Ever since I moved to Europe, I have found the best way to budget travel is to take advantage of all the amazing hostels every city has to offer. There are so many reasons why I now love hostels! Of course there are always a few minuses but overall, if you have been putting off European travel because you think it is too expensive or aren’t sure about staying at a hostel by yourself, let me tell you they are completely worth it! The best place to find a plethora of Hostel options is hostelworld.com. The reviews are awesome for helping to choose the right one. It’s easy to get a good idea of what people liked and didn’t like about each place. Here is a list of all the hostels we’ve already tried out in Europe and the pros and cons for each!
Plus BONUS!!! Download our Perfect Packing Checklist at the end of this article so you can be perfectly prepped for your first hostel stay 🙂
Hostel Brikette, Positano
PROS: That view. Its amazing. It is truly one of those moments that you look down and feel your breath being taken away. The hosts are also super helpful and will even book tours for you. But the best thing was they sent me a 60 page pdf before our trip with of all sorts of things to do in Positano including hiking tours, restaurants, and beaches! Talk about service. The homemade breakfast is also something to brag about. It only costed a few euros for a delicious cappuccino and the owner’s famous pancakes and jam.
CONS: The only downside, which was relatively small, is the 10 person room is right off the lobby so it was hard to get to sleep when lots of people were still awake socializing in there. Just pick a different smaller room if you want to get to bed a bit earlier. If you plan to go out all night to the clubs, this room will do just fine 🙂
Downtown Hostel Copenhagen
PROS: This hostel has one of the most fun atmospheres with a bar which makes it perfect for meeting other travelers. They also have bike rentals, free city walking tours, and pub crawls!
CON: The bathrooms were a bit dirty but thats why I have flip flops on the packing list!!
Check out more on what to do and see in this article: A Weekend in Copenhagen
Adam & Eva Hostel Prague
PROS: Adam & Eva hostel is so relaxed! It looked just like our living room and bedroom at home (they even had the same IKEA bedding as we have!) A private room was the perfect choice for quiet evenings. It is also in a nice location by two great brunch restaurants and only a 15 min walk to the city center.
I truly don’t have a con for this hostel!! 🙂 They don’t offer breakfast but, they do have a kitchen and like I said the best brunch restaurants in all of Prague (in my opinion) are right around the corner.
Hostel Alessandro Palace & Bar Hostel, Rome
PROS: To be honest we didn’t spend much time here because well, we were in Rome. Just there long enough to sleep and shower. But, even in an 8 person room the atmosphere was very easy going. They did offer social events such as cocktail night on the rooftop bar as a way to meet other travelers which if traveling alone or in a small group that can be a great way to meet some friendly people. There is also a nice restaurant right next door if you are hungry when you get back from all that sight seeing.
CONS: The beds are a bit small in the 8 person rooms. If you want a bit more space between you and the person above you, I’d choose a private or 4 person room here.
St. Christophers Inn Gare Du Nord Hostel, Paris
PROS: This hostel is great for solo travelers! I met a great friend here and traveled the whole week with her! The beds are also great for a bit of privacy and have their own light and power outlet 🙂 The best part was the amazing restaurant where we ate every night after traveling and also watched a bit of karaoke. Plus the 20% all meals because we were hostel guests made eating there totally worth it. It was also great to wind down with a drink at the bar before heading to bed. The free breakfasts made it easy to get a bit of energy too before going out to explore Paris!
CONS: This is more of a general hostel con when staying in an 8 person room, but was experienced here. There is always the chance that others will come back later at night and will be loud or will turn the light on while you are trying to sleep. I tried to ignore it for a while but just quickly and nicely asking to turn the light off again worked out just fine. This is why the ear plugs and sleep mask are on the packing list! 🙂
Astor Victoria, London
PROS: LONDON LONDON! It is an easy walk from here to Buckingham Palace and pretty much all of the main sights. The breakfast for only 1 euro donation to charity is a delicious start to your day of exploring and the rooms were clean and comfortable.
CONS: There was a shortage of outlets in the rooms so a portable charger will come in handy here. I had also forgotten that in England the outlets are not the same as the rest of western Europe but luckily you could rent one for a 5 pound deposit.
Read more about The 10 Best Experiences to have in London.
Shelter City, Amsterdam
PROS: This hostel has a great little outdoor area to relax in on a bit of down time or to enjoy your breakfast alfresco. Speaking of which, the breakfast here was also quite delicious :). I stayed here as a solo traveler and felt so comfortable there! It turned out to be a great hostel to meet other female travelers and to check out the city with them.
CONS: The location is actually quite great for getting everywhere by foot, however if you have never been to Amsterdam and you show up at 11pm alone as I did, finding out that your hostel is in the middle of the Red Light District can be a bit overwhelming. However, now that you know that and are aware, its really not too bad and is actually quite a fun area (just maybe not so much when you are lost for five minutes).
Read more about Enjoying Solo Travel in Amsterdam.
As promised here is your Perfect Packing checklist for first time Hostel stay! You can download and print it out to use for later.
What were your favorite European hostels and why? Share below!
Next week we’ll have our first ever Wanderlust Wednesday! Check back then for more 🙂