Although most hostels are well-suited to female travelers, when you’re traveling alone or for a long spell as a woman, the hostel with a little something extra can make all the difference to your trip.
Whether it’s a sociable atmopshere for meeting other travelers, home comforts like hairdryers, or secure, (and snore free) female-only dorms you’re after, there are some properties out there that really go the extra mile to help you feel at home.
Here’s our pick of the best women hostels around the world…
1. Jazz on Amsterdam Ave, New York
It can be daunting coming to a big city on your own, especially one as sprawling and manic as New York. But Jazz on Amsterdam Ave hostel offers ladies 8, 6 or 4-bed dorms some of them en suite and air-conditioned. It is also brand spanking new so all the facilities are modern and the decor has a good splash of colour.
Women will like the fashionable location on the Upper West Side, just a few minutes from Central Park and with plenty of bars and restaurants on their doorstep. The hostel offers a comfy lounge area as well as a roof deck. Staff organise outings and events throughout the week so guests have plenty of opportunities to meet their fellow travellers.
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2. Base St Kilda, Melbourne
The Sanctuary wing at BASE St Kilda in Melbourne is a girls-only level – no boys allowed! On arrival ladies will receive a glass of Champagne, a gift pack containing hair care products, a fluffy towel and treated to top quality linen. Tea and coffee is served in bed on weekends and bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers and movie star mirrors for the ultimate pampering atmosphere. Ladies have access to their own private lounge complete with magazines, books, TV and even straightening irons! Melbourne city centre is a short tram ride away but for girls who want the best of both worlds – beach and cultural city life – St Kilda is Melbourne’s sunny seaside suburb.
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3. St Christopher’s Inn – Orient Espresso, London
Sugar and spice, and all things nice: That’s what to expect from St Christopher’s Orient Espresso hostel which is an all femaleLondon hostel. Girls can take their pick of private, 4-bed or 8-bed dorms. Snuggle up in warm duvets, fluffy pillows and new mattresses. Glide down scented hallways and for a night on the town, ladies will appreciate the full length mirrors for ‘does my bum look big in this?’ moments. Forget lugging about unnecessary luggage; hairdryers, lotions and potions are all available. The hostel is above a cute little coffee shop; perfect for your free frothy cappuccino in the morning.
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4. Cairns Girls Hostel, Cairns
Just two blocks from the waterfront and the Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Girls Hostel is a female-only hostel. With car rental facilities nearby, this is a great choice for those hoping to explore the coastline and the Greta Barrier Reef. There are lockers in the dorms, self-catering facilities and a cosy lounge area.
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5. Papaya Female Youth Hostel, Rome
Papaya Female Youth Hostel is a female-only hostel with dorms sleeping 4-6 people. Each guest is given a personal locker or alternatively, guests can book private rooms. Luggage storage is available before check-in and after check-out and guests can start their day with a free croissant and coffee at breakfast. All the rooms and facilities are clean and travellers will find the free internet kiosks and Wi-Fi useful for planning their day in the city.
6. Plus Prague Hostel, Prague
At Plus Prague, girls will appreciate the homely creature comforts on offer; extra space, cosmetic tables equipped with hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and a goody bag are all included into their girls-only dorms.
Girls need not feel like total hermits. The rest of the hostel is mixed and boasts an indoor swimming pool which guests can use for free. There is also a free welcome drink, a free city tour, a games room, bar and self catering facilities so it’s ideal for travellers looking to meet fellow backpackers.
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7. The Miami Hostel, Miami
This is a great destination for a girlie getaway with plenty of glamorous parties to please night owls. The Miami Hostel is on SouthBeach and has 8, 10 and 12-bed female dorms available. These female-only dorms boast bathtubs, body oils, moisturisers and candles.
The hostel offers a free breakfast, lunch and dinner and there are plenty of activities to join such as poker or movie nights. Guests can help themselves to beach towels as well as bicycles and set out to enjoy some sun, sea and sand. Female guests can treat themselves and visit the local Planet Beach Spa for special discounts.
8. Lub D Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
The stylish hostel in Bangkok is ideal for solo travelers – if you’d prefer some privacy bed down in the ‘Railway’ bunk with a private bathroom, or stay with other women in the spacious Ladies Dormitory, with a huge bathroom designed especially for the female traveler.
All rooms are brand new with futuristic furnishing, and each have private key card access and lockers. With safe and super-clean surroundings, the hostel is also really laid back, with a fun bar, and movie theatre with cushions on the floor.
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9. Caulaincourt Square Hostel, Paris
Aside from offering a female-only dorm, ladies will like the colourful interior and arty features at Caulaincourt Square Hostel. Located close to Montmartre and Le Sacre Coeur in Paris’s pretty bohemian quarter, the hostel offers free Wi-Fi and free bike rental which is a great way to get around the city.
10. Adventurer Hostel, Los Angeles
At the Adventurer Hostel in Los Angeles, girls can opt to stay in female-only dorms sleeping 4, 8 or 20 people. Some offer private bathrooms, TVs and mini bars. You are on holiday after all, so, the hostel offers a professional daily cleaning service, meaning you don’t have to lift a finger to make your bed each morning!
Girls can indulge in free and freshly baked cookies each morning as well as coffee, muffins, popcorn and a free evening buffet. There are even free glasses of champagne available for an hour every evening. Lounge by the heated outdoor pool or alternatively, pack your beach towel and hop on the free shuttle service to Playa Del Ray Beach.
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