The capital of India sure is hectic. So planning ahead will surely save you a lot of time, energy and stress.
We’ve got all bases covered including the best hostels in Delhi for travellers of all types, whether you’re a solo traveller or a couple.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you …
- are tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- are happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 seriously coolest hostels in Delhi.
At the moment there is no 5 star hostel in Delhi. In fact, this is our very first hostel guide for India, full stop!
To get your adventure-buds tingling have a read of these fun India travel stories:
In this guide we cover:
- 3 best hostels in Delhi
- Best Hostels in Delhi for Female Solo-Travellers
- Best Party Hostels in Delhi
- Map with all Delhi hostels and sights
Quick Introduction to Delhi Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 10€ up to 18€ per night. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Student hostels in India: It is quite common for Indian students to live in a hostel during their studies. Be aware that these are usually not the nicest ones because they are cheap and awkwardly located.
Plus the fact that students aren’t always the most sociable… they have work to get done!
On the plus side; there are tons of cool backpacker hostels in Delhi. As a traveller, you should opt for the backpacker hostels, including the great hostels included in this article.
So, please, make sure you check if your hostel is for students or actually travellers. It is a huge difference in India.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Delhi
Come on then, let’s delve in and discover the 3 coolest hostels in Delhi which we think you’ll love.
- The Madpackers Hostel – great for backpackers
- Zostel Delhi – one for couples
- LetsBunk Poshtel – top pick for solo travellers (both male and female)
1. The Madpackers Hostel (safe and social)
Let’s start by introducing The Madpackers Hostel, voted India’s best hostel in 2016.
That’s right; best hostel in India, not just Delhi! And India is huuuuuuge.
This is a place for community, stories and friendship. A real backpacker haven.
It’s pretty obvious the staff here will take care of all your needs when they say things like:
We have an obsessive affair with travel and a soft spot for everything that moves with a backpack.
When looking for the best backpackers hostels in Delhi, you will come across Madpackers.
There’s a wonderful selection of rooms here ranging from 8-14 bed dorms and private superior doubles.
Even though they are basic, retro-style rooms, you won’t miss out on comfort or social vibes.
Besides, this hostel has so much more to offer that we doubt you’ll want to spend much time hiding behind the bunk bed curtain (if there was one)!
Stay here if you love:
- A safe, accessible location
- A free breakfast for champions
- A good old rooftop + garden
- Arranged activities
Their Delhi Belly Food Tour has become quite well-known and is seemingly a highlight of most people’s stay here.
If you’re not much of a foodie consider joining the ‘Agra day trip hustle’ and ‘The Madpackers sundowner’ aka pub crawl.
Want to explore like a local? Ask the staff anything – they know this city like the back of their hand.
The Madpackers is set away from central Delhi, but the yellow line connection is a 5-minute walk away.
The Madpackers Hostel is the best hostel in Delhi for:
- Social butterflies
2. Zostel Delhi (experience central city life)
Next up is the most centrally located hostel in Delhi; Zostel Delhi.
It’s actually one of the oldest hostels in Delhi and has served over 50,000 backpackers to date. Surely they know what they’re doing by now, right?!
When all of the room types include the word ‘superior’ or ‘deluxe’, it’s a sign of only good things to come.
- 6-8 bed mixed dorm
- 6-bed female dorm (read here 7 pros and 3 cons for female-only dorms)
- Designer suite
- Deluxe or standard double
Did you know? Zostel is a chain of hostels covering 27 cities across India and Nepal. If you’re backpacking for some time, consider getting a Zostel Passport for great discounts in Zostel destinations.
This is the perfect option for those wanting to experience the true chaos of Delhi, with a relaxing oasis to retreat to.
Quickly feel at home here with:
- Ample common areas
- Rooftop seating
- A game of pool
Zostel is our best hostel in Dehli for female solo-travellers. Here’s a guide on how to stay safe as a female solo-traveller in India.
The reception is open 24/7 which means security and a warm welcome around the clock. This is great for those with unsociable flight times!
Note: party people are discouraged from staying here.
Remember that Zostel Delhi is situated in the heart of the Paharganj area, which means you’ll be surrounded by the everyday chaos of the city.
Zostel Delhi is the best hostel in Delhi for:
- Female solo travellers
3. LetsBunk Poshtel (bright, spacious dorms)
It’s time for a bit of luxury in this Scandinavian minimalist designed hostel.
Wait no sorry, not a hostel; LetsBunk Poshtel.
This fusion of boutique hotel and funky hostel is the perfect place to wind down in a state of luxury.
It’s located in the picturesque Hauz Khas Village – the New Delhi – boasting art galleries, cafes and wonderful restaurants.
Lets Bunk is the best hostel in Delhi for solo travellers. It is also a popular choice for female solo-travellers!
Here is another original review about Lets Bunk Poshtel. Click and lean back.
The standard of rooms here will no doubt surprise you. In a good way, of course!
Forget cramped and dingy and expect bright, spacious and clean accommodation across all mixed dorms and private rooms.
- En-suite bathrooms
- Coffee table in the room
- Reading lamp
- Linen + towel
And of course the all-important WiFi works throughout the property – woo!
Other nice places to chillax include the lobby of buzzing life and a rooftop with a stunning forest view that will keep calling your name.
Note: breakfast is available for an extra fee.
If you’re looking to stay long-term in Delhi then ask about the special weekly rate that’s offered here. Great option for the digital nomad!
Occasional gigs and talks take place here and guests have free access to all events.
LetsBunk Poshtel is the best hostel in Delhi for:
- Solo travellers
- Female Solo-Travellers
More Awesome Hostels in Delhi for Travellers
Just in case the top 3 hostels weren’t awesome enough for you, we’ve collected a couple more.
Honestly, we just want to show off what Delhi has to offer – are you impressed yet?!
Another sociable backpackers in the heart of Delhi is Joey’s Hostel.
We’ve no idea who Joey is but he seems to know a thing or two about creating a fun, helpful and comfortable traveller base.
Get sociable on the rooftop terrace and common area, or wind down with a movie or an Xbox game.
Little perks like free linen, hot showers and purified water really make this a great option for those looking to be in the thick of it all.
Safe and best Hostels in Delhi (for Female Solo-Travelers)
We know safety might be an issue for female solo-travellers.
We had a look, and the best hostels in Delhi for female solo-travellers are:
Both hostels are great, safe, clean, social. The difference between is the location and style.
Zostel Delhi is the most central hostel; perfect location.
LetsBunk Poshtel is the cooler hostel option due to its interior design; more luxury and stylish!
The dorms at LetsBunk come with privacy curtains for instance. We consider this always a big plus.
Best Party Hostels in Delhi?
If you’re looking for the party scene then you’ll love The Hosteller.
It’s located very close to the party hub of Delhi and there’s the option to join one of their famous pub crawls.
End the day by collapsing in your premium dorm and get up fresh with a coffee from the spacious in-house cafe.
Oh, and reception is open 24-hours so forget fretting about late night arrivals into a hectic city such as this.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Delhi. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of Delhi Hostels and top Sights
If you’re anything like me, you love a good map. Below you’ll see all of the mentioned hostels in Delhi pinpointed as well as top sights including:
- The Red Fort
- Qutub Minar
- India Gate
- Jama Masjid
- Old Delhi
- Humayun’s Tomb
- Akshardham Temple
- Lodhi Gardens
For those of you looking to do a bit of activity planning in advance check out these fun options:
- Day trip to the Taj Mahal and Agra by private car or India’s fastest train
- Private Old and New Delhi tour by Rickshaw
- Old Delhi food tour
Avoid the hassle of finding your hostel when you’re jet-lagged and book a trustworthy private transfer from the airport.
Flights to Delhi
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Asia including Delhi, Beijing and Colombo in Sri Lanka.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Asia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Hostels and Destinations
When in India, you might consider travelling as well to Sri Lanka.
We spent here a full month and fell in love with the culture, the food, and incredible nature – and of course their hostels.
Check more of our handwritten guides here:
Find all the best hostels in Asia here.
Over to you
So here you go, we just gave you the 3 best hostels in Delhi, India.
Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Delhi hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention. You will have your questions answered as well as help me and fellow travellers with an improved, useful article.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart 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:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries