Hostel Life

I wanted to do a little rundown of all our favorite hostels on our Europe trip! Be aware that while the per night prices include taxes, almost every hostel also had a service charge and tourist tax. It wasn't much, but did add up! Prices also tend to go up on the weekend--when we stayed over a weeknight and weekend, I just took the average.

Where to Stay When You're Backpacking
Where to Stay When You're Backpacking

Athens--apartment: we stayed in Eleni's beautiful Athenian apartment. We loved having the space! It was super close to the Metro, just a few stops away from the Acropolis, and check. out. our view from the balcony patio! She was lovely and so helpful!

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Rate: split between 4 people, €12/night

Santorini--Stelio's Place: Stelio's is located on Perissa Beach, on the end of the island from Oia and Fira (middle of the main island). There's a bus stop right across the street and apparently the bus system is super easy to use! (It is an island, after all.) It's hostel pricing for what is virtually a hotel on the beach--there were actually several other people our age staying there. We. loved. it. We had a three-bed room, but they set up a cot for our fourth person. The hostel is run by Stelios (he picked us up at the airport!) and his daughter. We also met his wife while we were staying there--everyone was so kind and helpful!

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Rate: for a 4 bed, €15/night

Rome--Camping Fabulous: honestly, they messed up and upgraded us to a "bungalow" and if it hadn't been for that...I think we might have hated it. It's pretty far outside of the city (and charged an absurd amount for the shuttle from the airport), but the bus was fairly simple to figure out. It's incredibly cheap though, which can be difficult to find in Rome. If you don't mind a bus + Metro ride to get anywhere, it's a good money saver.

Rate: for a 2 bed dorm, €8/night

(We laughed for days about how our dinner was more than our one night in Rome.)

Venice--airbnb: Our only airbnb of the trip and it was so worth it! We had booked a spot at a camping site, but this actually ended up being so much cheaper that we took a taxi everywhere but to the train station. The instructions for the metro were a little confusing but ended up being super easy to use. The people who own it are also the sweetest!!!

Rate: split between 4 people, ~$20/night

Salzburg--Yoho International Hostel: this was our first true hostel experience of the trip and it was probably one of the best. It's pretty centrally located (or at least in walking distance of everything) and so cute inside!

Rate: we had to split up between a 4 bed and an 8 bed, but the average was €15/person/night

Vienna, Munich, Amsterdam--Meininger Hotels: we accidentally booked the same hostel chain three different places and, fortunately, loved them all! None of them were very central to the main town, except for Vienna where we could walk to the Old Town, but they were all very high quality! They advertise themselves as the urban traveler's hotel--a bit of a mix between hostel and hotel. Great price and we enjoyed all of our stays with them.

Rate: Vienna: 4 bed private, €20/night --for what it's worth, when we didn't catch our bus, we spent one night in Wombat's and liked it a lot. It had much more of a "hostel" feel--loud bar, lots of younger people. Rate: 8bed dorm, €19/night

Munich: 14 bed dorm, €19.05/night

Amsterdam: 7 bed dorm, ~€22/night

Paris--apartment: like I mentioned in my Paris post, we stayed with some family friends in an apartment attached to their house. They are so helpful and kind and lovely--I cannot recommend their place enough! They're a short metro ride outside Paris (the Parisian metro is so easy) and the town around is so nice.

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Brugge--St. Christopher's Inn: this hostel was nice and definitely within walking distance. The bus was easy to catch to and from the train station and dropped us right outside. The 16 bed was a little large, but all the beds had curtains you could shut with private lights and outlets. With earplugs (because the room was next door to the bar), it was actually some of the best sleep I got on the trip.

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Rate: for a 16 bed dorm, ~€19.50/night

Dublin--Jacobs Inn: super close to Dublin, across the river from the Temple Bar area, and easily accessible! Free breakfast (which is ALWAYS a plus when you're traveling) and lots of communal space. The kitchen was HUGE and it was right down the road from Tesco, so we cooked each night.

Rate: for a 12 bed female dorm, ~€19/night

Edinburgh--Phoenix I: We had been booked in the Phoenix II, which was just a little bit farther into the city, but because of maintenance issues, they moved us to Phoenix I. We loved this hostel. No bunk beds, huge ceilings, right on Princes St...it was incredible. We had beds in a 9 bed, but there was just one other girl in the room the entire time we were there. (Bless her heart, dealing with all of us.)

Rate: 9 bed dorm, £12/night

London--The Walrus: We shelled out for this one and it was. so. totally. worth. it. We could walk everywhere--not that we should have walked everywhere; lookin' at you, our 15-mile day--and it wasn't too loud. They've won awards for the staff quality and we could absolutely see why.

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Rate: 18 bed dorm, ~£19/night

Iceland--KEX: I've already raved about this hostel here and Iceland was the perfect way to end our trip. That said, it's freaking expensive. And was totally worth it.

Rate: 16bed, ~$35/night

We did all of our booking through Hostelworld, Hostels.com, and Airbnb with great experiences each time. Our only criteria was that the hostels had to have higher than an 80% rating, but from there, our decision was mostly based on price. Except for the camping site in Rome--it wasn't a bad experience, it would just have been nicer to be closer in--I would return everywhere we stayed.

Okay, I'm leaving now, because all this post made me want to do is travel again.

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