Top Hangouts For Solo Travellers

Top Picks

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

They say that one is the loneliest number, but when you're networking, socialising, and connecting with like-minded travellers, a plus one can be one too many. For all you solo travellers out there, here are some of our top hotels perfect for you:

Downtown Camper by Scandic - Stockholm, Sweden

An eclectic hotel with bold, nature-inspired interior has become the hub for the nomad community in Stockholm.

This hip Scandi basecamp in central Stockholm is the perfect stay for you solo travellers out there who want to socialise with locals and other travellers. Located in one of Stockholm’s most unexplored neighbourhoods, it is the ideal city break. Downtown Camper by Scandic is an inspirational lifestyle hotel with tons of daily activities; from yoga and wellness workshops to socials in the common areas, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking to get to know others!

Designed by Gothenburg-based designers, Stylt Trampoli, this log-cabin chic hotel is filled with natural earthy tones, urban concrete and cosy campfire vibes. Visit the Campfire restaurant, indulge in some incredible international dishes, from the ‘Swedish Forest’ to the ‘Valencian paella’ and feel a part of the community at the Downtown Camper hotel.

Papaya Playa Project - Tulum, Mexico

Looking to feel the sand between your toes and listen to the calming sounds of the Caribbean sea? Escape to one of Mexico’s finest beachfront paradises and reconnect with yourself and the nature surrounding you. Situated on the historic coast of Tulum lies the spectacular Papaya Playa Project, the perfect ground zero for solo travellers. The sustainable hotel is nestled on a 1000 yard stretch of private beach and is a dream come true for the canny, eco-conscious traveller with a thirst for peace and true relaxation.

Inspired by local Mayan designs, the in-room interiors and beach houses are designed with traditional materials and textiles, also used by other Mexican natives. The naturally cool and simple styles of the accommodation give out authentic and relaxing vibes, and whether you choose a beach house or a room, you’ll feel completely zen the moment you arrive.

If you’re the solo traveller looking for complete relaxation, Papaya Playa Project is the perfect paradise for you. Join the refreshing oceanfront yoga classes every morning, explore your body’s different sequences and connect with your body and soul whilst being surrounded by the incredible natural environment and sounds of the waves at your feet. Feel complete harmony in the Tezmecal traditional Mayan steam bath, enjoy some delicious Mexican food whilst admiring the stunning panoramic views and blow off some steam at their beach club in the evening whilst you dance the night away with other like-minded travellers.

The Serras - Barcelona, Spain

Situated in Barcelona’s gothic quarter lies the historic boutique hotel, The Serras. With luxurious views of the Port Vell, stay in the centre of a trendy neighbourhood that was originally built for the 1992 Olympic Games, whilst you soak up the sun on the El Sueño rooftop bar, sipping a cocktail or two.

Perched on the Passeig de Colom right by the waterfront, The Serras is made up of 28 rooms; each with a minimalist focus on black and white geometric patterns and details, whilst still bringing the aura of calm amid the bustling marina right outside. Each room comes with the latest state-of-art technology; enjoy a complimentary mobile phone with unlimited international phone calls and mobile data to help you find your way through the city throughout your stay!

This historic Molina-designed façade is the perfect hangout for solo travellers who wish to explore the lively city and its history, relax on the array of Barceloneta’s beaches and taste the delicious traditional foods of the Spanish and Catalan cuisine. Tantalise your tastebuds at The Serras’ in-house informal restaurant, enjoy the incredible Catalan culinary dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons, then wind down in the rooftop pool surrounded by live DJ sessions on the weekends.

Hotel Tugu Bali - Bali, Indonesia

The restored eighteenth-century Javanese palace of Hotel Tugu Bali is the perfect escape for the solo traveller looking to explore the historical world of Indonesia surrounded by traditional heritage.

Situated on Bali's south-west coast, discover a host of weird and wonderful antiques from the times of ancient kingdoms and legends inside the family-run hotel retreat. Stay in one of the many intimate thatched-roof suites dotted in amongst the lush gardens and lotus ponds in the peculiar fisherman village of Canggu, tucked away in private tropical surroundings. Featuring outdoor baths, plunge pools and private spa areas, feel completely zen and soak up the pure art, soul and romance of Indonesia.

Venture down to the open-aired restaurant and enjoy some exquisite traditional Indonesian dishes, whilst admiring the views of the sea and luscious gardens. Achieve the full Indonesian experience from extravagant feasts and cultural events at the hotel, eating with your bare hands at the humble village dinners of Java and Bali with wood-fires and local Balinese cooks. Be mesmerised by the parades of traditional Indonesian dancers, soldiers and music in the evenings, and socialise with other travellers like you.

Treat yourself to the large selection of ancient Warong Djamoe spa treatments, bathe beneath layers of colourful flowers and feel complete relaxation. Whatever you choose to do at Hotel Tugu Bali, you won’t be disappointed.

CHAO Beijing - Beijing, China

For the solo travellers who love architecture and design, this is the place for you. CHAO Beijing is a contemporary and modern hotel that will complete your exploration of the Chinese capital. Cultivated by Germany's GMP Architekten who used a minimalistic theme, there’s a focus on large spaces with natural lighting and perfectly unique yet simple furnishings and design. CHAO is one of the most conveniently placed corners in the city. Situated in the vibrant district of Sanlitun, known for its wealth of clubs, bars and restaurants, it’s only a five-minute walk from Beijing’s CBD - you will certainly not be short of things to do here.

You are spoilt for choice at this unique hotel, as it can be rare to find spacious accommodation like this in the city that enables you to feel completely free after exploring the dense urban city of Beijing. Whether you’re looking to use this as your hub whilst you explore or wanting to connect with like-minded individuals, CHAO is the perfect place for that. Visit the Drawing Room and take part in some of the activities that they offer such as cooking classes, afternoon teas and many more; visit the intimate hangout of The Club Bar and enjoy a cocktail or two whilst you connect with old or new friends, and enjoy some delicious eclectic Chinese and European cuisine in The Living Room.

CHAO Beijing aims to extract the artists within all of us through its offering of art exhibitions, cultural spaces and an amphitheatre in its very own basement.

Ses Pitreras - Ibiza, Spain

This stylish boutique flawlessly designed by interior designer Joan Lao is the ideal place for solo travellers who want to immerse themselves in the decadent Ibiza lifestyle of endless beaches, famously notorious parties and unmissable sunsets.

Located just ten minutes away from the lively town of San Jose, Ses Pitreras is surrounded by idyllic golden sand beaches. The restored 1970s building has been transformed into the ideal escape, preserving its genuine Ibiza spirit and design. Formed of seven luxurious rooms with contemporary design and understated decor, private terraces and impeccable service, this exclusive boutique hotel will be your perfect paradise.

Relax by the serene natural stone swimming pool surrounded by beautiful gardens of palm trees, yucca plants and bougainvillaeas, whilst you take in the hot Mediterranean sun. Enjoy some incredible dishes at their open bar/restaurant by the pool, and enjoy a cocktail or two before you head out exploring the buzzing nightlife of Ibiza. If you’re looking to just escape and relax instead, rejuvenate yourself at the Ses Pietras wellness spa and treat yourself to the array of tranquil facilities on offer.

Whether you wish to explore the Ibiza lifestyle and connect with other travellers like you, or you’re just looking for somewhere to relax, Ses Pitreras is an oasis of tranquillity and vibrancy all in one place!

Hotel Gotham - Manchester, United Kingdom

Filled with glitzy decadence and theatre with a distinctive twist, Hotel Gotham truly sets the “Gotham” scene. As Manchester may not be the first place you’d think of going on your solo travels, this quirkily chic hotel will change your mind.

Showcasing an array of accolades, from 'World's Best New Hotel' to 'Coolest Boutique Hotel', feel like you’re in New York’s fictional alter-ego with staff dressing in signature Gotham-esque roles and indulge in the retro early twentieth-century Manhattan glamour in the heart of Manchester, UK. Designed by Edwin Lutyens, this former bank is now a seven-storey exclusive VIP club, open to hotel guests and visitors through its old vault doors, and is the perfect art-deco, neo-classical stay for solo travellers who crave these creative inspirational surroundings.

Make your way up to the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Honey, where you can enjoy their delicious menus and feel like you’re in a gentleman’s club in the evening. Feel a sense of grandeur at the Club Brass rooftop bar, bustling with VIPs and get to know the other hotel guests in this inspiring 1920s setting.

Visit the buzzing city centre of Manchester, and let Hotel Gotham inspire and bring out the superhero in you.

18 Micon Str. - Athens, Greece

This cool, industrial design in the heart of Athens is the perfect hangout for travellers inspired by outstanding decor and history. Dating back to the 1950s when it previously functioned as a storehouse for a leading Athenian trader, Mr Kostas, the hotel is now a masterful illustration of the three fundamental construction materials: cement, wood and brick.

18 Micon Str. is situated in one of the coolest and trendiest neighbourhoods in Athens, Psiri - a haven of creativity and hidden treasures, with old and new stories to discover at every corner. Home to free-spirited creatives, leather workshops, quirky bars, art galleries and much more, this is the perfect hangout for solo travellers looking for something more trendy and creative to do. Hang out in the hotel lounge where you can help yourself to complimentary cookies and refreshments, or the Decompression room where you can unwind before you head out exploring.

Made up of 15 unique rooms, each suite is filled with earthy tones to reflect the three essential construction materials, giving the rooms an airy, chilled back, contemporary vibe. Indulge in the magnificent marble bathrooms, locally handcrafted furniture and minibar, and discover Athens’s secrets and hidden gems.

Elysium - Paphos, Cyprus

Taking its name from Greek Mythology to mean 'blissful place', this hotel retreat offers an intoxicating mix of luxury, tranquillity and seclusion in Paphos. Elysium is filled with breathtaking Byzantine architecture, mosaics, colonnades and waterfalls, creating the perfect sanctuary for your body and soul.

Situated near the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tombs of the Kings, this Cyprian paradise is located on a secluded sandy beach five minutes away from the idyllic harbour of Paphos. With impeccable views over the enchanting Mediterranean Sea and cultural references evoking the rich history of its surroundings, Elysium brings a unique and charming experience to all travellers who wish to discover the perfect retreat.

Discover hidden secrets and timeless treasures throughout your adventures; from Greek, Roman, Medieval and Venetian influences, absorb the spectacular vibes of your surroundings whilst you experience the true luxury heaven of Paphos.

From deluxe bedrooms to Cyprian maisonettes, Elysium is the perfect blend of calm and luxury with stone and marble features, delightful timber furnishings and private pools. Explore the hotel’s many gourmet delights, from Meditteranean-inspired dishes to pan-Asian gastronomic delights, you are spoilt for choice.

recommended HIP Hotels

Explore Papaya Playa Project Tulum
Explore Hotel Gotham Manchester
Explore Ses Pitreras Ibiza
Explore Downtown Camper by Scandic Stockholm
Explore Hotel Tugu Bali Bali
Explore CHAO Beijing Beijing
Explore The Serras Barcelona
Explore 18 Micon Str. Athens
Explore Elysium Hotel Paphos