Netflix and Chill in Hostels? 10 Do’s and Dont’s to remember (always)

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Let’s talk about Netflix and Chill in hostels, a common topic around backpackers, budget travelers, traveler-couples, … you name it. As part of our guide to hostels, we picked up this topic on Netflix and Chill.

Make sure you check as well WHAT is a hostel in the first place.

We are now living in the 21st century and more and more people are traveling solo. Thanks to hostels, meeting new people could never be easier.

Not only that, but hostels have created a unique space for endless opportunities for a fun situationship, or two. After all, traveling should be filled with new experiences. New surroundings, new 5 Star Hostels, or any other type of hostels, new friends – why not add Netflix and Chill to the list of new endeavors?

When you mix ‘Netflix and Chill’ and a super cool hostel together, it’s bound to create a fun  story.

But stop right there! It’s important to remember that your fun isn’t necessarily going to be everyone else. After all, Netflix and Chill is a part of the daily travel life. Just take a look at this summary of 10 spicy statues around the world or these 14 temples in India with some unexpected monuments to show.

Dos and Don’ts on Netflix and Chill in Hostels

Let’s pack the love gloves and have a look then at the 4 do’s and don’t-s of indulging in Netflix and Chill. From London, Rome to Paris to Tokyo to Buenos Aires.

Read: Check out these 6 fun party hostels in Barcelona

At the end of the article, you can download the guide as a .pdf to your device.

On the menu:

  1. Netflix and Chill in dorms
  2. Private Rooms
  3. Roof Top Terrace
  4. the hostel staff
  5. Love Gloves
  6. don’t become a reality TV star
  7. bathroom, toilet and shower
  8. kitchen
  9. Laundry Room
  10. Be Creative

1. “Down for some fun in the dorm room, everyone else does!”


Under no circumstances, it’s a good idea to Netflix and Chill in the dorm. There are some people out there that will get really mad, and may even interrupt you rudely.

After all, this is one of the steps to take to become the worst hostel guest ever.

Put yourself in the shoes of a weary traveler trying to sleep.

Suddenly you hear moans and bed-squeaking: the obvious clues that Netfilx and Chill has commenced.

Either you interrupt and tell them it isn’t acceptable now, or wait ‘til the morning to turn their cheeks pink.

The bottom line is that no one wants to hear it, and no matter how quiet you think you’re being; chances are everyone can hear you. Seriously… you are not as quiet as you think you are…

It does not matter if you are staying in a 4-bed dorm or a 16-bed dorm or even bigger, vibing in dorms is a bad idea.

However: You could wait until everybody left. Most likely hostels are empty after 11am, since most people head out for the day. But remember, that there are cleaning staff coming in at one point.

And what’s worse than making the beast-with-two-backs in a dorm?

Doing it on the top bunk!

Not only is the poor person below you anticipating a collapsed bed, but you risk your sheets falling over the side and disappearing.

Read: all different Room types at hostels – an overview

Private room in hostels

2. Private Rooms are your best friend


This is your smartest idea when you are about to Netflix and Chill in hostels. A private room is your best bet, no doubt. Of course, it is kind of awkward to crawl up to the reception desk and ask for a private room. Plus, when traveling on a budget, this will burn a hole in your wallet.

So, while a private room is your absolute best idea to have some fun, those are some cons.

However, bear in mind you can do whatever you want when the room is all yours.

Just saying, it might be worth it, especially when splitting the costs.

Read: the coolest hostels for couples in the world

Couple in a private room in Ecomama Amsterdam

Photo shows Ecomama, one of the best hostels in Amsterdam

3. “Come on, let’s check out the views on the rooftop!”


Assuming you’re both traveling on a tight budget: the rooftop, shower, even the cleaning cupboard – if it is private (lockable) and after hours, then your naughty antics shouldn’t upset other hostel-goers.

Read: How to Travel on a Budget? Simple Tips for Saving Money on Your Next Trip

Those who have tried it suggest aiming for the early hours of the morning, when you’re less likely to get caught.

One ‘don’t’ however; is sofas and kitchen areas.

Would you really want to reminisce about your rendezvous as you prepare breakfast at the same table the next morning?

Exactly, so spare others this too.

Plus, the chance to get caught is quite high. Do not risk it, the hostel staff could even throw you out for this.

Read: Are hostels safe? 13 simple safety hostel tips, 1st hand.

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4. “The staff might catch us, should we be worried?”

DO (worry).

Staff are aware that Netflix and Chill can happen, and being (mostly) young and free themselves, they probably don’t care.


There is a but! A few buts.

a. Respect should be shown to the awesome staff, wouldn’t you agree?

Forums suggest that staff would prefer you to book a private room, and they don’t care if that means asking them at 2am.

It prevents angry dorm-buddies complaining (or making ghost-sounds), and subsequent embarrassment from both parties.

Perhaps you’ll even get a discount as after all, they’d rather sell the room cheaper than not at all. Ask for it!

For those on a (really) tight budget, stick with the shower – staff can easily redirect shocked guests to other facilities, and don’t have to worry about extending their cleaning hours in the morning if you catch our drift.

b. you can get kicked out

Keep in mind that the staff can also kick you out when you violate the hostel rules. No joke. If you think you can just start to Netflix and Chill wherever you are, well, you made the bet without the staff.

c. Roof Tops can have CCTV

Although we recommend checking out the rooftop terrace, remember that hostels have cameras. They can have cameras on the rooftop terrace as well.

We chat a lot with staff from different hostels. Once a couple did their “show” on the rooftop terrace. They didn’t realize the cameras. The staff member has to check every morning the videotapes to see if everything was ok with the bar and common areas.

Well… you can imagine the surprise. She was cool with it, and her reaction was priceless. When the couple checked out, the receptionist asked them if they noticed the cameras on the rooftop terrace. The guy blushed, the girl did not know where to go at that moment.

So, please, show some respect.

Again, the rooftop terrace is an idea. If not, keep scrolling, we have more tips on how to have your Netflix and Chill in hostels.

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5. “A Love Glove? I don’t have one, but don’t let that stop us.”


Ok, ok, traveling somewhere new should be filled with spontaneity and excitement, but there should also be limits to your carefree attitude.

It is perfectly acceptable to keep some inhibitions whilst traveling, and safe N&C– not just Netflix and Chill – is important.

Don’t let the heat of the moment tell you otherwise!

The only fun things to take away from Netflix and Chill at the hostel are fun memories and a story to tell, perhaps even a T-shirt.

Good to know: Many hostels have machines or sell Love Gloves at the reception desk. No kidding!

Anyway, your best idea would be to pack a few raincoats for your trip.

Read: The ultimate smart packing list for hostels (+ free download).

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6. Watch out for Security Cameras

The alternative title for this topic was “do not become a Bedroom Celebrity” Whatever you, there is one thing you have to remember:

Hostels HAVE cameras.

The cameras are there for security purposes – and not to spy on you.

So, therefore, if you are planning to have some fun on the rooftop terrace or the laundry room…have a look if there is a camera first!

Insider: MANY many hostels out there have “in-house romance archives” of guests. This can be quite funny for them. Well, but not for you, right?!

Keep an eye on cameras – because they will for sure keep an eye on you!

We read on other networks they do recommend the laundry room.

In theory, great advice. But again, make sure there is no camera.

You do want to avoid this. And cameras will catch you. You do not want to be that person that …well, you get the idea!

Aaaaanyway, the whole point is: Hostels have camera, DO not become a Bedroom Celebrity!

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7. Bathroom, Toilet, and Showers


Besides getting your own room, the bathroom could be a solid option. If they are not ensuite, you can lock them, and there are more than enough for all guests (respect always first).

This option is really only valid for a short time. Not really comfortable, and does not allow time for romance, as you can imagine.

Anyways, it’s a solid option to consider.

Shared facilities at a hostel in Copenhagen

8. Kitchen


Sorry, but we have to mention this again. Just skip the kitchen, do not even think about it. It is just nasty.

If that does not stop you, bear in mind chances are incredibly high that you will get caught.

The Kitchen corner at Onas Hostel

9. Laundry Room


We already mentioned the laundry room. While this room is usually sticky, and small, it could be your private room for a few moments.

Just make sure you can lock the door.

And again: You might want to check that there is no camera filming you.

Laundry at a hostel in Copenhagen

10. Be Creative…

Last but not least: Be creative!

Maybe there is a corner in the hostel that nobody knows about. Maybe a cinema? Maybe the hostel has also a large garden or a forest behind the hostel?

Even in public could be a better idea than Netflix and Chilling in the dorm.

Just keep in mind in some countries it is illegal and could lead to another kind of troubles.

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Stories from Hostels (Barcelona, Paris, London, …)

There are endless stories, and without a doubt, you’ve heard your own stories already. On Reddit there is a whole topic about it.

It includes Ghosts, Vienna, and Couple Netflix and Chill in a female-only dorm.

Whatever you pick, those articles are interesting to read about this topic!

Needless to say, there are as well many anecdotes from this topic. If you have your own, feel free to share it with us.

For Hostels

Dear hostels,

Are you here to read about Netflix and Chill and learn how to solve this issue for other guests?

There are a few things you can do.

Encourage your guests to book a private room. Almost every hostel also has dorm rules, make sure to include this topic. While we recommend not to be highly strict on that topic, you could give travelers an option in a way.

We know of some hostels that have a garden, and openly tell guests this area is an available option.

The most important thing for you as a hostel owner is that no other guests leave you bad reviews.

Also, many hostels have a rule in place for their staff trying to establish stiuationships with guests. They might “allow” this in a way, but never in their own hostel.

Many forums and Facebook groups are discussing this topic. Join these forums to find a solution that fits you.

You can also download the Netflix and Chill Guide below and print it out for your guests.

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Download the Netflix and Chill Guide

We created a guide, so you can download it to your device. Just click on the image below or download the guide here.

Guide Netflix and Chill pdf download
Guide Netflix and Chill pdf download

Final Words on Netflix and Chill in Hostels

To sum up then; hostel Netflix and Chill can be an awesome idea as long as the unspoken rules are followed.

Read: the 18 hostel rules and etiquette.

At the end of the day, as long as those involved consent, and safety, and no one else around has to witness things they don’t want to see, there’s no problem. Come on, it can also be a big part of your travel experience. Right?

Of course, the type of hostel is important here. When it comes to party hostels vs. boutique hostels, it becomes obvious which one will attract this kind of fun.

If you are interested in Netflix and Chillin’, then make sure you read all the reviews of hostels properly. There are some hostels only for gays and lesbians, dedicated to exactly this target group. You can find reviews on all booking platforms. 

Make sure you read our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld and our full guide to the best hostel booking sites.

Good to know: Many hostels are as well gay-friendly. Here is our list of the best gay-friendly hostels.

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Summary of the 10 Do’s and Don’ts:

Okay, let’s wrap this up.

  1. DON’T: dorm Netflix and Chill
  2. DO: Private Room
  3. DO: rooftop terrace
  4. DO: ask the staff for a private room
  5. DO: get protection packs
  6. Remember, hostels have cameras
  7. DO: Bathroom, toilet, shower
  8. DO: Laundry Room
  9. DON’T: Kitchen
  10. DO: Be creative

Hostels are a great accommodation choice for many reasons. As always we are keen to hear your views on this subject, so leave your comments below.

Do you think Netflix and Chill is a good idea? Or should it be held off for a more private setting?

Perhaps you work at a hostel and would like to share stories/views from the other side of the reception desk.

This is a chance to share your views and help keep hostels a sociable, happy, and welcoming environment for all.

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