That is if you’re keen for beautiful beaches, boutique design and a cobblestoned old town. Hands up!
Wait until you see the luxurious bunks, bright spaces and relaxing courtyard at our hand-picked hostel selection.
- Koba Hostel – great for solo travellers
- A Room in the City – perfect for female solo travellers
- Koisi Hostel – one for couples
Psst! Older travellers are really going to love the private rooms at our #1 hostel. Keep scrolling to see what we mean.
In fact, all San Sebastian hostels have a huge range of rooms on offer that will impress every traveller type.
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
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in San Sebastian
- best hostels in San Sebastian for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in San Sebastian
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to San Sebastian
Average price for a bed: Hostels in San Sebastian cost 5€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 29€ up to 60€ 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 San Sebastian
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in San Sebastian.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Koba Hostel
As always, we want to “wow” our readers with our #1 recommendation.
That’s why we bring you Koba Hostel; something different, because you don’t want the same as always, right?
This old abandoned car workshop has been transformed into a modern hostel with seriously hip design.
It’s impossible not to feel alive when you’re immersed in big, bright and super clean spaces.
No matter whether you hang out on your bed, or in one of the social spaces, you’ll feel relaxed and at home.
What social spaces are there?
- Dining room & kitchen (huge)
- Outdoor terrace
- Cinema room
Don’t forget that you can also take your sociable vibes outside with you, too.
Rent a bike from the hostel and explore the 3 beaches connected by bike lanes. Cool! They also rent surfboards and wetsuits if you like playing in the waves.
When the time comes to revive your energy, let excitement arise.
Each room has been created with love and privacy in mind. From mixed and female-only dorms to double, twin and family privates – no-one is left out.
Other little perks include free breakfast and 24 hour reception.
Location: Just 200m from La Zurriola Beach in the cool Gros neighbourhood. The city centre is also a short walk from the hostel.
This is one of the best hostels in San Sebastian for
- Solo travellers
2. A Room in the City
Are you feeling super sociable and in need of a privacy pod to recharge your batteries?
In that case, look no further than A Room in the City!
As part of Convent Garden, this open and social space invites you to live and enjoy the local urban culture.
To help you with this, there is a restaurant, bar and terrace to take advantage of. There really is no need to go anywhere else.
It would be rude not to make space for the room selection on offer here. It’s seriously impressive:
- 6, 8 and 12-bed mixed dorms
- 6-bed female dorm
- Twin private (shared & private bathrooms)
- Quadruple rooms (shared & private bathrooms)
Again: the pod-style bunks in shared dorms are great for privacy!
Common facilities includes a living room, library/TV room and a dining room with basics such as a microwave and kettle.
During summer months (July to September) the staff go that extra mile and organise fun activities.
Join a Pintxo cooking class, the ‘ciderhouse experience’ or discover new spots in town during a morning jog.
Location: Situated in the historical part of the city, 10 minutes along the seaside to the Old Town. This is where great nightlife and food can be found. La Concha beach is just 3 minutes by foot.
This is one of the best hostels in San Sebastian for
- Female solo travellers
3. Koisi Hostel
Flashpackers, Koisi Hostel is calling you!
Looking for high quality and value accommodation, good vibes and passionate travellers?
You’ve found the right place. Let us tell you why.
Ok well firstly, the rooms will have you on Instagram all day if you’re not careful, showing off the clever, modern design.
Once again there are options galore, from mixed dorms to deluxe family rooms.
Yet there are more commonalities than differences: ensuite bathroom, bright spaces, air-con and super comfy beds to name a few.
Secondly, this hostel has a cosy bar with homemade cakes and great coffee.
Enjoy the chef’s famous tortilla out on the terrace and sip on a cold local beer. Sounds like a good way to digest the day if you ask us.
If that’s not enough, there’s also:
- Bike rental
- Board games
- Book exchange
Location: Koisi is in El Antiguo, in a peaceful and elegant area. Fun attractions such as Ondarreta Beach, Concha Bay and Palacio Miramar are all within easy reach of the hostel.
This is one of the best hostels in San Sebastian for
- Older travellers
What about cheapest hostels in San Sebastian?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
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 San Sebastian.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in San Sebastian
- 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.
Best Hostels in San Sebastian for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in San Sebastian for solo-travellers?
Luckily for you, all 3 of the hostels in this guide are great for solo travellers. Trust us!
Let’s put it simply for you so you can save precious time.
- Overall best hostel for solo travellers: Koba Hostel (social spaces)
- Best hostel for female solo travellers: A Room in the City (luxury female dorms, activities)
- Best hostel for older solo travellers: Koisi Hostel (modern & peaceful location)
Best Surf Hostel AND Party Hostel San Sebastian?
No doubt by now you understand that San Sebastian is a top destination for surfing.
For those of you that are heading there specifically for that, we’ve found a great surf hostel you’ll love.
In fact, we also deem this to be the best party hostel San Sebastian has to offer.
Let us introduce you to Surfing Etxea.
Located by La Zurriola beach, it’s a 2-minute walk to the surf, city centre and old town. You’ll be positively spoilt!
- Surf lessons & rentals
- SUP + kayak tours
- Bikes/skates rental
- Bar Bistro
- Relaxing terrace
Beautiful shared dorms have sturdy bunks and huge windows – a perfect place to relax at the end of a long day.
Just bear in mind this isn’t technically a party hostel. We couldn’t really find one anywhere in the city!
It’s the onsite bar, cool location and fun activities that give Surfing Etxea big potential for a fun time.
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:
- Koba Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- A Room in the City: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Koisi Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Surfing Etxea: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of San Sebastian 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 San Sebastian. 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 San Sebastian 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 you’ve to know in this list:
- Zurriola hondartza
- Miramar Palace
- Basílica de Santa María del Coro
- La Concha Beach
- Good Shepherd of San Sebastián Cathedral
- Plaza Gipuzkoa
Flights to San Sebastian?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over San Sebastian.
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 San Sebastian.
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Over to you
Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?
Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome San Sebastian hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.
Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!
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