millennial Hotel Concepts
Millennial Hotel Concepts
Marriot International's New Moxy Hotels Brand Image Targets Millennials
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41
Floating Urban Hotels
Floating Urban Hotels
The OFF Hotel Offers a Suspended Aquatic Bar and Luxe Accommodations
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40
Digital Detox Hotel Packages
Digital Detox Hotel Packages
This Hotel Confiscates Its Guest's Devices Upon Arrival
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39
Mountain Adventure Accommodations
Mountain Adventure Accommodations
Mountain Hostel by Atelier 8000 Boasts Gorgeous Winter Views
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38
Chic Designer Hostels
Chic Designer Hostels
Generator Offers Beautiful Boutique Hostels for Low Nightly Prices
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37
Luxury Hotel Farmers Markets
Luxury Hotel Farmers Markets
The Rosewood London Has Launched a Weekly Farmers Market
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36
Bookstore-Themed Hostels
Bookstore-Themed Hostels
The 'Book and Bed' Hotel Has a New Location in Kyoto, Japan
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35
Converted Bus Hotels
Converted Bus Hotels
This Chinese Resort Transformed Abandoned Buses Into Cartoon Accommodations
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34
Mobile Festival Accommodations
Mobile Festival Accommodations
The 'Nearby' Mobile Hostel Expands to Offer Enhanced Amenities
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33
Longterm Apartment Hotels
Longterm Apartment Hotels
The Maramara Park Avenue Simulates the Stay of a Home in a Hotel Room
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32
Suburban Seaside Hotels
Suburban Seaside Hotels
This Indonesian Hotel is Situated Within a Busy Seaside Area
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31
Integrated Landscape Hotels
Integrated Landscape Hotels
This Hotel Was Built with Nature Rather Than Destroying It
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30
Restored Eco-Friendly Hotels
Restored Eco-Friendly Hotels
This Luxury Hotel Was Once an Inn That Housed Power Plant Workers
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29
Discount Hybrid Hotels
Discount Hybrid Hotels
The 'Freehand Chicago' is a Hybrid Hotel and Hostel Built for All Travelers
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28
Child-Free Eco Hotels
Child-Free Eco Hotels
The Ladera Resort Specializes in Luxury Eco-Tourism for Couples
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27
Bohemian Spanish Hotels
Bohemian Spanish Hotels
La Granja Ibiza is a Departure from the Island's Club Culture
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26
Vast Bicycle Hotels
Vast Bicycle Hotels
The Lillestrom Bicycle Hotel Lets People Store Bicycles for Monthly Fees
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25
Cinematic Boutique Hotels
Cinematic Boutique Hotels
The Hotel Andre Latin in Paris is Inspired by the Belle Epoque Era
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24
Pet Hotel Gift Boxes
Pet Hotel Gift Boxes
A Design Student Created Complimentary Gifts for Guests at the 'D Pet Hotel'
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23
Inflatable Hotel Room Exhibits
Inflatable Hotel Room Exhibits
'Hotel Rehearsal' Satirizes the Premiums for Hotels Around NYC
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22
Eclectic Hostel Experiences
Eclectic Hostel Experiences
The Generator Hostel Amsterdam Exudes an Ultramodern Aesthetic
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21
Retro Hotel Redesigns
Retro Hotel Redesigns
The Oddsson Hotel in Reykjavik Puts a Contemporary Spin on Historic Style
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20
Hotel Delivery Robots
Hotel Delivery Robots
Savioke's Relay Concept Replaces Traditional Service Staff
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19
Luxury Obstetric Hospitals
Luxury Obstetric Hospitals
Tokyo’s Mizuguchi Hospital Boasts an Upscale Obstetric Clinic
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18
Minimalist Youth Hostels
Minimalist Youth Hostels
This Space Was Designed to Accommodate Passing Travelers
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17
Luxury Hotel Resident Cats
Luxury Hotel Resident Cats
Le Bristol Paris Has Two Birman Kitties Watching Over the Lobby
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16
Airport Layover Sleep Pods
Airport Layover Sleep Pods
The 'aDream' Unit Provides a Tranquil Place to Sleep in the Terminal
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15
Hyper-Connected Hotels
Hyper-Connected Hotels
This Integrated Hotel Was Designed to Target the Millennial Demographic
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14
Simulated Rainforest Hotels
Simulated Rainforest Hotels
Rosemont Hotel and Residences Will Offer Artificial Forests to Explore
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13
Shipping Container Resorts
Shipping Container Resorts
This Vietnamese Recycled Hotel Utilizes the Functions of a Hostel
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12
Experiential Hotel Hybrids
Experiential Hotel Hybrids
This Hotel Fuses With the Format of Hostels to Target Millennials
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11
Hotel-Branded Pop-Ups
Hotel-Branded Pop-Ups
SIXTY Hotels and Knowlita Collaborated for an Exclusive Online Collection
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10
Energetic Downtown Hostels
Energetic Downtown Hostels
This Rio Hostel is a Vibrant Window into Brazil's Capital City
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9
Historic Building Hostels
Historic Building Hostels
The Backstay Hostel in Ghent is Located in a Stunning Art Deco Building
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8
Millennial Hostel Hotels
Millennial Hostel Hotels
The CityHub Offers a Connected Stay for Travellers on a Budget
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7
Board Game Pop-Up Hotels
Board Game Pop-Up Hotels
The McDonald's Monopoly Hotel Publicity Campaign Brings the Game to Life
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6
Digitized Check-In Kiosks
Digitized Check-In Kiosks
These Self-Service Hotel Kiosks Replace Concierge Staff
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5
Boho Hostel-Inspired Hotels
Boho Hostel-Inspired Hotels
ACE Hotel Portland Exemplifies a Casual Mentality and Hipster Quarters
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4
Art Deco Italian Hotels
Art Deco Italian Hotels
Milan's Hotel Senato Boasts Opulent and Gilded Design Accents
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3
Greenhouse-Inspired Hotels
Greenhouse-Inspired Hotels
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Project by Hassell is Inspired by Nature
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2
Vibrant Upscale Hostels
Vibrant Upscale Hostels
The Generator Paris Hostel Boasts Private Balconies and Hammocks
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1
Modern Capsule Hotels
Modern Capsule Hotels
This Box Hotel Offers Cramped but Cozy Hotel Suites
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