Vegetarian hotels and hostels are a life-saver for travelling veggies. No more early-morning schleps to the supermarket for a breakfast you can actually eat, no more picking at days-old snacks from your own Tupperware… just veggie meals from dusk til dawn, as soon as you roll out of bed!
We’ve chosen our six favourite cheap hotels and hostels for veggies below. If you’re travelling on a budget or just simply broke, these veggie accommodations will keep you full and happy without killing your bank balance…
1. Kadir’s Tree House, Olympos, Turkey
We’ve called Kadir’s Treehouse in Olympos weird before, but in the nicest possible way! It’s a fantastic place for veggies – sit down to one of their free buffet breakfasts or dinners and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Nosh on a mix of tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, olives, hard-boiled eggs and bread for breakfast, then choose between five or six dishes at dinner time – only one will include meat (if at all). Typical dinners include pasta or pilaf, vegetable stews and stuffed cheese and spinach pastries.
Dorms: from £10.62pppn Private rooms: from 53.12prpn
2. Birdwatcher’s House, Mindo, Ecuador
A lovely finca lodge on the edge of Mindo, Ecuador, Birwatcher’s House supplies vegetarians with especially made-to-order meals with ingredients dug from its organic gardens.
This is a place for really getting down with nature: you can spot hummingbirds while taking a dip in its open-air Jacuzzi, or go on a proper bird-watching tour to spot tropical species like toucans and golden-headed quetzals.
Private rooms: from £18.34prpn
3. Holiday Center Lato Azzurro, Venice
Think Venice, think winding alleyways, crammed canals and church bells ringing at all hours, right? That’s not the experience at Lato Azzurro.
Nestled on San Erasmo, the lagoon’s ‘secret garden’ island 30 minutes from Venice city, this beach-side hotel offers Mediterranean cuisine with plenty of vegetarian options – and many ingredients are picked locally on the island. Breakfast includes Fair Trade products.
Dorms: from £24.79pppn Private rooms: from £48.70prpn
4. Hotel Na Balam, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
As close to paradise on earth as you can get outside of a fairy story, Na Balam on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres is all crystal waters, palm trees and beach-side yoga. Dine on Mayan and Caribbean-inspired veggie cuisine at Zazil Ha, an open-air thatched terrace that hangs out over the ocean.
Top dishes on a varied vegetarian menu include cauliflower & coconut curry soup, sweet and sour tofu with vegetables and steamed rice and mango cheesecake for dessert.
Private rooms: from £52.56prpn
5. Sir Toby’s Hostel, Prague, Czech Republic
Rated by guests at a whopping 93%, Sir Toby’s is one of our favourite hostels in Prague. The reason it’s so popular? As well as combining dirt-cheap rooms with a super-central location, Sir Toby’s has that hostel X-factor: a real heart and soul.
The pub’s organic, vegetarian menu uses products purchased from the local farmer’s market whenever possible, plus they have a full recycling program and a company car that runs on fried oil.
Dorms: from £13.74pppn Private rooms: from £56.57prpn
6. Legassi Gardens, Accra, Ghana
Thought you’d have a tough time finding a vegetarian hotel in Ghana? As with most countries in the middle swathes of Africa, meat is a staple of Ghanaian cuisine – but Legassi Gardens apartments in capital Accra is passionate about providing for veggies.
Tuck in to Caribbean and local dishes at the veggie café, which include organic ingredients grown at the owners’ allotments. Want to copy the lifestyle? Organic farming workshops are available at a nearby farm.
Private rooms: from £15.28prpn
Want more vegetarain travel tips? Check out our Seven Super-delish Destinations for Veggies
Words: Isabel Clift