3 Best Hostels in Sofia, Bulgaria – A Honest Guide to the Best (and the Worst)

3 Best Hostels in Sofia, Bulgaria

Are you eager and ready to discover the best hostels in Sofia? So are we!

Well not quite, because we’ve already done our part by collecting the absolute very hostels Sofia has to offer so you don’t have to.

All that’s left for you to do is scroll through this guide at you leisure and find the hostel suited to you.

As the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria, Sofia has lots to offer the adventurous traveller. Make sure you check out our map which is full of places to explore and marvel at.

Planning to travel around Bulgaria? We have a detailed guide to the best hostels in Bulgaria.

Your shortcut:

  1. Hostel Mostel – perfect for couples
  2. Ivory Tower Hostel – ideal for backpackers
  3. Vintage Central Hostel – top pick for solo travellers

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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

Overall, the hostels here are quiet, cosy and extremely well located. You definitely won’t spend a fortune and you can look forward to the usual comforts plus some added extras.

What we cover in this article?

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Sofia

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Sofia cost 7€ – 12€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 18€ up to 35€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Sofia

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Sofia.

  1. Hostel Mostel
  2. Ivory Tower Hostel
  3. Vintage Central Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Vintage Central Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Ivory Tower Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:Hostel 123
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Hostel Mostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hostel Mostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: 5 Vintage Guest House
🎒 For Backpackers:Ivory Tower Hostel

1. Hostel Mostel

The cosy Hostel Mostel is a top choice if you’re looking for affordable private rooms and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is a mix of shared (8-bed mixed dorm) and private rooms available here, though we recommend couples to opt for this hostel because of the lovely double rooms.

Other private room types include single, triple, quad and a four bedroom apartment which sleeps eight – ideal for groups and families.

“For artistic travelers who want make a performance at the hostel we offer a free night stay!”

It’s enticing straight away – we know there are so many travelling artists amongst you for sure!

And the freebies don’t stop there. Stay at Mostel and you’ll enjoy:

  • FREE all-you-can-eat breakfast incl. WAFFLES!
  • FREE vegetarian dinner & beer in the evening
  • FREE Wifi (unlimited high-speed)
  • FREE use of modern kitchen

No doubt the pool table will keep you and your travelling buddies entertained for hours, too!

When you need to take a load off, head to the comfy, spacious common area to relax and get a conversation going.

From here the center of Sofia is a 5-minute walk, so you’ll easily find the main attractions and explore without getting too lost.

To top it off there is no curfew or lockout, so you’re free to enjoy the nightlife without having to watch the time.

This is one of the best hostels in Sofia for

  • Couples
  • Older travellers
  • Groups
Book Hostel Mostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Ivory Tower Hostel

Ivory Tower Hostel is definitely a go-to if you’re a backpacker that enjoys a quiet, intimate hostel.

To help with keeping the atmosphere cosy and not overcrowded, this property offers 4 rooms, one with three beds and three with four beds.

Just to clarify, there are only shared dorms here.

And the best bit? Instead of bunkbeds everyone gets their own single bed!

The furniture and overall design is minimalist, allowing for more space for your belongings and so that:

“The rooms have more space to be filled by the personalities of our guests!”

Bonus: Pay a few extra coins and you can have a breakfast before you head out and explore.

Reception is open 24/7 so checking in is easier and you’ll have that added sense of security.

Luckily for you if you stay here you’ll be right above a pizzeria. That’s dinner sorted.

The onsite kitchen and living area provide an opportunity to say hello to new faces and share food or a drink.

In just a few minutes by foot you can reach Sofia central and all of the must-see attractions of the city. Easy.

This is one of the best hostels in Sofia for

  • Backpackers
  • Female solo travellers
Book Ivory Tower Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Vintage Central Hostel

The newly opened Vintage Central Hostel wins top place for design, despite being third place in this guide.

Gorgeously warm and full to the brim with vintage style, we love the vibe here, especially in the common area.

Grab your favourite drink from the mini bar and plonk yourself down on one of the retro arm chairs. Let out a big sigh of relief and reeeelax.

The hostel works closely with awesome local guides, offering a free city/history tour for guests every day!

Make sure you have a chat with the friendly staff as they can set you up with plenty more interesting activities whilst you’re in town.

What room types are on offer here?

  • 4-bed mixed dorm
  • Standard twin (shared bathroom)
  • Deluxe 4-bed private (shared bathroom)

Once again, there are no bunkbeds in the dorms here, woohoo!

Breakfast is not included but it is possible to order if you don’t mind spending a few extra coins.

An absolute top reason to stay here would be for the location. Right in the city centre area next to Serdika metro station, which offers direct access to the airport and main attractions within a few hundred metres.

Last but not least, reception is open 24/7 and there is no curfew.

This is one of the best hostels in Sofia for

  • Solo travellers
Book Vintage Central Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Sofia?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget hotels!

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 Sofia.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Sofia
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

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 Sofia for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Sofia for solo-travellers?

Well, we’d stick with our #3 choice and say Vintage Central Hostel is the one.

They help settle you in with a free city/history tour, and the mini bar and lounge are ideal for hanging out with new friends.

As you’ll be located right in the middle of Sofia, it’s easy to explore on your own and even easier to head out in the evening for dinner and drinks.

Basically, whether you’re a social solo traveller or prefer keeping yourself to yourself, Vintage is set up to support you in having an enjoyable stay.

Book Vintage Central Hostel here

Compare prices and check availability at: Hostelworld

Vintage Central Hostel is one of the best hostels in Sofia, Bulgaria

Party Hostels in Sofia

Sorry folks, there isn’t really what you’d call a party hostel Sofia.

But never fear, for Sofia is home to awesome nightlife with a range of diverse dance bars, clubs and pubs!

What we suggest is booking yourself in to any one of our top 3 hostels in this guide.

Why? They are all centrally located and within 5 minute walk from the centre of town where the top nightlife spots can be found.

If we were to choose one, we’d go with Vintage Central Hostel mainly because they have a little mini bar onsite – the perfect place to get the night started.

However, if you prefer to head home to a quiet hostel, definitely book your stay at Ivory Tower Hostel. The small single bed dorms are an absolute lifesaver.

Book Vintage Central Hostel here

Check reviews: Hostelworld | Hostelz.com

Vintage Central Hostel is one of the best hostels in Sofia, Bulgaria

Hostel N1 – Be Aware

This is not a usual thing for us to do, but when we’re alerted to dodgy hostel activity we feel obliged to let our readers know! When looking on the leading hostel booking portals Hostelworld and Hostelz.com, you will see Hostel N1 as #1 top rated…but, we do not agree here!

Here we wish to alert you of Hostel N1 and the owner’s manipulation of guests and ratings on booking portals.

We recieved an email from a traveller sharing with us her very negative and somewhat shocking experience here.

Basically, the owner bribes travellers to give 10 point reviews in exchange for free services and perks like a free drink. We found many Hostelworld reviews that clearly show this.

And when you upset them with honesty, it’s likely you may receive verbal abuse in return… please see screenshots below.

Obviously this is nothing a backpacker feels comfortable with. It is totally unaligned with what is means to be a welcoming, honest and safe hostel.

The fact that reviews are bribed also does not give an honest and clear overview of the hostel itself. It’s impossible to know if it is actually any good until you get there!

So, therefore, we recommend skipping N1 Hostel in Sofia and saving yourself any potential unwanted hassle.

Update: Hostelz updated their rating for N1 and it is no longer #1 top rated there.


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More Hostels worth a mention

You know us; we can’t help ourselves when we find yet more cool accommodation!

FYI: Unfortunately, Canape Connection Hostel has permanently closed.

5 Vintage Guest House

We’d like to add 5 Vintage Guest House in to the mix even though it technically isn’t a hostel.

Why do we love it?

  1. Stunning design
  2. Gorgeous array of private rooms
  3. Homely communal areas

This is an ideal stay for digital nomads as well as couples and solo travellers that enjoy their own space.

There’s no doubt some of you just will not be able to resist just as we couldn’t!

Book 5 Vintage Guest House here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com

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Hostel 123

Hostel 123 is an excellent hostel for many reasons, including:

“Our passion is : to make our house full with friends; to make our city one that you will fill at home; to make our country one that you will love.”

Some of the perks to staying here include:

  • Garden & common area
  • 5-10 min walk from the nightlife
  • 4 and 6-bed cosy dorms with single beds
  • Reliable high-speed Wifi

You’ll be staying on a quiet street and because the common areas are closed at 11pm, you’re in for good sleep during your stay.

Book Hostel 123 here

Compare prices and reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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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:

  1. Hostel Mostel Sofia: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Hostel Ivory Tower: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Vintage Central Hostel: Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Sofia 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.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Sofia. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

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Our Favorite Hostels in Sofia put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Sofia 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:

  • St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Boyana Church
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Church St. George Rotunda
  • Sofia History Museum
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • South Park
  • Sofia’s Central Market Hall
  • Banya Bashi Mosque

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At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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