Skip to main content

Hate Hostels? Hilton’s New Hotel Concept Wants to Change That

To be blunt: The problem with hostels is other people.

You can have the nicest hostel in the world, but if you’re sharing a room with a pack of sex-obsessed bros or rowdy tourists, a budget trip to a major European, Asian, or North American city can quickly turn from money-saving savvy to an intolerable stay in a close approximation to hell. In fact, some travelers are so averse to hostels that they go out of their way to avoid the shared room concept.

Thankfully, Hilton Hotels has a new brand prepped and ready to pop-up in urban centers around the world. Motto by Hilton offers a fresh approach to modern budget travel with an updated and elevated micro-hotel format.

“Hilton prides itself on being a leader in the hospitality industry and evolving with the needs of our guests,” Christopher J. Nassetta, the president and CEO of Hilton, said in a statement. “Innovation is in our DNA, and as we embark on our 100th year as a company, we are innovating more than ever before. With Motto by Hilton, we are bringing to market something the industry has never experienced with its flexible and affordable room product, desirable locations, and guest-empowered services.”

With guest rooms that average just 163 square feet, the small rooms are efficiently designed with space-saving features like wall-beds, lofted beds, and furniture that pulls double duty, like couches that turn into queen-sized sleepers. The rooms will also be super high-tech; all guests will be able to access and control things such as temperature, lighting, and window coverings, all from the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Motto by Hilton also offers a new concept called “linking rooms,” wherein guests have the option of booking multiple connecting rooms in advance for their friends, relatives, or children. To make things even easier when traveling with a group, Motto by Hilton will allow for split payments so visitors can divide their final bill between each person at the time of booking.

The first Motto by Hilton will be located in Marylebone, London, with construction beginning in 2019 with a target open-date of 2020. Other cities slated for Motto by Hilton development include Lima, Dublin, Savannah, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C., and more.

For more information on Motto by Hilton, check out their recent announcement here.

Looking for a Hilton hotel to stay in now? Why not book a trip to Japan and spend a few days at the Hilton Odawara for Japanese luxury at its finest.

Editors' Recommendations

Chase McPeak
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Chase McPeak is the former Lifestyle Editor. Chase regularly appeared on Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast where…
This new Delta change will make air travel better for everyone
Delta Airlines makes the first move to address the pilot shortage
delta airlines change to alleviate pilot shortage airplane jpg

We've all seen the meme about how much the starting hourly rate is for a pilot these days, making all of us want to apply for fun. And we all watched those TikToks during the holidays about the abysmal time anyone had trying to fly Southwest. But unfortunately, the pilot shortage is still a real issue that is causing delays and cancellations all over. While other airlines are still trying to figure out what to do about the shortage, Delta is making the first move to address the issue.

What other airlines suggested
What's really scary is what some other airlines have suggested to keep flights in the air. While we understand desperate times call for desperate measures, the safety of humans flying 32,000 feet in the air isn't where we should cut corners.

Read more
Cozy up to the 7 most beautiful winter wonderland hotels
These hotels make for the perfect winter getaway
A view of Grand Hyatt Vail in winter

Although many prefer to stay home on a snowy winter weekend, others prefer an ideal winter getaway. If you're in the latter camp, you'll be happy to see the hotels we've found for the perfect "winter wonderland weekend". Whether you prefer snow-covered mountains or warm desert landscapes, we're confident we have a great "winter wonderland" for you here.

These are some of our favorite hotels for the ideal winter getaway.
Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek
Denver, Colorado

Read more
Book your stay at the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona
Stay at the luxurious, artistic Majestic Hotel and Spa in Barcelona
Hotel Majestic Barcelona.

Barcelona is no slouch in regards to its historic offerings, especially when it comes to the arts. It has been home to and frequented by a slew of the world’s greatest artists, and over the past century, many of them stayed at one of its most notable accommodations: Hotel Majestic.

Located along the bustling thoroughfare of Passeig de Gracia just above Barcelona’s famed la Rambla boulevard, Hotel Majestic is a looming testament to some of the city’s most acclaimed attractions -- unique architecture and design, delicious food, fantastic art, and a vibrant appreciation for the finer things in life. The hotel recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, making it one of the oldest hotels in Barcelona, and it was renovated in 2013 to add a modern edge to its historic reputation.

Read more