The Best Backpacker Hostels in Surabaya, Indonesia

Morning Sun is decorated tastefully, with earthy tones and modern furniture
Morning Sun is decorated tastefully, with earthy tones and modern furniture | Courtesy of Morning Sun / Expedia
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22 June 2021

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.

POP! Hotel Gubeng

Hostel
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POP! Hotel is a vibrant and welcoming place from the moment you step into the lime-green lobby. The similarly colourful rooms have an almost space-age feel with rounded corners and modern lighting, while the cafe-cum-convenience store in the lobby is a fun place to enjoy a light meal and get to know your fellow travellers. Attractions nearby include the Grand City Mall.
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My Studio Hotel Surabaya

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There’s an arty feel to this backpacker-focussed hotel, which has wood-panelled dorm rooms (all with modern features such as reading lights and charging points) alongside private rooms. The lounge area, decorated with colourful pop art, is the spot to chat with travellers over a beer before heading out to explore the many nearby bars and restaurants.
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Livinn Hostel

Bed and Breakfast, Hostel
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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.

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Kamariska Hostel

Airport Hotel, Hostel
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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).

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Tab Capsule Hotel

Capsule Hotel, Hostel
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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.

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  • Morning Sun

    Budget Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
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    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.

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    Ikiru to Live Guesthouse

    Hostel, Guesthouse
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    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).

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    Nisah’s Home

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    A friendly welcome is guaranteed at this down-to-earth hotel, which sits in a central neighbourhood close to several restaurants, bars and attractions. Rooms are spacious and have a classic design, with tiled floors and wooden furniture. Be sure to check out the nearby Surabaya Submarine Monument, a museum housed in a decommissioned Soviet submarine.

    the HOSTEL

    Hostel

    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.

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    Edira Putri contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on June 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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