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Hostels are rarely the quietest choice of accommodation – they’re just not put together that way. They’re supposed to be lively, bustling hives of energy… the sort of place where you can get together with a bunch of other backpackers from around the world and have an amazing night out.
But some hostels are wilder than others - so we've put together a list of the top party hostels, where having fun is the name of the game, and the best bars, a lively social calender and NO curfews come as standard! Lets get the party started!
Not many places know how to party quite like Rio de Janeiro. And so it makes perfect sense that it should have some of the world’s liveliest party hostels. Few, though, are as geared up to having a seriously good time as Che Lagarto Hostel – Copacabana.
Rio’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are legendary, and Che Lagarto have put together a convenient four night New Year’s Eve package. At just a block from the Copacabana Beach (home to all manner of samba music and partying) it’s the best place to soak up the city’s unique atmosphere.
A guest writes: ”The bar is the most perfect place, especially with caipirinha and daikiri!!!!!!!!” (Posted on 23rd November)
Grandio Party Hostel, Budapest, Hungary
Decked out by a group of street artists, the Grandio Party Hostel boasts its own bar that attracts travellers and locals alike - although guests get special drink rates! There late night room means you can keep partying well into the night with hammocks, board games and customised theatre stage bed from the national opera house itself. There are guitars for rent and Hungary's first beer vending machine. There is also foosball and ping pong and plenty of organised events.
It's perfect winter or summer with a lovely central courtyard. And for the morning after, hangover staples including free tea and coffee are available too.
Like the town of Interlaken itself, Balmer’s Herberge may be small, but it’s certainly energetic. Maybe it’s the altitude, the idyllic, snowy scenes or perhaps it’s the lashings of ‘gluhwein’... But there’s definitely something about alpine locations that makes normally restrained people go a little wild.
Thirsty skiers, snowboarders and backpackers come from all over town to ‘Metro’, their cellar bar/nightclub. Over the Christmas period they’ve got a massive schedule of frenzied partying arranged, leading up to a huge New Year’s Eve bash!
A guest writes: ”Great place, great location and every other person from the hostels around come here to party!” (Posted on 23rd September)
Nathan’s been packing the backpackers into his hostels in Krakow and Warsaw for a number of years now. And one thing stands out above all: the wild time they keep on having. Very much designed with socializing in mind, the pool tables and various communal areas allow people to hang out in style.
Krakow itself is even more stunning than usual over the Christmas period, and the city throws itself into the festive celebrations with its usual zeal for partying. A word of warning, though: in spite of its fantastic central location, many people don’t even make it past the conveniently located private bar!
A guest writes: ”Nathans was awesome, I stayed here for 11 nights coz it was such a great place to hang out and meet people. Nice and clean and great facilities, i would definitely stay there again” (Posted on 23rd November)
Loki Hostel are certainly taking the festive season seriously: they’re throwing a big Christmas Eve barbecue and booze up, a Christmas day feast/party and the slightly mysterious sounding ‘Dazza Day’, just to get everyone in the mood for their heroic New Year’s Eve party.
But it’s arguably the hostel itself that’s the real star of the show. Housed in a spectacular 450 year old building (miraculously available for less than five euros a night!), it’s also one of the more scenic party hostel settings in the world.
A guest writes: ”Such a good atmosphere to meet people” (Posted on 5th November)
Another party hostel that makes up for what it lacks in size with sheer enthusiasm! While it maintains a thoroughly laidback, surfer vibe (lounging around in hammocks, generally!) during the day, at night, the Caracol lifts itself up for a night of full-on partying.
Cadiz itself has a fantastic nightlife: dozens of jumping little bars are constantly overflowing, while its narrow old streets echo to the sound of revelers. Down in the mild south of Spain, though, the best place to see in the New Year is from under the stars on the hostel’s roof terrace.
A guest writes: ”Chill environment where you can party on with some cool guests passing through and amazing staff!! always a good time, close to the beach and a turn away from the old town, amazing beach side walk moments away… loved the hammocks on the roof! cool people, cool people, cool people!!!” (Posted on 25th October)
The Rising Cock is an institution, famous across Europe for the craziness of its parties. Although it’s known as more of a summer venue, with such a big hitting reputation on the European party hostel circuit, the Rising Cock is sure to draw its fair share of revelers this holiday period.
And after a hard New Year’s celebrations, there’s no possible better way to shrug off a hangover than with their world-famous breakfast crepes!
A guest writes: ”Most relaxed laid back party atmosphere ever encountered in a hostel.” (Posted on 12th September)