There are many incredible places to stay and attractions to enjoy in Europe. Even as the second smallest continent Europe contains many unique and varying countries of all sizes.
Recognizing the over 250 languages spoken in Europe, it is a continent of nearly countless types of cultures, architecture, nationalities, languages, and groups of people.
With all that Europe has to offer, it’s no wonder that currently, around 700 million tourists come to see all that is Europe each year. A large portion of these travelers prefer to stay in hostels, a lodging option that began in Europe and continues to be extremely popular to this day.
But how to know which European hostel is the best for you?
- Hostel One Notting Hill (London, England)
- Lucky Lake Hostel (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
- EastSeven Berlin Hostel (Berlin, Germany)
- Dreaming Rome Hostel (Rome, Italy)
- Yooma Urban Lodge (Paris, France)
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Traveling To Europe
Europe boasts a wide variety of countries, each with its own customs and languages. There are so many options of places to visit, including the world’s smallest and largest countries, both of which preside at least partially in Europe.
Located in Paris, France is the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the ever-popular Eiffel Tower, either of which makes a vacation unforgettable. If you have never seen the beautiful cobbled roads of Golden Lane in Prague (Czech Republic) or the color popped streets of Burano in Venice, you are really missing out.
With so many once-of-a-lifetime destinations to choose from in all of the countries that make up the European continent, it’s no wonder close to three-quarters of a billion people make their way to these far-away places (with all of their most famous tourist attractions and fascinating historical sights) every year.
Best Hostels In Europe
While visiting Europe there are so many fun places to go and many historical sights to see by day, but what if I told you there were plenty of historic hostels in Europe located in popular cities perfect for your lifestyle.
Traveling to Europe is a promising and exciting experience especially if you choose a place with the ideal overnight accommodation for you. Luckily for us, there are many highly-rated hostels with many different commodities available for your use.
1. Hostel One Notting Hill (London, England)
Located in London, England, Hostel One Notting Hill is rated at 9.5 out of 10 on HostelWorld. As 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, and beverages ( including only coffee and tea ) as well as 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 are allowed to 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, on your scheduled check-out date, you can remain on the premises until 11 pm.
2. Barmy Badger Backpackers (London, England)
At Barmy Badger Backpackers you will find a true one-of-a-kind experience. An 18+ only establishment in London, England this hostel has a multitude of free inclusions; WiFi, breakfast, power sockets and USB ports – a reading light and 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:
- Use of kitchen
- Use of barbeque
- Use of garden herbs and fruit
- All-day tea and coffee
- Taxi bookings
- Cable TV
- Travel advice
- Book exchange
- 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 free luggage storage option on the day of your check-in and check-out.
Reception hours change almost every day of the week so be sure to ask upon arrival. During your stay be sure to spend some time with the two dogs who come in with the owners.
3. YHA London Earls Court (London, England)
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.
- Children under the age of 12 must be booked with a parent or guardian in a private room.
- Children ages 12 through 15 must room with an adult over the age of 18. Allowed to stay in public dorms.
- Children 16 and over may stay in any type of room, no supervision required.
- Mixed-gender groups who would like to stay in the same room must book a private room.
Not only does this hostel offer activities such as pub crawls, Sunday roasts, and movie nights among others, YHA London Earls Court also puts all the money they make into their charity “Breaks For Kids”, a charity that 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.
4. Lucky Lake Hostel (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind experience consider staying at Lucky Lake Hostel. Consisting of several wooden cabins, mixed and female-only dorms, private rooms and many caravans, this hostel offers a truly unique stay.
Located thirty minutes from the center of Amsterdam, Lucky Lake Hostel is a superb place to stay if you are planning on staying for at least two nights. Guests who stay here must be at least 17 years old, and can not be in groups larger than 6.
Free with your stay are the following:
- Shuttle service to and from the metro stop ( does not include metro ride )
- Hairdryers to borrow
As well as access to a small supermarket, small cinema caravan, communal kitchen, large smoking lounge, along with access to the nearby lake.
Feel free to check-in from 2 pm to 11 pm, but check out before 11 am on your departure date. Reception hours are from 9 am to 11 pm.
5. EastSeven Berlin Hostel (Berlin, Germany)
Rated at a 9.5 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 from 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 taking place twice a day. 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.
6. PLUS Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
Filled with rich history Berlin is the perfect place to visit, PLUS Berlin has its own amazing story. Having survived 2 world wars and 100 years, this hostel is centered in a neo-gothic building just around the corner from the longest surviving stretch of the former Berlin wall.
PLUS Berlin is a child-friendly hostel, however, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who stays in the same room. This hostel is best suited for those 40 or under.
If you book through HostelWorld where PLUS Berlin is rated at a 9 out of 10, you get a free welcome shot, just one of the many perks, along with access to an opera bar, swimming pool, sauna, laundromat, and garden.
Staff are multi-lingual and available 24 hours a day for your convenience. Staff can answer your questions and concerns, as well as offering services such as help with maps, tips, and planning trips throughout the city.
7. Hostel One Sants (Barcelona, Spain)
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 a perfect 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, large lounge-like basement including a TV with Netflix, free nightly dinner and a 24-hour kitchen common area help this hostel achieve a rating of 9.4 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 are inclined to ask, guests will tell you they have had an amazing experience at the Hostel One Sants.
8. The People Hostel – Paris 12 (Paris, France)
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 if fairly 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.
9. Yooma Urban Lodge (Paris, France)
If you are someone who enjoys popular attractions, I recommend Yooma Urban Lodge, rated 9.4 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, there are many options including nurseries with changing tables, baby tubs, and monitors for your confidence; a rooftop garden; rentable reception rooms; an on-site restaurant, cooking school, as well as a fitness room with a sauna.
With updated and modern rooms, this hostel boasts a grand total of 106 rooms for groups of two, four, five, and six people.
Breakfast is not included in your stay but there are many local cafes nearby.
10. Dreaming Rome Hostel (Rome, Italy)
Check-in to Dreaming Rome Hostel with cash payment only in your choice of currency, as they accept all forms of legal currency at this location. Find your way to the coliseum a short one mile away with free maps available at check-in.
If you arrive after 10 am before check-in is available at 2 pm, feel free to utilize the free luggage service.
If you paid your deposit by card or PayPal you are required to reconfirm your booking 24-hours before your expected arrival by email. Whether you paid with card, PayPal, or cash you are asked to email with your intended arrival time.
Keep in mind this hostel is only available to those aged 18 to 35 years old. Offering laundry facilities and towels for a small fee this hostel also has a vending machine for your use.
A Final Word About The Best hostels In Europe
Staying in Europe is fun and rewarding, especially if you choose the right accommodations for all your specific needs. The hostels on the above list are some of the very best lodging options in all of Europe. Choosing one from the list is sure to boost the overall quality of your European experience (as well as keep more money in your pocket than staying in hotels).
When you book a hostel for your trip to Europe be sure to remember this is a trip of a lifetime and choose each destination and hostel that best suits your primary purposes for your trip. You’ll thank yourself for many years to come as you think back on all of the exciting memories you’re sure to create.
What do you think about our list of the best hostels in Europe? If you know of any better lodging option in Europe, other than the ones we’ve listed here, be sure to leave us a comment below!
Enjoy your trip to Europe and remember to come back and leave a comment on how your stay went!