Hostels: the new green:
Hostels are the budget accommodation equivalent of Pippa Middleton. For years they've gone quietly about their business while their big sister boutique hotels grabbed the attention. Now, suddenly they're everywhere, hogging the headlines; all shiny low-cost chic.
And it's not enough to be hip, they also want to be green. Several have been loudly proclaiming their eco cred including Barcelona's Urbany Hostel, recently opened in the city centre with an epic roof terrace overlooking the Torre Agbar skyscraper, slick rooms and minimalist kitchen/diner. Its reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy includes using "less aggressive" building materials - pacifist bricks perhaps - low absorption lamps and rainwater harvesting.
Unfortunately, the other property mentioned in the article isn't a hostel (Rigel Hotel, Catania).