20 Top-Rated Hostels in Europe
Staying in a hostel can be a great way to save tons of money on a trip to Europe and are a great option for backpackers. These top-rated spots don't skimp on amenities.
Room007 Chueca Hostel, Madrid, Spain
Room007 has two highly-rated hostels in Madrid, Chueca and Ventura. Both offer free and low-cost walking tours and pubcrawls, free linens and towel use, private rooms as well as dorm bed options and breakfast at the on-site bistro for an extra 3.50€ per day.
Geneva Hostel, Geneva, Switzerland
The Geneva Hostel is a great bargain in an expensive city. Your nightly fee includes breakfast, a private locker and a transit pass that will give you access to all the city has to offer, including the boats that traverse Lake Geneva and getting you back to the airport on your departure day. The hostel is also located walking distance from quite a few restaurants, cafes and an affordable, 2€ beach with a separate section for women only where topless bathing is allowed. BYO towel to Geneva Hostel or pay to rent one.
Hostel One Hipstel, Barcelona, Spain
Hipstel, part of the Hostel One chain, gets rave reviews from guests for all the extras it offers. Every day, there are free tours of the city, free "family" dinners cooked on site and free trips to the city's best bars to show you Barcelona's nightlife. Just need a cheap place to stay that's convenient? It's that, too: Hipstel is just 200 meters from the nearest metro stop.
Les Piaules, Paris, France
Les Piaules, in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, gives you style for a bargain. Bunks are equipped with reading lights, chargers, curtains for some much-needed privacy and storage. The hostel is in a renovated art deco building and has an on-site bar and café--a simple breakfast is just 3 euro--and rooftop terrace. The hostel also offers weekly French classes. Swanky private rooms are also available.
Saga Poshtel Oslo Central, Norway
Saga Poshtel is on the pricier end for European hostels, but that's par for the course in Norway. You'll get your money's worth for sure: each room has private bathrooms and guests rave about the hearty free breakfast, uber-clean rooms and short walk to the train station and other public transit options. The location is truly prime, just a 10 minute walk from the city's iconic opera house, which you can walk to the top of for a great view of the fjord.
Palladini Hostel Rome, Italy
Palladini Hostel will hand you a free glass of champagne to welcome you to Rome when you check in. It's only a 5-minute walk from Termini Station, and a 15-minute walk to the Colosseum. Recent guests rave about the location, value and cleanliness. You can buy breakfast at the on-site cafe for 5€ or eat at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Archi Rossi Hostel, Florence, Italy
Archi Rossi is consistently one of the best-reviewed hostels in Florence. Guests love the super-close proximity to the S.M.Novella train station, bathrooms connected to the dorm rooms, hearty free breakfast and inexpensive dinners available on site, and free daily walking tours. The hostel also has an on-site spa and sauna and private rooms available.
Wombat's London, United Kingdom
Wombat's gets rave reviews for its cozy hangout spots, welcome drinks, proximity to London's nightlife and all the little things that make backpacking easier. The London location, as well as the whole chain, have repeatedly won awards from Hostelworld for cleanliness and popularity. Wombat's also has an on-site bar, board games, foosball and pool tables so you can get to know fellow travelers.
Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland
Castle Rock Hostel is full of Edinburgh's historical charm: the building it's in was built in 1846. It gets rave reviews for its artistic and eclectic atmosphere, proximity to Edinburgh Castle, free walking tours and £1.50 breakfast. The hostel has many lounges with different vibes, including a game lounge with jukebox, pool table and free tea and coffee. It costs just £4 to do laundry.
Art Hole Hostel, Prague, Czech Republic
The Art Hole Hostel offers extreme value for your money, with free breakfast and hot drinks any time of day included with your stay, which in total costs less than the cost of brunch in the U.S. For an extra 4€, you can eat a family-style dinner at the hostel each night. Guests rave about its homey atmosphere and unique vibes, thanks to the eclectic art and decor in every room. The location is prime, just a short walk to the main square with many markets nearby, but if you want to go further you can rent a bike from the hostel.
City Backpackers, Stockholm, Sweden
The list of amenities and little extras City Backpackers offers makes it easy to see why it's regularly rated the best hostel in Sweden. Pasta is available for free any time of the day so you can cook cheaply with fellow travelers, guests get a discount at the nearby Nomad restaurant, there's occasionally live music in the courtyard, longboards are available for rent and in the wintertime, the hostel offers free ice skate rental and Viking Sauna tours. There's year-round sauna access in the evenings, as well. Private rooms and dorm-style accommodations are both available, and the hostel is a short walk from Stockholm's public transit, old town and shopping areas.
Red Emperor Bar & Hostel, Tallinn, Estonia
Many recent guests have said the Red Emperor is the best hostel they've ever stayed in. With unbeatable prices, a great, central location, clean rooms and comfy beds, free longboard rentals and inexpensive tours, this hostel has everything you'd need. A bar adjacent to the hostel keeps partiers out of dorms so sleepyheads can rest easy.
The Yard Hostel, Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki's The Yard Hostel gets rave reviews for its free breakfast, clean, comfy and cozy beds and location right in the heart of the city. Private rooms and dorm options are both available.
City Circus Athens, Greece
City Circus Athens basically screams "we have fun here." There's an on-site café and bar, and the hostel runs happy hours, bar crawls and even full-day adventures like a cruise to the islands in the Argo-Saronic Gulf. The rooftop terrace has views of the Acropolis, which is just 20 minutes away. Hostel staff will help you find everything you want to see. Private rooms and dorm-style accommodations are available.
Hub New Lisbon Hostel, Portugal
Where else are you going to find an adult-sized ball pit? Hub New Lisbon Hostel has private rooms, bunks with curtains, attractive and hip lounges, and plenty of ways to hang out and get to know your fellow travelers. Breakfast is included and there's a happy hour every day.
Ecomama, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aside from its great location in the heart of Amsterdam, Ecomama has all sorts of fun tricks up its sleeve. Hang out spaces include swings and a teepee-style tent for some quiet time, and you can rent bikes for the ultimate Amsterdam experience. Each private and dorm-style room is stylishly decorated in an eclectic way to keep things interesting. Ecomama also runs regular events like family dinners and walking tours of the Red Light District.
Hostel Swanky Mint, Zagreb, Croatia
Hostel Swanky Mint has one thing few other hostels can boast: A pool. After taking a free walking tour of the city organized by hostel staff, cool off in the pool with a drink from the bar at this hostel built in a former factory. Extra bonus? You'll get a welcome drink when you check in.
Pal's Hostel, Budapest, Hungary
This hostel is a bit different than most; in addition to traditional bunkroom options, for just a bit more than the price of a bunk in other hostels around Europe, this hostel in central Budapest also has a chain of entire apartments you can rent. Guests rave about the location, friendliness of staff, clean rooms and wide variety of lodging options.
Die Wohngemeinschaft, Cologne, Germany
Die Wohngemeinschaft must be one of the most unique hostels in the world. Aside from pod-style bunks which all have curtains to give you extra privacy, this hostel has eclectic private rooms like this space-themed one. Guests love the location, security, staff, cleanliness and atmosphere. Guests must be at least 21 years old.
Cheers Lighthouse Hostel, Istanbul, Turkey
At the Cheers Lighthouse Hostel, you can go super-cheap or ultra-luxe and still keep it cheap: The hostel's most luxe room, a private suite with its own jacuzzi, balcony and sauna, starts at just $105 per night. Guests rave about the hearty breakfast, which is included, location and ocean views. The hostel also runs events for guests.