Handpicked by us, the Hostelgeeks: you’re in for a real treat if you love sandy feet, infinity pools and unique dorm rooms.
This guide covers all of the main destinations and must-see areas. From Santorini and Athens, to Crete and Rhodes.
Are these really the best hostels in Greece?
When there are five 5 star hostels to be found, there’s no doubt. 100% YES!
For those that want to skip straight to the Crème de la Crème, they are:
- Caveland Santorini
- MyCocoon Hostel Mykonos
- STAY Hostel Rhodes
- Cocoon City Hostel Chania
- City Circus Athens
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List of Destinations with the Best Hostels in Greece
Swimsuit, camera and sunscreen at the ready; let’s get this show on the road and save precious time for the beach.
The destinations we cover in this guide, in no particular order, are:
- Athens (5 star hostel)
- Crete (5 star hostel)
- Rhodes (5 star hostel)
- Santorini (5 star hostel)
- Mykonos (5 star hostel)
We put all hostels and backpacker places in Greece on this big hostel map. It will help a lot of planning your Greece Backpacking trip.
Best Hostels in Athens
This capital city is a real mix of ancient and modern world, a treat for historian lovers and solo travellers.
If you’re looking for epic Greece hostels, look no further. We’ve handpicked 3 outstanding options for you:
For even more cool hostels check out our full guide to the best hostels in Athens.
1. City Circus
The quirky design at City Circus is full of character, and offers fantastic views of the Acropolis from a private rooftop terrace.
It’s no wonder then that this is a 5 star hostel in Athens!
With this in mind, it’s just 5-minutes from the vibrant city and area of Monasteraki.
Get sociable with the nightly events and enjoy a range of dorms that come with an ensuite.
Every guest is also entitled to a 10% discount at nearby Zampano restaurant. Score!
2. Bed Station
Spread over 5 floors, Bed Station offers plenty of space for digital nomads and backpackers.
And guess what? This hostel also has a rooftop with awesome views over the Acropolis!
The rooms are lovely and intimate, with a maximum of 4-beds. There’s even a coffee machine in the room so you can enjoy your morning in bed.
3. Bedbox Hostel
It’s the rooms that really stand out at Bedbox Hostel, possibly why it’s also part of the hostel name!
Not only is there a female dorm, but a male dorm also. As for the 4-bed mixed? It happens to have double beds perfect for sociable couples.
Oh and the lockers are huge.
Enjoy an on-site bar, outdoor terrace and fully fitted kitchen if you fancy cooking.
Best Hostels in Meteora
Meteora is actually the name of a large UNESCO rock formation in central Greece. It’s home to six monasteries built on immense natural pillars and boulders – certainly worth seeing and voted as one of the most beautiful places in Greece!
Nearby to this jaw-clenching view are two great hostels:
1. Meteora Central Hostel
Meteora Central Hostel is a beautiful boutique hostel nestled in a renovated house from the 1950s.
From the backyard area there is a view of the Meteora rocks. It’s the perfect place for an evening BBQ or cup of coffee.
The family that run this hostel also own the cafe bar right next door. Their hospitality will make you feel at home in no time!
It’s just 400m from the train station which links to Meteora rocks and Athens.
2. The Holy Rock
Set at the foot of the Meteora peaks in a village called Kalambaka is The Holy Rock hostel.
There is a total of 28 beds spread over basic dorms.
Dump your bags and enjoy the social spaces instead. There is a balcony, lounge, atrium and backyard. There’s also a shared kitchen and TV if you feel like lounging.
Best Hostels in Thessaloniki: Stay Hybrid Hostel
This downtown joint is hip, safe, cozy and part of the urban life and music scene. It’s evident in the design!
Whether you’re a solo traveller, part of a couple or family, there is a great room option for you. The 4-bed mixed dorm also has disability access. Fantastic.
The rooftop offers great space and views. There is also a shared kitchen.
Several great bars and taverns are close-by. Just across the street you’ll find a family friendly restaurant.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Crete
Let’s now head to the birthplace of Zeus and the largest island in Greece. From fine-sand beaches to white mountains, including well known Mt. Ida.
We’d like to introduce you to some great hostels in Heraklion (the capital of Crete) and Chania.
This collection also includes a fabulous 5 star hostel, Cocoon City Hostel.
- So Young Hostel (Heraklion)
- Intra Muros Boutique Hostel (Heraklion)
- Cocoon City Hostel (Chania)
- Kumba Hostel (Chania)
1. So Young Hostel
The best hostel in Heraklion, So Young Hostel, is centrally located and offers a stylish, boutique design with eco-friendly materials.
Mixed dorm rooms are cosy with 6-8 beds. Female solo travellers can opt for a ladies only room, with either 4 or 6 beds. Each bed has a curtain and sturdy ladder. Couples also have the option of a private double with ensuite.
By far the best place to chill is on the rooftop terrace. Sun, laze and meet people here – easy.
There is a free bus to Amoudara beach from here. Great nightlife and shops are surrounding the hostel, so getting around is easy.
2. Intra Muros Boutique Hostel
Coming in a close second is the slightly more sociable Intra Muros Boutique Hostel.
The rooftop area is superb – the ideal place to enjoy a sunset beer with new friends.
What else is there?
- Indoor & outdoor lounge areas
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Instruments & board games
- Book exchange
Rooms are large, bright and come with a privacy curtain, linen and towel. Bonus! Get ready for the best night’s sleep of your hostel life.
3. Cocoon City Hostel – 5 Star Hostel
Vivid colours and shapes are what initially catch your eye at Cocoon City Hostel. It’s modern, stylish and rather hip!
A coffee bar and big shared kitchen space are what make this 5 star hostel friendly and sociable. It’s also ideal for reading a book or catching up with your work.
Enjoy a 5-minute stroll to the Chania harbour. It happens to be the place for buzzing nightlife and great food.
Honestly, there is so much more to say. Best you have a read of the full guide to Cocoon City Hostel.
4. Kumba Hostel
When an African girl and a Cretan guy decide to open a hostel together, you get Kumba Hostel!
Spaces are divided across:
- 5 dorms (pod beds)
- 6 private rooms (large space)
- Cafe bar (best coffee in town)
Located in the heart of Chania, it’s a short walk to Kapi beach and the Venetian Harbour. Central locations are the best and this one is top notch.
Best Hostels in Corfu: Local Hostel & Suites
Despite Corfu being a popular destination with lots of hostels on offer, we decided on just one recommendation!
Reminder: we ONLY include hostels we’d recommend to our friends and family, alongside our readers.
So if you’re heading to Corfu, choose Local Hostel & Suites – simple as that.
It’s rather different from other hostels in that the rooms come with a kitchen and common area right beside the beds. This gives it a shared house kind of feel.
Room choices are large. From male and female-only dorms, to smaller 4-bed dorms and double private.
It’s a handy 20-minute stroll or short bus ride from the port.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Best Hostels in Rhodes: Stay Hostel Rhodes (5 Star Hostel)
Ready for a rooftop massage and another 5 star hostel in Greece? Welcome to Stay Hostel Rhodes.
There’s a lot to say so let us sum it up nicely for you. Get ready for:
- Fun social activities (yoga, souvlaki nights, live music, excursions)
- Library & board games
- Big common kitchen
- Garden terrace
- Hostel bar
Topped off with beautiful design, central location and great staff, you won’t regret staying here. But you may regret not staying for long enough.
Best Hostels in Santorini
We envy you if you’re heading to Santorini. What a destination it is with beautiful beaches and a 5 star hostel that’s out of this world!
Get ready for sunrise yoga, sleeping in a cave and island luxury on a budget.
The best hostels in Greece Santorini are:
1. Caveland – 5 Star Hostel
Forget hours of research on where to stay in Santorini: choose Caveland!
This former winery is now a unique accommodation where beds are found in caves and chilled vibes hang out by the huge swimming pool.
Not only that, but there are many activities to sign up for including communal dinners and volcano tours. Just make sure you fill up on the free buffet breakfast for a big day ahead!
Caveland is a short 5-minute drive to the capital of Fira Town.
2. Bedspot Hostel
Having only opened its doors in 2019, Bedspot Hostel is certainly modern and crisp in design. It’s beautifully Greek with white-washed walls and a flat rooftop!
Every room has an ensuite, and they are kept cosy with 4-8 beds. Couples with love the double room.
Soak in the jacuzzi or catch some rays on the rooftop terrace. It’s a hard choice, we know.
3. Fira Backpackers Place
Backpackers rejoice at this wonderful hostel that easily connects to all the highlights of Fira.
Fira Backpackers Place is metres from the main square, and has great bus links to nearby beaches.
Dorm rooms come with 4-10 beds and include a fridge and adjoined washrooms. Upgrade to a private and enjoy your very own balcony.
Wash your bag-drobe for free and chill out in the common area with TV.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Best Hostels in Mykonos
In this collection we’ve found a balance of party, relaxation and a peaceful stay in Mykonos.
Whether you’re after a beach paradise or thumping music, we’ve got you covered.
Your answer on where to stay in Mykonos is right here. The best hostels in Greece Mykonos are:
Read: full guide to the best hostels in Mykonos.
1. Mycocoon Hostel – 5 Star Hostel
Easily the best choice in Mykonos is Mycocoon Hostel.
Let’s not beat around the bush. It’s a 5 star hostel because…
- Outdoor infinity pool
- Unique room design
- Outdoor bar w/ terrace
- Best view around
Small groups are certainly suited to the dorm rooms, which can be privately booked.
Just make sure you have your Instagram ready at all times for this one.
2. Paraga Beach Hostel
Love the beach and camp vibe when exploring a new place? Paraga Beach Hostel is the one for you in that case.
Set up your own tent or stay in one their prefabricated tents with electricity, cement floor and security box.
There are also standard private and dorm rooms on offer, if you prefer.
Smile to your heart’s content thanks to the pool bar, swimming pool and access to the beach beside it.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
3. Artemoula’s Studios
Artemoula’s Studios has not one but two outdoor pools with a fantastic view of the sea and surrounding area.
To entice you further, there is free access to a gym and internet corner with computers.
Enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for saving money and cooking during your stay.
Platis Yialos Beach is just 300m away. That means you can expect a bit more peace and quiet.
All Best Hostels in Greece on a Map
Below we have put ALL of the best hostels in Greece mentioned in this article on a map.
That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!
We’ve marked them as follows:
- 5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
- Design Hostels: Blue
- Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
- Other recommendations: Purple
(View full sized map here)
More Hostels in Europe
There are many, many awesome hostels in Europe to be discovered and enjoyed, including out-of-this-world 5 star hostels.
Easy: find all of the best hostels in Europe here.
We’ve gone one step further and created these awesome guides to nearby destinations to Greece:
- best hostels in Malta
- best hostels in Yerevan, Armenia
- best hostels in Tel Aviv, Isreal
- best hostels in Instanbul, Turkey – with #Bunk Hostel Taksim
- best hostels in Skopje, Macedonia
Destination not Listed?
Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of these unique budget accommodations with you.
Make sure you check out our guides “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Greece. Which of the best hostels in Greece have you fallen in love with? Let us know!
It is an incredibly beautiful collection of islands!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
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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