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Best hostels in Europe

For travellers on a tight budget, hostels offer an incredibly affordable accommodation option when travelling around Europe. And even though most hostels can satisfy a basic traveller’s needs, if you’re looking for a top-quality experience then you need to check out this list of the 5 best hostels in Europe!

Soul Kitchen 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Named the best hostel in Europe in the 2013 Hoscars, this small hostel is perfectly located in one of the most beautiful areas of Saint Petersburg, near Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Set in a 150-year-old building, it is within a short walking distance of all major city attractions. On-site, the hostel invites guests to relax in their TV lounge, read a book, surf the web all while enjoying a beautiful river view. The staff will also help you plan out your days in the city with free maps, recommendations, and by booking train tickets if necessary.

Home Lisbon Hostel 

Lisbon, Portugal: Home Lisbon Hostel is best known for its incredible “Mama’s Dinners” – a true Portuguese-style dinner cooked by the mother of the hostel owner and served at a great price. These dinners also provide a great opportunity to meet fellow travellers and the hostel staff who eat all together. The staff will also help you make your stay exciting and different by organising activities such as pub crawls and walking tours of the city. Set in a 200-year-old building, this charming hostel provides an excellent atmosphere for a fun stay in Lisbon!

Earthers Hostel 

Hvar, Croatia: This hostel is popular among travellers for the exciting and fun activities it organises for its guests. From pub crawls to connections with local bars, to watersports and outdoor activities – the staff at Earthers Hostel organise it all! Have some fun hiking, rock climbing or scuba diving in Croatia all with the recommendations provided by the staff at Earthers Hostel. On-site, the hostel also provides a comfortable stay with free Wi-Fi, laundry services and complimentary breakfast every morning.

Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel

Krakow, Poland: Known for its fun party atmosphere, Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel is perfectly located in Krakow in the heart of its Old Town. Not only is it close to all major city attractions but you will also find all the exciting Polish nightlife at your doorstep! When you come back to your room, you are sure to find a comfortable mattress, a warm duvet and a good pillow to rest your head. A guest kitchen is fully equipped and you will have free use of computers, Wi-Fi, maps and city information. Plus, musicians (professionals or amateurs!) who play a gig at the hostel get a discount on their room and board!

Fabrizzio’s Terrace 

Barcelona, Spain: This guest house which functions as a hostel is sure to make you feel at home in Barcelona. Set right in the heart of the city, you will find all of the major city attractions such as the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas, just 5 or 10 minutes away from your doorstep. The hostel’s large terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty breakfast before venturing off into the city or to relax in the evening after a full day.

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