Check into these affordable city nests in our favorite Southeast Asian destinations
Space Inn, Taipei
Happen to like a futuristic theme? Space Inn is a dorm-type property on Hengyang Road, with spaceship-like furnishings and comfy bunk beds that have their own power supply, reading light and USB port. Within walking distance from the city’s main train station and the best sights, enjoy a day full of exploring before stumbling back here to rest your weary feet. Or you can relax in its lounge, or play foosball and table hockey at the Game Zone. Bedspace starts at US$17.
B1/F No.51 Hengyang Rd; +886 988 058 905; spaceinn.com.tw.
GRID 9 Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
With such hip, industrial interiors, the building is almost like a contemporary boutique hotel. It even teamed up with Zouk KL, which gives GRID 9 guests complimentary passes to the trendy club. It’s located in Chinatown, the perfect pit stop for touring nearby temples and street markets. And if sleeping in a “pod” is not your thing, there are private rooms with Dunlopillo beds for you to crash in. Room rates start at US$23.
Jalan Maharajalela; +60 3 7954 8162; grid9hotels.com
OneDay Hostel, Bangkok
A stylish retreat in a chaotic, creative city, OneDay is a beautiful option, bursting with inspiration. The brick-walled hostel has several communal spaces, including a coworking space, an air dining room and a mini library, all of which are furnished to a Pinterest level of flair. There’s so much to do in Bangkok, but you’ll struggle to justify leaving this place. Room rates start at US$33.
51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei; +66 2 2108 8855; onedaybkk.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Smile magazine.