Western Europe's City Hostels
Over half of Hostelling International's hostels can be found in Europe and in the past 99 years of European hostelling, they've mastered budget accommodation in some of the world's most expensive destinations. Check out a few of the continent's urban flagships.
London Central YHA
This hostel is only four months old and it's contemporary hostelling at its best with modern décor from top to bottom. It's only ten minutes from Oxford Street and Soho. The on-site café/bar is the meeting spot for young backpackers, while the hostel's travel desk can help you organize your travels around Europe.
HI-Paris, Le d'Artagnan
France's largest hostel is 15 minutes from the city centre and close to the International Bus Terminal. Along with 435 beds on seven floors, the hostel has a free cinema, a bar and a café.
Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
This hostel is 'insanely popular' according to Lonely Planet, probably thanks to its amazing location in the city's massive Vondelpark. Locals and travellers sprawl on the lawns that are dotted with ponds. The hostel is close to the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum as well as Leidseplein, the city's nightlife hub.
DANHOSTEL Copenhagen City
This is Europe's biggest city hostel with 1,020 beds in 192 rooms in a skyscraper that stands above the rest of the city. From the top of the building, get views of Copenhagen. There's also a café, a few lounges and a restaurant inside.
Edinburgh Central YHA
Edinburgh's newest addition is the only five-star hostel in Scotland's capital city. It's just a few minutes from the train station and Princes Street. There's a licensed bistro on-site and all rooms come with an ensuite and wireless access.