The 20 Best Hostels in Europe (2024 Guide)

Lewis Ogden
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2024

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Being based in Europe gives me the advantage of being able to discover the very best countries Europe has to offer, all just a short flight away.

With all that Europe has to offer, it’s no wonder that around 700 million tourists visit each year. Many of these travelers prefer to stay in hostels, a lodging option that started in Europe and continues to be extremely popular worldwide today.

Let’s dive into the best European hostel on offer.

Quick Summary

My 20 Favorite Hostels in Europe

Traveling to Europe is an exciting experience, especially if you choose a place with the ideal overnight accommodation. Luckily, many highly-rated hostels with many different commodities are available for your use.

1. Hostel One Notting Hill (London, England)

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Located in London, England, Hostel One Notting Hill is a social hostel meant for youth and backpackers, this hostel caters only to those 18-36 years old.

Offering mixed dorms, double-private, and twin-private rooms, Hostel One Notting Hill is the perfect place to stay for highly sociable travelers looking for a nice resting place to reset while still enjoying the interaction of a group setting.

This hostel offers a variety of free bonuses such as wifi, family-style dinners, tourist information, beverages (including only coffee and tea), and a free 48-hour cancellation policy valid by email only. Towels, breakfast, and laundry services are all available for a small fee.

Check-in time is from 3 pm through 11 pm and requires a passport to be shown to staff. Check-out is anytime before 11 am.

However, you can arrive at this hostel anytime after 6 am on your scheduled check-in day, although your room may not be ready until after 3 pm. Likewise, you can remain on the premises until 11 pm on your scheduled check-out date.

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2. EastSeven Berlin Hostel (Berlin, Germany)

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Rated at a 9.3 out of 10, awarded ‘Best Hostel Germany 2015’, and located in the top ten hostels every year since 2006, HostelWorld has plenty of great reviews for EastSeven Berlin Hostel.

Accessible 24 hours a day with a code supplied at check-in, this hostel is a great place to socialize and make friends without being a party hostel.

Located in the center of Berlin, once you finish checking in at 3 pm, you can visit any number of the cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, or shops that surround EastSeven while leaving your luggage at the hostel with free luggage storage on your check-out day.

Feel free to rent a bike or go on one of the two walking tours twice daily. If you don’t feel like going out, you can socialize in the lounge or kitchen. Want some air? Head on out to the garden and enjoy the beautiful sights.

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3. Hostel One Sants (Barcelona, Spain)

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Hostel One Sants is the perfect place to stay during your trip to Barcelona, Spain. Serving only those 18 to 39 years old, this hostel is an ideal match for those who want to stay in a comfortable place with the opportunity to have plenty of fun.

Certain Barcelona bars offer free entrance to guests at the Hostel One Sants. Offering free daytime activities and epic bar crawls every day of the week. This is one stay you are guaranteed to remember.

A rooftop terrace, a sizeable lounge-like basement including a TV with Netflix, free nightly dinner, and a 24-hour kitchen common area help this hostel score 9.6 out of 10 on HostelWorld.

With bathrooms on every level and free internet access, almost everything you need is available on the same floor as your room.

If you ask, guests will tell you they have had a fantastic experience at the Hostel One Sants.

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4. The People Hostel – Paris 12 (Paris, France)

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How would you feel about staying in a rather large sociable hostel with both shared and private rooms? Excited about the prospect? Book a room or bed at The People Hostel – Paris 12.

Located in Paris, France, anything seems possible in this magical city nicknamed The City of Love.

With 143 beds total throughout both shared, and private rooms, this hostel is relatively large and perfect for those wanting to spend their evenings relaying their travels with peers and other travelers.

There are no smoking rooms, but the balcony, rooftop, and patio are all smoker-friendly. Check-in is from 4 pm to 11 pm and checkout is before 10 am. There is no curfew, so feel free to stay out as late as you want.

Remember to have fun and enjoy yourself spending time with other travelers.

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5. Sophie’s Hostel (Prague, Czech Republic)

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Sophie’s Hostel combines the elevated comforts of a hotel with the budget-friendly and social atmosphere of a traditional hostel to provide one of the premier accommodation options in Prague.

Operating out of two historic buildings just a five-minute walk from Wenceslas Square, the hostel offers shared lodging in a selection of 6- and 10-bed mixed dorms and a 5-bed female-only dorm. Only guests between the ages of 18 and 39 are permitted to stay within these dorm options.

Meanwhile, guests not within this age range, or those guests that prefer more private living quarters, can book one of the property’s private rooms, offering a little more luxury and comfort for your stay.

Regardless of your room option, Sophie’s Hostel provides elevated onsite comforts, including rain-dance showers, ultra-soft linens, and a fresh home-cooked breakfast prepared at the onsite Sophie’s Bar.

Meanwhile, thanks to its convenient location in the Nove Mesto neighborhood, Sophie’s Hostel is just a short walk from some of the city’s top services, including restaurants, attractions, and nightlife hotspots.

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6. ClinkNOORD (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Amsterdam has long been a backpacker’s paradise. However, among its numerous hostel offerings, ClinkNOORD is one of the city’s top accommodation options, featuring a great spot to unwind and socialize with your fellow travelers.

Set within the Amsterdam Noord Area, this luxury hostel is just a short (and free) ferry ride across the IJ River from Amsterdam Central Station. It provides convenient access to nearby services and attractions and boasts a diverse catalog of onsite amenities.

Operating out of an old 1920s building, ClinkNOORD maintains its historic charms while providing modern onsite facilities that include a cafe, library, a self-catering kitchen, and a botanical atrium, promising soothing relaxation.

Meanwhile, the onsite ZincBar is a great spot to grab a drink and frequently features live music and performances. For further entertainment, the hostel also features a 24-hour reception with discounted tickets to popular attractions and tours.

ClinkNOORD offers its premium accommodations in a selection of mixed and female-only dorms, along with several private room options.

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7. Hostel Ruthensteiner (Vienna, Austria)

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Offering one of the best bases for exploring the Austrian capital city, Hostel Ruthensteiner is one of the best hostels in Europe, providing a charming complex of amenities within walking distance of many of the destination’s top attractions.

Set between the Vienna City Centre and Schonbrunn Palace, Hostel Ruthensteiner is a great spot to unwind after a day of urban adventures or to hang out and socialize with fellow travelers.

Promising a soothingly quiet atmosphere, the hostel’s garden area is a great spot to enjoy an evening drink. Meanwhile, guests looking for a little more vibrant entertainment can head to the onsite bar, games room, or musical library containing several musical instruments available for guest use.

Other facilities found within the accommodations include a self-service kitchen, free lockers, in-house bike rentals, a self-service laundromat, and arranged tours available at the reception desk.

Hostel Ruthensteiner offers 6-, 8-, and 10-bed mixed and female-only dorms along with a varied selection of private rooms.

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8. Yooma Urban Lodge (Paris, France)

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If you enjoy popular attractions, I recommend Yooma Urban Lodge, rated 9.8 out of 10 on HostelWorld.

Located just off the banks of the Sienna, and approximately one kilometer from the Eiffel Tower, there are plenty of local attractions to keep you busy.

A child-friendly hostel has many options, including nurseries with changing tables, baby tubs, and monitors for your confidence; a rooftop garden; rentable reception rooms; an on-site restaurant, a cooking school, and a fitness room with a sauna.

With updated and modern rooms, this hostel boasts 106 rooms for groups of two, four, five, and six. Breakfast is not included in your stay, but many local cafes are nearby.

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9. Maverick City Lodge (Budapest, Hungary)

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Set within the historical Jewish Quarter of Budapest’s city center, Maverick City Lodge promises one of the best hostel experiences, with the elevated charms and comforts you would expect from a city designated as the Capital of Spas and Thermal Baths.

Along with placing guests within walking distance of the city’s top attractions, spas, and restaurants, the Maverick City Lodge also provides plenty of luxuries onsite within its 4- and 6-bed mixed dorms and 8- and 10-bed female-only dorms.

The hostel’s dorms are equipped with free lockers, linen, and towels provided for each guest, while communal spaces include a shared kitchen, a lounge area with cable TV, and an onsite restaurant.

Private rooms are also available, while a 24-hour reception is readily available to enhance your visit to the city.

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10. YHA London Earls Court (London, England)

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When traveling with a large group, it can be hard to find the appropriate lodgings. However, YHA London Earls Court offers group bookings of up to 16 people.

Widely enjoyed with a rating of 9.2 out of 10 on HostelWorld, YHA London Earls Court caters to people of all ages, including children, with special rules for certain patrons.

  1. Children under 12 must be booked with a parent or guardian in a private room
  2. Children ages 12 through 15 must room with an adult over 18. They are allowed to stay in public dorms
  3. Children 16 and over may stay in any room, with no supervision required
  4. Mixed-gender groups who want to stay in the same room must book a private room

This hostel offers activities such as pub crawls, Sunday roasts, and movie nights. YHA London Earls Court also puts all the money they make into their charity ‘Breaks For Kids,’ which allows children with financially disadvantaged backgrounds to experience school or community break-aways.

This hostel requires ID or passport to be shown at check-in from 2 pm through 11 pm. Check-out is before 10 am. Free wifi and a 24-hour reception desk are offered for your use.

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11. Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel (Lisbon, Portugal)

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Promising a social atmosphere in the heart of the Portuguese capital, the Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel welcomes small group bookings but is particularly popular amongst solo travelers looking to meet like-minded guests.

The hostel is set just steps away from Restauradores Square and Metro Station and offers its premium lodging in a selection of 4-, 8-, and 10-bed mixed dorms and a 6-bed female-only dorm. The hostel even offers its accommodations with an all-inclusive package that includes three daily meals and unlimited sangria and beer.

Additional facilities found within the hostel complex include a communal living room with a TV and DVD player, a luggage storage facility, and several arranged events and walking tours available throughout the week.

Whether looking for a place to unwind following your day’s adventures or a social setting for a full exploration of the city, Goodmorning Solo Traveller Hostel is one of the best hostels for exploring one of Europe’s most inviting cities.

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12. The RomeHello Hostel (Rome, Italy)

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Home to the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and countless other historical attractions and monuments, Rome has long served as an essential stopping point along any backpacking trip through Europe, and one of the most popular bases in the city for backpackers is The RomeHello Hostel.

Set within the heart of the city, this cozy hostel puts guests within walking distance of Rome’s top attractions while promising a massive variety of onsite amenities and facilities for a comfortable stay.

Blending convenience with a fun and social atmosphere, The RomeHello Hostel features many comforts, including laundry facilities, 24-hour security/reception, and free internet access. Meanwhile, for entertainment, guests can head over to the onsite bar and restaurant or enjoy a variety of board games, foosball, and a PlayStation in the property’s games room.

The RomeHello Hostel offers 4- and 10-bed mixed dorms, a 3-bed female dorm, and a selection of private suites to meet a variety of needs.

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13. Rivoli Cinema Hostel (Porto, Portugal)

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Popular among movie buffs, the Rivoli Cinema Hostel is one of the most unique hostels in the world and promises an elevated lodging experience in the heart of Porto’s city center.

Operating out of a restored 1930s Art Deco-style building, the Rivoli Cinema Hostel promises plenty of historical charms while featuring a completely renovated complex providing all modern amenities and services for your stay in the city.

Onsite amenities available to guests include a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining area, and a large communal lounge with a library, video games, satellite TV, and DVDs. The property also features a beautiful rooftop terrace with a seasonal bar and pool and surreal views of the city.

However, what sets the Rivoli Cinema Hostel apart as one of the best and most unique hostels in Europe is its move-themed accommodations that place guests within a lodging designed based on favorite movies and directors.

The thematic accommodations are particularly prevalent in the property’s selection of private rooms. However, guests also have the option of staying in a budget-friendly 4-bed mixed or female-only dorm for a combination of affordability and comfort.

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14. La Banda Rooftop Hostel (Seville, Spain)

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Set within the heart of Seville, La Banda Rooftop Hostel is one of the best bases for exploring the capital city of Spain’s Adnalusian region. Promising a social atmosphere, this warm and welcoming hostel encourages guests to interact with fellow travelers, creating memories and connections that will last a lifetime.

Operating out of two buildings, La Banda’s primary hostel complex consists of 4, 6, and 8-bed mixed and female-only dorms, a selection of private rooms, and three great communal spaces, including a fully-equipped kitchen.

The other two shared spaces include the property’s famous rooftop garden, where guests can socialize over a drink, play games, and listen to live music. Meanwhile, the reception lounge offers a more laid-back setting for relaxing with a book, playing board games, or using the property’s free computers.

The second building within the hostel complex is the La Banda Coworking Space & Private Experience, which offers great workspaces, a quieter rooftop garden, and an additional kitchen area.

Between its fun and social main building, affordable lodging, and great work areas, La Banda Rooftop Hostel is a particular favorite accommodation option for digital nomads and long-term stays.

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15. Oki Doki Old Town Hostel (Warsaw, Poland)

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The Oki Doki Old Town Hostel in Warsaw is one of the most historic hostels in Europe and operates out of an old 18th-century building located in the heart of the historical center of Warsaw, an area recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Converted into a hostel, this cozy accommodation option has welcomed visitors to the city for more than 15 years and is a great base for exploring the city while enjoying top-of-the-line onsite amenities.

Along with offering 4-, 6-, and 8-bed mixed and female-only dorms and private room options, the extensive hostel complex also boasts several communal spaces, including a TV room, a fully-equipped kitchen, an outdoor terrace, and the Fretka Bar, where you can enjoy a delicious menu of Polish beer.

For added comfort, the hostel also promises 24-hour security and front desk services, free linen and WiFi, and attentive staff readily available to help plan your exploration of Warsaw.

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16. The Hat Hostel (Madrid, Spain)

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When it comes to exploring Spain’s capital city, The Hat Hostel is one of the best bases for backpackers and budget travelers looking for a warm and welcoming social atmosphere.

Set just 150 meters from Plaza Mayor Square, The Hat Hostel puts guests within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions, including the Puerta del Sol, Gran Via, and La Latina.

Meanwhile, onsite amenities provide a comfortable lodging and relaxing escape following your day’s adventures, with top-of-the-line amenities and facilities, including an outdoor terrace and solarium, Dual WiFi, a rooftop bar, and 24-hour front desk.

The Hat Hostel promises its elevated, safe, and secure lodging in a selection of 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-bed mixed and female-only dorms. However, guests requiring a little more privacy can also opt for one of the property’s private room options.

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17. Hostel Angelina – Old Town Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik, Croatia)

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Set within the historic walls of Dubrovnik, Hostel Angelina places guests in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and places you within walking distance of all of the destination’s most popular landmarks.

Operating out of a 400-year-old building, Hostel Angelina promises authentic historical charms while featuring renovations that provide all modern amenities and facilities, including a fully-equipped shared kitchen, free WiFi, air conditioning, and more. Meanwhile, the property’s rooftop terrace provides some of the best views of the historic castle community.

Along with offering top-of-the-line shared lodging, Hostel Angelina also serves as one of the most cost-effective bases for exploring the city, with budget-friendly 4- and 8-bed mixed dorms. The hostel also offers a selection of private rooms for slightly higher nightly rates.

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18. City Circus (Athens, Greece)

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Boasting such iconic landmarks as the Parthenon, the Athenian Agora, and Greece’s National Archaeological Museum, Athens is one of the most historical stops along a European backpacking trip, and City Circus Hostel places you in the heart of the action, with breathtaking views of the Acropolis.

Set within the Psirri neighborhood, City Circus boasts an authentic design complete with wooden floors, antique decor, and retro furniture. However, despite its historic charms, the complex promises a modern facility, complete with air conditioning, key access cards, and 24-hour safety cam security.

Additional services and facilities offered within the hostel include Zampano Restaurant, where you can enjoy a selection of local wines and authentic Greek cuisine, and a rooftop terrace from which you can admire the sweeping Athens cityscape with the Acropolis at its focal point.

City Circus provides its premium lodging in the heart of the Greek capital in a selection of private rooms and 4- and 6-bed mixed or female-only dorms.

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19. Anda Venice (Venice, Italy)

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Located in the capital city of Italy’s Venezia province, Anda Venice is an award-winning hostel that promises many onsite comforts and entertainment while providing a fantastic base for exploring the picturesque city.

The hostel features a selection of 6- and 9-bed mixed and female-only dorms, along with several private room options. Additional onsite facilities include a fully-equipped kitchen, a private courtyard, a self-serve laundromat, and free WiFi throughout the property.

Meanwhile, the onsite Alai Life Bar promises a great social atmosphere with scheduled nightly entertainment, including karaoke, live music, and beer pong. The property also features workstations with Mac computers, making it a great spot to combine work and play during your trip to Europe.

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20. Barmy Badger Backpackers (London, England)

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At Barmy Badger Backpackers, you will find a truly one-of-a-kind experience. An 18+ establishment in London, England, this hostel has a multitude of free inclusions; WiFi, breakfast, power sockets, and USB ports – a reading light, and a personal locker with a pin-coded laptop safe (padlock not included)- all included, just some of the many services at this Hostel.

Barmy Badger Backpackers contains other incentives for prospective clientele, including; the use of kitchen, BBQ, garden herbs and fruit, all-day tea and coffee, maps, taxi bookings, cable tv, travel advice, book exchange, and memory foam mattresses and pillows.

Want to skip the hassle of late-night check-ins and enjoy the freedom to check in anytime after noon? Check out before 10 am but leave your luggage with the complimentary luggage storage option on your check-in and check-out day.

Reception hours change almost every day of the week, so be sure to ask upon arrival. During your stay, spend some time with the two dogs who come in with the owners.

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FAQs About The Best Hostels in Europe

Are Hostels in Europe Safe?

Hostels in Europe are generally safe for travelers. With that said, it is important to take precautions and book with a reputed hostel provider. The most common security threat while staying in a hostel in Europe is theft, but this can be mitigated by storing your valuables in a locker provided at most hostel accommodations.

What Should I Pack When Staying in Hostels in Europe?

When staying in Hostels, there are a few extra items you should add to your packing list, such as a padlock for your locker, a microfibre towel, a travel pillow, and linen, as these common hotel amenities aren’t always provided in a hostel setting. Additionally, ear plugs and eye masks are also important when staying in shared accommodations.

Where Can I Find the Best Hostels in Europe?

While hostels are a popular accommodation option in Europe and can be found in most big cities, the best Hostels tend to be focused within the continent’s major tourist destinations, such as Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and Barcelona.

When Should I Book My Stay at a Hostel in Europe?

While many hostels can be booked upon arrival, best practices are to reserve your bed at least a couple of weeks before your arrival to ensure availability, especially when visiting a popular tourist destination during peak season.

About The Author

Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay. He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides. He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn't love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay. He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides. He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn't love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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