These great backpacker hostels have a whole lot of soul, vintage style and capsule beds to die for.
No time to waste? Here’s a shortcut:
- InBox Capsule – great for older traveller
- Soul Kitchen – best place for couples
- Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel – best hostel in St Petersburg for female solo travellers
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
Quick Introduction to St Petersburg Russia
Average price for a bed: St Petersburg Hostels cost anything from 5€ – 20€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 30€ 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.
Spelling of the City: There is a few different spellings for the city. Anything from hostels in Sankt Petersburg to saint pittsburgh and St Petersburg – or simply spelled out Saint. It is always the same city, just written in different languages.
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 Saint Petersburg
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in St Petersburg.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. InBox Capsule (5 Star Hostel)
Our only 5 Star Hostel in Saint Petersburg is designed perfectly for young individualists, introverts and the like.
In case the name didn’t already give it away – InBox Capsule is all about well-designed and unique capsule beds.
You’ll have everything you need here to be comfortable:
- Roller shade
- Power sockets
- LED light
- Orthopedic mattress AND
The generous size means you can comfortably sit and read a book or play on your laptop.
However, if you prefer to allow social interaction to come your way, there is an in-room social area with tables and chairs.
That’s what we love about this place – remain incognito throughout, or socialise, but only if you want to.
In fact, the cosy kitchen offers free tea and coffee and a breakfast. This is the only social space outside the dorms.
What about couples? They have two private rooms to choose from and won’t miss out on the capsule experience.
On the bottom level of the room is a private bathroom, with the capsule bedroom on top. It’s very cool!
Wi-Fi here is of course free, and reception is at hand 24 hours a day. There’s also CCTV for peace of mind, which is always a nice bonus.
Check out our full guide to InBox Capsule here.
This is one of the best hostels in St Petersburg for
- Introverted solo travellers
- Older travellers
2. Soul Kitchen – Backpackers Hostel
Soul Kitchen? Actually not only in the kitchen, this hostel has the word soul embedded in to every little detail.
The staff are incredibly passionate about their place, and they’ve put a lot of work in to create a warm, social atmosphere with the added bonus of privacy and hostel vibes.
This 150 year old building is situated in the central area of Saint Petersburg, a short walk from all the major attractions. You see, a super central hostel in St Petersburg!
As for the amenities, look forward to:
- Balcony w/ river view
- Gorgeous fully-equipped kitchen
- Three common areas
- TV lounge
- Free linen, towels, tea & coffee
- FREE international landline calls (56 countries)
Actually the list goes on so we urge you to just book a room already.
Speaking of rooms. There are a mix of shared dorms and private options, all of which are gorgeous in design and so full of soul.
The dorms have privacy curtains, power sockets and a reading light. It’s possible to rent a padlock and use the backpack-sized lockers. There’s even a sneaky power socket inside.
Note: before you get too attached, the maximum stay is 14 days.
We mention this because it would appear that many guests are blown away by Soul Kitchen and don’t want to leave.
It is a top St Petersburg Hostel for:
3. Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel
You guessed it; our #3 recommendation is a mix of vintage and modern sporty style.
It really depends on which floor of Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel you choose to stay on. Choose the…
- First floor for luxury twin rooms and 4-6 bed capsule dorms
- Second floor for duplex, loft-style apartments (there are 3!)
Each room has a unique design. One has a boat for a bed and the capsule beds are made from eco-friendly materials.
It’s the capsule beds that once again stand out – these ones are sound-proof! – and all of the necessities such as a light, sockets and curtain are included.
It’s possible to be in an all female or all male 6-bed dorm. It’s important you specify when making a booking and the staff can arrange this (occupancy dependant).
This is certainly a more upscale hostel that aims for cleanliness and hospitality of a hotel.
The only downside is that breakfast is not included.
However, there is an on-site cafe that provides lunch and dinner at a reasonable price.
Vintage & Funky is located in the heart of the city, a 10-minute walk from Vosstaniya Square and metro station. The area is also surrounded by cool cafes and nice restaurants.
Yet another great Saint Petersburg hostel for:
- Female solo travellers
- Fancy couples & small families
What about cheapest hostels in St Petersburg?
If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest hostels in Saint Petersburg.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in St Petersburg
- 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 St Petersburg for Solo Travellers?
What is the serious, best hostel in St Petersburg for solo-travellers?
Hopefully you’ve already had a good read of our top 3 best hostels in Saint Petersburg. You may have spotted that all of them are great for solo travellers, yay!
Here they are again:
- Best Hostel for Introverted Solo Travellers: Inbox Capsule
- Best Hostel for Solo Backpackers: Soul Kitchen
- Best Hostel for Female Solo Travellers: Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel
Party Hostels in St Petersburg
Right then party people, let’s give you a wonderful option where the beer and fun vibes are flowing.
Honestly, there aren’t too many party hostels in St Petersburg.
But we reckon you will like The Cuba Hostel.
This is a budget option right in the centre of St Petersburg near to the subway and famous sights.
There’s that all important bar on-site and it offers a FREE shot of vodka. Enjoy live music and seriously social vibes, especially at weekends.
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:
- Inbox Capsule: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Soul Kitchen: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of St Petersurg 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 St Petersburg. 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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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best St Petersburg hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We though this map will help you planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Savior on the Spilled Blood
- State Hermitage Museum
- Winter Palace
- Peter and Paul Fortress
- St. Isaac’s Cathedral
- Palace Square
- Mariinsky Theatre
- Summer Garden
Here are a few fun things to do whilst you’re in the city:
Flights to St Petersburg?
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Russia and Europe including St Petersburg.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Russia and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in St Petersburg.
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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