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 solo travellers
- Soul Kitchen – best place for couples
- Chickadee Hostel – ideal for families
There is many types of hotels, guesthouses and hostels dotted around the city. But it is worth to mention, not many are very social but more a sleep-only and that-is-it accommodation. In this guide we want to share the more social, more backpacker-friendly hostels.
Places where it is easy to connect, chill and have fun.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- you’re tired of bad and crappy hostels
- you want to avoid the “young party kids”
- you’re happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in St Petersburg
- best hostels in St Petersburg for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in St Petersburg
- other awesome hostels worth a mention
- How to book?
- discounts and promo codes
- all hostel and sights on a map
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 Saint Petersburg to Saint Pittsburgh and St Petersburg – or simply spelled out Saint. It is always the same city, just written in different languages.
Visa for Russia: it’s easy and possible to get an online visa when are going to visit only St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. This visa is valid for a short stay of 8 days. You can check all info here https://www.ivisa.com/st-petersburg-e-visa).
The advantage over the normal Russian visa is that it is 100×100 online, you can get your visa in 5 days only. It’s cheaper than a normal tourist visa (just 25 USD with fees) and no visit to the Embassy needed. Here is our complete review of iVisa.
Please note, it’s not possible to get a complete online visa for Russia, all applicants should apply for a paper visa in the Embassy. To get the visa, you need several different documents such as flights, travel insurance and also an Invitation Letter. iVisa provides tourist and business invitation letters.
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 socialize, but only if you want to.
In fact, the cozy 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!
The hostel has a free WiFi, 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, the hostel offers the following:
- Balcony w/ river view
- Gorgeous fully-equipped kitchen
- Three common areas
- Laundry facilities
- Free parking
- 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 mentioned 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. Chickadee Hostel
Chickadee Hostel St. Petersburg has caught our attention! We love the idea that this hostel is just minutes away from Nevsky Prospekt and the busy street of Rubinsten.
The people here are nice too and helpful. They are always on the go to give you tips on the best places to go in the city. Hostel wise, this goes far up into our list.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. The place gives off a homey vibe and would make you wish to stay more. You can also enjoy the free breakfast by the porch while looking at the city streets down below.
Other amenities you can enjoy here are the following:
- Tea & Coffee Making facilities
- Board games
- Book exchange
- Free linen, towels, and city maps
- Free Laundry facilities
Oh and to top it off, breakfast is free and it includes pancakes!
There is a total of 8 rooms: dorms for 4, 6 and 10 people, one double room and one family room for a total of 4 people.
The dorm beds are super sturdy and come with that all important privacy curtain.
Check out the living room as a wonderful option for relaxing. The decor is pretty groovy and it’s a great place for socialising.
It is a top St Petersburg Hostel for:
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: Chickadee 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 in St Petersburg centre and its near to the subway and famous sights. Cuba Hostel St. Petersburg is probably one of the chic party hostels in the streets.
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.
Other Awesome Hostels worth a Mention
St. Petersburg is a glorious place that gets millions of tourists from all over the globe. Many people flock the city round the clock every year that’s why hostels here are pretty common and awesome too.
You’ve got so many options in your hand. We’ve mentioned our top three picks of the best hostels in St Petersburg Russia, now we’re going to share some of the other St Petersburg hostel that we think you’d enjoy. It’d be such a waste not to include these hostels!
- Baby Lemonade Hostel
- Kino Hostel
- Netizen Saint Petersburg Hostel
- Simple Hostel Italy
Baby Lemonade Hostel
If you love the retro of the 60s and 70s then you’ll surely fall in love with Baby Lemonade hostel. It has vinyl disc wall decors, the color of choice are all leaning to retro, it has rainbows, and wonderful lights.
The staff here are very well mannered too and speaks good English – which is a total plus! You get to ask them of the many things you can do and places you can go in the city.
Everything here is good – it has a great vibe, it’s humming with energy, the clean and comfy rooms, and more.
Other amenities and services you can enjoy are as follows:
- Tea & coffee making facilities
- Board games
- Free city maps, linens, and towels
- Laundry area
- Safe deposit box
- Common room
- Kitchen area
It’s located in the city centre so you won’t have a difficult time navigating to places.
Kino Hostel is the perfect place for young minds out there. With an 8D game designs painted in the walls, you’d think you’re in a Super Mario adventure.
Every room is designed differently so you’d be surprised how far back the memory lane you are brought. Everybody has been saying this but we just have to mention it as well, Kino Hostel has one of the best showers there is.
It’s a great starting point if you want to tour the city since it’s got two metros just across. The commute is pretty accessible from Kino Hostel.
Although not all the staff speaks good English, you’ll still be able to appreciate how willing they are to help.
Enjoy these amenities in Kino Hostel:
- Free WiFi in all rooms
- Huge common room with large TV equipped with international channels
- Regular events
- Shared kitchen
Netizen Saint Petersburg
Netizen Hostel is yet another great hostel you will have to check out when in St Petersburg. It’s also very close to the city sights and the largest orthodox basilica in the world.
You’d really see how it invested in making sure that their guests are comfortable in their stay with all their orthopedic mattresses and hypoallergenic bedding. Each bedrooms also have huge windows to let the natural light in.
You can choose to have dorm rooms or private spaces. Regardless of your choice, you’ll surely have a sound sleep.
Things you’ll love in Netizen Hostel:
- Common room
- Meeting room
- Key Card access
- Laundry facilities
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
You can meet new people here and enjoy your city trip the best that you can.
Simple Hostel Italy
Simple Italy Hostel is yet another hostel that deserves a spot in this list.
It spells calmness and cozy vibe and it’s in the most favored part of Saint Petersburg. They have modern facilities and their staff are helpful and friendly too! It makes your stay all the more great.
The beds are nice albeit small, still it provided ample comfort after a long day’s trip.
Amenities you’ll enjoy:
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Free wifi, city maps, linens, and towels
- Key card access
- Hot showers
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations. These two are the best hostel websites where you can book the nicest places you can stay wherever you are in the world.
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
- Chickadee 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. Check availability first and foremost so that you can take the best deal there is.
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.
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 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:
We are sure you’ve got questions about St Petersburg, We’ve compiled some for you. Dig in!
What are some of the best hostels in St Petersburg?
We are confident that every hostel mentioned here are the top of the list. The offer good comfort and they make your travel a whole lot better. We guarantee that you’ll enjoy.
Which neighborhoods have the best nightlife in St Petersburg?
This city is not for the sleepy people. It just doesn’t sleep especially in places where night clubs and bars line the streets. The party scene in St Petersburg is wild, glitzy, and glorious.
You can start by traversing the Dumskaya Ulitsa. It houses several bars and clubs. You can also head out to Money Honey if you enjoy rick music. If you’re the loner type and wishes to drink some good wine, you can go to the Dead Poets bar.
Also, if you are in town over Summer, try to stay over the White Night in Saint Petersburg. These are the longest nights of the year with a big celebration all over the city.
How safe is St Petersburg for foreign visitors?
Like any other places, there are petty thefts here too. Tourist are travelers always a target. Therefore, be careful and take care of your belongings at all times. Pay special attention to the busy and crowded places, where pick-pockets have it easier to work.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Flights to 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.
Hostelgeeks 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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UDPATE: Vintage & Funky Sport Hostel (now Closed)
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 dependent).
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
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