My Favourite Hostels in Europe

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While few things make me happier than falling asleep in Egyptian-thread sheets and bathing in L’Occitane toiletries, I do appreciate a good hostel as well.

My friend and fellow blogger Kash recently published the Bible of luxury hostels in Europe, which focuses on hostels with high standards, stylish private rooms and affordable prices. I strongly urge budget-strapped-visitors-with-luxurious-taste to check it out. But for now, here is my own selection of stylish hostels in Europe — not necessarily luxury, but all-around awesome.

I like good value, regardless of what price I actually pay. I absolutely love splurging on a 5* hotel room every now and then, and I expect impeccable service, marble floors and 50″ TV screen when I do. Just as I expect trendy decor and welcoming staff in a luxury hostel. I like knowing my money is smartly spent, and these hostels provide exactly that: modern decor, good location, top-notch facilities and competitive prices.

Plus Hostel Berlin

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Any  hostel that lists “indoor pool” among its facilities is a hit, in my book. And the reasons why Plus Hostel Berlin is awesome doesn’t stop there: aptly categorized as hotel/hostel, this property, which is hands-down my favourite hostel in all of Europe, gives budget-conscious travellers ample bang for their buck by offering private, spacious and tastefully designed en-suite rooms (complete with mini-fridge and TV).

Other freebies include yoga classes, reliable WiFi, sauna, inner courtyard and an relaxed atmosphere in a fun neighbourhood. I particularly liked the Opera Restaurant on site, which in addition to being fairly large by hostel standards, offers a delicious buffet breakfast as well as evening meals for less than €6 per person.

Rates start at €60 for a private en-suite room.

Singer 109 Berlin

My other favourite hostel in Berlin is Singer 109, which is located minutes away from the iconic Fernsehturm and busy Alexanderplatz. One of my favourite things about this apartment-hostel is not only its extensive list of on-site activities, but its strong character; indeed, the hostel is located in a historic red brick building that dates back to the early 1900s and features a massive atrium in the centre, filled with luxuriant plants and archive photos of the building’s previous lives. A feature more often seen in private residences rather than budget hostels! Singer 101 is not as luxurious as Plus Hostel, but is a good option nonetheless.

Rates start €80 for a two-bed apartment that comes fully equipped cable TV, a small kitchenette and en-suite bathroom.

Any Generator, Anywhere

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After staying in their Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen and Hamburg properties, I think I’ve fairly assessed that Generator Hostels is the best chain in Europe. All of their hostels are stylish, generous in size, have splendid common areas and more often than not, unbeatable locations.

They have a perfect grasp of what 20-something travellers want for their accommodation: modern and no-frills rooms, a lively yet inviting ambiance, ample power sockets and free WiFi, a good location and fair prices. We don’t need no bellboys and minibars and jacuzzis; we just want a good place to spend the night that won’t break the bank.

Rates start at €50 for a single en-suite room.

St. Christopher’s Paris

I stayed at St. Christopher’s Paris well before I even thought of having a blog, back when I was just a regular backpacker will a small budget and big expectations. I wasn’t as in love with Paris then as I am now, and this hostel, thanks to its fantastic canal-side location, helped soothe my Paris wounds. Purpose-built in 2008, it’s one of the most modern hostels in Paris and comes fully equipped with the latest technology (pod beds, ample charging stations and tasteful decor).

Rates start at €85 for a private en-suite room for two with breakfast included.

Jaeger’s Hostel Munich

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I stayed at Jaegers during my Christmas Markets stint last December, and the private room provided exactly what I needed: ample covers, efficient heater and fast wifi! It was a wee bit cold outside during my visit (slight understatement, it was freezing cold) and I couldn’t have been more thankful for my warm abode next to München Hauptbahnhof. The rooms are far more modern than the common areas on the ground floor and come fully equipped with ample storage, cable TV, power shower and hairdryer.

Rates start at €45 for a single room with welcome drinks included.

Smart City Hostel, Edinburgh

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One of the main selling points of Smart City Hostel is its location – right off the bustling and historic Royal Mile, therefore within walking distance of pretty much all of Edinburgh’s attractions. While the rooms are quite basic, the bar/restaurant area is the main reason why I keep going back to this hostel. Indie music, large armchairs, free wifi and inexpensive cocktails make for an enjoyable place to spend a couple of hours, or, in my case, to get work done. The breakfasts are also quite legendary: nowhere else in Edinburgh can you get a fully cooked Scottish buffet breakfast (which includes sausages, eggs, potatoes and HAGGIS) for just £5.

Rates start at £87 for a private en-suite room for two with breakfast included.

Best Hostels in Europe: Other Recommendations

Honorable mentions to hostels I’ve never visited but that generally receive good reviews from fellow travelers:

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91 Comments on My Favourite Hostels in Europe

  1. Susan (@VibrantIreland)
    January 28, 2014 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

    I’m bookmarking this list! I also love a great hostel, and as am often in Dublin I always stay in Generator. Good to know about these others- thanks!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 28, 2014 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

      Happy to help, Susan! These are great, good-value hostels.

      Reply
  2. Kirsten
    January 28, 2014 at 9:38 am (4 years ago)

    Great list, Marie-Eve!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 28, 2014 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kirsten! Have you stayed in any of them?

      Reply
  3. Kash
    January 30, 2014 at 4:17 am (4 years ago)

    Great list and thanks for the shoutout! Singer 109 and Jaegars-have not heard of them and will have a peek at them. St Christophers have a new hostel in Gare Du Nord that I’ve heard good things about….

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      January 30, 2014 at 9:03 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, I’d been meaning to try it last spring, I’ve heard good things about it too. A nice addition to the area, IMO.

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    • Holly
      January 30, 2014 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

      I stayed at Singer 109 a couple of years and loved it! It was clean, pleasant and in a great area. I highly recommend it. Maybe next time I’ll try Plus Berlin but only because of the pool. That would be the only thing that could lure me away.

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      • Marie-Eve Vallieres
        February 2, 2014 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

        Happy to hear I’m not the only one to like Singer 109! Such a great hostel in a fabulous building.

  4. Caitlyn
    January 30, 2014 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

    What a great list! I’ve stayed at a few of those – Plus, St Christopher’s and Jaeger’s – and definitely agree with you. At least you stayed in a private room at Jaeger’s – I roughed it in the 40-bed dorm! :P

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 2, 2014 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

      40-bed dorm sounds HORRID. But I assure you the private rooms are awesome :)

      Reply
  5. Matt
    January 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Plus Florence Hostel was amazing. It has one of those pools that is filled all the way to the top so it looks all serene and had LEDs all around it. Bar on the main floor. Head upstairs to the roof and what do you find? Another pool!…and another bar. Such a cool place and was only $20 per night – and clean! I just checked the price and it’s even cheaper right now. Great experience.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 2, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

      Yes, PLUS are great hostels. Definitely good value and great fun!

      Reply
  6. Wallpapers
    February 3, 2014 at 4:46 am (4 years ago)

    Good list, very useful

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks!

      Reply
  7. Andrea
    February 3, 2014 at 9:29 am (4 years ago)

    I heard ROOM Hostel in Rotterdam is also pretty cool, have you tried it?

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm (4 years ago)

      I have, actually, and while the hostel’s dog won me over I wasn’t so enthused by the inexistant sound proofing and the 4 floors without elevator…

      Reply
  8. Krista
    February 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I just found your site and it seems very informative! You have a great list!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Krista!

      Reply
  9. Laura
    February 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm (4 years ago)

    I stayed at The Loft Hostel in Budapest and it was great! Pretty average amenities (they had wifi, a kitchen available with tea, 10 people rooms, etc) but the staff is amazing! They gave us great advice for stuff to do in Budapest, awesome city maps and a map of the surrounding blocks with restaurants, bars, breakfast joints, etc. One of the best experiences I had in a hostel. I would highly highly recommend them.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm (4 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks for the comment Laura!

      Reply
  10. Richard
    February 7, 2014 at 2:53 am (4 years ago)

    Palmer’s Lodge Swiss Cottage in London was really great. I also enjoyed St. Christopher’s Inn in Edinburgh.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 8, 2014 at 11:03 am (4 years ago)

      I heard good things about both hostels, too! I tried the Palmers Lodge in Willesden but wasn’t a big fan.

      Reply
  11. Tess
    February 7, 2014 at 7:24 am (4 years ago)

    You’re list looks nice! I prefer the smaller, independent hostels. Room Rotterdam is one of the best I think. I definitely agree with Singer 109. Keep up the good work!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 8, 2014 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Tess! I really liked Singer 109 as well.

      Reply
  12. Sekai
    February 8, 2014 at 2:57 am (4 years ago)

    O wow thank you so much for this list. Want to visit europe for a month with my family and was looking for good places to stay in. Want to visit different countries and your list just makes it so easy for us.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 8, 2014 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

      Always happy to help! Enjoy Europe :-)

      Reply
  13. Erin
    February 12, 2014 at 6:40 am (4 years ago)

    Some of these look lovely! If anybody is looking for a hostel in Paris I would recommend NOT the Jules-Ferry Hi Hostel. Unless you like your valuables being stolen by staff, bed bugs, no security or privacy, and getting screamed at by the cleaner.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 13, 2014 at 9:45 am (4 years ago)

      Wow, that sounds like a horrid experience! Indeed, the St Christophers Paris (either one of them) sound like a much better option.

      Reply
  14. Samantha
    February 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you know of any other hostels in Edinburgh that have a girls only dorm? Also, great list. I look forward to trying some of them!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 14, 2014 at 9:20 am (4 years ago)

      Hey Samantha, I’m not sure as I’ve never booked a girls-only dorm but you can use a hostel search engine (Hostelworld.com and Hostelbookers.com for example) and select “Girls Only Dorm” in your research. That should help!

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      • dec27
        November 10, 2015 at 2:26 am (2 years ago)

        The problem is they still show you prices for rooms that aren’t girls only dorms. Hostelz.com works better for finding specific search criteria like girls-only rooms.

  15. Brittany
    February 20, 2014 at 12:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hey,
    These all look great but I’ve stayed at Casa Gracia and it left a lot to be desired. We were put in a closet basically to sleep and it had no air flow and it was stinky. Just so people know :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks Brittany!

      Reply
  16. Angela Travels
    February 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Great list of places to stay!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Angela!

      Reply
  17. PJANSSENS
    February 21, 2014 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    Does anyone know a nice hostel in Moscow and/or Saint Petersburg ?
    Thx !

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Haven’t been to either of these cities so I’m afraid I can’t help! Best of luck!

      Reply
  18. Steve
    February 24, 2014 at 6:42 am (3 years ago)

    i can see why they’re your favourites, they’re all quite luxe! to be fair though, i did stay at the generator hamburg and it was really nice, modern and comfy. and surprisingly one of the cheaper options in town.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am (3 years ago)

      The proof that luxury and value don’t have to be expensive :)

      Reply
  19. Esther
    March 6, 2014 at 4:29 am (3 years ago)

    Great list! Funky Hostel in Granada (Spain) was also pretty good. They had a great roof terrace and the hostel was built against the mountain back of where the Alhambra is built… so you can imagine the pretty views :-)

    Mama Shelter is Paris is also really gorgious and I loved BaxPax downtown in Berlin.

    Esther.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 6, 2014 at 10:08 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the suggestions. I heard good things about Funky Hostel too!

      Reply
  20. Jafar
    March 20, 2014 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

    If you plan to visit Tajikistan, a central asian country with beautiful mountains, you are welcome to stay at Yeti Hostel.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      March 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks! :)

      Reply
  21. MightyTravels
    March 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG – these are some good looking hostels!

    Btw just followed you on Twitter as well – like your site! Looking forward to connect!

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  22. lydia
    April 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm (3 years ago)

    My favorite is The pink palace in Corfu, Greece ! Great staff, tons of activities, parties all the time, beautiful beach and VERY cheap private room for 2 with breakfast AND diner for 20 euros per person ! :)

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      April 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks for sharing such a good tip! Will bookmark this info :-)

      Reply
  23. Danielle
    April 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    To note, there is also now St. Christopher’s Gare du Nord in Paris (new as of July 2013) which was fantastic (free breakfast!).

    I’ve been to over 15 hostels and only one has been bad but it would take too long to list them all!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      April 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes I’ve heard such good things about it! Will have to try it next time I’m in Paris.

      Reply
  24. Brittany
    April 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow, thanks so much for this list! I’m currently planning a 5 week trip backpacking Europe and was having trouble finding a place to say in Paris. Thanks for all the great hostel suggestions, this is so helpful!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      April 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm (3 years ago)

      The two St Christophers in Paris are the best solution for budget-strapped travelers. Apartment rentals are also an interesting budget option if you plan on staying several days. Enjoy Paris!

      Reply
  25. Simon
    May 1, 2014 at 6:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Geez, some of those hostels look a wee bit out of my price range! They must put the ‘flash’ into ‘flashpacking’. They look amazing, though. Much nicer than the hostels I stayed in in SE Asia

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Quality hostel always cost a bit more than regular bunks, but they really aren’t that expensive considering what you get for the price.

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  26. Brad Bernard
    May 2, 2014 at 1:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Holy crap, those are hostels!? They have come a long way from the cramped bunkers of old. I should include this in my Summer Travel Experiences.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes, all hostels! Luxury hostels are a thing, and it’s FABULOUS.

      Reply
  27. Nomad Revelations
    May 27, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

    Lovely page.I love to travel and certainly hostels are one of my favorite places for accommodation. I’m going to check your advice on Berlin since it looks amazing. Berlin has very nice hostels, Lisbon in Portugal also. OK thank you and greetings from Rio de Janeiro.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      May 28, 2014 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the comment! Berlin is a great destination for budget travellers with expensive taste!

      Reply
  28. Jennifer
    June 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm (3 years ago)

    The Sorrento Hostel 7 was amazing as well!

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  29. Amanda
    June 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Any suggestions for a hostel in Split and Hvar? Thanks

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  30. Ruth Macias
    June 27, 2014 at 4:55 am (3 years ago)

    How bad is the gare du nord area in terms of security? It’s my first time in Paris and I am very scared because I’ve heard that it’s common that tourist get robbed on the streets and I read that you shouldn’t be wandering around gare du nord or montmartre at night. This is the only thing Im not liking about st Christopher’s so how bad is it really?

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      July 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Pickpocketing won’t be an issue if your handbag is zipped. Gare du Nord, as most train stations in Europe, gets a bit rowdy but it’s nothing city smarts can beat (don’t exhibit expensive phones/cameras/jewelry, don’t show your money, don’t linger in dark alleys). Nothing to worry about!

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  31. Boris
    July 10, 2014 at 7:59 am (3 years ago)

    Paying the price of a hotel for a hostel? I don’t know. But in Berlin I can recommend the Circus Hostel – don’t let the name fool you, it’s the top rated hostel in Berlin according to herbegen.com, hostelworld.com, etc. It’s located in the middle of Berlin, has free and great working WiFi and costs only 26 Euro (dorm).

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  32. Ian
    August 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm (3 years ago)

    I have to suggest Villa St. Exupery in Nice and Doug’s Mountain Getaway in Fulpmes (near Innsbruck)

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  33. Carolin
    August 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Just in the planning stages of my first backpacking adventure at age 50. Can you tell me if staying at the hostels one night or more is there a place to lock up your bag while you go sight seeing?
    thanks
    Carolin

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      August 24, 2014 at 10:51 am (3 years ago)

      Hello Carolin, most dorms have boxes underneath the bed or storing units where you can lock up your belongings while you are out.

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  34. Nicole
    November 12, 2014 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    Hey, what great places! Would you also recommend a luxury hostel for families? Looking to go to Zagreb, Zadar and Ljubljana soon.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      November 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello Nicole, I’m not familiar with family-friendly hostels in Europe but most luxury hotels have private room for up to 4 people, so this might be a good start.

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  35. Max
    November 19, 2014 at 8:03 am (3 years ago)

    What about King Kong Hostel Rotterdam ? According to Lonely Planet one of the five reasons to visit Rotterdam…

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  36. Tamara
    December 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Maybe not ‘luxury’, but I absolutely loved staying at Charles Bridge Economic hostel in Prague. Located in an old recession style house, at the doorstep of Charles Bridge, besides lovely interior, it offers free towels, coffee, water, padlocks, laundry wash, wifi and desktop – plus they have a cat!!

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  37. Sabine
    December 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you ! Your tips helped me so much :)

    Reply
  38. Vivian
    January 24, 2015 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    Hope to see you also at Vivian Studios in sunny Rhodes island, Greece! Cheers!

    Reply
  39. Carlos
    February 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    you need to visit room007 Hostels in Madrid. They have 2 Hostels.

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  40. Melissa
    March 19, 2015 at 2:29 am (2 years ago)

    Wombats in Munich!

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  41. Pauliina
    April 5, 2015 at 3:49 am (2 years ago)

    You should definitely check out Dream Hostel/Hotel in Tampere Finland! http://www.dreamhostel.fi/en/home/ Luxury hotel with a Scandinavian design and award winning hostel in the same premises!

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    • Marie-Eve
      April 20, 2015 at 3:23 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks for the suggestion Pauliina!

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  42. liz
    April 19, 2015 at 2:56 pm (2 years ago)

    The Yellow Hostel in Rome is amazing! – the attached bar is so cheap and everyone there is so friendly. A friend and I sat down for a drink and ended up surrounded by loads of people from all over the world!

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    • Marie-Eve
      April 20, 2015 at 3:14 am (2 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks Liz!

      Reply
  43. Loraul
    November 6, 2015 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Great article! I’ll be keeping a lot of these in mind for my next European adventure. I stayed at the Generator in London 2 months ago and sadly only had an ok experience. Travel tip, don’t stay on the basement “Wonderland” floor. But the location well made up for the amount of time I even spent in the hostel. Cheers!

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    • Marie-Eve
      November 13, 2015 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

      Good to know, thanks for the constructive criticism Loraul! I’ll keep your comments in mind for my next visit.

      Reply
  44. Megan
    February 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

    The Greg and Tom hostel in Krakow was the best hostel that I have stayed in all the time I was in Europe. The people were extremely nice, the food was good, they always had tips for you for getting around to all events, beds were super comfy, u could draw on the walls, all for the price of $15.00 Canadian!

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:43 am (1 year ago)

      Good to know, thanks!

      Reply
  45. Jay Nicoll
    June 6, 2016 at 7:13 am (1 year ago)

    Do you have any recommendations for Slovenia, Venice or San Francisco?

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    • Marie-Eve
      June 10, 2016 at 9:53 am (1 year ago)

      I haven’t been to hostels in any of those places, sorry! Although I did hear good things about the Generator in Venice.

      Reply
  46. Sofia
    July 9, 2016 at 9:43 pm (1 year ago)

    traveling to europe this september with my best friend for the first time and this article is exactly what we needed! thank you so much. found your blog through pinterest and i love it! :)

    Reply
    • Marie-Eve
      July 13, 2016 at 11:30 am (1 year ago)

      Happy to help, have a wonderful trip!

      Reply

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