Looking to travel the world without breaking the bank? Don't worry, we've got you covered with affordable and unforgettable experiences! From bustling cities to exotic locales, these hostels are sure to ignite your wanderlust fantasies.
Do you want to swap stories over some drinks and make a lifelong friend or two along the way? Luckily, hostels are a budget-friendly option for the modern world traveler.
Contrary to what many believe, hostels offer much more than just a place to sleep. Hostels house a vibrant community of travelers from across the globe, all eager to share their stories, experiences, and tips for the best local spots.
In this curated list, I will talk about the highest-rated hostels, what kind of travelers they're best for, and what makes them so special.
Before I dive in, be sure to read up on this hostel etiquette. Trust me, you don't want to be that person.
Now, pack your bags, amp up your sense of adventure, and dive into the wonderful world of hostels with me!
9 Best Rated Hostels in The World 
Rarely do people travel just to stay at a Hostel, but most of these locations being in backpacker-friendly locations definitely can help. If you're planning on going to any of the locations these hostels are located at, why not book a night or two stay?
Without further ado, let's start with the first hostel, located in one of the world's most renowned tourist hotspots, Bali Indonesia.
- Located in Canggu, a part of Bali in Indonesia
- 1.9 km from Seseh Beach
- Free parking & wifi
Coming in hot from the beaches of beautiful Bali, Indonesia, Tribal is a new player on the hostel scene with plenty to offer.
Want to walk down to the beach? Tribal is the perfect spot. Would you rather hang out and play a game of pool? They've got you covered.
Maybe you would rather play in the pool? Tribal's gorgeous outdoor accommodations, including their private pools, are clean, gorgeous, and well-maintained.
Now, just because I list it as number 9 doesn't mean it's not great. In fact, I would rate TRIBAL as the best beach hostel in the world! If you're looking for something exotic, you won't find anything better than TRIBAL.
- Central location on Camp Street in Queenstown, NZ
- Padlockable lockers (with outlets to charge electronics)
- Organized social events
A backpacker's accommodation run by adventurers, for adventurers.
With a capacity of around 50 people, you can expect a lively and vibrant atmosphere without sacrificing that homey hostel feel.
The location couldn't be more perfect either! Being just a 3-minute walk from the nearest bus stop and supermarket, Adventure Queenstown is an excellent platform for your New Zealand escapades.
It's also far enough from the rowdy nightlife that you can still get a good night's rest after a day of activities, many of which you can book right there at Adventure Queenstown's tour desk.
This hostel is honestly a steal, so don't sleep on it!
- Central location in Nha Trang, Vietnam
- Amenities such as AC, high-speed Wifi, and laundry service
- Friendly staff
Outstanding service, perfect location, and delicious breakfast options combine to make Mozjo Inn an ideal launchpad for your next Nha Trang adventure.
Its central location means you're close to the beach, restaurants, and the Night Market. At the same time, the Mozjo Inn itself, tucked away in a quiet little spot, still offers care if you're feeling weary from your travels.
You'll be even more refreshed after talking with the helpful staff, who go above and beyond to recommend activities and even organize taxis for you.
Be sure to try the pancakes and crêpes for breakfast. It's a 10/10, for real. Plus, you get unlimited fruit, coffee, and juice. What more could you want?
A little fact, Mozjo Inn was voted the best hostel in Asia, backed up by these reviews.
- Located in the heart of River North, Chicago
- Integrated coffee shop and cocktail bar
- A 10-minute walk from the pink line
- Gym, fitness center, and business center
- 24-hour check-in
A massive hostel with options ranging from standard bunk beds to 2 penthouse suites, The Freehand has something for travelers of all kinds.
The Freehand has an attached coffee shop, an award-winning cocktail bar, as well as luxury amenities such as a lovely walk-in shower. You might even feel like you're staying at a five-star hotel more so than a hostel.
Located in River North, Chicago, The Freehand is the perfect location to pause and freshen up between your big city escapades. Then again, with all-day coffee and cocktails, you may want to stay.
- 18+ only hotel located in Barcelona, Spain
- Europe's premier party and club destination
- Free wifi, linens, towels, and breakfast
- Rated best party hostel in the world
The first hostel in Barcelona and still going strong, this world-famous party hostel guarantees you a social experience like no other.
If you're looking for a quiet and peaceful night's rest, Kabul isn't right for you! But if you want to meet fun-loving travelers, experience Barcelona's vibes and nightlife and party it out at the club, Kabul is the best by far.
Bonus tip: If you manage to get up early enough the next day, you'll be rewarded with a complimentary breakfast. Nice!
Whether it's hanging out on the roof of the Plaza Real for BBQ or joining fellow travelers on a trip to the city's most famous clubs, Kabul is guaranteed to keep you engaged, excited, and hungry for more.
If the party scene really isn't your style, there are many other hostels in Spain you can explore that might be more up your alley.
- Located in Pipa, Brazil
- Outdoor pool and hammocks
- Lots of organized activities
- Shared kitchen and co-working room
The adorably named Lagarto Na Banana has so much to offer, it's hard to know where to begin!
How about jam sessions, pool parties, acro yoga, meditation, and film nights? Or what about just vibing in a hammock surrounded by trees and monkeys? Yes, monkeys!
This slice of nature is a 10-minute walk from the beautiful Praia do Amor beach, but don't mistake it for some far-flung, off-the-grid location.
With free Wi-Fi throughout the property and all the modern hotel amenities, Lagarto Na Banana is the best of both worlds.
- Located in Greenville, South Carolina
- Public common area open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
- Micro-coffee bar, draft beer, and selection of wine
- Wedding venue option
Are you a fan of craft coffees, beers, and wines? Whatever you're thirsty for, Modal is the watering hole you're looking for.
A bespoke hostel and art gallery that caters to traveling artisans, digital nomads, and couples looking for adventure, Modal really is the complete package.
Sip on lattes through the morning and grab a draft beer or glass of wine in the evening. Do this while relaxing in the public common area and swapping stories with fellow adventurers.
The artistic osmosis is real here, and you're sure to leave with newfound inspiration to carry on into your next adventure.
They also offer their venue as a wedding destination, with multiple package options ranging from elopements to full-on receptions. How Romantic!
- Located in Lisbon, Portugal
- Free meals daily
- Free alcohol during social hours
Pub crawls, karaoke nights, positive energy! That's Goodmorning Hostel in a nutshell. Oh, and did I mention free sangrias?
That's right, Goodmorning Hostel's rate includes free beers and sangrias by night and a complimentary 3 meals during the day. Talk about amazing hospitality!
Located across Restauradores Square from Rossio Train Station, Goodmorning Lisbon is itself in a picturesque location with only a 10-minute leisurely walk from the river.
With friendly staff ensuring that everyone is included during their social hours, you're guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime!
- Located in Maastricht, Netherlands
- "Hoscar" Award-winning hostel
- Vivacious ECO Spa with all the works
- Sustainability-focused, ultimate self-care destination
If you're ready to boost your well-being while supporting a clean, green community of world travelers, look no further than The Green Elephant Hostel and Spa.
Promoting clean living and personal wellness, the Green Elephant is home to facilities like the Meditation Room, micro gyms for 5-minute workouts, and the DIY meal prepper. When you're ready to chill and connect with fellow travelers, the Tiny Theater and City Nomad Bar are always open.
Of course, you can take advantage of the brand new 'Vivacious Eco City SPA,' with a sauna, hammam, foot baths, bucket showers, and a cooling ice wall. Wow!Cozy, quirky, and exciting, the Green Elephant takes the #1 spot thanks to its balance towards sustainability, health and personal care, and overall fun and funky vibes.
Bonus Round: What Is the World’s Biggest Hostel?
The title of world's biggest hostel goes to, drumroll please, Danhostel!
Located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, Danhostel boasts a staggering 1,000 beds spread across 190+ rooms. Just imagine, 1,000 backpackers in one place! The stories would be fabulous!
Danhostel is known for its modern and naturally quiet spacious facilities. This includes a large common area with extra seating, a well-equipped kitchen, and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city.
If you're in Copenhagen, then think about exploring these other hostels.
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