A guide to the best hostels in Europe, including the top places to stay for backpackers and those looking for stylish hostels, in locations including London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Published by Kash Bhattacharya for TheGuardian.
Les Piaules, Paris
The hostel, run by a group of friends, is the perfect hub for young people keen to make the most of the surrounding nightlife.
• lespiaules.com, dorm beds from €25, doubles from €90
Venice’s slick new Generator Hostel offers smart dorms, a cool vibe and killer views at decidedly un-Venetian prices. The lobby is especially well done, with deep-red armchairs around an old fireplace, old leather sofas and a dark, heavy wooden bar top. .
• generatorhostels.com, dorm beds from €16, doubles from €38
While the rooms are quite basic, the communal areas are social and inviting, with trendy sofas and benches to hang out on while plans are made.
• clinkhostels.com, dorm beds from €12, doubles from €81
Circus Hostel, Berlin
In the center of Berlin, this trendy hostel features bike rental facilities, free Wi-Fi, and rental iPads and laptops. The Circus Hostel has private rooms as well as shared dormitory rooms, all brightly decorated in contemporary style. All rooms have safes and access to shared bathroom facilities.
• circus-berlin.de, dorm beds from €19, doubles from €75
LaBanda Rooftop, Seville
The rooms all feature handmade wooden beds and have a boutique feel but this is definitely a place for backpackers: there are no private rooms, only dorms for four, six or eight.
• labandahostel.com, dorm beds from €23
Soul Kitchen Junior, St Petersburg
This design hostel is in the heart of Saint Petersburg, on the Moika River Embankment. The bright and stylish hostel rooms combine modern elements of interior with 19th-century brick walls. Some rooms have a private bathroom, and the red-colored shared bathrooms are in the hallway.
• soulkitchenhostel.com, dorm beds from €15, doubles from €56
Sir Toby’s, Prague
An old favorite for backpackers in Prague, Sir Toby’s is the kind of place that can really make a trip to this city. In an old house in the Holešovice area, the hostel has a great pub in the cellar, a beautiful back garden and light, spacious, wood-floor rooms, decked out with retro furnishings.
• sirtobys.com, dorm beds from €10, doubles from €32
Tattva Design, Porto
The renovated buildings of Tattva Design Hostel feature brightly decorated rooms, with private bathrooms, in the centre of Porto. A spacious sun terrace has design seating and barbecue facilities.
• tattvadesignhostel.com, dorm beds from €15, doubles from €47
Celica Hostel, Ljubljana
Here there was a prison building, which ceased use in 2001. Over 80 artists from around the world collaborated to help with the conversion, with each room (or cell) redesigned by them – one room features original work by Antony Gormley.
• hostelcelica.com, dorm beds from €18, doubles from €24pp
The Yellow, Rome
There’s a bar and club, as well as a rooftop terrace. It has a great mini cinema with projector and bean bags, plus there are yoga lessons. Despite all this, it still seems to be growing; plans for a barbershop and an escape-room game are on the horizon.
• the-yellow.com, dorm beds from €15, doubles from €50