HOSTEL RECOMMENDATIONS & REVIEWS

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Hostels are quite easily the pinnacle of backpacking these days. Over the past few decades they have really evolved and stepped up their game to become something that isn't just a bunk bed in a room, but a place to feel safe, socialise, have fun and make memories. Over my years of backpacking I have stayed in my fair share of hostels, both good and bad, and in my opinion, a bad hostel can ruin a trip - which we obviously don't want. 

In this post I have compiled a list of every hostel I've stayed in as well as my thoughts, a rating out of 10 and a link to their Hostelworld page, in case you want to book your own stay! These thoughts are based off my personal experience, and if I did not like my stay at a hostel, that doesn't mean you won't enjoy yours - and vice versa. 

As I continue to travel I will regularly update the list for you to revise, so if you see me somewhere on my Insta, make sure to check back here to get the lowdown on my thoughts! 

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EUROPE HOSTELS

EUROPE

LONDON, ENGLAND  

THE DICTIONARY HOSTEL

6.5/10

Located in Shoreditch (one of my favourite areas in London), clean but didn't have a huge amount of atmosphere while I was there (November), however Shoreditch is a great part of London for meals and going out so I'm sure it's great in the heart of summer.

PARIS, FRANCE

ST. CHRISTOPHER'S INN

6/10

Great location, comfy beds each with its own curtain and has it's own bar (expensive though). I paid €50 for one night which is ridiculous but it's in a good location and is a popular choice for a lot of travellers.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

THE BLACK SWAN

8.5/10

One of my favourite hostels I've stayed in. Small and a little pricey but feels very homely with free family dinners, free sangria, free pub crawl, great social vibe. They have a kitchen you can use and a little sitting area to socialise.

MEDITERRANEAN YOUTH HOSTEL

5/10

Not amazing but had comfy beds, kitchen and common area. Not much of a social vibe while I was there but in a great location for sightseeing. 

KABUL PARTY HOSTEL

8/10

Amazing hostel for socialising, in house bar, cheap and great location. I stayed in a 20 bed dorm which was pretty hot but each bed comes with its own little curtain so doesn't feel as invasive (this is good option if you're tight on money). Kabul is designed for people who like to party so they have drinking games and pub crawls you can join.

AMISTAT BEACH HOSTEL

6/10

Great if you want to be close to the beach but is quite far out from the centre of Barcelona (there is a metro very close though). It's a pretty large hostel with lots of rooms and a large common area/kitchen. They offer drinking games, walking tours and pub crawls.

VALENCIA, SPAIN

RED NEST HOSTEL

7/10

Very social and clean, events on every night and its own in house bar upstairs with a little terrace. Great location and super friendly/helpful staff.

LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG

LUXEMBOURG CITY HOSTEL 

6/10

Great location, quiet and clean, felt a little bit like a hospital but it's one of the only options in Luxembourg city and I would definitely stay again.

VIANDEN, LUXEMBOURG

HI VIANDEN 

3/10

Very quiet, weird vibe and unfriendly staff but great location and beautiful town (I'm pretty sure this is the only hostel in the town). The town itself is a must to see, so would stay here again!

LAUTERBRUNNEN, SWITZERLAND

SCHUTZENBACH BACKPACKERS

8/10

Great location, cosy cabin vibes and has a 'club' downstairs (it's more of a dark room with some lights and a laptop plugged into speakers), however super fun and I loved my time there. The managers are quite strict and you have to pay to use appliances in the kitchen + pay to use the shower (I think it's a Swiss thing), however I managed to find a secret shower where I didn't have to pay. 

ST JULIANS, MALTA

MARCO POLO

8/10

Great location, in house bar, super social with a roof top. I really liked my time here and some of the rooms have balconies, as well as the beds having their own curtains for a bit of privacy!

ROME, ITALY

THE YELLOW

8.5/10

Right near Termini train station, very social and staff were super friendly. Free pasta every night and discounts at the Yellow bar. Really great and social hostel, perfect for solo travellers - it's by far one of my favourite hostels I've ever stayed in and I couldn't recommend it more!

THE GENERATOR

5/10

Clean rooms, but you have to make your own bed and not very social when I visited (August). The hostel is very modern which lots of great facilities to use and also located relatively close to Termini (not as close as The Yellow).

THE BEEHIVE

3.5/10

Stayed here on my first backpacking trip when I was 18, it's meant to be a hip vegan/vegetarian hostel but the atmosphere was incredibly weird and I really didn't enjoy my stay!

POSITANO, ITALY

HOSTEL BRIKETTE

5/10

Not very social but beautiful balcony view and only hostel in Positano. There is a small bar you can buy drinks from and you can opt to pay for breakfast here, which is actually very tasty. I did get some bed bug bites, however no one else in my room did so might be a one off occurrence.  

CINQUE TERRE, ITALY

CINQUE TERRE HOSTEL

6.5/10

Beautiful views and a lot of fun. It's located right at the top of Manarola so you can see all the way down to the sea, there unfortunately isn't a kitchen, however it's a really great hostel and is a cheap option for Cinque Terre. 

BOLOGNA, ITALY

DOPA HOSTEL

7/10

Quite a small hostel with only around  4 - 5 rooms, but a great option and I really enjoyed my stay here. The beds are fully separated and each has their own curtain so you can get full privacy. There is a common room and a fully functioning, modern kitchen with spices, oil, salt and pepper that you can use. It was very clean and super cute, definitely would stay again!

FLORENCE, ITALY

PLUS HOSTEL

8/10

PLUS is a chain throughout Europe and they have a number of different locations including Berlin and Prague. It was a super big hostel with 6 floors, a rooftop terrace where you can look over the whole of Florence, an indoor and outdoor pool, common room, a small kitchen with a fridge, and a spa! The room was super clean with a large ensuite, and due to COVID they were only doing half capacities in each room so it was only myself and one other person in my room. It was about 15 minutes walk from the heart of Florence and 10 - 15 minutes from the train station. Loved staying here!

LAKE COMO, ITALY

OSTELLO BELLO HOSTEL

9/10

Lake Como is a must while in Italy and Ostello Bello is a great hostel to stay at while in Como. It's a 5 minute walk from the train station and right by the city centre, lake and ferry stop. The beds at 3 tiered bunks and the rooms are light and airy! It had a great vibe and it also had its own bar, court yard and garden for you to hang out in. 

TURIN, ITALY

ATTIC HOSTEL

6.5/10

I only spent one night in Attic hostel and it was very quiet during my stay (as in it was just me and one other boy), however the hostel was cute and had a nice vibe. It was clean with a kitchen and a little common area to hang out in. 

VENICE, ITALY

ANDA HOSTEL

7.5/10

Venice is notorious for expensive accomodation and Anda is a great option for a cheap, fun and social time. The hostel is massive with 7 levels, several kitchens, its own bar, large common room and outdoor area. My room was really nice and super modern with comfy beds (you do have to make your bed when you arrive though).

CORFU, GREECE

PINK PALACE

8/10

Pink Palace is one of the most famous hostels in Europe and even though COVID stopped a lot of their events there was still a great vibe. The hostel could easily fit 500 + people so I'm sure during 'usual' times the hostel would be thriving. The rooms have air con and you can opt to pay for breakfast in the morning which costs €5.

EUROPE

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

BEST OFFER HOSTEL 

2/10

Very far outside of Old Town, weird vibe and sterile rooms. The hostel was very quiet but does have a kitchen and common area. I paid around €13 a night which is much cheaper than the usual prices in Dubrovnik and it's very easy to catch the bus into the city. This is a great budget option and it was nice to get out of the craziness of Dubrovnik.

SPLIT, CROATIA 

FIESTA SIESTA

9/10

Very social party hostel with daily events such as beach trips. There is a backpackers bar downstairs called Charlies, which is busy every night of the week. The rooms aren't amazing but it's definitely an experience! Fiesta Siesta is also located right in the centre of the old town so everything is very close.

KISS HOSTEL

6/10

Kiss is super central, not very social and not super clean but a cheap option for those on a tight budget. There is no kitchen but it has a small common area as well as aircon in all of the rooms (which is definitely needed when it's super hot).

BOOZE AND SNOOZE

8/10

The sister hostel to Fiesta Siesta is Booze and Snooze, which is located 100m away and has a very similar vibe. They have a small courtyard where guests can play drinking games and socialise. Every Friday night they have a pizza and beer pong night which is a great way to meet people, they then all head to Charlie's Bar to party on! Booze and Snooze also doesn't have a kitchen, but the rooms have aircon and it's also very central!

SPLIT BACKPACKERS 2

6/10

Located just outside of Old Town, they have clean, quiet rooms where you can relax and sleep if you're not heavily into partying. It's a great option if you still want. tobe close to Old Town without being right in the heart of it (sometimes it can be quite loud sleeping in Old Town because people party very late into the night.

ZADAR, CROATIA 

TEQUILA BAR HOSTEL 

1/10

WORST hostel I have ever stayed in. Smelt horrific, unfriendly staff, loud and uncomfortable

HVAR, CROATIA 

THE SHAKA

7/10

Chilled vibe with drinking games and clean room. You can also borrow pool toys to swim with!

VILLA MARIJA 

9/10

Super social and a lot of fun. Got offered ice cream with check in and also has a burger place underneath

PULA, CROATIA 

RIVA HOSTEL

3/10

Bizarre vibe with no staff to check me in for 2 hours, but great location right by the water. Probably wouldn't stay again but it's cheap and central

OHRID, NORTH MACEDONIA 

SUNNY LAKE 

7/10

Central with very helpful staff the manager/owner was a lovely man who helped me with all my questions I had. Not super clean but homely and social (plus cheap)

ATHENS, GREECE

ATHENS BACKPACKERS

8.5/10

Beautiful rooftop bar with a view of the Acropolis, definitely one of my favourite hostels. Very clean and social and is located right in the heart of Plaka and takes 10 minutes to walk to the base of the Acropolis.

THESSALONIKI, GREECE

STUDIO ARABAS

6/10

Cute and quiet, kind of central and a little kitchen

CHALKIDIKI, GREECE

WHITE RABBIT

0/10

Horrible. In the middle of no where, rabid dogs and no staff. Didn't even check in

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 

VITAE HOSTEL

9.5/10

Party hostel with a great social vibe, different events every night, kitchens, clean and so much fun

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

WOMBATS CITY - THE LOUNGE

3/10

Very sterile, hospital like feel. Does have a bar but not much social feel, unfriendly staff and uncomfortable beds

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

HOSTEL TYN

4/10

Rude staff and no kitchen, good location and comfy bed. Quiet hostel and good place to sleep

 

I would recommend Mad House instead

BERLIN, GERMANY

WOMBATS CITY 

6/10

Clean hostel with a rooftop bar, fun and social with a kitchen

(THE HOSTEL HAS BEEN PERMANENTLY CLOSED SINCE I STAYED)

HAMBURG, GERMANY

MEININGER

4/10

Weird vibe with a school trip there (??) and a little out of the city but comfy beds

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

DOWNTOWN HOSTEL

8.5/10

Very fun, social hostel with a bar and comfy, clean rooms

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

CITY BACKPACKERS

9.5/10

One of my favourite hostels. Very social, sauna, big showers, comfy beds and free pasta and rice with a great area for hanging out and a pretty big kitchen. The rooms use unique passcodes so there is a high level of security, however I felt very safe while I was there and would recommend it to everyone. It is also in a great location (about 20 minute walk from Gamla Stan)

TALLINN, ESTONIA

TALLINN BACKPACKERS

8/10

Really lovely small backpackers right in the heart of Tallinn. Wasn't overly social when I visited (February) , however I think in the summer months it's a lot more lively! Quite a small hostel but feels very homely with a kitchen and common area to hang out in. 

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

WILD ELEPHANTS

7.5/10

Wild Elephants was a really great time and was in the most amazing location right in the heart of Bratislava. There was a little 'bar' in the attic/upstairs part of the building with small rooms people could sit and socialise/play drinking games in. Really great hostel to meet people and they also offer €5 dinners each night which are always vegan!

KRAKOW, POLAND

GREG AND TOM'S HOSTEL

7.5/10

The OG Greg and Tom's was a great choice for Krakow. It was clean, right next to the train and bus stations (as well as a big shopping centre), with a kitchen, common areas and 

GREG AND TOM'S BEER HOSTEL

8.5/10

Greg and Tom's beer hostel is the sister hostel to the OG Greg and Tom's, with a stronger focus on partying. Every day you get free breakfast (which consists of veggies, cheese, meat, waffles, etc), free dinner which changed every night but usually involved roasted veggies, burgers, pasta, meat of some kind, etc and one hour of free beer. The hostel costs around €8 so it's great value for money, they also offer pub crawls every Friday and Saturday night, plus they have a common room which is incredibly sociable. The only downside was my room was located right above a restaurant/bar so it would super noisy during the day and night if you didn't go out and wanted to sleep.

ASIA HOSTELS

ASIA

KATHMANDU, NEPAL  

ZOSTEL

9/10

I LOVED this hostel and I couldn't recommend it more! There is a hostel bar which is very social, the rooms are bright and comfy, a rooftop with beanbags and there is even a net on the rooftop where you can lie and stare at the mountains!

Book your stay at Zostel here

POKHARA, NEPAL

KIWI BACKPACKERS HOSTEL

8/10

Another great hostel with a great vibe. There is a rooftop with hammocks for you to relax in, a downstairs area to hang out in and you can also borrow hiking gear in case you do any trekking! I really loved Kiwi Backpackers

Book your stay at Kiwi Backpackers here

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OCEANIA HOSTELS

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA  

NOAH'S BONDI BEACH

6.7/10

Located right in the heart of Bondi, Noah's is a super relaxed hostel that is incredibly social and a lot of fun. There is a large kitchen space which is usually bustling with people and a huge rooftop over looking the beach, you are literally a minute's walk from Bondi!

Book your stay at Noah's here

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA

BACKPACKERS NEWCASTLE

7.5/10

Only a 20 minute walk from the bus stop, Backpacker's Newcastle feels like a home away from home. With a pool, outdoor area to socialise, and a little kitchen & lounge, there is heaps of space for you to meet people. The rooms are really simple but comfortable and the owner was super friendly, he even drove me to visit some friends!

Book your stay at Backpacker's Newcastle here

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA

AUSSITEL

6/10

I only spent one night here and my stay was fine, there was a pool and a big common area with heaps of people hanging around. It's close to town and the beach, plus the hostel offers free surf board and kayaks!

Book your stay at Aussitel here

BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA

AQUARIUS BACKPACKERS

8.7/10

A GREAT hostel and a lot of fun. There is always heaps of people hanging around for you to socialise with, a bar with events and music, a pool and just walking distance from Byron town. The rooms were basic and a little stuffy in the heart of summer, but other than that I loved my stay!

Book your stay at Aquarius Backpackers here

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND  

BASE BACKPACKERS

7/10

Right in the heart of Auckland is Base, a 7 story backpacker hostel which is slightly crazy. I stayed here for a little over 4 weeks, so I got to know it pretty well. There is a rooftop bar which does nightly events like bingo and Happy Hour, as well as a late night bar called Habana Joe's right under the hostel. The rooms are basic but definitely do the job and there is a massive kitchen for you to cook in, as well as plenty of showers and bathrooms on every floor. This is a great social hostel to stay in!

Book your stay at Base Auckland here

ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND  

ROTORUA DOWNTOWN BACKPACKERS

6.5/10

Close to the grocery shop and town, this is where I would recommend for people visiting Rotorua. Not overly social when I visited, but the rooms were clean, with each bed having its own power socket and a communal kitchen + common area with a TV to hang out in.

Book your stay at Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

ROCK SOLID BACKPACKERS

6/10

Rock Solid was super basic and very quiet. It was great because it was right in the heart of town, but other than that there wasn't much happening. It had a kitchen and decent beds, perfect if you just want to chill for a few days.

Book your stay at Rock Solid Backpackers

BASE BACKPACKERS

I haven't actually stayed at the Base in Rotorua, however I did go to their hostel bar, Lava Bar, and had a lot of fun! You don't have to be staying at the hostel to visit, however I thought I would include base as it is generally the most sociable hostel option, especially if they have a bar for you to go to!

Book your stay at Base Rotorua

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND  

BASE BACKPACKERS

8.5/10

Located in Shoreditch (one of my favourite areas in London), clean but didn't have a huge amount of atmosphere while I was there (November), however Shoreditch is a great part of London for meals and going out so I'm sure it's great in the heart of summer.

TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND  

TAUPO URBAN RETREAT

8/10

A cosy little hostel right in the heart of Taupo town, there is a bar open to the public in the front section, with both in and outdoor seating. The rooms are small but nice and you can see a view of the lake from the bedrooms. The bathrooms are communal and there is also a kitchen you can use!

Book your stay at Taupo Urban Retreat

NEW ZEALAND

PICTON, NEW ZEALAND

THE VILLA

8/10

The Villa is homely, central and really lovely. I met some great people here and it felt super comfortable. There is a big garden in the front and back with heaps of places to hang out, as well as a hot tub. There is a big kitchen that leads on to the garden and the rooms were great and comfortable! It's also only a few minutes walk away from the water.

Book your stay at The Villa here

ABEL TASMAN, NEW ZEALAND

THE BARN

8.5/10

Abel Tasman National Park is a great place in the South Island and staying at The Barn was a highlight for me! You can choose to either stay in a yurt (a fancy tent) or a dorm, I chose a yurt and had a great time! There are proper single beds in there (not just mattresses on the floor) and it's surprisingly comfortable. There is a huge outdoor style kitchen plus big dining space and the showers are outdoor camping style too, so it feels like you're really out in nature!

Book your stay at the Barn here

NELSON, NEW ZEALAND

PALACE BACKPACKERS

7.5/10

Right in the centre of Nelson and has a really homely, rustic feel. Instead of bunk beds they are all singles, which is greatly appreciated. There is a huge kitchen with everything you'll need, including spices (which is always rare in a hostel) and also a little common area and outdoor area where you can socialise. Not the most social of hostels when I stayed but really nice otherwise.

Book your stay at Palace Backpackers here

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

ADVENTURE Q2

10/10

Probably the best hostel I've ever stayed in! So much fun, with the friendliest staff, this is the perfect place for solo travellers or if you're just looking for a good time. Each bed has its own curtain, the duvets and mattress is super comfortable and it's just lovely! The hostel also has a common area, kitchen, outdoor section, different events every night and you can even borrow gear like bikes and go pros!

Book your stay at Adventure Q2 here

WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND

MATTERHORN SOUTH

7/10

Very simple and basic, but definitely does the job. It didn't seem overly social while I was there, but it was very central in Wanaka and had a decent kitchen and common area where you could hang out! 

Book your stay at Matterhorn South

KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND

DUSKY LODGE

6/10

A little out of the main part of Kaikoura, I booked this very last minute and didn't spend too much time here (I arrived late afternoon and left early morning). It was pleasant enough but wouldn't be rushing to stay again!

Book your stay at Dusky Lodge

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

URBANZ

7/10

This is one of those large hostels that are just good fun! It's super basic and you can fit a lot of people when it's at full capacity, but it's a great place to meet people and socialise. It's not too far from the centre of Christchurch and you have all the basic amenities you would need!

Book your stay at Urbanz

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, NEW ZEALAND  

MOUNT BACKPACKERS

6.5/10

Super basic and very cheap, Mount Backpackers is the real 'surfers' vibe. I stayed in their 16 bed room and it's definitely snug and can get VERY hot in summer. There is a small kitchen and little backyard bit to hang out in and the best part is they offer bicycle hire for $2, it's right in the centre of town AND only a short walk from the beach!

Book your stay at Mount Backpackers

NEW PLYMOUTH, NEW ZEALAND  

ARIKI BACKPACKERS

5.5/10

The vibe in the rooms and reception is very similar to staying at your grandparents house, and the interior design doesn't look too far off that. However there is a great little rooftop balcony where you can sit and chill with some people!

Book your stay at Ariki Backpackers