Hostels aren’t what they used to be. Long gone are the creaky dorms, flickering light bulbs and dirty toilets of years gone by. A new wave of European openings are changing the game and making their mark, and now you can stay cheaply in the best cities, in hostels that look more like boutique hotels.
Infinity pools, rooftop terraces, yoga classes and live concerts are just a few of the features you can expect in some of Europe’s coolest new hostels. Even better, they’re available on our latest Contiki Europe trips. Here’s our pick of the bunch…
Noah Surf House Santa Cruz
Noah Surf House on Portugal’s golden west coast is all about being at one with the sea. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach and take a dip or get involved with surfing, skating or yoga classes, this is so much more than a place to stay.
Led by Spanish flair and elegant design, Generator Hostel is located in the heart of bustling Madrid, right off Grand Via. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the cultural hubs and restaurants on your doorstep, while the vibrant modern stylings and rooftop terrace cocktail bar makes this the ultimate chill out spot after exploring Spain’s gilded capital.
Located amongst the numerous world heritage sites in Porto, one of Europe’s most charming cities, you’ll be in the heart of the action with historic sites and gardens just a stone’s throw away. Selina’s social and wellness vibes are well-known and the Porto iteration is no different – with a yoga deck, bar and movie room.
So much more than a hostel, this trendy and vast living space features a restaurant, bar, garden and more. Pour your own beer from the beer wall, (or get a drink from the full bar) and relax on the lawns – the dining room can even be lifted up to make way for the dancefloor. This place is the embodiment of what hostels can be in the 21st century.
This is the ultimate base camp for your Iceland adventure, featuring uniquely designed beds with super comfy mattresses, bedside drawers and blackout blinds. When you’re not catching your beauty sleep, why not head to the rooftop sauna and hot tub and gaze at the Northern Lights?
This unique, design-led hostel in Venice features delicious breakfast, a fully equipped kitchen and beautiful chill out zones. The sociable Alai Bar is known for serving the best Venetian Spritz (we’ll let you decide that) and hosting games and table tennis nights.
This cool, contemporary hostel features an indoor pool, table tennis, sauna, bar, restaurant and BBQ area, whilst relishing its edgy, very-Berlin sense of style.