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Hipster Hotels & Hostels in Paris, Osaka, Cape Town & More (PHOTOS)

From the Belgian shipping container to the Japanese sleeping capsules, see photos of the hipster hotspots.

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Everyone travels occasionally—even hipsters. But while the rest of us are stuck in crowded resorts, they live it up in cool, creative hotels and hostels. But no more! Risking the wrath of hipsters everywhere by publicizing their secret spots, The Daily Beast has scoured the web to find the best hipster hotspots around the globe so that the next time you’re abroad, you can have a relaxing look down at those of us stuck on “lamestream” vacations.

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The Montana Magica Lodge

The Montana Magica Lodge, or the Magic Mountain Lodge, rests in the middle of the Chilean rainforest and is accessible only by a tiny, unsafe looking wooden bridge—making it the perfect spot for hipsters to play their guitars or Instagram their surroundings. The hot tubs are made out of tree trunks and water runs down the side of the mountain hotel.

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Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Opened in 1951 as a tribute to an earlier bookstore by the same name that closed during World War II, the English Literature bookstore in Paris has housed more than 40,000 people in its 13 beds over the years, according to the store’s owner. Why have beds in a bookstore? Their website explains with a quote from Yeats: “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.”

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Capsule Inn

Definitely not one for the claustrophobic. Since 1979 the Capsule Inn in Osaka, which can hold a little more than 400 people, has been housing people in sleeping capsules. The smallest ones cost about $50 a night and are roughly 7 feet long and 4 feet in width and height.


Safari Land Farm & Guest House

Tree houses are pretty mainstream, admittedly, but treehouse hotels in India certainly aren’t. Hoisted 15 feet above ground in the Indian forest, the hotel is totally ecofriendly and guests have the option of riding around on elephants if they want.

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Maho Tent Cottages

The only U.S. territory gets on the list because it’s also super ecofriendly. The Maho Tent Cottage resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands is exactly what it sounds like and sits just steps from the beach. The waste from the “bath houses” irrigates the surrounding vegetation, and amenities like lights and air conditioning aren’t available, so the resort recommends guests bring their own flashlights.


Escape Pod Hotel

Hipsters get scared sometimes, too. So If you find yourself in Scheveningen, the Netherlands, and feel like something bad is about to happen, for no more than $250 you can spend a night in a retired 1972 oil rig escape pod. The pod is a little more than 4 meters in diameter, has its own chemical toilet, and upon “checking in,” each guest will get a container of survival food.

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Three Camel Lodge

Mongolia has gone pretty under the radar since the fall of its empire, making it ripe territory for the hipsters of the world to make it their new home away from Williamsburg. The Three Camel Lodge is in the Gobi Desert and resembles more a nomadic village than a hotel, each room is a wood-supported canvas tent.

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Grand Daddy Hotel

Most non-hipsters don’t conjure up images of trailer parks when they wonder where to spend their next vacation, but they probably would if they knew about the Grand Daddy’s Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park in Cape Town, South Africa. Each trailer is zanier than the last; their interiors each specifically designed by an expert designer, ranging in theme from Love of Lace, by Tracy Lynch, to Afro-Funk, by Carla Soudien.

Sleeping Around Hotel

The Sleeping Around Hotel

What could be less cliché than relaxing in hotel that doesn’t stay still? Guests staying in the Sleeping Around Hotel in Belgium book a room and then need to use a GPS to track down its location. The rooms themselves are pretty normal, except for the fact that they’re each housed within a movable, recycled shipping container.