Hostels often get a lot of bad press, but they can also be budget-savers and extremely fun if you pick the right ones. Hostels offer a number of great benefits such as the opportunity to meet people from around the world and free meals (what could be better?). Europe is home to some of the most professional and well-known hostels in the world. As you plan your summer Europe backpacking adventure, take note of these ten hostels that have been praised again and again for their affordability and unique experiences.

1. The 3 Ducks, Paris, France

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The 3 Ducks, located in an 18th-century coaching inn, is the oldest private hostel in France. The hostel was completely renovated in April 2014, and offers many amenities including a full bar and courtyard terrace.

2. Rodamón, Barcelona, Spain

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Rodamón Barcelona is optimally situated in central Barcelona, in close proximity to Casa Batlló, Gaudi’s La Pedrera, and the Passeig de Gracia shopping district. Besides it’s perfect location, Rodamón boasts a gorgeous outdoor terrace and free breakfast.

3. Generator Hostel, London, England

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Visitors of Generator Hostel rave about its fun and expansive bar, cleanliness, and professional staff: all great qualities for a hostel.

4. Camere Belvedere Vaticano, Rome, Italy

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Camere Belvedere Vaticano is very close to Metro Line A, and features free breakfast service along with modern amenities such as wi-fi.

5. Grand Hostel Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Grand Hostel Berlin is located in the city center, within walking distance to must-see attractions including the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and Potsdamer Platz.

6. Castle Rock Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Castle Rock Hostel inhabits a palatial mansion built in 1846, and is just a one minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Grassmarket.

7. Paradise Beach Resort, Mykonos, Greece

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This Mykonos hostel is located directly on Paradise Beach, one of the most well-known beaches in the world. Besides its unbeatable beach access, Paradise Beach Resort is home to the famous Paradise Club, a beach market, and numerous bars and restaurants.

8. Lisbon Destination Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon Destination Hostel is located in the former Rossio train station, with high ceilings, large open areas, and ornate decoration. This hostel is the perfect space to come home to after a long day exploring Lisbon.

9. Meininger City West, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Meininger is situated right next to Amsterdam’s second most important transportation hub: Sloterdijk Station. This makes exploring the city incredibly easy and convenient. The hostel also boasts a game room, guest kitchen, and washer and dryer.

10. Hostel ELF, Prague, Czech Republic

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Hostel ELF is only a twenty minute walk to Old Town Square, and offers free BBQ on the terrace three days a week.

Where would you stay?

Tucker is a junior at Fordham University studying Political Science and Art History. He enjoys food, historical nonfiction, and Netflix marathons.

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