Although it attracts more than its fair share of stag- and hen-dos, there’s a lot more to Prague than pilsner and partying. In fact, many hostels in the city tailor their services towards those who are in town for sightseeing and culture. From party-centric spots geared towards young travellers to more unassuming establishments where cosiness and community take centre stage, there are many excellent and reasonably priced hostels in Prague. We’ve put together a list of the best.
If hostels are all about community and getting to know your fellow travellers, then Hostel One Míru is the gold standard. This offering, situated in the Prague 2 district, encourages all guests to socialise over a free family dinner every evening, before guiding you on a complimentary tour of different pubs and clubs to get the best out of the city’s nightlife. Lodgings range from medium-sized communal dorms to small private rooms at affordable rates, while luggage storage and lockers give you peace of mind.
Just a few minutes’ walk from Prague Castle, Little Quarter caters for all modern travellers. Here, you’ll find both traditional bunk-bed dorms and hotel-style private rooms with stylish en-suites. Free wifi comes as standard, and use of the hotel kitchen is available to all guests, regardless of culinary skill (though it helps). If cooking isn’t your thing, make use of the buffet breakfast served until 11am, which is available for a small fee.
There’s no resemblance to the Simpsons character here – Hostel Homer is a sensible option for travellers looking for a cheap hostel in Prague. Occupying a 16th-century building – the Renaissance ceilings are a giveaway – this offering has all the necessities: comfortable group dorms, modern private rooms and spotless bathrooms, as well as extras like a fully equipped kitchen and foosball table. Take advantage of the spacious lounge area, complete with an exquisite cinemascope. Make sure to leave some time to scope out the city sights, though; you’re just a stone’s throw from Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square.
Sir Toby’s Hostel serves up affordable city living in the up-and-coming district of Prague 7. Choose a rustic shared dorm for the most economical rates, or opt for a private room to have your own en-suite and living space ideal for couples. However, you’ll have to head downstairs for this hostel’s real selling point: the Pub @ Sir Toby’s offers cheap local beer, colourful cocktails and a cosy space to get to know your fellow travellers. Order a “drowned communist” – an interesting mix of griotka and vodka – to make the conversation flow a little easier.
As hostels in Prague go, MeetMe23 is an exciting place to stay. To say it has an attitude is an understatement – not many foyers have a whole Skoda car on the wall. Whether you choose to stay in a dorm, or in a private room higher up in this converted neo-Renaissance mansion, the message is clear – technology and being different is a thing to be embraced. Down in the cellar, guests eat and drink themselves merry.
Found in the Old Town, Ahoy! prides itself on being actively involved in how its guests spend their time in the city. There is help from the moment the staff greet you, to the numerous events planned whilst you are staying. Individual lockers keep your belongings safe, and the common room is fuelled by friendliness and cold beers. The private rooms are spacious and afford you all the privacy you need in such a social environment.
Known for its low-cost lodgings and communal atmosphere, this happening spot has plenty to offer travellers who are eager to experience Prague in all its glory. With rooms ranging from shared dormitories that cost next to nothing, to studio apartments with enough space to accommodate small groups, this hostel in Prague makes for an ideal base for anyone travelling on a budget. There’s a bar on site, too, which is great for meeting other travellers or relaxing with a pint, and it hosts events throughout the week involving live performances and party games.
Designed with community spirit in mind, this one-of-a-kind Prague hostel centres on a laid-back bar that regularly hosts events ranging from live concerts to Oktoberfest parties. It’s relaxed, fun and welcoming in all the right ways, boasting a living room-like atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Prague. With regard to accommodation, Brix Hostel’s dorms are straightforward and simple, featuring custom-built bunk beds made from hardwood. There are private rooms available, too, equipped with double beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Even though it is a little further afield than other entries on this list, if you’re searching for a good, affordable hostel filled to the brim with extras, and in an under-explored part of town, then Plus Prague is definitely worth checking out. Located in Holešovice, an out-of-the-way neighbourhood known for its bustling art and music scenes, this hostel lies within walking distance of many cultural hotspots including DOX contemporary gallery and Cross Club, one of Prague’s best secret spots. Besides the basics, Plus Prague has several additional facilities that make it stand out from the crowd, like an indoor swimming pool, sauna and volleyball court.
A haven for backpackers and budget travellers keen to meet like-minded souls in Prague, this lively hostel organises on-site and external events from Monday to Sunday. While pub crawls and parties are par for the course in the city, Hostel One also hosts family-style dinners and other quieter gatherings for its guests. Its low-key rooms are equipped with all the essentials, and there’s an underground bar, the Rave Cave.
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