Hostelworld's Top 5 Hostels in Europe
Accommodation as unique as your itinerary
Hostelling and Interrail are about the same thing - exploring the world and meeting new people. By staying in a hostel on your Interrail trip, your accommodation can be just as unique and exciting as your travel itinerary. No two hostels are the same, with all offering different facilities, communities and vibes, from party hostels to small chill-out hostels; city hubs, to rural escapes.
Many of Europe's hostels now rival hotels in terms of quality and facilities, but often at a much lower price. And the best thing about hostels is that you can meet people from all over the world! Whether you choose to stay in a dormitory room, or join a pub crawl or "family dinner", hostels are always the social accommodation option. This has made hostels the top choice for solo travellers and backpackers.
Europe is still the most popular continent for backpackers, in fact recent research by Hostelworld revealed over half of past and millennial travellers have visited Europe. It’s no surprise though, given the wide variety of destinations you can see throughout Europe – from snowy peaks to ancient cities. The new global report reveals the top destinations for millennial backpackers in Europe are France (29%), Italy (25%), Germany (25%), Spain (20%) and Belgium (18%). If you’re planning a trip to any of these destinations this summer, check out some of the top hostels below and take advantage of the Global Pass.
1. Jo&Joe Gentilly (Paris, France)
JO&JOE is a house open to all, a cool and caring place to stay, at the crossroads of a hostel, a hotel and a private rental. Located between the Porte d'Orléans and the Porte de Gentilly, JO&JOE Paris welcomes locals and travellers from all over the world in a property with a unique look, created by the studio that designed the HQs of Google, YouTube and Jaguar Land Rover.
Whichever type of room you choose, the beds are specially crafted for comfort, equipped with a USB port, a bedside lamp and bed sheets. Moreover, the hostel is only a stone's throw away from a RER station which gives you access to Paris's excellent public transit system, making it the perfect place to stay in on your city break.
2. Hostel Trustever (Rome, Italy)
Located right next to Trastevere, consistently rated one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Rome, and just across the river from Rome’s most iconic sights, Hostel Trustever is our accommodation tip in the Eternal City. It has stylish rooms and dormitories, equipped with A/C and free WiFi.
Still not convinced? Trustever's facilities include an in-house bar, a garden, an outdoor terrace to chill with your new friends, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and 3 common areas designed for different moods: to relax, to work, or to party.
3. Wombats City Hostel (Munich, Germany)
Wombats City Hostel was rated the most popular in Munich at the 2017 Hoscars and we're not surprised. This friendly hostel offers a lot of nice (paid) extras to guests, such as a fully-stocked bar and a frequently praised all-you-can-eat breakfast.
We particularly like the hammocks and bean bags in their glass-roofed courtyard, where travellers can relax even during poorer weather. They're located just 10 minutes' walk from most of the city centre sights, and are close by the U-Bahn and international trains at the Hauptbahnhof. Up for a drink? The hostel is within walking distance of the world-famous Oktoberfest grounds! During the rest of the year, the lively womBar serves affordable drinks, cocktails and snacks and offers happy hours and regular events.
4. Unite Hostel (Barcelona, Spain)
Unite Hostel is located in a privileged environment, in a remodelled building of the Olympic Village, a few steps from the beach. It offers spacious rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, WiFi and a USB connection for each bed.
The hostel has an idyllic location. It is just 10 minutes by bike from La Sagrada Familia and 500 metres from the metro that goes directly to the city centre (La Catedral, Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal). It shares a neighbourhood with some of the most pioneering start-ups and design studios in the city, as well as Barcelona's famous beaches, like Nova Icària and La Barceloneta!
5. Jacques Brel Youth Hostel (Brussels, Belgium)
If you're looking to stay in Brussels in a friendly, international atmosphere, the Jacques Brel Youth Hostel is perfect for you! Located in the Uptown of the city (10 minutes walking from the Grand Place), it is ideal for all type of travellers who wish to explore the capital city of Europe.
You will find museums, art galleries, historical sites, restaurants, shopping areas and nightlife hotspots within walking distance. There is a huge outdoor courtyard, a bar serving everyday fresh Belgian craft beer, free buffet breakfast with local organic food, and the hostel is known for the concerts and other fun activities organised here.