Anybody who has travelled around Europe will know how varied and beautiful it can be. Whether you’re flying to each destination or taking the train from city to city, country to country like we did there’s no better feeling like rocking up somewhere new with nothing to do but sample their wines and explore.
Part of this excitement (or sometimes dread) is checking into the place where you will be sleeping and showering for the duration of the stay. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 20 bedded dorm or a 5 star complex it’s one of the most exciting things to do on holiday and can determine the mood for the duration of your stay.
I was lucky enough to stay in some lovely, quirky, amazing hostels. But also had my fair share of not so lovely hostels during my travels.
Here is a list of my top 5 places I stayed whilst inter-railing. Each of them for different reasons. I hope you find it helpful if your embarking on your own European adventure.
1. Dreaming Roma Hostel – Rome – Italy
This wee beauty of a hostel is on the 2nd floor of an 1800’s style building. We decided to book a private room and at less than 30 euro per night we didn’t expect much but couldn’t believe what we got. We had our own balcony, a bottle of wine on arrival, complimentary towels and a room dedicated to south beach in Miami. It’s quirky, individual and the owners are fantastic. With free Wi-Fi, shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen it was the perfect place to mingle and get our bearings at the start of our trip. It’s also very central and is just over a mile from the Colosseum.
2. Wombats – Budapest – Hungry
This hostel in the Andrassy Utca area of Budapest is a recently refurbished hotel. We had quilts on our bed which is such a luxury when travelling. The shower in our 4 bedded dorm was brilliant and there was fantastic laundry services so we were able to wash and dry our clothes. Another great luxury whilst back packing. The staff were fantastic and after a mishap at the train station very late at night the hostel sorted us out with a taxi and directions. They have a great communal state of the art kitchen and free drinks vouchers on arrival. Our roommates also turned into friends and we partied together whilst there. Breakfast can be bought at about £4 and we also took some supplies from the buffet for our next journey at no extra cost.
3. St Christopher’s Inn – Prague – Czech Republic
This is a stylish funky modern hostel right in the heart of new town, Prague. Ideal for travellers on a budget but in need of a comfy nights sleep this is ideal. Belushi’s bar do fantastic ciders, cocktails and pub grub and they also have a restaurant for breakfast. We stayed in a 6 bedded dorm which was fine with a super modern and spotlessly clean bathroom. The reception also booked us on to a walking tour which gathered in the main reception area so was handy and convenient. The only worry I had about this place was getting in to the ultra modern top bunks was an ordeal. Other than that it’s a perfect trendy place for meeting fellow travellers.
4. Jaegers – Munich – Germany
This place is actually a 2 star hotel, and if I’m honest there was nothing wow about it but it was clean, hassle free and right in the heart of things. Again we stayed in a 6 bedded dorm but only had 2 roommates so there was plenty of room for us and our belongings. Jaegers is cheap and cheerful and has a bar and communal area. Everything we needed really whilst on the road.
5. Wombats City Hostel – Vienna – Austria
Again, I picked this hostel because of its close proximity to all the sites and was clean and secure. We stayed in a 12 bedded dorm which was fine. It was clean and quiet and with no hassle. Again they had a bar and free Wi-Fi and a communal area with computers for client use. Cheap cheerful and modern, we couldn’t really fault it.