Before & After: A Historic Apartment Building Is Transformed Into a Chic Social Hotel in Portland

The rooms at the stylish Pacific Northwest outpost of KEX, an Icelandic mini-chain, start at just $38.

Hostels have long been a perfect solution for travelers who would rather spend on experiences and dining, rather than blowing their budget on a hotel room that they don’t plan to spend much time in anyway. Recently, a rise in social hotels—the updated version of the hostel—poses a modern solution. In addition to the option to book shared, dorm-style rooms at a lower rate, social hotels also boast shared communal spaces and pride themselves in providing more opportunities for social interaction with fellow travelers. They also offer a sense of style that the hostels of yesteryear never possessed. 

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