It’s no secret that we LOVE hostels– they’re the best type of accommodation to stay in if you’re on a budget. No longer are they dirty and sometimes dangerous accommodations, but instead stylish hubs that are destinations themselves, each competing for “most creative” while having the best deal too. We’ve already broken down for you our list of top hostels that are better than hotels, but for those of you who are trying to save some dough, here are our 8 favorite budget hostels in Europe that will definitely make you want to move in full-time.
1. The Pink Palace (Corfu, Greece)
This hostel is every budget adventurer’s dream. The Pink Palace offers almost everything for free, including breakfast and dinner, high speed WIFI, airport pickup, access to their 24 hour nightclub, a private beach with daily booze cruises, and toga parties. As if it could get any better, the hostel also features a balcony in every room, a jacuzzi, and is in one of the most beautiful areas of Europe. It is almost a sin that you can book this for only around $25 per night.
2. Cat’s Hostel (Madrid, Spain)
Located in the center of Madrid in a 17th century palace, Cat’s Hostel is a steal. For around $18 per night, visitors will receive breakfast, platefuls of paella on Saturdays, high-speed WIFI, walking tours of Madrid, flamenco and salsa dance lessons, daily pub crawls, and drink discounts at their on-site bar. Did we mention that this hostel was built in a palace? If you need a break from the free tours and pub crawls, sip some sangria and relax on the giant pillows surrounding the fountain in their mosaic-tiled courtyard.
3. Balmer’s Herberge (Interlaken, Switzerland)
As Switzerland’s first youth hostel, Balmer’s Herberge has a long history of housing adventurers. Straddling two great lakes and surrounded by the Alps, it is fitting that this hostel offers private lodges, complimentary bike tours, a delicious alpine breakfast, and a rooftop jacuzzi. The receptionists can also arrange adventure activities including paragliding, skydiving, rafting, ice climbing, and rafting, as well as trips to mountaintops where you can eat fondue in an outdoor hot tub or watch the sunset over the glaciers. For around just $16 per night, this is a no-brainer.
4. St. Christopher’s Hostel (Newquay, England)
If your definition of paradise is waking up in a comfortable bed to the sound of the ocean just outside your window, then this location of St. Christopher’s is for you. Sitting above Towan Beach, this cliff-top retreat is the ideal location for surfers, beach bums, cliff jumpers, and visitors who want to enjoy a cold one from a panoramic bar overlooking the Atlantic. When following the shoreline, keep an eye out for the ruins of Tintagel Castle, which is the legendary home of Merlin, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s hard to believe, but living the high life near rumored royalty will only cost you around $23 per night.
Originally built as an ambassador’s residence, The Independente Hostel is arguably one of the most luxurious budget hostels. The perfect mix of modern ambiance with ornate and historic details, this hostel offers free breakfast, an on-site beer garden, a rooftop terrace with awesome views of the city, and it is located in the middle of Lisbon. A luxurious stay for only around $12 per night? Sign us up.
6. Lavender Circus Hostel (Budapest, Hungary)
An apartment-style hostel located in the heart of Budapest, this converted 19th century mansion is warm and cozy with a hint of its former imperial bliss. Within walking distance of all the major sites, the Lavender Circus offers rooms that are individually painted and decorated by local artists and delicious Hungarian dinners for about $18 per night.
7. Soul Kitchen (St. Petersburg, Russia)
This award-winning hostel is located in a 150-year-old neo-baroc building overlooking the river. Soul Kitchen is an attraction all on its own, as some scenes from “The Master and Margarita” were filmed here. The owners of this hostel have done a wonderful job preserving the original 19th century floors and wood-fired oven, and the rooms offer the perfect combination of chic design with a classic vibe. With only a 2 minute walk to the city center and at about $12 per night for a comfy bed, you will probably never want to leave.
8. St. Briavels Hostel (Gloucestershire, England)
While once reserved for the rich and powerful, this 800-year-old castle is now one of the most affordable lodgings in the English countryside. Translation: you can stay in a castle for around $23 a night. Say it with us: YUP. As it typically works, this castle is of course haunted, so be sure to listen for the complimentary baby ghost cries during the night.
What other cheap hostels have you stayed at that you loved? Let us know in the comments.