We at Hostelgeeks have done the hard work for you.
Save time and energy; read through this guide and find the only hostels worth knowing in Frankfurt.
Frankfurt hostels are modern, comfortable and safe. Great for solo travellers, couples and backpackers.
- Five Elements Hostel – top pick for solo travelers
- a&o Frankfurt Ostend – great for families
- MEININGER Frankfurt/Main Messe – perfect for backpackers
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Looking for 5 Star Hostels? Sadly, there isn’t one in Frankfurt.
However! We’ve written a huge guide to the best hostels in Germany – 5 star hostels included.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Frankfurt
- best hostels in Frankfurt for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Frankfurt
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Frankfurt
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Frankfurt cost 14€ – 21€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 40€ up to 70€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
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.
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
The 3 Best Hostels in Frankfurt
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Frankfurt.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Five Elements Hostel Frankfurt
It’s important to us that you feel the difference in our chosen #1 hostel Frankfurt Germany – you certainly will at 5Elements Hostel.
Honestly, it’s no wonder that travellers come here time and time again.
This is the place to be if you want fun activities, a 24/7 bar and tons of freebies.
It also happens to be one of the hostels near Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof train station.
There’s actually a lot to mention, so here’s a handy list of inclusions to show you:
- FREE tea & coffee, WiFi, activities
- FREE homemade dinners
- Daily events (cooking, pub crawl, beer tasting)
- Pool table & foosball
- DVDs and games
By now it’s pretty obvious that this is a social hostel.
Therefore, solo travellers will have an easy peasy time meeting people and spreading happy vibes.
Like we said, the bar is open 24 hours a day. And there is even free beer tasting!
If you’re keen to check out Kaiser Street market speak with staff and join a group exploration.
Breakfast: No free breakfast, sorry. A full spread can be enjoyed for 6,50 EUR.
Dorm rooms come with 3, 4, 6 and 8-beds – choose the size that suits you best.
Of course with every great hostel comes with a female-only dorm. This one has 6-beds.
Otherwise, enjoy privacy in a single, twin or double private option.
One good thing to note is that there are no privacy curtains here. The personal bed light helps heaps, though.
Location: Don’t tell your parents – you’ll be sleeping in the middle of the RED LIGHT DISTRICT! One of the best areas for food and clubs. The city centre is a 15-minute walk, the main train station is less than 5.
This is one of the best hostels in Frankfurt for
- Solo travellers
- Female solo travellers
2. a&o Frankfurt Ostend
Next up we have a top modern design hostel that has so many inclusions, you might decide to spend your entire Frankfurt adventure inside the four walls!
Well, maybe. Let’s tempt you with a&o Frankfurt Ostend, regardless.
When a hostel states that you’re allowed to bring your dog (private rooms only), you know this is worth checking out.
Read: Pets at 5 Star Hostels
It’s a big place (226 rooms), with the emphasis on private rooms rather than dorms. The only shared room is a 6-bed mixed dorm.
Whilst it’s a perfectly nice room, the private rooms stand out to us and I’m sure they will for you, too.
Families and small groups should check out the:
- Triple room
- Quadruple room
- Family room for 4
- Family room for 6
What’s even better is that families can keep their children entertained in the kids play area.
For remote workers on the move, enjoy the dedicated workspace and meeting rooms.
And for those just looking to relax, enjoy the free WiFi, snack bar and pool table.
There is so much space to stretch out in!
Location: It’s 20-minutes from Main Central Station and HBF. The nearby tram connects you to all of the main areas and sights.
This is one of the best hostels in Frankfurt Germany for
- Small groups
3. MEININGER Frankfurt/Main Messe
It’s all in the name at MEININGER Hotel Frankfurt Main Messe.
Well, not ALL; there is actually a lot more worth knowing about this place than just the destination.
Firstly, it’s chilled and full of bright colours to bring out that happy vibe in you.
Secondly, it’s spacious and designed with travellers in mind.
It’s very similar to many boutique hotels around europe. With hostel vibes!
There is a great communal kitchen with all of the necessities, and tons of dining space which can also be used as a general hang out.
Not to mention the cute little bar that is open 24/7 and offers yummy cocktails!
For less than 10 EURO you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast each morning.
Note: there is a sister hostel called Meininger Frankfurt Main/Airport – perfect for quick stops in the city close to the Frankfurt airport (main airport).
If you’re looking for a simple, minimalist shared room, you’ll like the 6-bed mixed dorm.
It comes with huge lockers and a desk space.
In fact, all of the rooms come with an ensuite at MEININGER.
Private rooms include twin, double, triple and quad. Note that the double is meant for only one person.
In case you have any burning questions or are arriving late; there is a 24 hour reception.
Location: A 10-minute walk from Messe S-Bahn and 5-minutes from the Frankfurt Messe Exhibition Centre. Within a quiet location not far from the city centre.
This is one of the best hostels in Frankfurt for
What about cheapest hostels in Frankfurt?
Of course, there are always ways to find a cheap hostel in Frankfurt if you’re visiting Frankfurt on a budget.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Frankfurt.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Frankfurt
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Couple of cheap hostels in Frankfurt which you might consider include:
Best Hostels in Frankfurt for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Frankfurt for solo-travellers?
We’re going to point you right back in the direction of Five Elements Hostel.
Now you’re beginning to understand why this hostel has reached the #1 spot, right?
It’s a great all-rounder for solo travellers as a whole, because…
- There’s tons to get involved in if you’re social
- Female solo travellers can sleep in an ladies only dorm
- Relax with no pressure if you prefer doing your own thing
There is also the option of choosing MEINGINGER Hotel Frankfurt/Main Messe if you prefer a quieter environment that attracts an older type.
Party Hostels in Frankfurt
It’s time to let the good times flow and discover the best party hostel Frankfurt has to offer!
There’s no doubt about it; Five Elements Hostel is where it’s at.
Step inside and discover fun events that encourage everyone to participate and a bar that’s open around the clock.
Yep, it has party written all over it.
Remember: it’s located in the Red Light District!
When you’re full on homemade dinner and have beat your mate at pool, join the pub crawl and experience Frankfurt nightlife.
Thanks to the range of small and bigger dorms, you can look forward to a quiet night’s rest when you need it.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Five Elements Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- a&o Frankfurt Ostend: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- MEININGER Frankfurt/Main Messe: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Frankfurt best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Frankfurt. I know, it’s a pity. 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.
Enjoy an Airbnb 35 EURO coupon on us.
All 3 Hostels put on a Map + Sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Frankfurt hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
What about cool things to do in Frankfurt?
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Main Tower
- Frankfurt Cathedral
- Iron Bridge
Flights to Frankfurt?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Frankfurt.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Frankfurt.
Read: full guide to the absolute best hostels in Germany – which is your favourite hostel in Germany?
We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations in Germany:
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- best hostels in Munich
- best hostels in Berlin – with Berlin boutique hostel Wallyard Concept Hostel
- best hostels in Hamburg
- Lollis Homestay Hostel in Dresden
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Over to you
This brings us to the end of our guide to wonderful hostels Frankfurt hostels has to offer.
So, we’d love to know which hostel in Frankfurt Germany is your favourite. This collection is part of a great selection of Germany hostels.
Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Frankfurt hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
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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