But the demand for style at any price point has now trickled even further down, into the formerly no-frills lodging category known as the youth hostel. The British company Generator Hostels has been launching outposts with striking interiors overseen by Anwar Mekhayech of Toronto-based firm Design Agency. They are a far cry from the dank warrens you may remember from a long ago backpacking sojourn. “We just wanted to give [hostels] a playful, artsy, industrial, curated boutique hotel feel with cool design,” Mekhayech told me.
Source : http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2013/09/13/youth_hostel_design_generator_and_the_new_global_style_in_cheap_lodging.html