There are so many wonderful and cool hostels in the world. We want to take this opportunity to share a huge list with you from hostels that stand out for different reasons. Hostelgeeks is all about bringing you the finest hostels worldwide, the 5 Star Hostels. We only share with you 1 epic hostel per destination. This makes us your shortcut to the best hostels in the world.

Yet, we want to share with you a few more hostels we really enjoy.

A hostel does not have to be super crisp.

After all, it’s the people that make the difference at hostels.


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This is a list of fantastic hostels – from hardcore party hostels, backpacker hostels to poshtels and 5 Star Hostels. This is a wide-range of budget accommodations.

Kick-back, click-through, enjoy.

We cover

  1. African Hostels
  2. Asian Hostels
  3. Central America
  4. Europe
  5. North America
  6. Oceania
  7. South America

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1. Africa

We start this list of coolest hostels with Africa.

1. Amayour Surf Hostel in Taghazout, Morocco

Fancy a surf retreat, maybe more a yoga retreat? You know what, take both, you deserve it!

The coolest place in Morocco for such a retreat is Amayour Surf Hostel in Taghazout, Morocco.

Breakfast time at Amayour Surf Hostel

2. Asia

We know, Asia is huge. This list sums up all the cool hostels we found across the huge, Asian continent.

Find all the best hostels in Asia here.

1. Memory Hostel in Da Nang, Vietnam

Relax at Memory Hostel common area, Da Nang, Vietnam

2. NEXY Hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam

Design Hostel with comfy bunk beds in Hanoi, NEXY Hostel

3. Gili Castle

Only good vibes at Gili Castle

3. Central America

Hopping over to Central America. There are some amazing hostels to find from Mexico to Costa Rica and Panama. This is a list.

  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama

1. Hostal San Jemo in León, México

Roof top terrace, gym space outdoor with a running machine, also the living room and kitchen area are the social spaces to mingle. The guests usually have breakfast and dinner together, see movies etc.

A great, cool place to stay in Léon, Mexico!

1. Hostal San Jemo in León, México

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4. Europe

Europe, the old continent. It is a backpackers dream to travel through the colorful and rich in so many ways Europe. We take you on a hostel journey from the North to South, from East to West.

We will cross many many countries that we think you should put on your European Bucket List.

Read: The best 16 cities in Europe to visit in Winter

Find all 5 Star Hostels, the best hostels in Europe here.

1. Ecomama Hostel in Amsterdam

Having a real swing in the lounge is pretty cool, right?! Wait, there is more.

The Ecomama Hostel actually has a whole Tepee Tent in the hostel common area. Perfect to chill, read a book, watch some video on your laptop.

This, my dear traveler, is your best hostel in Amsterdam!

Full review of Ecomama Hostel in Amsterdam here.

The long community table at Ecomama is a social hot spot

2. The Passenger Hostel in Porto, Portugal

This hostel outranks easily a 5 Star Hotel. The design is sparkling simple, neat and top-notch. Sorry, we run out of words, but you get it.

Enjoy a picasso in your bathroom and soak in the design in the first-floors common area.

The suite is the highlight. It’s a double-floored suite that fits up to 4 people. We bet: You have never seen a private room in a hostel like this one!

Full review of The Passenger Hostel in Porto here.

Welcome and Hi at the reception and common lounge at The Passenger Hostel in Porto

3. STAY Hostel in Rhodes, Greece

Enjoy a gym, enjoy a massage on the roof top, watch a movie in the inhouse cinema, or do you rather prefer a drink in the in-house bar and lounge?

No, wait….first we go to the beach nearby! The STAY Hostel in Rhodes is one of the BEST hostels in Greece. No wonder with seeing all the perks it comes with.

Full Review STAY Hostel in Rhodes here.

Design Hostel and 5 Star Hostel STAY in Rhodes

5. North America


6. Oceania

Traveling around New Zealand and Australia, it’s adventure. Both counties are known for not being the cheapest one on planet earth. Therefore, hostels will be your best friend here.

Don’t fear, there are amazing places to stay in. This is a list of coolest hostels around Oceania.

1. Rambutan Hostel in Townsville, Australia

Rambutan Hostel

7. South America

Last but not least, South America. From Patagonia in Argentina to the Caribbean cost of Colombia, there are many fantastic hostels in-between.

  •  Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

1. WE Hostel Sao Paulo

WE Hostel in Sao Paulo


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Summary of the coolest hostels worldwide

Hostel = experience.

It does not have to be the shiniest, most neat design hostel in the world. A great hostel lives from its ambiance, the vibes, the people. A hostel is a place where you can easily build life-long friendships.

As you have seen in this big list, it can be everything from a crazy party hostel to ultimate so-called poshtels.

Read: The 7 types of hostels

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Read our huge guide on hostels with everything you can imagine on the topic of hosteling.



Over to you

Did we miss any cool place?

This list is supposed to be a great summary of all those fun backpacker accommodations and hostels out there. Every hostel recommendation is welcome, in fact, appreciate.

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Cool Hostels around the world - From Party and Fiesta to Ultimate Luxury and Poshtels