Cheap European Hostels
When I traveled to Europe, I stayed in hotels, apartments through Airbnb, and hostels. Hostels are a great alternative to traditional accommodations. They are also an excellent way to save money, travel comfortably and meet new people. So if you’re thinking about planning a trip to Europe, check out these reviews on the hostels I stayed in during my backpacking adventure last September for a little help in deciding on where to stay.
Flying Pig Uptown – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Located just blocks from the famous Vondelpark and several museums, Flying Pig Uptown is a popular Amsterdam hostel. The hostel is housed in an old Amsterdam-style mansion, which means there are several floors (no elevators) to conquer before reaching your room. What I loved about this hostel was the funky vibe, cool staff and location. The Van Gogh Museum and the famous I AMSTERDAM letters are both very nearby making this hostel ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in the center of Amsterdam. The rooms are spacious and clean which is very important when looking for a hostel to stay in. Another huge bonus is that breakfast is free and filling. When you’re on a budget (this is for all of you backpackers out there) free breakfast is much appreciated! Also, for those who are going to Amsterdam to visit “coffee shops,” there is a smoking area in the hostel that is much like a homey living room. You’ll find that Flying Pig Uptown is a super social environment where you’ll be able to meet friendly down-to-earth travelers. Tip: Take a look at the Flying Pig Downtown (Amsterdam) and Flying Pig Beach (Noordwijk, Netherlands) locations also!
The Yellow – Rome, Italy
Voted by Hostelworld as the most popular hostel in Rome, Italy, The Yellow is a perfect place to stay if you’re prioritizing location and nightlife. Located blocks away from Rome Termini station, it’s really convenient for travelers to access. There is a huge bar scene on the first floor along with a club in the basement. There are visitors from all over the world sharing a drink and dancing, making The Yellow a hotspot for young travelers. The hostel itself is very stylish and rooms are very efficient and clean. The beds are also really comfortable, which is something I loved about The Yellow. On the downside, you have to pay for everything. That includes locks, breakfast, towels, and anything else you can think of. Also, the food at The Yellow Hostel is expensive for what you’re getting, however, there is a local restaurant right next door, Mama Angela’s, where you can find the best pasta for 4 euros. Tip: Like their Facebook page once you check-in and you get a free drink at the bar!
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