With years of experience of staying in hostels, I thought I would round-up my Top 10 Hostels Worldwide.
I have written the prices of each hostel below. However, although they were correct at the time of writing, they will change as and when you book!
I always book hostels through Hostel World as it is the easiest app to book through and I think offers the greatest variety.
Hostels are by far my favourite type of accommodation as a solo backpacker, as I this is how I meet so many cool people (You know who you are!)
From 7 years of travel, here’s my top 10 hostels and why!
Hangtime Hostel – Weligama, Sri Lanka
Hostelworld Rating -8.6 (Location – 9.6)
Price per night – Dorm – £8 Private – £20
I love this hostel! They really have nailed it in terms of what a backpacker is looking for.
Hangtime Hostel couldn’t have a better location! They are right across the road from the beach and 5-10 minutes by tuk tuk to Mirissa.
If you’re looking to surf, do some yoga, eat great food, drink coffee (like an Australian) or just hangout this is the place to be.
I met some awesome Aussies here and as I was alone the upstairs restaurant and terrace was fantastic in helping me meet new people.
The food they prepare is insanely good and they are more than helpful if you want some advice on seeing the sights. They offer tours and they will even help you get a taxi to the airport. Believe me you will want to pay the extra for this, instead of trying to head back to Colombo by public transport on the long road.
The dorm rooms are comfortable and have a balcony that joins each room at the front of the building…another great way to sit and chat to other backpackers.
I also spent a night in one of their private rooms. As you probably know, sometimes it’s nice to have your own space for a night. Although I love dorm rooms, on the odd occasion I book myself a private in a hostel. These rooms are crazy good, you even get to sleep in a boat!
Overall, I absolutely loved staying here!
Poc Na – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Hostelworld Rating – 8.0 Fabulous (Location -9.2)
Price per night – £7.50
You’re close enough to everything Isla Mujeres has to offer by foot. You can walk from the ferry point, dump your bags and then head to the insanely beautiful beach.
They have picnic tables, good live music, movie nights, travel desk to book your diving and snorkeling trip, board games, parties and more.
Poc Na also have a sand garden with hammocks to chill out and read your book and a volleyball court! All free to use.
Gilligans – Cairns, Australia
Hostelworld Rating – 8.7 Fabulous (Location – 9.5)
Price per night – £16.94
The location is fantastic for Gilligans, you’ll be based right in the heart of Cairns. They give a FREE airport transfer and all the dorms are air-conditioned for those hot days in Australia.
The best part about this hostel, by far, is the pool area! It’s amazing.
They have a bar where you can get a cocktail and sun loungers to lay by the pool and catch some rays.
I was living in Sydney at the time and had decided to do a trip alone up to Cairns and back down to Sydney. I met some awesome people here.
It’s also a great launch pad if you’re looking to do some diving and visit the Great Barrier Reef. I was picked up from the hostel and spent a whole day seeing some incredible under water scenery. The only thing to watch out for, is this is a party hostel, so if you’re planning on going diving the next day, make sure you set your alarm! You don’t want to miss out of that.
Reggae Mansion – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hostelworld Rating – 8.6 Fabulous (top of the list security).
Price per night – £5.60
Reggae Mansion is set in a stylish colonial building near Chinatown and the central market. The location is fantastic, it’s easy to get around and there’s great street food stalls nearby to grab some cheap local cuisine. Anyone fancy some Chicken Satay?
The bed’s at this place are amazing! You walk in your room and it’s a row of top and bottom bunks, but they are actually little cubby holes. You climb in and literally can’t get back out (they are so comfortable!). Each pod/cubby has a black out curtain (I think) and charging capabilities inside, so you don’t have to leave your phone outside at night.
The fact that it’s a little cubby hole also makes it easier to feel like you’re in your own room and keeps noise level to a minimum. I’m quite claustrophobic and I was absolutely fine, sleeping in these as there is plenty of room to move around.
The hostel also has a roof top bar which stays open until late, where you can meet fellow travellers. The views are incredible. You can see the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers from here.
If you don’t fancy partying (which I didn’t when I stayed), they even have a 40 seat movie room with cinema seating!
They were really welcoming from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. When I stayed here, I had just left Vietnam after working there for 6 months and was feeling a little low. The staff went above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable and cheered me up!
Lub D Bangkok – Bangkok, Thailand
Hostelworld Rating – 9 Superb – (9.5 Security)
Price per night – £7
Lub D is a great hostel for first time backpackers/flashpackers. It’s extra safe and really easy to get to! You can get the SkyTrain from the airport and save some extra money instead of getting a taxi!
The dorms are fab and the shared bathrooms are very clean.
The location is superb! If you’re looking to explore Bangkok on foot or by train this is the place to be. Nearby there are temples, The Grand Palace and malls.
What I love the most about Lub D was the dorm rooms have a personal locker, shelf, power socket and towel rack. This makes all the difference when you’re sharing a room with other backpackers.
Milhouse Hostel Avenue – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hostelworld Rating – 8.4 (8.8 – Security)
Price per night – £7.50
THE party hostel. This is my favourite party hostel in the world. It is extremely popular with backpackers looking to explore the nightlife of BA.
You will not be disappointed with the selection of parties organised by this hostel. It’s a huge hostel with plenty of other travellers to meet in the social areas. The hostel is housed in a beautifully restored 1905 mansion and located on one of the most important avenues in the city.
Each dorm has individual lockers, big enough for you to put your whole backpack inside and lock with a padlock! (Don’t forget this essential item).
The great thing about staying here, is how sociable it is. If you want to see BA in the day, round-up a group of you and head out on foot to explore the sights.
The hostel also offers daily tours and activities. They have a huge chalk board which states which club to go to each night of the week! With a nightly club to party until the early hours of the morning (and when I say early hours, this is normally 7am!)…Can you handle it?
I had the time of my life staying here! Plus I met friends in this hostel that I’m still friends with today. I highly recommend staying here.
Darling View Point Bungalows – Pai, Thailand
Hostelworld Rating – 7.8 Very Good (8.8 – Staff)
Price per night – £3
Now, this hostel is like none of the others on my list.
Darling View Point Bungalows will take you back to backpacking, how it used to be. The Thai lady who owns the hostel is hilarious.
Let’s talk about the dorms. I stayed here about 5 years ago (sorry the review is a little late) however at the time, there was an assortment of bedding. I mean, Disney characters, animals, floral prints…you name it. The mattresses were all laid out next to each other on the ground (I know I’m not really selling it here haha).
The quirky nature of the hostel and the warmth from the owner, meant this hostel had to get on the list. Plus is extremely good value at £3 a night!
To give you an idea…the sweat little Thai owner spent the whole time calling everyone Darling!
If you fancy a sociable and back to basics place to stay, this is the one!
Divanga Hostel – Taganga, Colombia
Hostelworld Rating – 8.8 Fabulous (Staff 9.1) I completely agree.
Price per night – £7
This hostel is for relaxing! What I loved about it, was the fact it had a boutique hotel feel to it. It definitely didn’t feel like a hostel.
It has a beautiful swimming pool, amazing food and clean rooms, with proper duvets!!! This is such a treat when you’re staying in dorm rooms for so long and only given a sheet. To have a proper duvet was just incredible. You know you’ve been away too long, when you get excited by a duvet haha.
BUT the best part about this hostel, is the staff. Divanga is french owned and Lucie couldn’t do more for her guests. Having travelled here after being robbed in Cartegena (a story for another time) she welcomed us and made us feel safe and at home straight away. Obviously at the time I was feeling very scared and worried about leaving the hostel. Lucie could not have done more to help me to get back on track with enjoying my trip. I will forever be thankful for her kindness.
Although this is a very chilled hostel, they do have a Friday Divanga Party and if you like house music, like me, this is the place to be. They have a rooftop terrace with a small bar and pool table as well!
Cabana Copa Hostel – Rio de Janeiro
Hostelworld Rating – 7.1 (8.5 Security)
Price per night – £6.50
I highly recommend CabanaCopa if you’re a nervous backpacker, as they have fantastic security and the staff will ensure you feel comfortable during your stay.
As a traveller who suffers with anxiety, I was blown away by the efforts of this hostel and it’s staff. The idea of heading to Rio de Janeiro, known to have its dangers, I was obviously concerned with safety. This is one of the best things about Cabana Copa, they have 24 hour security.
When I needed treatment for pain with my wisdom teeth, the hostel owner organised for a member of staff to accompany me to the emergency dentist and request antibiotics in Portuguese for me.
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel – Hanoi, Vietnam
Hostelworld Rating – 8.5 Fabulous (Location – 10!!!) Top marks for location.
Price per night – £4.22
After staying at Hanoi backpackers back in 2013, I ended up working there for 6 months! That’s how much I loved it.
What I loved the most:
- Castaways Tour
- Bunks with lockable charging stations for each bed
- Travel Desk for all your needs
- Great Food and Drinks
- The Parties!
- The Atmosphere
- The Location
- The Staff
They have locations now throughout Vietnam. Check out their website for more information. You will not be disappointed if you stay with them.
Click here to book through Hostel World for just over £4 a night!!!
I hope this post has given you a better understanding of what hostels have to offer!
If you’re travelling solo, I can’t recommend staying in a hostel enough. It really made my trip, meeting new people along the way.
Most hostels you’ll stay in will have a kitchen (which will save you some money), clean showers and most importantly a great atmosphere!
I have used Hostel World for booking all of the hostels I’ve stayed in and it’s the easiest way to get good accommodation, for a great price. You’ll also be able to compare the ratings of the hostels and read reviews from other travellers.
Hostel World let’s you know exactly what to expect from each hostel and they will usually have also testing it out! You can look through photos and decide whether that’s the place for you.
It’s so easy! Plus you can see how many other people are staying in your dorm. You can also change your reservation up to 24 hours before you stay if you pay £1. Given how cheap the beds are, sometimes I don’t even bother doing this!
If you’re looking to save money on accommodation, I would advise booking to stay in a fabulous hostel!