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All of the properties on this list are actual hostels that offer some form of dormitory accommodation. There no hotels, apartments, or other types of accommodation. This list of the top hostels in Europe is based on customer reviews on Hostelworld. Hostels have evolved greatly over the last 20 years and many are luxury or to use the term "flashpacker" hostels. These usually have a very high standard of customer service and have a more contemporary design. The other main type of hostel this list is the community lead or traditional hostel. These are usually very social and will normally have a bar or a communal area or both.

Best Hostels in Europe - Portugal

Home Lisbon Hostel

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In my opinion, Home Lisbon Hostel is the best hostel in Europe and has one of the highest ratings on Hostelworld for a hostel at 9.8/10. On top of this, they frequently win Awards.

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It is perfectly located in Lisbon's historic centre with the main attractions within walking distance. The hostel is housed in a 200-year-old building. It features a comfortable common room, a dining room with a bar, a great kitchen, a patio and most importantly, great beds in spacious rooms, all with balconies or big windows. Hostel guests get FREE access to the Co-Working Space.

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Best Hostels in Europe - France

Les Piaules Hostel, Paris.

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Les Piaules, is a recently opened hostel by 3 young Parisian travellers in a fully renovated art deco building. Les Piaules offers a rooftop terrace with fantastic view on Paris iconic monuments, fast free WiFi, check-out until 12 am, custom bunk beds (with curtains, reading light, power plugs, private lockers and comfy mattress), a trendy bar with a  selection of local beer, coffee and French specialities.

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They also offer: 24/7 check-in, Multilingual staff, Local food and drinks, Custom bunked, City expert desk, High-speed free WiFi, Badass breakfast and Rooftop terrace to give you panoramic views of Paris.

Les Piaules is located in the arty district of Belleville which features many bars and it's only a 50m walk to Belleville metro station.

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Best Hostels in Europe - Italy

Generator Hostel, Rome.

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Generator Rome is located in Rome’s Esquilino and right across the street from the Mercado dell’ Esquilino, a food market showcasing the wide variety of Italy’s fresh local produce. The property is a 5-minute walk from the Termini station and Colosseum.

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At Generator, there are 78 intricately styled private or shared en-suite rooms. Set over seven floors, the hostel includes a deli-style café, bar and chill-out lounge.

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Best Hostels in Europe - The Netherlands

ClinkNOORD, Amsterdam.

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ClinkNOORD is located close to the centre of Amsterdam, just 10 minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal Station. You have to catch a short free ferry across the IJ River, which runs 24/7, and the hostel is 3 minutes walk when you get off. ClinkNOORD has modern Dutch-style interiors and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The hostel offers dormitory accommodation, private rooms, free Wi-Fi throughout the building and a great-value buffet breakfast for €6.90.

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The hostel has some fantastic social/common areas including a library/workspace, a sunny and spacious atrium, a café and an in-hostel bar. The hostel offers dormitories from 4 to 14 beds (including female only dorms) and private rooms. Each bunk bed has an individual light and USB socket/electric point to charge devices. Most dorms and rooms are en-suite.

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Best Hostels in Europe - Denmark

Urban House, Copenhagen.

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Urban House is a trendy hostel located in the vibrant area of Vesterbro, only 2 minutes walk from Copenhagen Central Station. The hostel has some very unique features, including online check-in, a tattoo parlour and bicycle shop.

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At Urban House, guests can choose between private rooms with a bathroom or dormitories. All rooms include linen, towels and individual reading lights. Dorm rooms provide personal lockers.  Wi-Fi is free. Local craft beer and live music can be enjoyed at the bar. Guests can mingle in the billiards lounge and the courtyard garden.  There is a designated quiet room, a movie room and a games room.

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Best Hostels in Europe - United Kingdom

YHA London Oxford Street, London.

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YHA London Oxford Street is just off Oxford Street in central Soho, a lively area of cafes and bars. The hostel is centred between three of London's most popular tube stations - Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus.

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They have a variety of rooms available, from 2 to 4 bed, as well as offering dorm beds. All rooms have shared facilities. Breakfast costs £4.99. Free Wi-Fi is available to all guests in communal areas.

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Wales - Ty Glyndwr Bunkhouse

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Ty Glyndwr is a new, fresh and modern hostel within a Grade II listed Victorian building in the centre of the Historical Town of Caernarfon.

The hostel, café and bar are located just 50m from the 13th Century Caernarfon Castle built by Edward I and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. We at the heart of the old walled town, the walls of which border the beautiful Menai Strait.

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Built-in 1815 Ty Glyndwr has been extensively refurbished both inside and out to provide eclectic yet modern interiors while retaining its Victorian elegance. The hostel provides guests with a relaxed and friendly welcome, really comfortable accommodation, incredibly good coffee and a fantastic, fun bar. We offer dorm and private rooms as well as a family studio apartment; breakfast is included and dogs are welcome.

Caernarfon is a thriving centre of art, craft, entertainment and cuisine as well as culture and history. The on-site café serves the finest locally roasted coffee and a wide selection of teas as well as locally produced cakes. Wherever possible locally grown/produced ingredients are used throughout the café and hostel. The basement bar stocks the best Welsh beers, ciders and spirits as well a large gin menu and regularly hosts live music and events.

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Best Hostels in Europe - Spain

Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona.

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Hostel One Paralelo is located within walking distance to many of the main sights such as La Rambla, Montjuic and the waterfront. This hostel has one of the highest ratings on Hostelworld at 9.8/10 and also wins many awards.

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But what really makes the hostel unique are their many excellent facilities:

  • Fully equipped kitchen 24/7 access
  • 24/7 Reception
  • Large sun terrace to relax day or evening
  • 3 different common areas
  • Custom designed POD beds

Book your stay at Hostel One Paralelo, Barcelona

Best Hostels in Europe - Germany

EastSeven Berlin Hostel, Berlin.

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EastSeven Berlin Hostel has a lot of thoughtful little extras like a printer, bike rental, happy hour, umbrellas and hairdryers, so it's little wonder they were rated #1 on Hostelworld in Germany at the 2015, 2009 and 2008 Hoscars. This very clean hostel also features a large self-catering kitchen and an outdoor BBQ area. It's also close to the great bars, restaurants and shops in Prenzlauer Berg as well as Alexander Platz and Museum Island.

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To ensure that you have a fantastic time in Berlin, the hostel will provide you with:

  •  friendly, multilingual staff
  • great location in the centre of Berlin
  • Free WiFi
  • late check-out, free luggage storage
  • maps, information and recommendations on where to go.
  • walking tours leave from our hostel twice a day
  • bicycle rental

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Best Hostels in Europe - Czech Republic

Hostel One Home, Prague.

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Hostel One Home is within walking distance of the main attractions in Prague, just one street away from the Powder Tower and Municipal House. Every single night a free family-style dinner is on offer where you can eat with fellow travellers and share your travel experiences.

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The hostel features free WiFi, free computers, free luggage storage, free lockers, free tea and coffee, free linen, spacious bright rooms, comfy beds and hot water 24/7. This newly renovated hostel has 5 common areas: Kitchen, Cinema room, lounge, computer room, and terrace.

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Best Hostels in Europe - Hungary

Meander Hostel, Budapest.

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Meander hostel is located in the centre of Budapest, close to St. Stephens Basilica, and a just a street away from Budapest's theatre district, with its cafes, bars and restaurants. The location makes it perfect to walk to all the major sites in Budapest.

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Meander hostel offers guests both indoor and courtyard common areas, a well-equipped kitchen, free tea and coffee. Wi-Fi is free in every room and there are communal computers and free printing, Free linen and towel hire, Free city maps, lockers and luggage room.

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