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  • Is this the world’s worst hostel?
  • Is this the world’s worst hostel?
    Gustavo Gomes, Creative Commons (2008) ©
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Hans Brinker: the hostel promising an honestly horrible holiday

Many hostels are keen to premiumise their offerings to distance themselves from damning stereotypes – no towels, filthy rooms and wealthy, wasted 20-somethings. But the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel wears its inadequacy as a badge of honour, winning the hearts of Gen Y globetrotters.