Snow to Seas’ Top Hostels in Europe for 2018

Swimming pools, complimentary lattes and wine tasting, private beaches, elaborate buffet breakfasts, heated shower floors – these services and amenities seem like the stuff of four and five star hotels.


Would you believe me if I told you that you can find hostels with many of these services and amenities too?

After spending three years living in Europe and treating every possible break from work as an opportunity to travel, I realized that I spent a lot of time in a lot of different hostels. (FYI: I’m all about budget travel). I’ve previously written about essential items to pack and amenities to look for when planning hostel stays. However, this post is dedicated to showcasing some of the most glamorous and some of my favourite hostels in Europe, because so many hostels out there are oh, so seriously great.

And if you’re having any doubts about my claim, let the details and pictures of some incredible European hostels featured below make your doubts vanish into thin air.

Top European Hostels for 2018

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Each hostel listing below identifies the month of the hostel stay and the type of room booked. The hostel highlights described are based on my essential hostel services and amenities post published in October 2017.

1. St. Julian’s, Malta: Inhawi Boutique Hostel

Month of Stay: September
Room Booked:  1 Bed in a 12-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

If I ever have the chance plan another trip to Malta, I will not hesitate to book another stay at the island’s Inhawi Boutique Hostel. The hostel is located just a few minutes away from St. Julian’s waterfront. It is also walking distance to an abundance of lovely and lively cafes, restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs. As well, with the help of public transportation, it’s easy to access many of the country’s hotspots, such as the capital of Valetta, Sliema, the Three Cities, from Inhawi. With its in-ground pool and countless indoor and outdoor lounging areas, guests will find the boutique hostel an ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day of sight-seeing.

Inhawi Boutique Hostel Pool, Malta

The Inhawi Boutique Hostel Pool.

Inhawi Boutique Hostel Kitchen, Malta

A snap of one gorgeous hostel common area. 

2. Interlaken, Switzerland: Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof – Hostel Interlaken

Month of Stay: December
Room Booked: 1 Bed in a Quadruple Room

Hostel Highlights:

A few years ago, there was a pretty viral post going around Pinterest about some affordable, yet luxurious hostels in Europe. I didn’t have any luck finding that post today, but I remember a hostel from Interlaken making the list. The description of that Interlaken hostel was 100% responsible for putting the Swiss town on my “must visit” list.

I’m not sure if Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof was that hostel on the list, but it 100% met my expectations when it came to having the ultimate Interlaken hostel experience. The hostel itself is extremely clean, cozy, and secure and is situated right by a paragliding landing field in the centre of town. Upon arrival, guests receive vouches for complimentary lattes and get thorough information about the area. Through the hostel, visitors also have the opportunity to book a whole ton of unique Swiss activities and excursions, such as mountain night sledding, fondue feasting, and more.

Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof – Hostel Interlaken

Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof‘s Grand Entrance.

3. Riga, Latvia: Tree House

Month of Stay: October
Room Booked: 1 Bed in a 10-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Riga’s Tree House is the hostel you want to have the privilege of calling home (even if it’s just for a night or two). On, the hostel has one of the top ratings in the city for a whole list of good reasons. Found on the edge of Riga’s Old Town, the hostel’s location is nothing short of ideal. The hostel’s common area and kitchen are also absolutely well-stocked and cozy. As well, the hostel’s staff go above and beyond to make sure guests have the perfect stay and experience the best of Riga. All in all, a stay at Riga’s Tree House is ridiculously affordable. A night in a dorm room can cost as little as $15 USD. It’s also worth mentioning that the complimentary breakfast is significantly more satisfying than the typical hostel butter and toast.

Riga Tree House Hostel

Tip: Stays in the hostel’s 10-bed Female Dorm (pictured above) have the most favourable reviews.

4. Budapest, Hungary: Maverick City Lodge

Month of Stay: April
Room Booked:  1 Bed in an 10-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Clean, secure, fast wifi, a large common area, a kitchen – Budapest’s Maverick City Lodge has all “essential” hostel amenities and more. Found just a 3-minute walk away from one of Budapest’s most famous ruin bars, Szimpla Kert, the hostel is also less than a 15-minute walk away from the Danube River and top Budapest attractions, such as St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Central Market Hall. As well, bathrooms connected to the female dorms boast heated shower floors, and hostel staff regularly organize socials featuring complimentary alcohol tastings. All in all, a stay at the Maverick City Lodge is sure to be a good one.

Inside Szimpla Kert Budapest

The entrance to Budapest’s ruin bar, Szimpla Kert.

READ MORE: Your Guide to Exploring Budapest’s Golden Interiors

5. Oslo, Norway: Saga Poshtel Oslo Central

Month of Stay: September
Room Booked:  1 Bed in an 8-Bed Mixed Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Oslo’s downtown hostel is called a poshtel for a whole list of excellent reasons. Centrally located in downtown Oslo, Saga Poshtel Oslo Central is only a 10-minute walk away from the city’s central train station, major shopping district, and famous opera house. The hostel is also exceptionally clean and airy, and a wonderful buffet breakfast is already included in the price per night. (And I promise you, this breakfast does not disappoint. Do you dare try the Norwegian brown cheese?)

Inside Saga Poshtel Oslo Central

Just a fancy stairwell for a fancy hostel.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo’s Opera House – Just a 10-minute walk away from Saga Poshtel Oslo Central.

6. Tartu, Estonia: Hektor Design Hostel

Month of Stay: October
Room Booked:  Single Room with a Private Bathroom

Hostel Highlights:

I’ll be saving my lengthy list of reasons why Estonia’s second largest city, Tartu, is totally worth a visit for a different post, but I’ll take a moment now to highlight one of the city’s awesome and affordable accommodation options. Hektor Design Hostel is roughly a 10-minute walk away from Tartu’s downtown bus terminal. It’s fresh and modern interior only emphasizes the hostel’s cleanliness and commitment to ensuring that guests have nothing short of a fantastic stay. The hostel also happens to have a rather large kitchen and common area, and a yummy buffet breakfast is included in the price per night.

Downtown Tartu Estonia

Romantic downtown Tartu.

7. Izola, Slovenia: Hostel Alieti

Month of Stay: August
Room Booked: 1 Bed in a 6-Bed Mixed Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

If you’ve read my post about Piran, Slovenia, you’ll know that when visiting the Slovenian coast, some people choose to stay in Izola so that they can spend a night at Hostel Alieti. Located a 1-minute walk away from the town’s waterfront promenade, this hostel fully deserves its 9.5 rating. The hostel is clean and secure, and the staff is beyond welcoming. Guests even get access to an Air Conditioner during those hot summer nights. Oh, and I can’t complain about those chocolate croissants served at breakfast either!

Izola, Slovenia

The gorgeous waterfront promenade found right by Izola’s Hostel Alieti. 

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Other Hostels Totally Worth Booking in Europe:

While the hostels found below aren’t quite as luxe as the ones above, they are definitely worth the stay. Read on to find out why:

1. Lisbon, Portugal: Yes Lisbon Hostel

Month of Stay: October
Room Booked:  1 Bed in a 6-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Yes Lisbon Hostel is a super safe and super clean hostel located in the heart of downtown Lisbon. The hostel is a 5-minute walk away from Praça do Comérico, Lisbon’s main city square. As well, guests can easily walk to Lisbon’s Alfama, Baixa & Rossio, Bairro Alto, Mouraria, and Cais do Sodré neighbourhoods from the hostel. Moreover, Yes Lisbon Hostel offers visitors breakfast for a small additional fee, has a fully-stocked bar, and regularly organizes social events for hostel guests.

Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comérico.

2. Bern, Switzerland: Bern Backpackers Hostel Glocke

Month of Stay: December
Room Booked: 1 Bed in 6-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Bern Backpackers Hostel Glocke can be found in the heart of Bern’s old town and just around the corner from the city’s famous astronomical clock tower. The hostel is walking distance to many of the city’s famous sites and attractions, such as the Bern Minster, the Rose Garden, the Aare River, and the Federal Palace of Switzerland. The hostel itself is clean and cozy, and gives visitors access to a large kitchen, spacious common area, and laundry facilities (for a small fee).

Zytglogge Bern, Switzerland

The heart of Bern’s Old Town – found just around the corner from Bern Backpackers Hostel Glocke.

3. Bergen, Norway: Marken Guesthouse

Month of Stay: September
Room Booked:  1 Bed in 6-Bed Female Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

As with the other hostels featured in this post, Bergen’s Marken Guesthouse is able to offer its guests some pretty desirable services and amenities. The hostel has quite a few different common areas and a rather large guest kitchen. If you’re travelling on a budget, being able to cook your own meals is a great money-saving strategy – especially in pricey Scandinavia. Being around a 5-minute walk away from Bergen’s famous UNESCO site, Bryggen, and the foot of Mt. Fløyen is undeniably convenient too!

View from Mt. Fløyen Observation Deck in Bergen, Norway

Looking out over Bergen from Mt. Fløyen.

READ MORE: Spending an Afternoon Hiking up Mt. Fløyen

4. Stockholm, Sweden: Castle House Inn

Month of Stay: December
Room Booked:  Double Room

Hostel Highlights:

Stockholm’s Castle House Inn is located in one of my favourite parts of the city – the Old Town (a.k.a. Gamla Stan). By staying in Stockholm’s medieval centre, you also end up being walking distance to many of the city’s top attractions, such as the Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum, the Vasa Museum, Gröna Lund, Drottningatan, and more. If you happen to stay at the Castle House Inn in December, you’ll also be just around the corner from the city’s annual Old Town Christmas Market. While the hostel doesn’t have a whole assortment of special services and amenities, it’s clean, secure, and the location simply can’t be beat.

5. Bled, Slovenia: Garden House Bled

Month of Stay: August
Room Booked:  1 Bed in a 6-Bed Mixed Dorm

Hostel Highlights:

Garden House Bled is a special little gem of a hostel found in northern Slovenia. Only open during the summer months, Garden House gives its guests a taste of idyllic, rustic life. Boasting outdoor common spaces, eating areas, and fresh herbs for guests to use, a stay at Garden House Bled is bound to be a unique and memorable experience.

Fresh Herbs at Garden House Hostel, Bled

Garden House Bled‘s fresh herbs.

6. Munich, Germany: Euro Youth Hostel

Month of Stay: February
Room Booked:  Double Room

Hostel Highlights:

Found just down the street from Munich’s Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and walking distance to the city’s Old Town, Euro Youth Hostel is a pretty lively place to stay. But in all honesty, when in Munich – the land of Oktoberfest and many things beer – I wouldn’t want it any other way. Euro Youth Hostel also happens to be home to the city’s most popular hostel bar, and with its spacious common areas, the hostel is a great place to meet and mingle with other travellers.

View over Lake Como from the Lake Como Hostel

Can you believe that this view can be experienced from a hostel room? (At the Lake Como Hostel to be exact). This hostel also has a private beach. 

Without a doubt, many of the hostels featured in this post are redefining modern day perceptions and expectations of budget accommodations. Have any these hostels caught your eye? If so, go ahead and comment which one(s).

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Found an ultra cozy reading nook in Tallinn, Estonia’s Old Town Hostel Alur.

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