14 Great Hostels for families in Europe

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As I walked into the Generator Hostel in Copenhagen, I looked around at all the people in the common area. There I could see singles, friends, couples and families.

A thought ran instantly through my mind. How many families have never considered staying at a hostel because of pre-conceived notions that hostels are all about parties and singles?

How many families have travelled less because they have to pay more for hotels? How many opportunities to connect with other travellers have been lost? The chance to share experiences, chat about tips and meet others gone?

In this article, you will find some great hostels for families in Europe. These family-friendly hostels have been tested and stayed at by the travellers below. You will find recommendations for family hostels in Germany, England, Poland, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Orkney Islands and Portugal. These kid-friendly hostels will help put your mind at ease about this type of accommodation and save you some money on your holiday! 

Via Amsterdam, Amsterdam Netherlands

The bar at Via Amsterdam hostel for families
Amsterdam’s unique blend of history creates an inviting atmosphere for families to explore and enjoy

Located in the suburbs of the city is the Via Amsterdam hostel. Via Amsterdam is an awesome spot for families to stay when visiting the Dutch capital. Via has large family rooms fitting 4 people with ensuite bathrooms. The facilities at the Amsterdam Hostel are fantastic. There is a large bar, restaurant common room, theatre room, kitchen and laundry.

You can get coffee and drinks from early morning to late in the evening, food is served along with cold beer. Some nights of the week they will have trivia contests and entertainment. The front desk sells tours and public transport tickets. The hostel is located a short 5-minute walk from the metro line that takes you into the city centre, We loved our stay at one of the best family hostels in Amsterdam

Meininger Berlin Central Station

The Meininger Berlin Central is ideally located for visiting the central sights of Berlin. It is a short walk to the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate and to venture further afield, bus tours start from right outside the hotel. It is adjacent to the river, a lovely spot for evening walks or a beer at a riverside bar. 

It is a perfect choice for train travellers as it is just metres away from Central Station (which is also a handy resource for bakeries, groceries and bars). The location is quiet and there is little traffic or noise at night from outside. 

play area for kids at Meininger Central station Berlin
Experience the essence of family hostels in Europe at MEININGER Hotel Berlin Central Station

This Berlin hotel has a friendly reception, a popular bar and a small, well-stocked kitchen for self-catering or you can choose to eat at their in-house restaurant. WiFi is strong, and free, throughout. The hotel is popular with youth groups but attracts all ages due to its fantastic location and low prices. 

As a family of five, we had to have two rooms but the hotel was accommodating in placing us near to each other. The rooms at this hostel in Berlin were small but clean and a private bathroom was a surprise for the budget price we paid. Meininger has some of the best family hostels in Europe

Contributed by Sinead Camplin at Map Made Memories

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Basecamp Hostel, Bonn, Germany

Basecamp Hostel is located inside a huge warehouse in Bonn and is the coolest place to stay with kids that we have ever found. So cool, we diverted a few hundred kilometres from our route in order to stay there, towing our own little caravan.

Inside the building, as well as outside, are a choice of thirteen vintage caravans, four Airstream Trailers, two sleeper carriages from old trains and a number of other funky sleeping quarters. Each one is themed differently and a great laugh. Even the dining area and the facilities are themed. The whole building is heated and when we stayed mid-winter, it was very cosy.

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Such a funky-looking hostel in Bonn.

My first choice on entering was ‘Drag Queen’ but it was already booked (admittedly, it only slept two but the three of us were more than happy to squeeze in if we could have). I sent the girls off to choose their favourite, they returned eventually to announce they wanted to stay in the gorgeous old flower power, Kombi Van. It sleeps three, so that’s where we slept for the night.

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Families can stay together in the Basecamp ‘Tour Bus’ which has eight beds, an Airstream Trailer that sleeps up to four or a variety of other options including a pop-up camper trailer, complete with toys for the little kids.

Contributed by Jane at Wicked Walkabouts

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The Generator Copenhagen Denmark

The outside of the generator hostel in Copenhagen

The Generator Copenhagen will forever change the way you look at a hostel. Yes, to be honest, our room was small with a private bathroom. We had 2 sets of bunks and 4 suitcases spread out over our floor.

Once we were in the room there was only just enough room to swing a cat. The rooms to be fair though were very clean, as clean as any hotel. The mattress was as good as any of the places we had stayed in. 

The blankets were warm enough to keep the Danish winter cold weather at bay. The shower had good heat and excellent water pressure, with room to get changed. Our towels were clean, big and fluffy, which our girls were very impressed about.

We were impressed with the sign on the door that stated that making noise in the hallways at The Generator Copenhagen would not be tolerated so please use the communal area that is staffed 24 hours a day.

Staying in hostels with kids could work and did work for us. The communal area was amazing with meals, drinks, games, big screen tv’s and much more to keep you entertained and engaged with other guests.

For anything, we did need the guys behind the desk could not have been any better at helping us out. The Generator Hostel was amazing and one of the coolest hostels in Europe

Contributed By Rebecca Wyld at Wyld Family Travel

Camping 3 Estrellas – Barcelona Spain

hostels for families at the beach in Barcelona
Relaxing Getaway at Barcelona Camping 3 Estrellas

Camping3 Estrella is a campsite with dorm rooms near Barcelona airport. Though technically classed as part of Barcelona city, it lies on a sleepy beach called Gava. It is a beautiful long beach, with lovely sand and calm waves, making it perfect for family travellers in Barcelona.

Camping3 Estrellas has its own access to a private part of the beach, making it much safer than those open to everyone. The campsite and hostel both have access to a private swimming pool and restaurant facilities. Our small dorm room had two bunk beds, so could sleep four people for around £5pp per night.

The dorms share a bathroom with other dorm rooms, but you usually book out a whole room when you pay so your family has a safe area to sleep at night. Each room can be locked, but they also have lockers for you to safely store your belongings. outside of the dorm rooms there are tables and a BBQ area you can use to cook for your family.

There is a children’s hospital nearby, which we had to find out when Travis got really sick and was taken in an ambulance. It is easy to get a local bus from the city and it is easy to get a taxi to the airport too.

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Chalmersquoy Hostel – Orkney Islands

Westray is one of the Orkney Islands and accommodation is expensive, especially when travelling with kids.  We decided to stay at Chalmersquoy an independent hostel on the island of Westray as it gave us a bed and self-catering for just a few nights we needed.

Booking a family room we had everything we needed.  Ensuite shower room and a fully equipped kitchen for breakfast and evening meals without the fuss of a B&B.

Orkney Islands hostel on the waterfront.
A stunning location for a hostel in the Orkney Islands

 It was exceptionally clean and the owners made you feel welcome from the moment you arrived.  They had plenty of maps and ideas for adventures and given the weather there were inside options as well.

 My boys were made to feel welcome and given the small size of the hostel, there weren’t any big noisy groups. This made it the perfect hostel to stay in especially given the beachfront location with seals and sand on the doorstep.

Contributed by Suzanne Easton

The 5 Reasons Hostel and Hostel in Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremburg hostel 5 reasons
The hostel in Nuremberg is in an amazing location

The past August, my husband, my 16-year-old daughter plus her good friend (also 16) went on an epic family road trip that touched six countries. We stayed in an apartment, a pod hotel, several regular hotels, and a hostel.

I think the hostel may have been my favourite place to stay out of all of those.

The 5 Reasons Hotel and Hostel in Nuremberg, Germany was just perfect for us. We reserved a reasonably priced family room on Booking.com. It had a private bathroom, a small kitchen area, and four single beds arranged in a large open room. We had a great view over the ancient city walls and with windows on either side we were able to get a cross-breeze during the recent European heatwave.

The place was clean and tidy and the beds were comfy. There were cupboards between each pair of beds (there were two beds on each side of the room) and more than enough outlets. This is especially good when you are travelling with teens.

Out the back, there was a nice terrace which we took advantage of to play cards. Of course, this is where the smokers hang out, but there was always a breeze. The bar served alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, so everyone was happy.

I would happily stay there again.

Contributed by Theresa Ladner from Adventures in middle aged travel 

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The Dragon – Krakow Poland

The Dragon was the first hostel we ever stayed in. Our friends booked the accommodation so we were a little weary about staying in a hostel with kids. The Dragon is a little different to some setups you will find, The Dragon is located across multiple floors in an apartment building.

You will find 2 rooms on every floor with a shared kitchen and bathroom. You enter through a locked door into the kitchen area then your bedroom is accessed off this area. Your room is also lockable.

Tour Desk of the Dragon on exciting journeys with families
Tour Desk of the Dragon

You will find the office and breakfast area located on the ground floor. The office has tourist information and can organise all types of activities for you. We stayed in a decent size room with a queen size bed and a set of bunks that were comfortable. Located close to the middle of the city and all transport options. 

For the latest prices and booking information at The Dragon Aprthostel in Krakow Poland.

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Contributed by Mark Wyld from Dad Life Travel

Loulé Coreto Hostel – The Algrave Portugal

If you are looking for somewhere to stay to enjoy the many attractions of the Algarve without the resort prices, the Loulé Coreto Hostel is a great choice.  Just 30 mins drive from both Albufeira and Faro this hostel is well located for popular resorts and beaches on the Algarve.

There are a variety of private rooms and dorms. We stayed in the quadruple room, perfect for a family of four with twin beds and a bunk bed.  The rooms are light and brightly coloured with lots of opening windows, wooden floors and high ceilings.

The bedroom at the Loulé Coreto Hostel
Comfortable rooms await you in the Algarve

Shared bathrooms have a shower, toilet and sink in one room. There were three, one each for male and female and one shared with a bath which was handy for smaller children.  Everything was spotlessly clean during our stay.  The hostel feels very secure and was quite peaceful when we stayed.

Communal areas included a small reading room, well-equipped kitchen, lots of dining space and a larger living area with a TV.  There is also a roof terrace.  Free Wifi was included and worked well. Parking is on the street but not difficult to find.

Within a block of the hostel, we found a delightful patisserie for breakfast.  Supermarkets, restaurants and bars aren’t far away.

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Contributed by Kim Black from Backpacks and Sun Hats

The Barn Hostel – Vik, Iceland

Family hostel in Vik Iceland
View of Iceland’s stunning landscapes

Last winter we spent exploring Iceland with the kids. While being there for two months, we tried different accommodations. Starting from renting a house and finishing in hotels and hostels.

One of our favourite places was the Vik Hostel, The Barn. The Barn is located in the south of Iceland just off the ring road 4 km away from the famous Reynisfjara black beach.

It’s a perfect place to plan a stop during a road trip around Iceland. Our four stayed in a family room, which compromised of four double bunk beds.

The beds were so big that an easily eight-person family could stay in such a place. Our girls loved the beds, as they had plenty of space for them to play.

I did as well as they were very comfy and we had good rest after the long hike to Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck. The entire Vik hostel looks very simple from the outside inside and is designed in a modern way with a great fully equipped kitchen (the supermarket is 7 km away in Vik) and dining area.

Downstairs had a cool bar and a comfy lobby area.

Ania from The Travelling Twins

The Y in Basel Switzerland

We’re new to hostelling with kids, but it turned out to be a great way to save money during our family gap year. We had an awesome stay at the YMCA in Basel, Switzerland.

We were only staying in town for one night so we just needed a simple, affordable place to stay – which can be tough to come by in pricey Switzerland!

We loved everything about our stay at the Y Basel Hostel. While the main building has traditional dorm-style rooms, the adjacent building (listed as STAY@) offers suites that are perfect for travelling families.

The entry to Basel Hostel YMCA
This Basel Hostel is new and modern

Ours had two bedrooms (the parent room with a big bed and the kid’s room with two twin beds), a private bathroom and a spacious sitting room with a table perfect for keeping up with the kids’ schoolwork while we were traveling full-time. We even had free parking right in front!

When school was done, we had full access to the Y’s spacious and lively common area – and we took full advantage! The kids played pool while we grown-ups enjoyed a beer and watched World Cup soccer – it doesn’t get more European than that. There’s even a fantastic playground just one block away.

In the morning the common area was transformed with an extensive cold breakfast that included fruit, grains, meats and cheeses. We didn’t use it, but there’s a large commercial kitchen with plenty of space for everyone to prepare their meals. We only had a brief stay in Basel, but we would definitely return to the YMCA hostel in Basel

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Contributed by The Family Voyage

Brighton YHA England

Brighton YHA could not be in a better location. Situated a stone’s throw from the seafront and a short walk from Brighton’s shops, bars and restaurants Brighton YHA is the perfect base for families to explore the city without little legs having to walk too far!

The youth hostels family rooms are bright, light and spacious with bunk beds each made up of the YHA bright green linen. Family rooms in the Brighton youth hostel come with en-suite bathrooms which feel more like hotel suites than a hostel.

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Delightful view of Brighton YHA, nestled by the iconic coastline

Communal facilities include a cafe area and bright, airy lounge space…the kids loved the table football and were welcomed by other guests. The facilities and rooms exceeded our expectations and the location could not have been more central. I

I would highly recommend using Brighton YHA as a family base for exploring the city… if you book out of season you can find a family room for 4 for as little as £45 / night! Brighton makes a great getaway from London with kids.

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Contributed by Zoe Holland from Juggling on Roller skates

Stayokay Family Hostel – Dordrecht Netherlands

On our recent family visit to The Netherlands, we planned a great family weekend in de Biesbosch, an inland delta and nature reserve near the city of Dordrecht. We were 5 adults and 3 children aged between 6 and 17 years. 

We stayed in a Stayokay Family Hostel and were very pleasantly surprised by the rooms, and the service level. The location was absolutely fantastic because it was inside the National Park.

The rooms all had 1 double bed and a bunk bed so each room could sleep 4 people. Our rooms had private bathrooms, and a toilet and we choose to have all linen provided. We just brought our own towels. 

Wifi is available throughout the premises on a complimentary basis. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style but there’s also a small A la Carte Menu which we preferred.

An amazing outdoor area

We enjoyed the spacious terrace from where we looked at the water. The hostel has bicycles for rent including small bikes for kids which was great The National Park’s activity centre is within walking distance. We booked a canoe trip and a ‘fluisterboot’ trip to enjoy this great Dutch National Park. Stayokay is a chain of great hostels all around The Netherlands

 You can find them in very special and iconic buildings like the Cube Homes in Rotterdam. In Amsterdam, there are 3 Stayokay Hostels that are all beautifully located, one even near the Vondelpark which is the most famous park in The Netherlands.  

Contributed by Jessy Lipperts from Planet Pilgrims

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Bath YHA

Another great YHA England and Wales location. Bath is in a great location for exploring the city, particularly when you are using public transport. It brings you within a mile of the major attractions, like the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent and the famous Sally Lunns bakery.

A short bus ride in the other direction, and right next door to the University of Bath where some of the UK’s Olympians train, there’s the American Museum, which is another fascinating place to visit.

The hostel itself is Bath through and through. It’s a former mansion made in Bath stone with original mouldings depicting Roman characters inside.

YHA Bath was refurbished in 2018 and the communal spaces feel modern and light with wall art inspired by the cityscape. This Bath Hostel was full of old-world charm

Even before we set foot through the door, it had a family feel. Throughout our stay, we saw other families in the dining room and bar, and the only noise from the hall and other rooms was of kids chattering. Great family accommodation in Bath

Contributed by Claire at Tin Box Traveller

Family hostels are becoming better and better all the time. Family Hostels Europe is well worth staying on your trip. As we discussed above family-friendly hostels are just a click away. A good hostel room will have an ensuite more like a hotel than a budget hostel. Don’t hesitate to take the plunge today and book youth hostels in Europe for families

2 thoughts on “14 Great Hostels for families in Europe”

  1. In Sweden most hostels are run by a semi-governmental organization that was set up partlynto provide unique accommodations at family-friendly prices. Check out stf.se

  2. A hostel for a family? Wow. I thought hostels are for single (and ready to mingle) travelers only.
    Among the ones you recommended, I love Brighton YHA. I like cheap accommodations that are spacious and bright. It’s just like staying in a typical hostel but for sure the price is less.


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