Hotels too expensive? Here are five hip hostels for a cheap European trip

Anyone who has done a gap year or backpacked across continents has probably stayed in a hostel at some point.

heaps and cheery, these simple properties house millions of budget travelers and make it possible to explore exotic destinations without breaking the bank.

Hostels are no longer just for students, but have upped their game in recent years. Facilities have been upgraded, rooms benefit from more privacy and the interior design could rival some of the trendiest hotels.

And as the cost-of-living crisis continues to deepen, hostels offer a much cheaper option for a vacation. This year, try some of these European options for a hassle-free getaway…

A&O Hostel Rotterdam, The Netherlands


The A&O Rotterdam Hostel. PA Photo/A&O.

With a mission to reduce its ecological footprint, A&O aims to become the first net zero carbon hostel chain in Europe by 2025. Even better for the eco-conscious traveler is this branch’s location – a 10-minute walk from Rotterdam Central Station and ideal for Eurostar connections from London St Pancras. The 19th-century brick building has free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and desks and sitting areas. Enjoy a free breakfast buffet. Dogs are welcome and bike rental is also available.

Details: From €49 per night (double room, sharing two).

Swiss Youth Hostels Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Crans Montana youth hostel in Switzerland. PA Photo/Thomas Andenmatten.

For more than a century, the upscale holiday region of Crans-Montana has been a center for health and wellness. Once used as a sanatorium, this beautifully converted hostel promises a treat for body and soul, with views of the Rhone Valley, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Summer activities on offer include mountain biking, road cycling, hiking and water sports on lakes at 1500 meters above sea level. Visit Alaïa Chalet, an indoor and outdoor skate and trampoline park, or Alaïa Bay, a new artificial surf park.

Details: From £48 per person per night in a 6-bed room including breakfast.

Next House, Copenhagen, Denmark


The next house Copenhagen. PA Photo/Claus Isling.

A movie theater and yoga studio set this next-level hostel apart from other affordable accommodations in a city known for quality and design. A whopping 1,666 beds are spread across 433 rooms, including female-only dorms. Common areas are spread over a lounge, two rooftops, a soccer field, and a restaurant serving brick-oven pizzas.

Details: Room from €16.50 per person in a six-bed room.

SleepIn Fængslet, Horsens, Denmark


The Fængslet in Denmark. PA Photo/Fængslet.

Spending the night in a cell might not sound like fun, but this historic hostel in Horsens — a 45-minute drive from Aarhus — has kitsch appeal. Fængslet was once one of the largest prisons in Europe, operating in 1853 and closing in 2006. Years later, bars were removed so curious travelers could experience what it’s like to spend a night “inside.” Learn about the stories of inmates – like the story of Carl August Lorentzen, who escaped from prison in 1949 by spending 11 months digging a 18-meter tunnel.

Details: Double rooms from £56.50.

WOT Peniche, Portugal


The WOT Peniche. PA Photo/WOT.

Choose from dorms, suites, studios and apartments at this hip, design-led hostel in Europe’s bohemian surfing capital. The colorful property is within walking distance of the best seafood restaurants in Peniche and is run by a team of cool locals who know the destination inside out. Learn to surf with one of the schools on Baleal Beach or take a boat trip to the Berlengas, an archipelago with dramatic scenery, thriving wildlife and one of Portugal’s most beautiful forts.

Details: From €20 per person per night in a six-bed room. Hotels too expensive? Here are five hip hostels for a cheap European trip

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