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29th April 2010 Print

With the Cannes Film Festival almost upon us, many an autograph hunter will be flocking to the city of glamour hoping to spot some famous faces.

Whether you want to join the glitterati in Cannes or head off to another part of the world to join some famous figures have put together their top destinations where you can spot celebrities enjoying the high life. If you fancy spending your holidays sipping cocktails at Beyoncé’s favourite bar in Croatia or watching a romantic sunset near George Clooney’s home on Lake Como then there is a hostel to suit.

Éthic étapes Cannes Jeunesse, Cannes, South of France
Accommodation from £10.99 per person/per night

Cannes on the French Riviera has long been known as the playground of the rich and famous, with a crowd of famous faces descending on the town for the Film Festival every year. The balmy weather coupled with up-market shopping and classy nightlife, however, means accommodation doesn’t come cheap.  If you want to rub shoulders with stars such as Lily Allen but are on a bit of a tighter budget then head to the Éthic étapes Cannes Jeunesse. This hostel is a historical fort situated only one kilometre away by boat from downtown Cannes and surrounded by sandy beaches with turquoise water, and forests of pine and eucalyptus. The exclusive location means that the hostel is the only building on the island, ensuring you can get away from those pesky paps!

Rifugio Uscio Hostel, Portofino, Italy
Accommodation from £20.88 per person/per night

The beautiful town of Portofino on the glamorous Italian Riviera is a favourite haunt of a host of celebs including Coleen & Wayne Rooney, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and Naomi Campbell. The stunning Rifugio Uscio B&B is situated in the area aptly named Paradise Gulf and perfectly placed to explore Portofino and the other villages along this stretch of the Riviera. The hostel also boasts panoramic sea and mountain views of the surrounding three national parks, beautiful gardens and fantastic interiors with coloured rooms and mosaic floors – fit for the A list!

Fresh Sheets Hostel, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Accommodation from £25.98 per person/per night

Croatia is the up-and-coming holiday destination for the A-listers, loved by stars such as Beyoncé for its variety of culture, glamorous surroundings and swanky partying. Dubrovnik is shaping up to be one of the most fashionable holiday destinations in which to be seen and is one of the Med's most magnificent walled cities so there is plenty of sightseeing to be done alongside celeb spotting! The Fresh Sheets hostel is a friendly and lively place which is located just seconds away from two famous cliff-side bars perfect for watching the sunset and barely a minute’s walk to a secluded swimming hole where you can sunbathe and swim in the clear blue Adriatic Sea.

Menaggio La Primula, Lake Como, Italy
Accommodation from £14.84 per person/per night

Lake Como is famed for its breathtaking scenery which is loved by many jet-setting celebrities – George Clooney loves it so much he has a permanent holiday villa here which he is reportedly planning to sell to the Beckhams for a multi million euro price! He isn’t moving far away though as the fantastic location is perfect for the celebrity lifestyle. You can join the celebs for a fraction of the price at the Menaggio La Primula hostel which is well known as one of the best Youth Hostels in Europe. The friendly hostel offers excellent cuisine, a fantastic beach nearby and an abundance of rock climbing, kayaking and adventure opportunities, all with the backdrop of Lake Como’s beautiful mountains. This is affordable luxury at its finest!

Hollywood Youth Hostel, Los Angeles, USA
Accommodation from £16.32 per person/per night

Of course, Hollywood – home to the world’s most famous film stars - has to be the ultimate destination for celeb-spotting potential. If you want to be close to the red carpet then the Hollywood Youth Hostel is the place to be. This hostel is smack bang in the heart of L.A, right opposite the Kodak Theatre (perfect viewing for the Oscars!) and a stone’s throw away from the Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre making this the perfect “Location, Location, Location” for your stay in Hollywood! Guests will also be in close proximity to theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood, while shoppers can cruise retail meccas like Rodeo Drive, Melrose Avenue, and the Beverly Center where you are sure to spot a fashionable film star or two.

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