During my recent three-month trip backpacking around Europe, I tried to stay in many different types of places —hostels and various price and quality of hotels. Throughout the trip, I came across several hostels that really impressed me. Here are three of the hostels that made for an enjoyable stay:
1) St. Christopher’s at the Mosaic House—Prague, Czech Republic: This hostel is located inside of a hotel, and the quality completely surpasses what you pay for it. The rooms are clean, the staff is nice and the hostel is in a great location. I loved the honey cake at the bar, and the drinks were great at happy hour. The hostel also features free Wi-Fi and many different types of rooms with a great, environmentally friendly design. Beds can be reserved for as cheap as €6.34. Keep in mind that you should bring korunas when paying for the room to avoid the high hostel conversion rate.
2) Ostello Archi Rossi—Florence, Italy: Archi Rossi is another great value for your money. The hostel is a conveniently located— close to both the train station and most of the sights in the city. It features free walking tours, free breakfast, free Internet and Wi-Fi and even a computer in every room. The hostel even includes a free hot and cold-water dispenser so you can fill up a water bottle before seeing the sights. The rooms are clean and there is a great courtyard, ideal for reading a book or spending time with friends. The hostel also features a great dinner for the budget-minded, which can be purchased for less than €4. Beds begin at €21, but this hostel is worth the price.
3) Wombats—Berlin, Germany, Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria: Staying at the Wombats chain is a quintessential hostel experience. The hostel features a great atmosphere for getting to know fellow travelers, with a nice bar and lounge to chat about your experiences. The rooms are clean with free lockers and sheets included. The Wombats are not meant to be glamorous, but with a price as cheap as €12, the hostels are definitely worth a stay.