The Luxurious and Budget Friendly Hostels of Europe

The Luxurious and Budget Friendly Hostels of Europe
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Hostels of Europe – Ultra Modern, Luxurious and Budget Friendly !

As many of you might be knowing, I  did a 2-week Euro Trip that too under 370 USD, back in Jan 2018 and all this wouldn’t have been possible, had I stayed in hotels instead of hostels. Usually hostels are preferred, as they are the cheapest mode of accommodation available, but what surprised me was, that all the hostels I stayed in, were at par with any modern luxury hotels, with all the modern amenities, one could look for in a hotel.

So, the next time, you plan of booking a Euro Trip, make sure to check out these 4 ultra-modern luxurious yet budget friendly hostels of Europe.

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Hostels of Europe – Post Hostel Prague, Prague, Czech Republic 

Starting from just €10 per night, this hostel is situated in the attractive Vinohrady district of Prague, Post Hostel Prague is only 5 minutes’ walk from one of Prague’s most loved parks (and beer gardens) Riegrovy Sady and a mere 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and is well connected by public transport as well.

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With its 24-hour open reception, this hostel has both Private Rooms, as well as 4, 6 and 8 bed dorms, either with a shared bathroom or ensuite, and one can avail free Wifi throughout the hostel, apart from access to free city maps, and a lively common room.

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One needs to keep in mind that the hostel has a keycard entry system, for security reasons, and you will get the keycard on your check-in, however, you need to deposit €10 in cash, which you get back on check out.

The hostel also has some age restrictions, like you need to be between 18-39 years to check into a dorm, and if you lie beyond this age group, and have a reservation, the hostel, will cancel your reservation, without any refund and will charge for the first night.

Related : A Weekend in Prague – A Comprehensive City Guide

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Check in begins after 3 PM, and the check-out timing is 11 AM.

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Also, if you are planning on exploring Prague like a local, I suggest you check out this 3 Day Prague Itinerary.


Hostels of Europe – Hostel Ruthensteiner, Vienna, Austria

Perfectly located between the city center & Schönbrunn Palace, close to the biggest pedestrian street, you will find accommodations to appeal to everyone, in Hostel Ruthensteiner, ranging  from 6 or 10 bed dorms (both mixed and single sex) to private 1-4 bed rooms and intimate doubles, both en-suite and dorm-style, with comfy beds, kitchen & BBQ, lovely gardens, musical instruments, affordable bikes for rent, free internet PC’s, free wireless (working in rooms), free maps, international crowd & the friendliest staff in Vienna!

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Hostel Ruthensteiner, which is just 4 minutes from Westbahnhof train station and within walking distance of both the City Center and beautiful Palace Schoenbrunn, serves as the ideal spot to set base in Vienna ! With a beautiful garden, a well decorated and spacious lounge, and the cozy bar, serving inhouse beer, Hostel Ruthensteiner, is nothing short of a paradisiacal oasis, bang in the middle of Vienna!

I found the staff extremely helpful and friendly, and even got to enjoy unlimited hot apple ginger tea, during my stay. Post check-in, the staff at the reception, marked all the important places of interest on the city map, and gave some helpful and handy tips as well. The hostel turned lively in the evenings, when they have a happy hour in the bar, and in the mornings during breakfast. With a variety of healthy options, laid on the table, the hostel makes sure, that you have a healthy start to the day.

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Hostel Ruthensteiner, has been there in operation since 1968, and is part of the Europe’s Famous Hostel consortium, but it’s the only one of its kind (it has no branches). So, make sure to check out Hostel Ruthensteiner, during your trip to Vienna.

Also, if you are planning on exploring Vienna properly, I suggest you check out this 3 Day Vienna Itinerary.

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Hostels of Europe – DREAM Hostel, Bratislava, Slovakia

Dream Hostel Bratislava is not only a 5-storied building with a big common area, full equipped guest kitchen, laundry, luggage room and modern rooms with the nice view on the Old Town, but also a trendy and cozy place where you will meet other dreamers just like you are!

Dream Hostel Bratislava is set on Leškova Street. It is a quiet street far from noisy roads and very closed to the most popular touristic place in Bratislava. The railway station is in 6 min walk from the hostel (500 m. away). Also, the most popular shopping street (Obchodna st.) is only in 12-15 min walking distance. There are lots of cozy cafes, a supermarket, and a currency exchange just around the corner.

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The highlights about my stay at DREAM hostel, Bratislava, has to be the amazing and spacious lounging area, near the reception, and not to forget the comfy patented DREAM bed. Breakfast is charged at € 3, and is recommended to have a healthy start to the day, though you can always make use of the kitchen and cook your own food.

Related : Backpacking – Getting Started

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Hostels of Europe – Nitra Glycerin Hostel, Nitra, Slovakia

Nitra Glycerin Hostel was created by two travellers who, after returning from a long trip, wanted to create a place representing and combining everything they had seen. A peaceful and fun place where everything is made to make you feel comfortable. A place made by travellers for travellers.

The hostel is a quaint comfortable sanctuary for backpackers in the not so popular town of Nitra. The rooms are spacious, and the beds are equally comfortable, but it’s the common area that fascinated me the most. Equipped with a snooker table, play station, and a high speed WiFi, it was the perfect place to hang out with fellow solo travellers and share endless stories.

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The hostel is located adjacent to TESCO superstore, making it super easy and convenient to stock up groceries for the duration of your stay, as a stay at NITRA Glycerin Hostel, is perfect to disconnect from the world, and reconnect with yourself.

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Related : What to EAT when you are Hungry in HUNGARY ? The Budapest Food Guide


If you are travelling with your family, and are stuck at the planning stage, then this guide about Planning a Euro Trip With Family, will definitely help you out.


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Disclaimer :  No compensation was received for this article, however Post Hostel Prague, Hostel Ruthensteiner, Vienna; DREAM Hostel, Bratislava and Nitra Glycerin Hostel offered my stay complimentary. As always, the opinions on are (and always will be) my own!







35 thoughts on “The Luxurious and Budget Friendly Hostels of Europe”

  • All look pretty darn solid Arnav. Amazing how hostels have come along, eh? When I stayed in a few some 6 years ago, each was a rat hole LOL. Certainly none of them looked like these absolute beauties, with the clean rooms, courtyards and all the sweet benefits. Rocking post bro.


  • These hostels which you have recommended here are absolutely amazing and look really cosy! I love that personal touch where they had the welcome hamper waiting for you in your hostel room there in Vienna, must have been quite a pleasant surprise!

  • A good hostel is often something difficult to find, but some of them offer a great stay, particularly for solo travellers! Love the look of all the ones you’ve mentioned, great to hear about the best ones in Europe as that’s where I most frequently travel! Have emailed this over to a friend who is currently planning a big trip around Europe!

  • Under $370 for 2 weeks is insane!! It’s great that you found a budget-friendly option in Vienna – I remember that city almost bankrupt me when I visited on my Eurotrip back in 2014! The Nitra Glycerin Hostel looks incredible!! So colourful – I’d say it’s worth me hopping on a plane to Slovakia right now just to stay there.

  • I loved the Post hostel in Prague! I have spent there a week last year. As a local I can say that not all hostels in Czech Republic have such a modern beds with privacy curtains and private socket for mobile phone!

  • This is s good helpful list. Some 3 to 4 years back when I traveled Europe extensively I desperately searched for this info. Hostels are in thing now but not much then. Budget travels are possible thanks to these hostels.

  • Any day any time, I’ll prefer hostels/Airbnb than hotels. Cost effective, you know. The highlight for me among these hostels will be Nitra Glycerin Hostel, so beautiful. I love the travel theme that will pervade the atmosphere. Thanks for this compilation.

  • I’m not at all a hostel person… I tried one once, in Paris, when I was 19… and never tried again! I do like how hostels often have private rooms now, and we are staying in one of these in Boston this summer (the only affordable accommodation). I think you get to a certain age and value privacy over cost 😉 These hostels all look great though, and I’m sure they are perfect for a budget trip around Europe – great destinations too!

  • This is a great post for budget travellers like myself. All these hostels look pretty cool. I particular like the interior of Post Hostel in Prague. The travel stamps on the walls are clever. I also like the outdoor sitting area of Hostel Ruthensteiner. The leaf-less trees are a nice touch.

  • I read your budget trip to Europe in winter and was really convinced that one can do a budget trip and love in these amazing hostels. I haven;t stayed in a hostel so far , so these options look quite exciting to me. Nitra Glycerin Hostel is what I find the most luxurious. I love the interior as well. Its a quite helpful post.

  • All of those hostels look wonderful. I only stayed at my very first hostel last year and it was much better than I had expected. Nice, but not as nice as these European gems. Have hostels become cooler in recent years or you just happened to score 4 exceptional hostels? That hamper gift from Hostel Ruthensteiner is certainly a unique idea!

  • I am well past the point of staying in hostels, but I found this an interesting read. I was particularly interested in your comment about hostels being at par with any modern luxury hotels. That would certainly not have been my view of hostels. Certainly the hostels with bunk beds is not my definition of luxury. But many of the hostels were definitely very funky and worth checking out if you want a hostel. I loved the big shared spaces that were offered.

  • Hostels, i remember them when I was younger and always used them when i was doing budget rail trips across Euroland. Love the variety of hostels on this post.

  • Nitra Glycerin would be just fine for me. I’m not really a hostel person – but I have stayed in a private room in a fabulous one in Zadar (Croatia). It literally has the best views in the entire city – and the rooms are just like tiny hotel rooms!

  • I’ll be honest…I am always a bit wiery about hostels… but to hear that the hostel in Prague uses a keycard entry system for security adds a big green tick! The Dream Hostel Bratislava also looks quite trendy, and I like that it is only 6 minutes walk to the train station. This makes it so much more convenient when you travel! Also nice that you can get the chance to meet other fellow travellers in such a big common area.

  • Hostels have definitely come a long way since I stayed travelling 15years ago, to the point they are just as good as hotels. I have stayed in one for a couple of years but the last one I did was in Croatia and it was better than a hotel and it was a private room. Huge fan of Nitra Glycerin Hostel I just like everything about it and the private room its funky.

  • I regularly depend on hostels too. However, we travel as a couple, and usually prefer private rooms to hostels. The ones you’ve highlighted look awesome, especially Hostel Ruthensteiner’s outdoor area.

  • A 2-week Euro Trip for under 370 USD is awesome – congrats! I actually find that hostels in Europe are among some of the cleanest, modern and most friendly in the world, and a lot of the time the amenities on offer outstrip the value for money you get from a hotel, what with work spaces like at the dream hostel, and I love how much character they always have. The pin map at Nitra Glycerin Hostel is especially cool!

  • I have always wanted to stay at a Hostel, but to be honest with you, without great photos showcasing the hostels like this, I am a bit reluctant. But not anymore. My favorite was the one in Slovakia, very colorful and I also love the private room. Definitely will try out a hostel one day soon.

  • Ryanair is such a blessing, right?! Ryanair + Hostel is the best budget combo… I’ve had some wonderful trips in this exact combo…
    Post Hostel looks supercool. I’m yet to figure out if I’d be able to stay in a hostel with a kid. There are kid friendly hostels, but I dunno how practical it would be. Let’s see!

    • Ryan Air + Europe Hostels is truly a match made in heaven for backpackers. As these hostels do offer private rooms as well, am sure you might be able to stay with your kid.

  • These are some really lovely places you found around Europe! I’m more of a flashpacker, and my hostel days are behind me. However, I like the look of the ones in Slovenia and Slovakia; Dream Hostel really matches the decor too!

  • Although hostel might not be for everyone (age, family etc) sleeping in a hostel is arguably a great way to save money and meet other travelers. And it seems as you had some great experiences! What I love most about staying in hostels are the common areas like you have mention many time. It has to be cozy and invite people from all over the world to hang and chat with each other.

  • Wohoo looks Uber cool ..hostels are always super fun and economical than hotels .. and nothing like meeting like minded travelers.. great post .. need to pin mark these hostels for my first ever future Europe travel whenevr that will be .

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