10 coolest hostels across EUROPE
Compiled by Anmol Singh Gulati
1. CLINK78, LONDON, ENGLAND
Cost : Dorm beds starting at INR 1300 (approx.) / Prison cells starting at INR 5400 (approx.)
London Calling! Clink78 is a vibrant and energetic backpackers' and students' hostel set in an old court-house where punk band The Clash once stood trial.
Nearby attractions : Nightlife here and restaurants include Scala, Niven's, The Water Rats music venue etc.
2. THE MADHOUSE, PRAGUE
Cost : Beds starting at INR 1300 (approx.) per night.
The craziest hostel in Prague rated as "The Best Hostel in the Czech Republic" and "6th Best Small Hostel Worldwide" by Hostelworld! As the owners proudly claim MadHouse is not just a place to sleep, but a home away from home, where you are treated as a family. All the rooms are covered with jazzy and bizarre graffiti made by artists from Montreal, Canada (Pito and Guko) and Dan from Melbourne, Australia.
Nearby attractions : Within walking distance from Old Town Square and the Astronomical clock, close to the Charles Bridge and the Mala Strana historic district.
3. Superbude Hotel Hostel St. Pauli in Hamburg
Cost : Beds starting at iNR 4250 (approx.) per night.
Superbude Hotel Hostel St. Pauli offers a range of clean (and effortlessly funky) accommodation options, from single beds for travellers on a solo mission to conquer the world to four and six-bed rooms.
Nearby attractions : The Reeperbahn, Schanzenviertel and Karoviertel districts, a number of the city's best clubs, bars and cafes are on your doorstep.
4. G.SPOT PARTY HOSTEL IN LISBON
Cost : Beds starting at INR 640 INR per night.
The G•Spot Party Hostel Lisbon offers mixed dorms that can host 8 to 12 people, some of which have private bathrooms. Sleep well in your brand new bed and awake to a new day of travelling and delicious pancakes!
5. DREAM HOSTEL, TAMPERE, FINLAND
Cost : 1500 INR(approx.) for a bed in 16 mix dorm; privates from 4500 INR(approx.) per night.
A perfect example of simple, yet sophisticated Scandinavian design, Dream Hostel has been named #1 Hostel in Finland in 2013! Modern decor, warm hospitality, amiable local stuff and highly-reasonable prices, along with cozy rooms and a central location makes this place a perfect option.
6. MARE DE DUE DE MONTSERRAT, BARCELONA
Cost : Dorm beds starting at 1100 INR(approx.)
Located in a quiet area of Barcelona, Mare de Deu de Montserrat Hostel is based in a beautiful 100-year-old mansion that has been refurbished. A mere 15 minutes from Downtown by tube or bus, the hostel offers outdoor seating areas , lush gardens and palm trees so you can relax after a day's sightseeing.
7. HOSTEL RUTHENSTEINER, VIENNA
Cost : Dorm beds starting at INR 930 (approx.)/ private rooms starting at INR 2600 (approx.)
Hostel Ruthensteiner resembles a wood carver's cottage from a fairytale. The sign out front shows a friendly image of a wood cottage next to an evergreen tree. Inside, hand carved oak chairs sit in front of windows hugged by oak frames that give the place a cozy and welcoming feel.
Nearby attractions : The hostel is located at a five-minute tram ride from major city sights like Old Town and Schonbrunn Palace.
8. JUMBO STAY, SWEDEN
Cost : Dorm beds starting at INR 4000 (approx.) / Cockpit suite starting at INR 13700 (approx.)
Welcome onboard the world's first Boeing 747-200 Jumbo Jet converted into an up market unique stay for the discerning traveller! Jumbo Stay and Jumbo Bar and Restaurant is only a six-minute ride with the free shuttle bus from the terminals at Arlanda airport.
Nearby attractions : Steninge castle
9. PLUS HOSTEL, FLORENCE, ITALY
Cost : From INR 1800 (approx.) per dorm; INR 3200 (approx.) per double room.
10. SOUL KITCHEN, ST.PETERSBURG
Cost : Dorms from INR 721 (approx.); privates from INR 1136 (approx.)
Located in an 150-year old neo-baroc building, which is an attraction in itself - a few scenes from Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" film were shot here. The owners managed to preserve an original 19th century wood-fired oven, that is still in use today, along with original wooden and tile floors all over the property.
Nearby attractions : 2 mins from the stunning St Isaac's Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral in opposite directions. One block away from the Hermitage.