The second most populous city in Switzerland is also home to the best hostels in Geneva. Close your eyes and imagine standing by the side of Lake Geneva while enjoying epic views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Yes please!
You only need one hostel, right? Just to be sure, we’ve included 3 that have been handpicked by us.
These are the hostels we’d recommend for our friends and family… and you, dear reader!
Good to know: We’ve also included a hostel in nearby Nyon, a gorgeous town just 22km from Geneva. Stay here if you’d rather not be right in the middle of the tourist area.
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.
Party Hostels in Geneva: Sorry folks, there isn’t a good party hostel in this city! There’s plenty of nightlife though, so we recommend staying at City Hostel Geneva for it’s central location.
Staying in Lausanne: Lausanne is another option as a place to base yourself around Lake Geneva. It’s an easy 30 minute train ride to Geneva. A hostel we recommend in this area is Lausanne Youth Hostel Jeunotel – a great Geneva youth hostel.
Our #1 hostel in Geneva happens to be located right in the centre of the tourist area so it’s super easy to explore from here.
City Hostel Geneva is a modern minimalist accommodation that has all of the comforts you’re after. Whilst it’s pretty simplistic, we rate this highly because of the superb location.
It’s for any traveller that prefers to spend most of their time outside exploring. It’s one of the top Geneva backpackers hostels.
Super cool: Upon check in you’ll be given a transit card which qualifies you for free public transport during your stay!
As we say, the rooms here are pretty basic, yet very clean and comfortable.
You can either sleep in a shared dorm (mixed & single sex) or opt for a single, twin or triple room. Out in the corridor you’ll find huge lockers big enough for your backpack.
Large guest kitchen & dining area
Lounge area w/ vending machines
There aren’t any organised activities or events happening here, so it’s best to choose this hostel if you’re happy pleasing yourself.
Just so you know, there is an elevator here so forget about hauling your luggage up the stairs. Phew!
At the end of every day there is a free English movie shown to keep you entertained on chilly nights in.
Location: It’s an easy 7 minute walk from the main train station to City Hostel Geneva. Need a Geneva hostel near airport? It’s free to reach the hostel from Geneva airport, just grab yourself a Unireso ticket which allows you free public transport for 80 minutes – it will take you 20 minutes. Lake Geneva is just a 5 minute walk away!
Normally we don’t include hotel recommendation in our guides. The reasons are pretty obvious, right? We are Hostelgeeks for a reason!
Yet, as the hostels in Geneva have more of a hotel vibe, we thought we’d throw a hotel in to the mix so that all of your bases are covered.
MEININGER Hotel Genève Centre Charmilles is a brand new property in Geneva and we choose to include it here because of the good reputation MEININGER has over the years. It’s a great budget hotel option.
The cool thing about this hotel is that there is a shared kitchen and dining area for guests.
Travelling with kids? They’ll love the ping pong tunnel table by reception!
Rooms include single, twin, triple, quadruple and family rooms for 5-6 persons. It’s an ideal accommodation for families and couples.
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