The top 16 hostels in Europe for the traveler on a budget

2:13 PM by Saša Tošić
Most people think staying in a hostel means having nightmares in terribly shabby rooms that resemble a low-budget dorm. But think again! Traveling across Europe today, people have a choice of various comfy, stylish and affordable hostels.

Lavender Circus Hostel — Budapest, Hungary

This apartment-style hostel is located in a 19th century mansion at the heart of Budapest. The warm and cozy atmosphere with a touch of bygone imperial bliss means that this is a perfect place for couples to stay during a romantic getaway.
Prices: double rooms from €16 per person/night.
Location: city center, close to Kálvin tér metro station.



Prison Hostel — Karosta, Latvia

Once upon a time this building was occupied by a high-security military prison. So who’s up for a night in an authentic prison bunk and a typical prison breakfast? Bear in mind that visitors have to sign a release form acknowledging that they will be treated as a prisoner and verbally abused.
Prices: €15 per person/night.
Location: Karosta (Naval Port) is 5 km (2.5 miles) from the historical center of Liepāj, located in the central district.



The Red Boat Mälaren — Stockholm, Sweden

Red boat Mälaren is the perfect hostel for those who wish to be lulled to sleep by gentle waves in the heart of Stockholm. The rooms, of course, are not all that spacious, but they’re well-organized. Enjoy the endless train of boats that pass by your window.
Prices: €38 for four-bed dorm; from €64 for privates.
Location: a few minutes away from the Old City Center; 10 min by foot to the nearest metro station.



Franz Ferdinand Hostel — Sarajevo, Bosnia

This is the only boutique hostel in Bosnia where they’ll tell you all about the assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand — the very event that began World War I. Modern rooms decorated with large pictures will immerse you in the atmosphere of that time.
Prices: start from €10.90 per bed in dorm; €17.90 per private double.
Location: city center, Jelića Street; one turn from the main pedestrian street Ferhadija.



Kadir’s Tree House — Olympos, Turkey

If you ever envied the kids who had their own tree house, this place is for you! Enjoy a siesta with a beautiful view of the National Park of Olympos and a magnificent beach you simply can’t say no to.
Prices: €10.94 for a bed in a dorm; €28.12 per double private.
Location: at the heart of Olympos village.



Generator Hostel — Barcelona, Spain

Vivid, stylish and affordable, Generator Hostel is the perfect place to stay in Barcelona. It has colorful lights, ornate Hungarian tiles, and a terrace with the best views of the city. Here’s to the never-ending fiesta!
Prices: dorms from €12 per night; privates from €25.
Location: in the heart of the Gracia neighborhood, 5 min walk to two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer.



St. Briavels Hostel — Gloucestershire, England

Worry not, staying at this 800-year old castle will not ruin your budget. St. Briavels Hostel is one of the most affordable lodgings in this part of England. The castle, naturally, is said to be haunted, and you’ll definitely hear the story about a baby crying out in the night.
Prices: beds from €24.25; privates from €81 per night.
Location: City Center of St. Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire.



Dream Hostel — Tampere, Finland

Dream Hostel is an example of a simple yet exquisite Scandinavian design. In 2013 this place was named #1 Hostel in Finland! Modern interiors, warm hospitality and reasonable prices make Dream Hostel so attractive to tourists.
Prices: from €19.80 for a bed in 16 mix dorm; privates from €59 per night.
Location: in the university neighborhood area Tulli, 5 minutes away from Tampere train station.



The Babushka Grand Hostel — Odessa, Ukraine

This hostel will welcome you with all the genuine warmth of your grandma (babushka). Rooms are decorated in vintage style: floral wallpaper, gold gilded ceilings and red patterned rugs. There’s even a fireplace!
Prices: €7 per dorm; €11 per private room.
Location: at the city center, close to all the main attractions in Odessa.



The Independente Hostel — Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is probably the best city in Europe for travelers on a tight budget, and Independente is the best place at which you can get luxury service with a frugal wallet. The hostel is located in a former Swiss ambassador’s residence and acts as a place for travelers and locals to mingle together.
Prices: from €12 for a dorm and €90 for a suite.
Location: on the border of the Principe Real and Bairro Alto districts and a few minutes away from the Rossio train station.



Plus Hostel — Florence, Italy

Looking to throw a party in Florence? Plus Hostel offers a free outdoor pool, sauna, a terrace bar and epic fiestas till late at night. Here you’ll find triple and doubles and stylish suites along with the usual four-, six- and eight-people mixed-dorms. It is located 10 minutes away from Duomo Cathedral.
Prices: from €16 per dorm; €45 per double room.
Location: 10 minute stroll from the train station; close to the city center.



Kex Hostel — Reykjavik, Iceland

Once a Frón factory producing Iceland’s favorite biscuits, the Mjólkurkex, today this place still has an old-fashioned industrial vibe mixed with contemporary details. Kex Hostel is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist lodgings.
Prices: from €25 per dorm, €45 per double private.
Location: in the center of Reykjavik with a view across the sea to Mt. Esja.



The MadHouse Hostel — Prague, Czech Republic

Sexy and very crazy, MadHouse holds the title of the 6th best hostel in the Czech Republic, according to Hostelworld. The owners proudly claim that it’s not just a place to sleep but a home away from home where you are treated like a family member.
Prices: from €25 per dorm.
Location: Сity center, close to Národní třída Line B Metro station.



Soul Kitchen — St Petersburg, Russia

This hostel was selected as one of the top three hotels in Eastern Europe by Hostel Bookers. Soul Kitchen will welcome you with warm hugs, even in the midst of the coldest Russian winter. It is located in a 150-year-old building in which a few scenes from Bulgakov’s ’The Master and Margarita’ were shot.
Prices: dorms from €13; privates from €18.
Location: City center, two-minute walk from the Admiralteyskaya metro station.




Van Gogh Hostel — Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This is a brightly decorated hostel for people who are looking to stay in Amsterdam on a budget. In the area you’ll find countless museums, bars and nightclubs. Van Gogh’s paintings waiting around every corner will inspire you to explore Venice of the North even further.
Prices: dorms from €25; privates from €39
Location: at Museum Quarter, with three world famous museums at your doorstep, and 10 minutes from the central station by public transportation.



Jumbo Stay Hostel — Stockholm, Sweden

These rooms are aboard a real plane! The illusion of flight is supported by a 24/7 broadcast from the Arlanda airport. The hostel owners even offer their own line of merchandise. This hostel is for true fans of air travel who are looking to spread their wings!
Prices: €49 for a dorm bed per night.
Location: near the Stockholm Arlanda Airport.


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