It’s a wonderful city to visit if you’re into architecture, museums and a pretty hot music scene. Oh, and food!
Glasgow arguably has the best eateries in Scotland. It’s not all just haggis, but delicious pies and arty brasseries, too.
We’ve done the hard work for you and found the absolute COOLEST hostels in Glasgow.
- Euro Hostel – top pick for groups
- Alba Hostel – great for female solo travelers
- Glasgow Youth Hostel – perfect for solo travelers
Alongside fun backpackers Glasgow, this city has quite a big selection of guest houses. We’ve included a few for couples and families.
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
This collection is part of the best hostels in Scotland guide – including Edinburgh hostels.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Glasgow
- best hostels in Glasgow for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Glasgow
- top hostels for couples
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Glasgow
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Glasgow cost 10€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 27€ up to 72€ 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 Glasgow Scotland
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Glasgow.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Euro Hostel Glasgow
It has to be said that Glaswegians know how to have a good time, and that’s evident at Euro Hostel Glasgow.
You’ll quickly agree that this is a budget option that offers hotel quality accommodation. Ideal for Glasgow backpackers!
Though we wouldn’t call this a party hostel, it has seriously good vibes.
Down in the Mint & Lime bar is where you’ll find food and drink deals, a pool table, cocktails and games machines.
Of course there is also free WiFi – it wouldn’t be complete without it, right?
We suggest forking out £5 to enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast.
Note: the bar is open to non-guests from 11am onwards. It’s open every day of the week.
But fear not; it’s still possible to get a good night sleep here.
Firstly, let’s have a sneaky peak at the room options:
- 4, 8 and 14-bed mixed dorms
- 4 and 14-bed female dorm
- Double, twin and triple private rooms
- 4 person private
- 8-bed VIP suite
All of the rooms are on the higher floors. This means it’s quiet (when you want it to be).
We’re sure you’re going to appreciate the big, bright space of each room. A personal socket by the bed is an added bonus.
For sure, Euro offers some of the best rooms in Glasgow city centre and coolest dorms in Glasgow.
If you’d rather save money, there is a fully fitted kitchen on-site. There’s a nifty chill out room too if you’d rather not spend all day in the bar.
Luckily for you, reception is open 24 hours a day.
What are you waiting for; find links below to book this fun backpackers hostel Glasgow.
Location: Right in the city centre, overlooking the River Clyde. It’s the closest hostel to Glasgow central station.
This is one of the best hostels in Glasgow for
2. Alba Hostel Glasgow
Alba Hostel is a charming and peaceful home located in a quiet neighbourhood in the West End of Glasgow.
The building itself was built 100 years ago.
It’s beautiful sure, but it’s certainly not the best thing about this place.
Without doubt, it’s the hospitable owner and staff!
Important: don’t mistake this hostel for Alba Lodge Glasgow.
Prepare to be made very welcome and at home seconds after walking in the door. They’re super knowledgeable, so don’t be shy in asking for tips.
What else stands out:
- No curfew
- Lounge/chill out area
- Outdoor seating
- Free parking
- Self catering kitchen
For a few extra coins you can opt in for a yummy continental breakfast.
There is a range of dorms that have 4, 6 and 8-beds. The 6-bed female only dorm comes with a private bathroom.
Note: private rooms consist of twin and triple options, no double.
Location: It’s just a 10-minute train ride to the city centre, Loch Lomond and the Highlands of Scotland. Alba is the closest hostel to the airport, around 4 miles. It’s much better than Scotia airport hotel which is around 1 mile away.
This is one of the best hostels in Glasgow for
- Female solo travellers
3. Glasgow Youth Hostel
Thirdly, we introduce you to Glasgow Youth Hostel – a great option for solo travellers that enjoy social vibes.
This is your chance to stay in a gorgeous Victorian townhouse closeby to the lively West End.
So, where to drop your bags? Let us show you:
- 8-bed male-only and female-only dorms
- 4 bed private room
- 6-bed self contained apartment
- Twin private
- Basic double room
- Single private
How often do you come across a male dorm and single room under one roof? Never, that’s how often!
Oh and EVERY room comes with an ensuite. Perfect.
Once you’ve settled in, head down to the common area to meet others or just relax.
Enjoy a game of pool and have a look at all the posters that advertise upcoming events in the area. You’re bound to find plenty of live music!
FYI: there are numerous bars and restaurants within easy reach from here.
Location: Overlooking Kelvingrove Park, close to the Art Gallery & Museum and West End.
This is one of the best hostels in Glasgow for
- Solo travellers
What about Cheapest Hostels in Glasgow?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
Though there are cheap hotels in Glasgow City Centre, forget looking for a Glasgow hotel.
However, we think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there either.
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 Glasgow.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Glasgow
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
If you’re set on finding a cheap room Glasgow, we’ve found a few Glasgow cheap accommodation options for you:
- Tartan Lodge – wide range of dorms & kitchen (best cheap hostel Glasgow offers)
- Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel – single rooms only
- Clyde Hostel – close to nightlife, for ages 18-35
Best Hostels in Glasgow for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Glasgow for solo-travellers?
Here’s a quick recap so you can save more time:
- Best hostel for Solo Travellers: Glasgow Youth Hostel
- Best hostel for Female Solo Travellers: Alba Hostel
- Best hostel for Solo Social Butterflies: Euro Hostel
Party Hostels in Glasgow
Looking for the best party hostels in Glasgow?
Let us break this to you gently; there aren’t any great party hostels. Uh oh!
Tip: search for party apartments Glasgow for private options around the city ideal for groups.
Instead, we suggest booking your stay with Euro Hostel.
Though not technically a party hostel, there is a bar on the ground floor. They offer wonderful drink and food deals, and open their doors to locals as well as guests.
When you’ve had enough, head to the higher floors and enjoy peace and quiet.
Best Guest Houses for Couples
As we mentioned earlier, Glasgow has a collection of guest houses which can be a good option for couples and families looking for more privacy.
It does mean less social vibes, which is worth bearing in mind.
Tip: head on over to the bar at Euro Hostel if you’re keen to meet other travellers.
We found two good options to have a look at.
McLays Guest House
The range of rooms at McLays Guest House include twin, double, quad and family options.
Some of them have an ensuite, whilst others share a bathroom.
Enjoy those hotel perks such as a TV, tea/coffee making facilities, towels and heating.
There’s a free breakfast and it’s a short walking distance to all the main attractions of the city.
Hampton Court Guest House
Hampton Court Guest House is a family run place in a traditional townhouse building.
Rooms include single, twin, triple and double rooms.
Reception is open 24/7 and filled with lovely, helpful staff. You’ll love them even more when you hear that breakfast is included!
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:
- Euro Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Alba Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Glasgow Youth Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Glasgow 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 Glasgow. 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.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Glasgow 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.
We also included the main tourist attractions and Glasgow top sights you’ve to know in this list:
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- Glasgow Cathedral
- Riverside Museum
- Glasgow Botanic Gardens
- George Square
- Glasgow Green
Flights to Glasgow?
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.
Where are the best hotels in Glasgow UK?
Well readers, hopefully this entire guide will answer this question for you.
Skip back to the 3 best hostels in Glasgow and have a read through our collection. They’re great for solo travellers, backpackers, couples and female solo travellers.
What is the best neighborhood for tourists to stay in Glasgow UK?
Central District is by far the best area to stay in. It’s comprised of 3 main areas: Financial, Theatre and Merchant districts.
This is where you can enjoy nightlife, museums, architecture and all of the main attractions of Glasgow city.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
We want to throw our hat into the ring: Hostelgeeks.com
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.
Other than our website, Hostelworld is always a great resource and booking platform too.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Glasgow – the best of Glasgow is right here.
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Over to you
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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