5 Star Hostels in Europe

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Welcome to the most outstanding and greatest Hostels in Europe; the 5 Star Hostels! All these hostels in Europe are brought to you by Hostelgeeks, your independent travel brand and guide to hostels. Certainly, we list for you all 5 Star Hostels on the old continent.

Are these the best Hostels in Europe?


All featured backpacker accommodations are Eco-friendly, design driven, unique, social, and working with great hostel staff!

If you are into social, unique and design accommodations, this is your place to be!

Put on a map: best hostels in Europe

In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels and destinations we cover. Please zoom in to Europe to have a closer look. We reviewed hostels in Germany, Spain, France, UK, Italy, Croatia, the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal and all over for you.

1 hostel per destination & hostel lists

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.

This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research. And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guides to cities with no 5 Star Hostels. Destinations with no 5 Star Hostel are Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Madrid, Munich, Milan, Rome.

How to book Hostels in Europe?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use)

Hostels in Europe for Solo-Travelers and Couples

We narrowed it down for you.

Whether you are traveling with your partner and want to socialize, or you are one of the brave solo-travelers.

Find the best hostels for

Hostels for Couples in Europe
Hostels for female Solo Travelers in Europe
Best Hostels in Europe for Solo Travellers

Hostel Guide

We know Europe and the hostels in Europe like the back of our hand. We are traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great European Hostels.

And not just that.

We also created a big guide to European Hostels.

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.

Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.

The most important articles to read are:

And now? Keep scrolling.

You have just come to the right place to find the best European Hostels, awarded with 5 Stars.
We also show you smart tips on how to book the 5 Star Hostels – in the cheapest way possible!

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Fall in love with the Best European Hostels

Destination not listed?

That simply means there is currently no 5 Star Hostel. Make sure you check out our guides "best hostels in". Here we cover many more destinations.

Still not found? Then please please please let us help you. Just drop us a line and include a fun travel pun; we will get back to you in person as soon as we can!

We will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation.

Hostel Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

Download Hostel Packing List

Staying up to date

This list of the best European Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations across Europe. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel - we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

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