21 Best Hostels in Europe – Discover the #1 Hostel in Major European Cities + 5 Star Hostels (you just can’t miss)
We get it: Europe is huge! When backpacking this part of the world you surely want to discover the absolute best hostels in Europe out of the many, many on offer.
That’s where we come in. Only Hostel Geeks such as us can deliver the coolest hostels worth staying in. Why?
Well, we’ve worked hard to find epic 5 star hostels you simply cannot miss. Our team have personally stayed in these hostels and we know many of the European cities like the back of our hand. That means insider tips and tricks! Believe it or not, there are many amazing hostels to be discovered on this continent. Find all 5 star hostels in Europe here.
FYI: This guide includes all of the major, must-visit cities in Europe.
Are these really the top hostels in Europe?
Yes! Oui! Ja! Si!
We’re so confident, in fact, that we’ve included only the #1 most epic and coolest hostel in each major city in Europe.
However! In case you’d like to compare, you’ll find links to our guides to that particular city and country. In each of these guides you’ll find the top 3 hostels, plus party hostels, insider tips, handy map etc. Basically, everything you possibly need to plan a perfect adventure.
Hostel One Notting Hill is one of the top choices for London. It oozes a social and lively atmosphere, in big part thanks to the facility’s overall designs, which were invented by backpackers for backpackers.
This hostel is located in one of London’s most beautiful neighborhoods (Nottinghill), close to the city’s major attractions.
What we like the most about it is how easy it is to meet fellow travelers when you’re there: in addition to their social facilities, the hostel is relatively small with a few beds, which promotes beautiful familiarity between the staff and visitors.
This striking and popular capital city happens to be home to three – yes three – 5 star hostels. The collection is owned and run by the Maverick team, and we just couldn’t limit it to one because they all stand out.
It won’t matter which one you choose because they’re all great, yet they do have differences.
Whoever you are, you’ll have a whopping 78 shared and private rooms to choose from inside a gorgeous 19th century building. It’s the kind of hostel that has everything you need so that you might forget to leave the premises.
Onsite bar, posh cafe, hangout zones, deli-style delicacies – all is here, and more! Up on the 7th floor you’ll find the rooftop terrace which is ideal for enjoying a sunset or two.
To top it off, Roma Termini Central Station is an easy 10-minute walk from the hostel.
Here are a few other guides to help you get the best out of Rome:
So next up we’d like to show you our handy map pinpointing ALL the best hostels in Europe in this guide.
On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:
5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
Other TOP recommendations: Purple
(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups.)
Getting around in Europe
What is the best way to travel to European countries? Well, there are a few different transport options to consider, and it depends on your preferred travel style, budget, and any time constraints you may have.
Once you’re in mainland Europe, it’s pretty easy to move between countries. If you prefer to stay on the ground, there are buses and trains and many affordable flights that get you to your next destination in no time.
We’ve actually written up some handy guides with European transport in mind:
Once you’ve booked your travel and hostel, don’t forget to sort out travel insurance. We recommend Safetywing.
What are the best hostels in Europe for solo travellers?
Obviously, there are many awesome hostels in Europe for solo travellers! If you haven't already found the hostel for you in this guide, check out our collection of the best hostels for solo travellers.
What are the best hostels in Europe for couples?
Once again, there are too many to mention here. Hostels in Europe are really well set up for couples! Think spacious, modern & comfortable private rooms.
You expect us to choose just one?! Sorry folks, but this is impossible, even for Hostelgeeks like us! You see, there are literally THOUSANDS of hostels across Europe. Luckily for you, dear backpacker, many of them love backpackers and have set up their hostel with you in mind. Here are all the best hostels in Europe, in case this collection isn't enough...
Are hostels in Europe safe? What are the safest hostels in Europe?
Absolutely: hostels in Europe are safe. Yet, of course, it pays to do a few things to keep you and your things safe whilst staying in hostels. Have a read of our Are Hostels Safe? 13 Safety Tips guide.
How to find the best hostels in Europe?
All of the best hostels in Europe that you need to know about are right here in this guide! Skip back to our complete list of European destinations to begin your search.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Our website is focused on bringing you a handpicked selection of cool hostels all around the world. Here you can find all our handmade best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.
We'd say, on average, it’s cheaper to travel in Europe than it is in the US. However, if you’re travelling to central and South America, hostel prices drop, and the amenities are quite impressive.
Check out all of our Best Hostels In guides for more detailed hostel prices and info about local transport etc to get a better idea.
How can I travel Europe for free?
Ever considered house sitting? It’s a really fun (and cheap) way of moving around the world. The deal: you housesit and care for pets/plants and enjoy free accommodation. Here is our review of Trusted House Sitters.
What are the best party hostels in Europe for solo travellers?
Oooph, good question - there are many! Here’s a little taster of great party hostels we highly recommend:
We’ve done our best to include the absolute best European hostels in each of the major cities on the continent.
In case we happened to miss your desired location, have a look at our guides to the “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations, including the top 3 hostels + party hostels and insider tips.
Still not found? Or haven’t discovered the best hostel in Europe for you? Then please let us help you. Just drop us a line or leave a comment below and include a fun travel pun!
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