It’s that time of year again when we reveal the best hostels around the world in the HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2012. Next up: the best places to stay in Europe.
We take a look at the ‘Best Overall’ hostels, the top three which received the highest rating from our customers – travellers just like you – back in 2011.
At the bottom you can also check out the winners in the other categories. So if you’re planning to do a spot of backpacking in Europe, our list of the best hostels in Europe will come in very handy!
TOP THREE ACCOMMODATIONS
Grand Hostel Berlin, Berlin, Germany
The Grand Hostel Berlin is a listed building in the centre of the city. It was voted one of the top accommodations in Europe by our reviewing customers. They offer Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, friendly staff, a free welcome drink, bicycle hire and a great location near Kreuzberg and Mitte, and the underground so getting around to the rest of the city is easy too.
Shared rooms start from €10pppn and private rooms from €22pppn. Book now!
Greg&Tom, Krakow, Poland
The Greg & Tom Party Hostel has been given a 100% atmosphere rating by HostelBookers’ past customers making it one of the top party hostels as well as one of the best hostels overall with a satisfaction rating of 98.7%. Staff here are brilliant and will really help you meet other travellers and they’ll introduce you to Krakow’s cheapest attractions including the best bars, clubs and underground social spots. Every Saturday there’s an all you can drink and eat party for free, and every night sees some sort of action whether it’s beers for St Paddy’s Day or shots for International Women’s Day.
Shared rooms start from €10.90pppn and private rooms from €15.74pppn. Book now!
Travellers House, Lisbon, Portugal
The Travellers House in Lisbon, Portugal, is a fun and friendly hostel perfect for young travellers making their way in the world. The hostel is located in the historic and central area of Lisbon just a few minutes walk from Lisbon’s main attractions and the transport network too. They have a music lounge, DVD room and reading lounge as well as a kitchen. You’ll get a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and access to computer facilities including the opportunity to burn stuff (CDs for photos I mean, not set fire).
Shared rooms start from €18pppn. Book now!
AWARD FOR CLEANLINESS
BEST VALUE CHEAP HOTELS
- Hotel Riviera, Venice, Italy
- Little Town, Prague, Czech Republic
- Stelios Place at Perissa Beach, Santorini Island, Greece
- Chilton 2, Belgrade, Serbia
- Mama’s Hostel-Main Market Square, Krakow, Poland
- Sevilla Inn Backpackers, Seville, Spain
- Lisboa Central Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
- Makuto Backpackers Hostel, Granada, Spain
- The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers, Riga, Latvia
BEST FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS
- Living Lounge Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
BEST FOR COUPLES
- Villa Manos, Santorini, Greece
BEST FOR FAMILIES
TOP PARTY HOSTELS
Check out the other winners in the Awards for Excellence 2012 in our post on the Best Hostels in North America.