You guys, I’ve discovered a hostel in Brisbane that’s MADE for digital nomads and distant employees.
I KNOW, proper? The place has this been all my life?!
Enable me to introduce you to Selina Brisbane:
1. Very Central Location
First off, Selina Brisbane enjoys a really central location within the CBD, only a few minutes’ stroll from Roma Road Station. This makes it tremendous handy to get round Brisbane in addition to to/from Brisbane Airport, which is simply 40 minutes away by practice.
The draw back to being in the midst of a serious metropolis? Parking is just not straightforward, significantly in the event you’re staying in a single day. Selina doesn’t supply onsite parking, so your finest guess is to park on the Safe Parking Barracks Automobile Park which is a ten minute stroll from the hostel and price us solely $30/night time as a result of we booked prematurely.
As soon as we had been on the hostel, I didn’t discover any must drive or take transport anyplace as a result of there was a lot to see and do inside strolling distance. From Selina, you possibly can stroll throughout the river over to Southbank in below 10 minutes, or to the well-known Story Bridge and close by waterfront eating places in below a half hour. There are heaps of cafes and parks across the CBD which can be straightforward to stroll to from the hostel as properly, and a small Woolworths is only a couple blocks away.
Not eager on strolling a lot? Fortitude Valley, aka the hippest space to buy and dine in Brisbane, is only a 7 minute practice experience from Roma Road Station.
2. Caters To Distant Staff / Digital Nomads
For me, the #1 promoting level not only for Selina Brisbane however the Selina model normally is that they cater to digital nomads and distant employees at their properties.
At Selina Brisbane (and I consider most if not all of their different properties), there’s a coworking room that you need to use to get work performed in a quiet, snug, and well-equipped area. With quite a lot of completely different seating choices, you possibly can declare a spot at no matter desk fits you.
The coworking room has its personal lavatory and comes outfitted with a printer, water jug, and low maker. My favourite function, although? The abundance of shops all around the room! I swear, it’s engrained in me now to routinely scan any cafe or workspace I enter so I can declare the seat closest to an outlet. However on this coworking room, each seat is near an outlet (or 4). It’s digital nomad heaven!
You do must pay to entry the coworking room from 9am-5pm, however it’s solely $10 and contains quicker WiFi and a free espresso from the HOWM cafe downstairs. I feel it’s a small worth to pay to have a quiet and handy spot to work for the day. After 5pm, the room is unlocked for all company to entry.
My solely gripe is that you must get somebody from reception to unlock the door for you each time you need to enter the coworking area. It’s somewhat bit annoying having to do that whenever you simply need to run as much as your room to seize one thing actually fast, or duck out briefly to organize your self some lunch within the kitchen down the corridor. Hopefully sooner or later they are going to arrange keycard entry to the room in order that those that have paid for entry can come and go freely through the day!
However truthfully, a hostel with a coworking area is an absolute sport changer for many who work whereas touring. The place was this once I was in my 20’s, backpacking Europe and Southeast Asia, awkwardly making an attempt to work on my laptop computer within the hostel lounge when everybody else round me was watching TV or on the point of exit?
Yet one more factor: Selina additionally caters to long run vacationers with their CoLive program, which gives lodging and coworking on a month-to-month foundation. You’re allowed to modify properties as much as 3 instances per 30 days, which is ideal in the event you needed to discover just a few completely different cities in a single nation or area whereas working remotely.
May you journey long run and DIY with out the CoLive program? In fact, however in the event you’ve performed it your self earlier than, that it will possibly typically require extra effort and frustration than you bargained for as a result of not each lodging is properly arrange for digital nomads, after which you end up having to search out an alternate place to get work performed. With Selina’s CoLive program, that irrespective of which property you ebook, it is possible for you to to get your work performed with out trouble. And on the ripe outdated age of 37, I’m very keen to pay to take away trouble from my life, so I’ll undoubtedly be wanting into doing Selina’s CoLive program the following time I’m touring abroad for an prolonged interval.
3. Yoga/Cinema Terrace
One actually cool factor about Selina Brisbane is the little outside terrace they use for yoga within the mornings and flicks within the evenings.
I loved a digital yoga session one morning on the terrace – sure, digital yoga, as in following together with a video enjoying on the TV. I didn’t notice this might be the way it labored, however I truly LOVED it! They’d a category from the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel all queued up and able to go at 9am, so I pressed play as soon as I noticed the way it all labored and had myself a stunning solo class.
(Sidebar, I did a LOT of Adriene’s yoga lessons in 2020 in Pete’s tiny studio house in Sydney… they’re so good!)
By night time, the terrace transforms into somewhat cinema with comfortable cushions to lounge on. There’s a signup sheet exterior the coworking area the place you possibly can write what film you intend to look at on a given night time, and different company are free to affix you.
4. Canines Are Allowed!
An increasing number of accommodations nowadays are permitting company to deliver their canine with them, which I can’t WAIT to benefit from sometime (y’know, once I grasp up my nomadic sneakers and get myself a pup of my very own).
However I don’t assume I’ve EVER seen a hostel that allowed canine – not till I discovered Selina Brisbane, anyway!
Sure, you possibly can journey together with your canine and so they can keep in your room with you at Selina… so long as you ebook a non-public room and never a dorm.
I very a lot loved watching pups come and go on the hostel at any time when I used to be hanging out on the chairs by the elevator 🙂 Right here’s hoping different hostels will observe swimsuit and permit canine as properly!
5. Occasions That Encourage Making New Associates
Selina Brisbane makes it tremendous straightforward to befriend fellow vacationers with the myriad of social gatherings they set up on the hostel.
As an illustration, these had been the occasions going down the week of our go to:
Each night they host welcome drinks for brand new company to satisfy and mingle, over at HOWM (the onside bar/cafe). Along with that, throughout your keep you may need pace friending, group breakfast/dinner, or a strolling tour on the schedule that you may join.
All of the occasions are organized with the intention of company assembly each other and having enjoyable, one thing you actually crave whenever you’re touring solo for an prolonged time. Again once I was backpacking extensively in my 20’s, hostels principally simply had bar crawls as the only occasion for company to satisfy one another. I really like that Selina Brisbane affords different choices for these not trying to exit and get drunk!
6. It Feels Contemporary & New
I’ve stayed at many a hostel in my day, and the unhappy reality is that almost all of them look fairly dated (and perhaps somewhat sterile). I often don’t have any hassle discovering hostels that look good and clear, however it’s clear that renovations and decorations aren’t excessive on the precedence record for many of them. And truthfully, that’s honest as a result of backpackers aren’t paying for a shiny new trendy room to sleep in.
However one factor I appreciated about Selina Brisbane is that they made the trouble to spruce up the hostel in small methods, resembling with wood furnishings within the non-public rooms, easy hanging decorations within the seating space exterior the elevator on every flooring, and a cool vibrant reception space. These little issues make an enormous distinction in the way it FEELS to name a spot residence for a short time.
7. In-Home Cafe/Bar
HOWM is the aesthetically pleasing bar/cafe hooked up to Selina Brisbane. In contrast to different hostel bars, that is one I’d truly need to hand around in as a result of it’s not too loud or soiled or filled with rowdy backpackers. It’s open to each hostel company and non-guests.
Each time I handed by HOWM it was at all times bustling, irrespective of the time of day. There’s quite a lot of seating accessible: lengthy tables, bar seats, window seats, even comfortable chairs and sofas. It’s the sort of place you possibly can seize a drink, take pleasure in a meal, relax with a ebook, or simply folks watch. I’d have felt very snug right here engaged on my laptop computer through the day as properly.
Selina hosts varied social occasions at HOWM, together with every day welcome drinks, household dinners, pace friending, and dwell music.
8. It’s Very Quiet
Selina Brisbane is certainly not a celebration hostel, so that you don’t have to fret about it being overly loud.
Although it’s regular to have some noise whenever you’re sharing area with different vacationers, we discovered it VERY quiet within the hostel. We by no means heard a factor from our room, not even the night time there was a DJ on the bar downstairs.
9. Day Journeys To Close by Points of interest
One factor to notice about Australia normally is that it’s not at all times really easy to get across the nation and not using a automotive. Public transport right here is nowhere close to as strong as it’s in Europe, let’s put it that approach.
So relating to adventuring round Brisbane, Selina makes it 1000x simpler to knock out your bucket record day journeys. They provide day journeys to Moreton Island, Springbrook, and some different locations close to Brisbane, which you’ll be able to ebook at reception.
10. A Number of Frequent Areas
One thing I seen instantly was that there appeared to be no lounge room at Selina Brisbane. , the large multi-purpose room you discover at most hostels the place all of the company go to eat, chill, watch TV, work – principally, it’s the place you go whenever you don’t need to exit, however you additionally don’t need to gap up in your bed room.
Once I journey solo, my MO is to spend the day exploring, and the night inside working or decompressing. Principally, you could find me within the hostel lounge room each night time, making an attempt to focus on work or a ebook whereas the TV is blasting and everybody round me is chatting.
So at first, I used to be like WHERE IS MY LOUNGE ROOM? However then I noticed that, relatively than one huge lounge room, there are a number of smaller frequent areas for company to unfold out in throughout the hostel, together with:
- the seating space exterior the elevator on every flooring
- the coworking room (there are couches and tables, and after 5pm it’s unlocked for all company)
- the little nook simply inside the doorway
- the terrace
- HOWM (the onsite cafe/bar)