Photo Credit (Clockwise from top left): Home Lisbon Hostel, HostelWorld, Hostelz, HostelWorld, HostelWorld, Hostelz

The best hostels in Europe offer the style and coziness of a boutique hotel, for a fraction of the price. You can save tremendous amounts of money while travelling if you share a room, but as an added bonus, you also get to meet fellow travelers. Most hostels even have private rooms, still cheaper than a hotel.

The trick is finding these amazing hostels, since there are just as many mediocre (or even bad) hostels out there too. Hostel review websites like HostelWorld and Hostelz have detailed descriptions, multiple photos, and lots of user reviews to help you decide.

Once you pick your city and travel dates, it’s easy to sort the list for the best reviewed (or cheapest, if that’s how you roll). For this list, both of the above websites supplied me with the best reviewed hostels in Europe. I go into a bit more detail in how I curated this list in the first article in the series, 10 Best Hostels In The UK.

All the hostels on this list are good, and the order is roughly great to best, though due to the vagaries of subjective ratings, I haven’t given them a specific numbered order.

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Flow (Budapest, Hungary)

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Flow is a new, modern-looking hostel in the old part of Budapest, just a few minute from the Danube, central market, and more. From their writeup on HostelWorld: “Our concept is to synthesize high quality living spaces with social life and activities.”

Rodamon (Barcelona, Spain)

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I stayed at the Generator in Barcelona, which was excellent, but the rooms were a bit cramped. I think I’ll stay here next time. Looks gorgeous.

Swanky Mint (Zagreb, Croatia)

I wish I had been able to stay here when I was in Zagreb last year. I stayed in the super cool Train Hostel instead which is an actual train).

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An Alpine chalet with a hot tub. Sounds pretty solid to me. From a review on Hostelz: “Unbelievable place. I booked after seeing the reviews but had no idea that I was really going into such a warm, friendly environment.”

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A Dali-themed lounge. How cool is that?

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Slovenia is delightful, though I’ve spent most of my time in Ljubljana. MCC in Celje looks gorgeous, in a recently remodeled historical building.

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Two words: Free churros. I’m in. There’s also free dinner, 1 euro beers, and a bar crawl every night.

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A friend of mine stayed here and didn’t want to leave. Said it was her favorite hostel in the world.

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I tend to prefer larger hostels, but I know a lot of travelers that love the small cozy ones, and from the reviews this seems to be one of the best of those. Extremely high ratings from nearly everyone who stayed there.

Home Lisbon Hostel (Lisbon, Portugal) (image on server?)

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I’ve stayed here and it absolutely deserves all the praise it receives. Incredible atmosphere, gorgeous interiors, and fantastic food at night. Home regularly wins “Best Hostel in the World” awards from many websites, and having spent a few days there, I find it hard to disagree. Anyone who doesn’t believe a hostel can be better than a hotel needs to stay here.

You can check out my world wanderings as a digital nomad at BaldNomad.com.

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