Thursday, 7 August 2014

5 Best European Cities for Hostels

With a seemingly endless list of countries in Europe to visit, selecting which to add to your travel itinerary can seem like an overwhelming choice. The good news is that, with so many beautiful cities and cultures in such close proximity to each other, you can’t really go wrong.

Edinburgh, Scotland

5 Best European Cities for Hostels


There is so much to see and do in this beautiful city which can be easily explored on foot. When your feet and head need a rest, there are plenty of great hostels offering cheap beds. During the university’s Easter and summer vacation, Pollock Hall Campus offers a calm environment to stay in and does an OK(ish) breakfast. For the rest of the year, St Christopher’s Hostel provides affordable rooms and lively entertainment every night of the week.


Amsterdam is a city as famous for its beauty, culture and history as it is for open-mindedness and partying. No matter what appeals to you about Amsterdam, you are sure to find a hostel that suits you. The Flying Pig Downtown hostel has a reputation for being a party hot spot and  offers guests the convenience of its own on-site bar which is open until 4am. For a more tranquil setting, the Truelove Antique and Guesthouse is located in the historic centre of Amsterdam and offers a quieter environment for guests who wish to sleep soundly.


From the medieval lanes of the Old Town to the cosmopolitan bars, clubs and art galleries, Prague is overflowing with characteristic charm and history. If you’re hoping to stay a little closer to the action, the cleverly named Czech Inn is a stroll away from Vinihrady, the home of some of Prague’s best bars and restaurants. A little further away is Sir Toby’s Hostel, a clean and friendly hostel that takes great pride in its first-rate reputation.


Barcelona is as steeped in tradition and culture as it is progressive and cosmopolitan. Stay at the Pension Villanueva Hostel to be close to the Gran Teatre del Liceau and indulge in one of the most technologically advanced theatres in the world. Or, enjoy the many bars and restaurants on Las Ramblas before heading back to the atmospheric Kabul Backpackers Hostel to continue the revelry.


Rome’s reputation as a vibrant, historical metropolis precedes itself and, like myself, you are sure to fall in love with this glorious city. There is plenty of fun to be had in Rome. The Yellow hostel is an establishment that regularly hosts its own parties (think togas and other varieties of Roman costume). On the other side of town, Downtown Accommodation is a family run guest house, ideally located to explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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