From a sci fi-worthy capsule hotel to a traditional homely guesthouse, there’s a hostel for every backpacker in Surabaya. To help you find your perfect budget-friendly place to stay, here are the top hostels in this Indonesian port city – all bookable on Culture Trip.
With a prime location just a five-minute walk from the Gubeng railway station, this hostel is a convenient base if you’re looking to explore the nearby cities by train. Also enjoy the many neighbourhood restaurants, cafes and shopping centres. As for facilities, the hostel provides an individual folded desk for each bed in the dorm-style rooms and a cosy common area with a modern, industrial interior, plus an open space with table tennis and other entertainment.
The design at this hostel combines a modern UK theme with industrial bare brick walls and exposed ceilings, plus a pop of red that makes the space calming yet energising. Near Juanda International Airport, Kamariska Hostel serves as an excellent transit point for backpackers who want budget-friendly private rooms. There’s also a lounge, simple kitchen and roof garden (available during social hours).
This capsule hotel transforms sleeping into a fun experience. More than just a futuristic design, each pod provides guests with the facilities needed in modern life — LED TV, air cooler, mirror, reading lamp and more. Even though you will share the same room with several capsule-dwellers, each pod can be locked with a smart card to ensure privacy. Pods come at an affordable rate, and the strategic location makes exploration around Surabaya city centre easy.
This bed and breakfast offers both comfort and affordability for travellers with various needs and budgets – choose between a single private room or bunk beds for two. All rooms come with a wardrobe, private bathroom and a delicious breakfast from the on-site cafe. In short, Morning Sun brings you daily necessities and luxuries at backpacker prices. The property is also tastefully decorated, with earthy tones and modern furniture.
This homely guesthouse greets visitors with bright colours and a warm smile, literally — in the logo, decorations and on the faces of the friendly staff. Each room has a desk, chair, reading lamp, and reliable free wifi. The establishment also offers services such as laundry, car rentals and local excursions (for additional fees).
This is the hostel for travellers whose plans include fun city tours around one of the biggest and most populated towns in Indonesia. This hostel in downtown Surabaya sits in a vibrant area dense with attractions, from museums and historical landmarks to shopping centres. The shared bedroom here has simple bunk beds in a spacious, airy room that will make you feel welcomed and relaxed after a long day of exploring.
Edira Putri contributed additional reporting to this article.