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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 based in Prague.
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 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.
A perfect pick for travellers looking for a quieter spot in central Prague, this small but welcoming hostel has six mixed dormitories that feature anywhere between four and 16 beds. Even though it is less party orientated than other hostels in the area, Art Hole has plenty of space for socialising, such as its comfy indoor lounge and sunny terrace with seating. As its name suggests, Art Hole is awash with cool design elements and decor that mainly draw inspiration from the Pop art movement.
Designed with community spirit in mind, this one-of-a-kind hostel centres around 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 regards 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 ensuite bathrooms.
Created as an alternative to the city’s many party-centric hostels, this down-to-earth spot in central Prague consciously caters to travellers who value peace and quiet but still want to meet new people during their time abroad. It is cosy, to say the least, featuring a stripped-back, almost minimalistic layout that feels fresh and welcoming. Aside from well-equipped dorm rooms, the hostel has several communal spaces, including a lounge, kitchen and dining area, where guests can hang out together and share a nightly ‘family dinner’ organised by the hostel.
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 it 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. 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.
If you’re eager to experience the best of Prague but unsure where to start, it is worth booking a spot at Pension & Hostel Downtown, as this welcoming establishment organises group events every day of the week. Although some activities centre around pub crawls and partying, others are far more homely, involving cooking sessions or traditional Czech puppet shows. There are several accommodation options available at the hostel, ranging from simple but comfortable shared dormitories to private rooms with ensuite facilities.
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.
This award-winning hostel aims to bring travellers together through parties, social events and group excursions around Prague and aspires to show its guests the best of the city’s nightlife. The MadHouse’s dorm rooms are simple but effective, featuring graffiti-style decor and either eight or 12 beds, plus other essentials such as lockers. Other on-site facilities include a shared kitchen, lounge and TV room.
This lovely hostel stands on the western side of the river Vltava, in a quiet residential neighbourhood underneath Petřín Hill. An ideal candidate for travellers looking for peaceful lodgings in Prague’s city centre, the hostel has a vintage vibe that matches perfectly with its welcoming approach towards hospitality. Aside from simple but stylish dorm rooms, the hostel also has several apartment-sized private rooms that are perfect for couples or small groups of friends travelling together.
Frank Lopez contributed additional reporting to this article.