Want to save money on Europe accommodations? Gearing up to study abroad? Just looking for a different travel experience? Then you should consider these incredibly cool hostels in Europe. Forget everything you think you know about hostels. Inspired by boutique hotels and the arts, hostels around Europe are upping their cool ante. With details like live music and free food, they're great for anyone looking for a cool atmosphere on a budget.
Kadir's Tree House
Where: Olimpos, Turkey
Price: From $12
Coolest Features: Other than the fact that you can literally stay in a tree house, Kadir’s also has a club, two bars, a pizza house, and breakfast and dinner are included in the price.
Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel
Where: Krakow, Poland
Price: From $15
Coolest Features: The best part about this hostel is the nightlife. Greg & Tom’s hosts pub crawls, Mad Dog Shot Nights, beer and vodka festivals; as well as live music concerts and karaoke every day. They also offer free Wi-Fi, a book exchange, a cafe and restaurant with free breakfast and dinner, a game room, and free maps and city information.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
Price: From $9
Coolest Features: Generator is located close to two metro stations and is walking distance from the beach. It also boasts free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel, a sports lounge with big screen TVs, live music and DJs at hostel events, and a common room with foosball and pool tables.
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Price: From $60
Coolest Features: How about the fact that you can spend the night on a real jumbo jet (without having to sleep upright)? Every room is equipped with a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi. Jumbo Stay also offers a cafe and movie nights onboard.
Where: Florence, Italy
Price: From $25
Coolest Features: PLUS Florence has everything you would expect from a hotel without the high cost: free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, a bar, a cafe, free city maps, a gym, a swimming pool, and a disco.
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Price: From $16
Coolest Features: The atmosphere of this unique hostel will make you feel like you’re actually staying in a converted circus. Lavender also has free Wi-Fi, 24/7 reception, a common area, and a kitchen with free tea and coffee.
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
Price: From $22
Coolest Features: Kex is located just steps away from cafes, museums, shops, bars, and music venues. Within the hostel, you’ll find a heated outdoor patio, a lounge area, a gym, free Wi-Fi, a bar and restaurant, communal kitchens, a library, and even a barbershop. Kex also hosts regular events like comedy shows, pub quizzes, and open mic nights.
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Where: Tampere, Finland
Price: From $20
Coolest Features: Aside from the funky decor, Dream Hostel sets itself apart with multiple common areas, free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor games, free popcorn every Friday, and staff to help you book excursions and purchase tickets to nearby entertainment.
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Nicole DiCenso has each one of these hostels on her bucket list. While she doesn’t love sharing her personal space, she thinks these hostels might be worth it.