For some travelers, a hostel is little more than a bed for the night. For the rest of us, though, hostels can play a make-or-break role in our overseas experience -- which is why it's so important to choose wisely.
Due to its reputation as a backpacker-friendly region, as well as generally low prices against the dollar or pound, Latin America has endless hostel options, from major capital cities to tiny coffee-growing towns. There are great choices just about everywhere, but some hostels really stand out from the others -- whether for stunning decor, high-quality food, prime beach access or even an on-site brewery. These 11 unique hostels in Latin America are just about worth a trip on their own merits, though you'll probably want to schedule at least a day or two for exploring the surrounding region.
Most of them aren't necessarily party spots (because let's be real, how many of those are actually unique?), but they all offer plenty of activities to keep guests busy or encourage them to get out and see the sights, as well as knowledgeable, helpful staff that can direct you to wherever the party is.
Because these unusual hostels are fairly popular, they tend to book up well in advance, especially during high season, so it's smart to try to book far ahead if you can. Some hostels allow booking directly through their own sites (or even via WhatsApp), and others you can reserve through booking sites like Hostelbookers or Hostelworld.