Simply up to date on: 08/02/2018 | August 2nd, 2018
I’ve been staying in hostels in Europe for over twelve years. I’ve most likely stayed at near a thousand by now. Some have been fantastic; others I couldn’t go away fast sufficient. Some have stood the check of time whereas others have lengthy since vanished. The hostel scene could be very standard and established in Europe, and the rising “luxurious” hostel development that includes extra facilities (and better costs) for vacationers. Hostels right this moment aren’t the hostels you discovered ten years in the past. They’re method good and supply much more facilities!
Listed here are what I at the moment contemplate to be a number of the finest hostels in Europe in 2018:
The Generator is a hostel chain with places all through Europe. I’ve stayed in two of their places — Copenhagen and Dublin — and liked each. The hostels have nice bars and eating places, clear showers, snug beds, laundry companies, and extremely aggressive charges (10 euros an evening in Dublin!). My solely complaints are that the Wi-Fi is usually sluggish and so they cost for breakfast, however having stayed in two of their places, I’d certainly keep in others. (In addition they have karaoke at their Copenhagen location.)
Metropolis Backpackers (Stockholm)
I stayed right here years in the past and lately returned when my tour group was in Stockholm. The place was simply as wonderful as I keep in mind. They nonetheless have a really good café and an outside consuming/sitting space. Their beds and pillows are nonetheless tremendous cozy and cozy, plus they’ve an enormous kitchen, frequent room, sauna, and laundry services. And you’ll’t flip a nook with out bumping right into a public laptop. Metropolis Backpackers was and nonetheless is without doubt one of the prime hostels in Europe.
St. Christopher’s Inn Barcelona
Positioned proper close to La Rambla, all the things about this place is model new because the hostel simply opened in the summertime of 2013. I actually love the curtains on the dorm beds and the big bar/outside space subsequent to the hostel. Normally, I actually just like the St. Christopher’s model. They provide enjoyable, clear, sociable, and fashionable hostels throughout Europe.
The Flying Pig (Amsterdam)
That is nonetheless considered one of my all-time favourite hostels. The services listed here are customary and the value a bit costly, however I like the environment. Whereas this hostel is standard with vacationers seeking to chill and smoke, the bar space will get very busy at evening with individuals who don’t need to get excessive. The workers here’s what actually makes this place particular. They hang around with visitors, are consultants on the town, and are all the time useful. Furthermore, this hostel has a number of the comfiest beds and fluffiest pillows of any hostel I’ve ever stayed at. The Flying Pig has three places within the metropolis (uptown, downtown, and the brand new seashore location), and I choose the uptown location as a result of it’s smaller and simpler to satisfy folks.
The parents behind the Flying Pig additionally run Winston’s, one other hostel. That place has a terrific bar and is subsequent to a rock membership that showcases a whole lot of good native musicians. Inform Allen I say “hello!”
Goodnight Hostel (Lisbon)
I stumbled throughout this hostel in Lisbon (principally as a result of it was tremendous low cost), and I’m actually glad I did. Conveniently situated downtown, they provide free dinner and sangria, and so they manage nights out. There’s a small frequent space, and the showers had wonderful water stress. This small hostel turns into very intimate and makes it straightforward to satisfy fellow vacationers. This was probably the greatest hostels I stayed at throughout 2013. They’ve a sister hostel known as Goodmorning Hostel, which I can solely assume is simply pretty much as good.
My second favourite hostel in Stockholm after Metropolis Backpackers, this place was transformed in 2013 and has a brand-new, bigger kitchen and customary space. They actually did a great job, and the kitchen is without doubt one of the nicest I’ve seen in a hostel in an extended, very long time. The hostel is kind of small total, however that gives a close-knit setting for attending to know different vacationers.
Gallery Hostel (Porto)
This “luxurious” hostel in Porto, Portugal, might be probably the greatest I’ve ever stayed in and is certainly a brand new addition to my “all-time favourite” listing. It’s not the most affordable in Porto, however this hostel/artwork gallery options home-cooked Portuguese meals, a yard, free after-dinner drinks, a sport room, and pleasant workers dedicated to creating certain everybody will get to know one another. The artwork on the partitions is from native artists and is on the market (for these not touring on a price range). I liked the nightly dinners they organized the very best.
Hostel Mostel (Bulgaria)
This hostel has places in three cities in Bulgaria (Sofia, Plovdiv, and Veliko Tarnovo), and so they all observe the identical ideas: cozy beds, free breakfast, free dinner, free beer, free photographs, a pool desk, and free, quick Wi-Fi. I truthfully haven’t ever seen a hostel supply a lot free stuff to vacationers. Normally everybody stays in any respect the Hostel Mostel places, so that you run into the identical folks often. I discovered them booked up lots, so e-book upfront if you wish to keep right here.
Kismet Dao (Brasov)
Most likely the very best hostel in Romania, it had a terrific yard to loosen up in, a reasonably first rate breakfast (Frosted Flakes!), a big and clear kitchen, cozy rooms, and an enormous frequent space. I didn’t just like the showers, as there wasn’t a whole lot of privateness (assume health club type) however total, this place is social, in a great location, and checks all the precise bins on assembly a traveler’s wants.
The Yellow (Rome)
The Yellow is only a enjoyable hostel. There’s no frequent space, so everybody hangs out within the bar downstairs. Individuals come right here to socialize and get together. It’s a loud hostel in that respect, however because the get together is separated from the primary space, you don’t actually hear a lot within the rooms. They’ve nice safety, excessive water stress within the showers, cozy beds, and first rate sufficient Wi-Fi. In addition they run strolling excursions all through Rome.
Tallinn Backpackers (Tallinn)
This hostel is for individuals who need to come to Tallinn and get together, which I didn’t actually do whereas I used to be there. However I nonetheless discovered the hostel to be fantastic, as a result of the beds have been snug and the workers actually put an emphasis on getting the visitors get to know one another and work together. They do a nightly pub crawl, earlier than which everybody will get collectively within the giant frequent space (which they shut down at 11pm, so individuals who don’t need to exit can get some sleep).
Euphoria Hostel (Tallinn)
As a result of I prefer to e-book matters last-minute, I needed to swap hostels lots throughout my keep in Tallinn. Whereas Tallinn Backpackers is a superb place for the get together scene, Euphoria is ideal for enjoyable. Owned by some hippies, this place has a soothing really feel. There’s a whole lot of colourful artwork on the partitions, bean-bag chairs, delicate music, and a quiet environment. It was a great change from Tallinn Backpackers. Plus, I actually loved the truth that the proprietor’s band performs a free live performance each week.
Central Station (Kiev)
Not a lot a hostel as a collection of flats in the identical constructing, Central Station is a real hostel’s hostel. It’s obtained gigantic dorm rooms, a number of showers, a tiny kitchen, and just a little frequent space. It’s principally the spirit of the place that makes it cool: actions each evening, actually pleasant workers, and that tiny area that forces everybody to socialize and meet one another, not simply sit behind their computer systems.
Greg and Tom’s Celebration Hostel (Krakow)
I got here right here on the energy of a buddy’s glowing advice. What I appreciated about this hostel was that on the one hand, there’s a robust deal with taking full benefit of Krakow’s vigorous nightlife. Alternatively, they’ve two separate buildings, so if you need quiet at evening, you’ll be able to keep within the non-party constructing. They provide free breakfast, they cook dinner you a meal each evening (salad, potatoes, pasta, or meat), they’ve Nintendo Wii and Ps, and there’s a big film assortment. However what I liked probably the most was the massaging showers. It was the very best bathe I took in months.
Kabul is tied with The Flying Pig (see subsequent hostel) as my favourite hostel in Europe. It attracts vacationers who’re on the lookout for a great time. This isn’t a quiet hostel the place folks go to mattress. If you happen to come to hostel, be ready to get together. They’ve a vigorous frequent room space and manage nightly outings. The dorms are very clear, the beds cozy, and the showers excessive stress. However what makes Kabul so fantastic is the downstairs frequent space. The frequent space takes up a complete flooring of the constructing and includes a café, bar, tables, web kiosks, and a pool desk. Right here vacationers eat, play pool, drink, and hang around – and the folks right here need to hang around. It’s a great hostel for a solo traveler as a result of everybody right here desires to make pals. The hostel is booked out weeks upfront, particularly throughout summer season, so don’t e-book final minute!
Ostello Archi Rossi (Florence)
They’d me at breakfast. I’ve by no means been to a hostel that had a menu for breakfast. You will get eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes- the works. It’s not the conventional European bread and occasional breakfast that makes me unhappy within the morning. It’s a full on hearty breakfast! Greater than the meals, the hostel has character. You’ll be able to signal your identify or draw on the wall, their kitchen is a measurement of a cafeteria, and so they have a terrific outside backyard the place you’ll be able to chill with a bottle of wine! And did I point out they’ve a full breakfast?
With a view like this, how may you not like this place? There’s a pool right here, kitchen, very clear rooms, and cozy beds. The house owners are tremendous pleasant and accommodating, the porch space is a superb place to make new pals, and each evening they’ve a hostel get collectively so everybody can meet folks (free shot included). In addition they manage pub crawls (as a result of it’s Ios and everybody comes right here to get together). It’s additionally probably the most centrally situated hostel on the island so it’s straightforward to stroll house…even when you’ve had one two many drinks!
I believe this place is a bit overpriced. Hostels in Germany are low cost and even by European requirements this hostel remains to be low cost however I felt like they charged lots due to the identify. Nevertheless, whereas the beds and bogs are fairly customary (all ensuite although!) the rooftop terrace supplies nice views of the town. On a pleasant day, it’s wonderful to simply go stare at Berlin.
Snuffel Backpacker Hostel (Bruges)
Near the town middle, this hostel is situated in a really outdated constructing which suggests the rooms are small and it’s fairly inconvenient to take a bathe as you need to go downstairs after which into the again courtyard. Nevertheless, they’ve a again courtyard, free wi-fi, a tremendous number of Belgium beers (be careful for the 13% alcohol ones!), and bikes.
Fort Rock (Edinburgh)
Positioned close to the Royal Mile and (you guessed it) the citadel, this hostel is beautiful. The constructing is outdated so that you get stunning wooden interiors, stone staircases, and a really “outdated” royal really feel. It’s like being in an outdated mansion. The frequent space options pool tables, T.V., newspapers, and free wi-fi. They manage occasions, dinners, and the workers is very nice.
Miss Sophie’s (Prague)
This extra upscale hostel in Prague is considered one of my favorites. The room is kind of fashionable with pretty bogs, cozy beds, and unbelievable water stress. The bar is all the time vigorous, they serve a big breakfast, run numerous occasions, and the workers is tremendous pleasant, useful, and knowledagble.
Hostel Blues (Bratislava)
This superior hostel is unbelievable workers, a terrific breakfast, big frequent space, is centrally situated, and actually clear dorms and bogs. I had a whole lot of fantastic nights right here. It’s a cool hostel with good artwork on the wall. They’ve good kitchen space too!
So there you will have it: my present favourite listing of the very best hostels in Europe. Europe has hundreds of hostels – and god is aware of I really feel like I’ve stayed in all of them however just a few dozen are observe the rules that make a hostel really nice. These ones exit of their method to offer stellar companies and make their visitors really feel welcomed and at house.