That is a tough question to answer. I'm a tech-based traveler who needs things like power outlets and WiFi, but I don't specifically look for "flashpacker hostels" when I travel--just for certain amenities. :)
I think that most new hostels now have WiFi, power outlets, and other amenities that might have been considered optional before. The difference between the "luxury" or "boutique" hostels seems to be more about the interior design than the amenities.
- good wireless Internet connection
- power outlets in common areas and rooms
- solid lockers
- an area of the hostel that is fairly quiet
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