10 Hostels That Belong On Your Bucket List (Seriously)

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London. Sydney. Florence. If you're like us, then the summer months will always make you fantasize about taking a major, life-changing vacation. No matter what cities appear on your bucket list, we're willing to wager that once you've coughed up the airfare to get halfway around the world, the last thing you want to worry about is paying for an expensive hotel during your stay. Especially when you're going to spend so much of your time out and about exploring.

So, we're here to help. We've found 10 amazing, affordable hostels that are every bit as exciting as the traditional hotels that, in most cases, are going to cost you ten times as much, or even more. Not only are these spots incredibly stylish, clean, and full of amenities, they're also guaranteed to leave you with more money in your wallet for real travel necessities — like eating and shopping!


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Generator London — London, England

Located just a short walk from Russell Square Station, this adorable hostel is part of a chain with locations in Dublin, Copenhagen, Venice, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, and Barcelona. Rates start at around $27 per night for a bed, but if you book before the end of the month, you'll get 20 percent off your stay.
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One of the major perks of this spot? Affordable food and drink specials that almost make it tempting to stay in for the night. Almost.
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Because nothing makes a trip more memorable than an impromptu singalong with strangers.
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Bounce Hostel — Sydney, Australia

There's a reason that Bounce is one of the most popular hostels in Sydney — and this killer skyline view is only part of it. From the central location to the clean facilities, this is the perfect spot to post up for a few days while you check out everything this amazing city has to offer.
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Expect a friendly staff and a very social atmosphere. This is the kind of place to stay if you're hoping to make new friends on your travels.
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Minimalist? Sure. But bunk-bed living has never looked so chic — and for around $30 a night, to boot.
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Hlemmur Square — Reykjavik, Iceland

Yes, this is one of the most luxe hostels we've ever seen, and it's worth noting there are also proper hotel rooms to be found under the same roof. But with amazing options for a fraction of a hotel room price, we're not sure why you'd even bother with the upgrade.
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Beyond the major style factor, this place also has location on lock. It's found on downtown Reykjavik's coolest street, and just three blocks from the gorgeous waterfront.
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Now that's what we call a pop of color.
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PLUS Florence — Florence, Italy

Located just a 10-minute walk from the train station, this hostel has everything from practical perks like free WiFi to little luxuries like indoor and outdoor pools, Turkish baths (in the winter), and a sauna.
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Even the shared rooms — which, depending on when you book, can run you a little more than $30 for a bed — have their own private bath. Linens are also included.
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Did somebody say pool party?
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The Independente Hostel — Lisbon, Portugal

Art Deco fans, rejoice: Nestled in the heart of Lisbon, next to the popular Bairro Alto district, we've found a charming little hostel that you're going to love. Expect to pay around $17 for a bed in one of the shared dorms.


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Pro tip: Booking online gets you access to round-the-clock happy hour throughout your stay — and a drink on the hostel's rooftop terrace is a must.
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A room with a serious view.
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We Hostel — São Paulo, Brazil

Housed in a 1920s mansion in the quiet neighborhood of Vila Mariana, this unique hostel is chock-full of quirky mid-century furniture mixed in with cool modern pieces. Frankly, we wouldn't mind moving in.
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There are plenty of interesting nooks and crannies for curling up with a book during your downtime — or mingling with other guests.
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Added bonus: Along with WiFi and linens, free breakfast is included in the nightly rate, which starts at around $14. (Yes, we're serious.)
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Cocomama — Amsterdam, Netherlands

Once home to one of the city's most famous brothels, today Cocomama is the kind of hostel where your mom would want you to stay. Along with the free WiFi and a fully-equipped kitchen, expect to find plenty of other delightful surprises, like a friendly resident cat named Joop and a picturesque back garden.
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All of the private rooms at Cocomama have a decorative theme. We're guessing this one is "totally dreamy?"
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How could you not Instagram those stairs?
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Downtown Beds — Mexico City, Mexico

Located near Mexico City's main plaza, this boutique hostel was once the servants’ quarters of a colonial palace, and many of its original details remain intact today. That said, the feel here is decidedly modern, from the stylish interior courtyard to the colorful sleeping spaces.

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This rooftop pool is just a taste of what's in store.
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Fair warning: If you end up in one of the upper bunks, there's not much privacy. But with beds starting at $13 a night, we're not complaining.
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Sophie’s Hostel — Prague, Czech Republic

Considered one of the O.G.s of the boutique hostel movement, Sophie's is located across the street from Miss Sophie's, the hotel version of the same establishment. For around $55 a night, you can get a private apartment complete with goodies like free Wi-Fi and rainhead showers, all in a lovely Art Nouveau building that will make you feel like the star of your own foreign film.
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For around $6, you can partake of the all-you-can-eat buffet each morning.
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Traveling with your girl gang? No problem! The apartments can sleep up to five guests.
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Hotel Hi Matic — Paris, France

While more of a budget boutique hotel than a hostel, this rue de Charonne hot spot is the place to stay if you a) are obsessed with color; b) want to avoid the craziness of the Left Bank or c) love the idea of being close to Canal Saint-Martin, Père Lachaise Cemetery, and Opera Bastille. It's tiny, but wonderful — and all for around $100 a night, which in a city that can be très expensive, feels like a godsend.
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This crazy lobby design is meant to remind you of a tree house; guests check themselves in and out, allowing for minimal staff.
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Each room is set up like a kooky little cabin. After a good long sleep, be sure to check out the complimentary continental breakfast. It's organic and served from a vending machine.
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