Best Hostels In The World: My Top 4 Favorite Hostels

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These are the best hostels in the world according to my opinion! Discover them

I admit it: I’m a hostel freak! I love the vibe that most of them offer. I do not care if they are party hostels or are more relaxed; I like the personal vibe they usually give, the friends you get to meet, and even how awkward they might feel the first time you realize you are sleeping with a bunch of strangers.

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I am glad I never had horror stories in any of them, not even really weird situations with other guests. I decided to list the best hostels in the world for me. All of them can be found on Hostelworld and

What Makes Them the Best Hostels In the World for Me?

I think it is all about the place’s vibe and what activities they offer to their guests. Those are the main things I look for when categorizing a hostel as one of the best hostels in the world. Another thing I might look up to is my own experience and memories. How did that hostel make me feel? How many friends have I made there?

At some point, these hostels gave me a better opinion of the cities they are located in. I know this is a completely subjective opinion, but according to my criteria and my memories, these are the best hostels in the world.

Little Italy Hostel – Perugia, Italy

Little Italy Hostel

I loved staying in this hostel. and is one of my favorite hostels because it has an amazing vibe, and its architecture makes you feel like what exactly is: an 11th-century structure! The staff is amazing and always willing to help. Emanuele, the owner, put a lot of effort into making everyone feel welcome and ensuring everything is always as neat and clean as shown in the pictures. Perugia is a small town, and they all give great tips for enjoying the city to the best of its ability.

The hotel has a mixed 12-bed room and free wifi all over it. It has an on-site bar at affordable prices. On Wednesday, they have a party at which they make food from different parts of the world and many students and young locals also join. Perugia is a College city and it has an international vibe. Its main feature is the Baci Chocolate Factory. Is a great place to make new friends who are local and international. I would recommend this hostel, which is also well located in the city’s center, to enjoy Perugia as you should. Little Italy Hotel is just 5 minutes from the center!


The Yellow – Rome, Italy

The Yellow Hostel

This hostel has a perfect location and is the best place to stay in Rome, in my opinion: Just four blocks from the Roma Termini station, within walking distance of many metro stations, and close to the most unique tours in Rome. They have a pretty ordered system and many rooms for everyone. Another thing that makes The Yellow special is having a bar right there. Many guests meet at night in the bar for a few drinks, and you get to meet a few people.

The good thing about this is that even though it can be considered a party hostel since it is so big, you have a great chance to rest if it’s what you’re looking for. The staff is fully bilingual, which is a plus if you’re in Italy.

I would recommend this hostel even if you’re not a hostel person. It has private rooms, and its location makes it the perfect place to go if you’re in Rome. These are all important reasons why I have chosen it as one of my favorite hostels.

Cinnamon Sally Backpackers – Riga, Latvia

Cinnamon Sally Backpackers

This is one of the best hostels you can ever think of. The living room is usually the same as in the pictures. This hostel is right in front of Riga Central Station and a few blocks from Old Riga. One of the good things I found about it when I went was free beers and pub crawls. They also had free waffles for breakfast, so you have savings while in the city. The staff is helpful and willing to sit with you on the couch to listen and tell you stories.

The rooms are always cleaned, and the vibe makes you feel at home and like you have made a new family. Riga has a great hostel scene, but I will return to Cinnamon Sally any day! Another thing, but pretend I didn’t tell you this: on its first floor, there’s a McDonalds open late where you can quench late-night cravings! All of this makes this one of my favorite hostels in the world.

Slottskogen Youth Hostel, Gothenburg, Sweden


Slottskogen Youth Hostel is very special for me and one of my favorite hostels since is the hostel where I have made the most friends and I have a few amazing stories to tell. Slottskogen is very well located in Gothenburg next to Slottskogen Park, which is the place where you can find the city’s Natural History Museum and the Zoo. It’s a few tram stations away from the center and the Liseberg amusement park, one of the city’s main spots. It is also near Linnegatan, a street with a few nice bars.

Gothenburg is a college city as well, and it has a lot of international students and great places to hang out beyond the art, the canals, and definitely, the Volvo Museum. As I said when I began, this hostel’s vibe makes it amazing to make new friends. If you’re visiting Sweden some time, don’t forget this magic word: Systembolaget, the state liquor store. Sometimes, the best way to hang out is to buy a bottle and stay in the hostel, making new friends.

FAQ on Best Hotels In the Worlds

The answer to this question is subjective and depends on individual preferences. However, some cities, such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, and Bangkok, are renowned for their vibrant hostel scenes. These cities offer a wide range of hostels catering to different tastes and budgets, making them popular destinations for hostel enthusiasts.

Hostels are not as popular in the US compared to other parts of the world for several reasons. One reason is the cultural preference for hotels and motels among American travelers. Additionally, the sprawling nature of many US cities and the dominance of car culture can make it challenging for hostel accommodations to thrive, as they often cater to backpackers and budget-conscious travelers who rely on public transportation or walkability. However, hostels are still present in some US cities, particularly in popular tourist destinations and major metropolitan areas.

Determining the “best” hostel organization can be subjective and may vary depending on individual preferences and experiences. However, some well-known hostel organizations include Hostelling International (HI), which operates a network of hostels worldwide and emphasizes quality standards and sustainability initiatives. Organizations like Generator Hostels and Equity Point Hostels are recognized for their modern facilities and social atmosphere.

Hostels can generally be considered trustworthy, especially those with positive reviews and ratings from reputable booking platforms like Hostelworld,, and TripAdvisor. However, as with any type of accommodation, travelers need to research and read reviews before booking a hostel to ensure it meets their expectations regarding cleanliness, safety, and overall experience. Additionally, travelers should exercise common sense and take precautions to safeguard their belongings and safety while staying in hostels.

Best Hostels In the World: Final Thoughts

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Brenda: + 34 years old + Puerto Rican + Viajera Boricua + Master in Cultural Tourism + Foreign Language Major + Hispanic Studies Minor + Portuguese + Italian + Russian + Literature Freak + ♥’s Indie Music + Volleyball Enthusiast + Tricolor do Morumbi(SPFC) + San Antonio Spurs +


  • February 24, 2016

    Very nice post. I’ve always been a little weary about staying in a hostel but your experience makes me feel more open to doing so!

  • February 24, 2016

    I have yet to visit these, so good list to keep in mind! My absolute favorite hostel so far has been Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh. Amazing location, stunning views, spacious, comfortable, and built in the coolest medieval look I could have asked for!

  • February 26, 2016

    Cool! The best hostels I’ve ever encountered were in Lisbon, Portugal. All of them were decorated by local artists and had great amenities and freebies! I’ll take these hostels into account if I visit these places.

  • February 26, 2016

    I have never used a hostel before but I suppose it’s a good time to start with these hostels stepping up their game 🙂

  • February 26, 2016

    It’s been a while since I stayed in a hostel, but I love traveling that way. I backpacked around Ireland in my early 30s and it was mostly all hostels. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the names and didn’t keep track back then.

  • February 27, 2016

    You’ve had some amazing experiences at hostels. That’s wonderful. In my case, some experiences have been quite good and others quite bad! Would love to visit the cities you’ve been in though. Sweden is high on my list 🙂

  • March 1, 2016

    Hi Brenda,

    super cool hostels, although a pity no 5 Star Hostels made it to your list. We will need to work harder then.

    Yellow Rome is super fun! We actually managed tot have a small discount for them for all our fellow-travelers, pretty cool though 🙂


  • Casandra

    March 28, 2016

    I have to recommend Generator hostel- in whichever city you can find it. It’s perfect to every detail. Seems pretty new. The interior designer did an amazing job. It’s like a private hotel- but it’s a hostel. I stayed on Venice. There are around 5 if them in Europe.

      • Casandra

        March 29, 2016

        Look up in internet and see the photos and locations. if you know abiut any place in Ibiza, let me know.

  • April 3, 2016

    Ya lo entré en mente 😉

  • April 3, 2016

    Mis favoritos son los de la cadena hostallingInternational


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