4. Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Up until 1991 Hostel Celica was a military prison. Now, 20 renovated prison cells serve as hostel cells, each with a different design. For travelers not looking to sleep in a former jail cell, there are eight rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

The hostel has several themed get-togethers throughout the week, ranging from barbecues to jam sessions. On the ground floor of the former prison is an art gallery, Srecisce, that plays host to some international art exhibitions.

Rooms start at $28.87 for Feb. 1.


5. Daddy Long Legs, Cape Town, South Africa

This is a boutique hostel in a century-old, four-story Victorian building with 13 rooms, each unique (like the Photo Booth, You Are Here and the Palimpsest rooms), and each looking like it is part of an art exhibition. Every room also has a private shower and toilet.

There is a communal area that includes a bar and balcony.

Rates start at $55.14 for Jan. 1.

Info: (There are also apartments and trailers; this is the Art Hotel)

6. Praakli Farm, Saaremaa, Estonia

Praakli has 22 beds on a real organic farm with more than 100 animals, including sheep, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits and even bees.

The farm offers hiking and cycling tours, berry and mushroom picking, and there is a playground for those with children. From Praakli, it's about eight miles to Baltic Sea beaches.

Rates start at $30 for Jan. 1.


7. Carbisdale Castle, Carbisdale, Scotland

This castle was built in the early 20th century for the Duchess of Sutherland. It has a vast collection of art on the walls of the communal areas. Some pieces date back more than 300 years. There are also many Italian marble statues on display in the main gallery, dating to the late 19th century.

Along with the guests, a few ghosts are said to stay the night as well. (Hostel Bookers lists the Carbisdale Castle as a haunted hostel.)

Rates start at $32 a night. Make reservations at least five months in advance; otherwise it is likely to be fully booked.