Finding the right accommodation can be the difference between a good trip and a sour one. Backpacking through Europe on the cheap has given us a glimpse into all kinds of different hotels and hostels. We have been blown away by how amazing some places were and in other situations been left extremely disappointed. So to prevent you being stuck with a dud accommodation we have made a list of our favourite 6 hostels in Europe.
Our favourite hostel in all of Europe! Anyone visiting Portugal must make the trip to the beautiful Algarve region and stay at The Shelter in Lagos. Owned and managed by 2 local surfer brothers who live at the hostel with their adorable golden retriever, Luca. The hostel is in a great location looking out over the top of the town that is only 5 minutes away. The atmosphere of the hostel is really friendly, everyone you meet from around the world are all welcoming and the brothers go out of their way to organise family dinners and parties. Free pancakes every morning help with the hangover and prepare you for a great day at the beach. It gets super busy during the summer months and people end up staying longer than anticipated when they fall in love with the area, vibe and lifestyle. Make sure you book well in advance.
Located just outside of Thira in the centre of the island makes this hostel a great base if you have an ATV/Scooter as transport. We stayed in a traditional cave style room with all the amenities we required including an en-suite, kitchen and lounge area to relax out of the sun. The hostel has a few lazy dogs and a really beautiful pool area. It looks like something that has come straight out of pinterest or instagram and added to the beauty and aura of our Santorini getaway. The breakfast is toast and oats with occasional fruits.
Mosaic house is a hostel with the feel of a hotel. Clean, helpful and walking distance to the old town and Prague’s Charles bridge. But the sheets are so soft you may never want to leave bed. The shower was one of those large round rain heads, glorious! They have a bar with nice lounge downstairs with decent priced drinks making it a great place to start your night.
As the name suggests this is a party hostel, although I never drank any beer? It was a really good vibe in the hostel. Rooms were clean and beds comfortable enough. The hostel encouraged activities, which help to meet people and made booking tours really easy. The pub-crawl is great fun and starts with plenty of vodka, watch out!
Free breakfast and free dinner was also included.
- Dinner was really nice with hearty meals and vegetarian options were also available
- Breakfast was from the restaurant attached to the hostel and was free provided you bought a drink. Cheap anyway. The banana milk shake was the best option. Delicious and made with real bananas.
After a lot of research in order to find the best accommodation that suited us, we choose Shoestring Cave hotel. A short walk brings you to the Cappadocia region’s main tourist centre Goreme. Thus all the various valley walks, balloon rides and other excursions are very accessible.
We stayed in the dormitory cave room giving the experience a really authentic feel. A delicious buffet breakfast is included, it is clean and offers all facilities including a swimming pool. The staff members were always on hand to help at shoestring, they are warm, friendly and eager to share information and advice.
Our favourite hostel in Romania – Kismet Dao Hostel has a very chilled family atmosphere, friendly/helpful staff and clean facilities. Not to mention they have a beautiful hostel dog named – Zara. They love it when people take her for a walk so much they will reward you with a cold beer! On top of the 2 free welcome drinks available upon check in I got the feeling that this place was trying to get me merry. This hostel ticked all the boxes and we would stay here again in a heartbeat.
* Updated to 2016 prices; Please let us know if there has been any changes to prices or if you have any tips to add.
* This guide is written in our own personal opinion and all recommendations are our own.