Welcome to the picturesque Slovakian capital, Bratislava.

This fine European city is surrounded by rolling vineyards, the Carpathian mountains and plenty of epic hiking and biking trails. Dang, Slovakia is gorgeous!

In Bratislava itself, backpackers are treated to stunning architecture, castles, a happening pub scene, beautiful parks, and green spaces.  I personally really dig the red roofs.

Bratislava is not as expensive as other European capitals, but that said there are plenty of hostels out there that I feel are over-priced and unworthy of your hard-earned cash.

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Bratislava for 2020!

The goal of this hostel guide is to show you the way to the best (and cheapest) hostels in Bratislava so you can backpack the epic Slovakian capital like a boss.

Whether you are looking for just a cheap sleep, a hostel room to share with your partner, or the best party hostel in town, I’ve got you covered.

I am certain that my list of the best hostels in Bratislava contains a place for every type of traveler, you included!

The keys to all of the awesome budget accommodation options are nearly in your hands…

Let’s dive right in…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Bratislava

Best Hostels in Bratislava
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The 10 Best Hostels in Bratislava

Need helping deciding where to stay in Bratislava? Then check out our top picks!

Overall Best Hostel in Bratislava – Hostel Folks

Hostel Folks Best Hostel in Bratislava
Want to stay at the best hostel in Bratislava? Enter Hostel Folks: This hostel is clean, modern, quiet, AND cheap. I know you’ll love it here.
  • $
  • Towels Included
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Self Catering Facilities

Folks? Folks? We don’t know. Well, it doesn’t overly matter since Hostel Folks is the overall best hostel in Bratislava even though it has an overall average name. It’s a relatively quiet hostel – no stags or hens – but if you’re not too fussed about meeting other people or whatever, then this is a great, great option. It’s cheap (one of the cheapest), it’s comfy, modern, clean, but what really makes it the best hostel in Bratislava 2020 is its location; being on the very edge of the downtown pedestrianised zone puts you in the prime position for sightseeing and exploration. That’s why you’re here, right?

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Bratislava – Hostel Blues

Hostel Blues Best Hostel for Solo Traveller in Bratislava
Hostel Blues is cool because not ALL of the social activities are drinking based, making it the best hostel for solo travelers in Bratislava.
  • $$
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Tour Desk

Despite the name, this is actually a pretty awesome hostel. Maybe they meant, like, if you’ve got hostel blues, come here? Maybe? Because it’s a fun place to be. They do pub crawls and nightly activities – which, before you start jumping to conclusions are NOT all drinking-based. The staff basically create a super atmosphere, perfect for meeting and making friends with other peeps staying here, so we’d say it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Bratislava. It’s also basically in the city centre, too, which is a plus. Oh and Hostel Blues is also nicely decorated, sorta boutique-meets-basic, you’ll love it probably.

Best Cheap Hostel in Bratislava #1 – Patio Hostel

Patio Hostel Best Cheap Hostel in Bratislava
Patio Hostel might be basic, but a stay here is bound to be a good time: Patio is my top pick for best cheap hostel in Bratislava.
  • $
  • Towels Included
  • Common Room
  • Patio (Outdoor Terrace)

If basic is something you really don’t care about, especially if there’s a nice price involved, then you’d better keep reading cause this is our best cheap hostel in Bratislava. It’s called Patio Hostel – it has a patio, duh – and it isn’t famed for immaculate cleanliness, nor taste in design, but it is fairly well located, it does have a bar, and that oh-so-famous patio is a really chill place to hang out and chat to fellow travellers. For a budget hostel in Bratislava, this is excellent for a few days of sightseeing. And whilst it’s not luxurious, it IS generally a nice place to stay.

Best Cheap Hostel in Bratislava #2 – Hostel Brickyard

Hostel Brickyard Best Hostels in Bratislava
Good location and pleasant vibes: Hostel Brickyard is another one of the best cheap hostels in Bratislava.
  • $
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bar & Cafe
  • 24-Hour Reception

We’re guessing this used to be some sort of, hmm, brickyard? Perhaps? But who cares – it’s a nice hostel in a fairly good location close-ish to the old town. Sounds good to us. Also nearby are a load of bars and cafes which make you feel like you should be eating and drinking your way through the city – fine by us! This recommended hostel in Bratislava is also quite cheap, among the cheapest definitely, which is nice if you’re on a budget. The dorms are really spacious, the bathrooms are clean… it’s a lil’ basic but when the price is right and the location is decent and the staff are ok, well, that’s fine.

Best Cheap Hostel in Bratislava #3 – Art Hostel Taurus

Art Hostel Taurus Best Hostels in Bratislava
Art Hostel Taurus features a ton of instruments free to use in the common areas. Not the top hostel in town, but still one of the best cheap hostels in Bratislava.
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Towels Included
  • Possibly Could Form Band Here

We’re not sure if it’s ok to call your hostel an art hostel if all you’re gonna do is put a load of art on the walls. Is that really how tenuous these links are? However, we’re totally fine with it since they’re possibly the only youth hostel in Bratislava that offers a free breakfast and these things are important to us. As for entertainment *shudder* they’ve got a bass guitar, electronic drum kit, electric guitar, microphone – and headphones, mercifully. But still, wow, you could literally form a band here. Not the best hostel in Bratislava, but deffo decent, stylish-ish and with helpful staff.

Best Hostel for Couples in Bratislava – Dream Hostel

Dream Hostel Best Hostel for Couples in Bratislava
Dream Hostel is the best hostel in Bratislava for couples: Stylish, modern, cute, and well, dreamy… Details below…
  • $$
  • Common Room
  • 24-Hour Reception
  • Air Conditioning

Usually when a place is called Dream Hostel or something similar, what entails will usually not be a dream or dreamy situation. However, happily, Dream Hostel is actually really dreamy. It’s set in a 5-storey townhouse with a biiig common area, a looovely kitchen, a grrrreat location, and tasteful decor that possibly makes it the coolest hostel in Bratislava. For these reasons, we reckon it’s the best hostel for couples in Bratislava. What more do you want than exploring a historic city, sampling the cafes nearby, then coming back to a cool, stylish room? It’s a couple’s dream TBH.

Best Party Hostel in Bratislava – Wild Elephants Hostel

Wild Elephants Hostel Best Party Hostel in Bratislava
Wild Elephants Hostel is the best party hostel in Bratislava and clearly, is the place to go if you want to make friends and knock a couple (or more) back.
  • $$$
  • Bar
  • Common Room
  • 24-Hour Reception

Relatively pricey, but sometimes you gotta pay to have fun, and that’s something you’ll deffo be having at Wild Elephants. It’s our pick for the best party hostel in Bratislava because of its propensity for beer pong (there’s a dedicated room for it), and for the onsite bar (complete with foosball table – and everyone’s a pro after a few drinks), and the tattoo parlour (?!), and also for the pub crawls which are fun. The place is pretty rowdy, but fun rowdy, so do be aware. I mean, you’re here to party, so, that’s probs fine with you. Other than all that it’s pretty comfy and it’s located literally on the main square.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Bratislava – Freddie next to Mercury

Freddie next to Mercury Best Hostel With Private Room in Bratislava
Looking for a solid private space? Freddie next to Mercury is the best hostel with a private room in Bratislava. Queen tunes may or may not be heard through the walls…
  • $$$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Self Catering Facilities

We literally have NO CLUE about the name or the link that this Bratislava backpackers hostel may or may not have to Freddie Mercury. So we’ll leave that for you to wonder about. We do know, however, that the private rooms here are awesome: they’re spacious, comfy, and come equipped with their own kitchenettes (stove, sink, fridge). So we’d say it’s the best hostel with a private room in Bratislava. Owing further to this title is their amazing summer garden – think drinking, music, grilled delights – and the location: 10 mins to the old town and V close to the main train station.

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Boutique Apartments Possonium

Boutique Apartments Possonium Best Hostels in Bratislava
Boutique Apartments Possonium is a unique, fun place to stay in Bratislava.
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bar

This is a boutique hostel, which is code for nothing matches – for example, one room has a wall of jägermeister bottles. But actually this top hostel in Bratislava is actually pretty cool at times, wooden bunks painted in a distressed way, there’s lots of wood and metal in a somewhat minimalist warehouse-meets-angsty-teen-bedroom-meets-hostel kinda way. Otherwise, there’s a lovely garden here, as well as an underground (literally not figuratively) bar. If you go out of season, you’ll find it a little quiet, but in summer you should expect it to be pretty poppin here.

Hostel One

Hostel One Best Hostels in Bratislava
Super spacious dorms and a nice location make Hostel One another one of the best hostels in Bratislava for backpackers…
  • $$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • TV In Room
  • Free Toiletries

Although Hostel One is sorta basic, it’s also modern and clean and super spacious, so no one’s gonna be getting up in anyone’s space – which can be both awkward and annoying. We like spacious. In fact, the dorms are so spacious that they’ve got tables, chairs and TVs. We also like good locations, and this recommended hostel in Bratislava definitely has one – it’s near the old town, and there are a load of cafes (and a mall if you’re interested) nearby. Overall it’s a pretty decent place to stay, especially since a load of Bratislava’s top sights and best bars are within easy walking distance.

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What to Pack for your Bratislava Hostel

Pants, socks, underwear… Here are some other items you might not have thought to pack.

Universal Adapter

1. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter is the best we’ve found. Covering over 150 countries, you’ll always have the right plug charge your phone. You can also charge up to 5 devices simultaneously with the multiple USB ports.

Playing Cards

2. Playing Cards: These waterproof cards are essential kit for every backpacker. Play by the pool, beach or at your hostel after a long day with travel buds, without your cards breaking or getting soaked. And once you pull out those cards, the chance that you’ll be the hero of the night is pretty high (no promises though).

Luggage Travel Lock

3. Padlock: Theft happens in hostels, so keep a padlock to clip on your locker. This padlock can also double to keep your pack shut while in-transit. No need for keys (which can easily be lost or stolen too), you just have to remember a three-digit number to unlock your travel essentials.

Travel Pillow

4. TRTL Travel Pillow: Get rid of the red eyes and yawning with this TRTL travel pillow. It’s not just a normal neck pillow (I mean, look at it!), the ergonomic design gives your neck and head so much comfortable support that you’ll actually be able to have some decent rest. Super easy to carry and clean, it takes up so little space compared to a traditional travel pillow.

AR Towel

5. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel is a must when traveling since most hostels don’t provide them. Plus as a backpacker, use of a towel will extend further than just showers, it’s a minimalist yoga towel and a great beach blanket/towel combo! The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is really the best solution for backpacking.

Active Roots Water Bottle

6. Active Roots Water Bottle: Sturdy and durable, the Active Roots water bottle survives the roughest adventures while keeping your drink cold or hot for at least 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, the bottle can fit 25oz, which is plenty to keep you hydrated. Super cool bonus: the bottle isn’t just super useful, it helps to reduce the single-use plastic waste – save the planet by filling up your bottle.

Why you should travel to Bratislava

Cheers guys! You have made it to the end of the road for my best hostels in Bratislava 2020 list.

If you are familiar with European capitals, you know that it doesn’t take a copious amount of beer, tasty treats, or one too many expensive hostels to break your budget.

Hopefully with the help of this hostel guide you are able to steer clear of the expensive hostels in the city.

The goal in writing this guide was to put all of the best hostels in Bratislava before you so that you can book the right spot that fits into your budget.

Backpacking in Slovakia need not be overly expensive. With a little planning, you can really keep your costs down whilst having the backpacking journey of a lifetime.

Remember that the best hostels in Bratislava do book out fast, so don’t delay in booking if you know you are coming to town.

Still unsure of which hostel is right for you? Feeling conflicted? No worries…

In times of uncertainty, I recommend that you just book my top overall pick for the best hostel in Bratislava: – Hostel Folks. Happy Travels!

Hostel Folks Best Hostel in Bratislava
Folks Hostel is a sure bet to a good nights rest in a fun environment. Good luck!

Travel Safety Tips for Bratislava

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Bratislava has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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