Welcome to Cordoba — Argentina’s second biggest city. Cordoba is best known for its colonial architecture, scholastic history, and for the surrounding mountainous landscape.

This is Argentina’s university town and the culture and pulse of the city reflect that. For backpackers, the city of Cordoba offers up plenty of interesting things to do from exploring eating tasty food, visiting fine museums, and of course the vibrant party scene.

Because Cordoba is such a big city that there are TONS of hostel options. Some are excellent and others, well, not so much. So which hostels are the best hostels in Cordoba? How does one sort out the riffraff?

To solve that question I wrote this in-depth guide to the best hostels in Cordoba for 2020!

This hostel guide makes it easy for you to get your hands on all the best hostel choices, so you can book your hostel quickly with no-stress involved.

Let’s get right to it so you can get your hostel sorted and return to backpacking Cordoba…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Cordoba, Argentina

Best Hostels in Cordoba
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The 10 Best Hostels in Cordoba, Argentina

If you’re backpacking Argentina, the chance that you’ll have a stopover in Cordoba is pretty high. Especially young travelers will enjoy this unique and charming city.

But the city is big and deciding where to stay in Cordoba can be a real struggle. We recommend having a rough list or itinerary of things you want to do and choosing your hostel destination accordingly. You don’t want to end up miles away from the hotspots you want to explore simply because you didn’t do your research.

Overall Best Hostel in Cordoba – Onas Hostel & Suites

Onas Hostel & Suites best hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
Onas Hostel: the best hostel in Cordoba… details below.
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Air Conditioning
  • Beautiful

Oh my gooossshhhh, seriously? SERIOUSLY? This place is FINE. Like, fine like beautiful fine not fine as in ‘just ok’. Easily the best hostel in Cordoba 2020, Onas Hostel & Suites looks like something right outta some design magazine. Or Instagram. Lots of white paint and plants behind glass and a really honestly stunning minimalist aesthetic. Ok, so it’s not the cheapest (relatively), but to stay somewhere as beautiful as this, well, it’s worth it. More like a boutique hotel, seriously, it’s that well designed. Clean, stylish, and easy to love. Overall: best hostel in Cordoba.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Cordoba – Hostel Cordobés

Hostel Cordobés best hostel for solo traveller in Cordoba, Argentina
Nice common space, comfortable single rooms, and an all around fun vibes makes Hostel Cordobés the best hostel for solo travelers in Cordoba.
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar & Cafe
  • BBQ

Playing cards with the staff, getting your grilled meat on at their frequent BBQs, drinking beer and chatting – yep, we can safely say that Hostel Cordobés is the best hostel for solo travelers in Cordoba. Hostel Cordobés is a good bet for fun times and a buzzy atmosphere. Add comfort and a decent aesthetic to the mix (we’re talking new mattresses, bright spacious rooms, ‘rustic’ design), plus a cool team who wants to get involved with the fun as well, and here you’ve got a V nice place to meet some peeps. Top hostel in Cordoba, for sure.

Best Cheap Hostel in Cordoba #1 – Alvear Hostel

Alvear Hostel best cheap hostel in Cordoba, Argentina
If you are looking for a good time at a low low price, Alvear Hostel is the best cheap hostel in Cordoba.
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Common Room
  • Self Catering Facilities

It’s in a beautiful old building but a lot of the walls are graffed up to the max – it’s edgy we guess. But aside from that, and some of the basic facilities (the kitchen looks very normal, for instance), this is easily the best cheap hostel in Cordoba. The mix of high ceilings and backpacker aesthetic is weird, but ultimately fine. Lots of space to meet-and-greet, PCs to use (‘what’s a PC?’ Remember that?), decent bunks, billiards table, BBQ, all the things you’d expect from a Cordoba backpackers hostel, really – except for the pretty nice historical setting.

Best Cheap Hostel in Cordoba #2 – Turning Point Hostel

Turning Point Hostel best hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
Simple, cool atmosphere, budget prices: Turning Point is another of the best cheap hostels in Cordoba…
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Common Room
  • Free Breakfast

This isn’t the best hostel in Cordoba, but it does try very hard, so we give it extra marks for that. Why it’s called Turning Point we do not know, but what we DO know is that this Cordoba backpackers hostel has a huuuge amount of space for people to gather and socialise. Sure, it’s basic, a little bit anyway, but were you expecting luxury? At a youth hostel in Cordoba? Ha. But seriously, the cheap beers, comfy beds, and chill atmosphere at Turning Point Hostel do all the talking – well, and so do the amazing staff and the equally amazing location. Solid option.

Best Cheap Hostel in Cordoba #3 – Roomie Terrace and Hostel

Roomie Terrace and Hostel best hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
Roomie Terrace and Hostel is my final pick for the best cheap hostels in Cordoba list.
  • $
  • Cafe
  • Common Room
  • 24-Hour Reception

We’re guessing that they mean ‘roomie’ like a room-mate and not ‘roomy’ like, it’s got a lot of room, because it’s not exactly what we’d call spacious. Cosy is a nice way to say it. But for a decent location in Cordoba, you could do a lot worse than Roomie Terrace and Hostel, a pretty nice youth hostel in Cordoba in an old house. It looks cool inside, bunks are sorta industrial-modern, showers are ok, wooden remnants of the old house (i.e. furniture) are still pretty visible. It’s not the as cheap as the first teo hostels I mentioned in this list, but for a good location, a decent night’s sleep, and some super staff, it is nice.

Best Hostel for Couples in Cordoba – 531 Hostel

531 Hostel best hostel for couples in Cordoba, Argentina
Enjoy the nicely decorated rooms at 531 Hostel. All the pizzaz in the rooms make 531 the best hostel for couples in Cordoba.
  • $$$
  • BBQ
  • Historic Building
  • Free Breakfast

We say that 531 Hostel is the best hostel for couples in Cordoba mainly because of its private rooms – they’re nicely decorated, they have all these old period touches like huge windows and pretty floors and high ceilings… It’s romantic, isn’t it? To wake up and fling the windows open and have the drapes blowing in the breeze? Umm… But yes. Apart from that, this recommended hostel in Cordoba has spacious common areas, a great location, V nice staff, and yeah, it’s among the more pricey options out there but why not – you’re on holiday. Travelling. Same thing.

Best Party Hostel in Cordoba – Morada Hostel

Morada Hostel best party hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
Moroda Hostel earned its rank as the best party hostel in Cordoba pretty much due to its awesome bar…
  • $
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • 24-Hour Reception

When we’re talking about the best party hostel in Cordoba, the winner has got to be the one with the funnest bar, right? So here we have Morada Hostel, a budget hostel in Cordoba that’s not only at the cheaper scale of places to stay, but also all about the good times. Friendly (and helpful) staff and good times – it’s a good mix. So with the bar upstairs, and the restaurant downstairs, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with food (classic way to talk – over tasty stuff) or over a few beers. As long as you’re not expecting the Ritz and you’ve come for the atmosphere, walk this way.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cordoba – Aldea Hostel Cordoba

Aldea Hostel Cordoba best hostel for digital nomads in Cordoba, Argentina
The great, open working space makes Aldea my top pick for the best hostel for digital nomads in Cordoba.
  • $$
  • BBQ
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cafe & Bar

The best hostel for digital nomads in Cordoba would have to have a lot of deskspace, we’d say, so you’re in luck with Aldea Hostel. Add to that a huge serving of chilled yet social vibes, and you’ve got yourself a good place to work, don’t you think? And then add to THAT a pretty decent aesthetic with art and illustrations hanging on (and painted on) the walls, and a clean minimal vibe in the private rooms (read: office – amiright all you fellow workers-away?), and here’s a place you can chill/work for a while. Also: VERY good location, VERY nice staff.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Cordoba – Babilonia Hostel

Babilonia Hostel best hostel with a private room in Cordoba, Argentina
Looking for a little tranquility, but also a fun hostel scene? Babilonia Hostel is the best hostel with a private room in Cordoba.
  • $
  • Location Location Location
  • BBQ/Dinners
  • Free Breakfast

Cheap, bright, social. We mean all of those things: it IS a good option for a budget hostel in Cordoba – it IS completely covered at times in big blocks of red, white, whatever colour paint (and admittedly cool big murals, too) – it IS very sociable. That and the private rooms here are pretty stylish, exposed brick painted white, nice and minimalist, we like that. Pretty decent price if you’re sharing, too. So you can be super friendly with everyone, enjoy fun times and barbecues, all the typical top hostel in Cordoba activities, you know, and then retreat to your OWN room. That’s why it’s the best hostel with a private room in Cordoba. Oh – and the location is AMAZING.

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More Best Hostels in Cordoba, Argentina

Rivera Hostel Cordoba

Rivera Hostel Cordoba best hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
If you’re looking for a bit nicer budget hostel on the higher end of the price range, Rivera Hostel is for you.
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • Rooftop Terrace

There’s a very chilled atmosphere at this budget hostel in Cordoba – ok, so it’s not that budget, but it is pretty mid-range. And for what you get – a decently stylish aesthetic set in a historic house, a very decent free breakfast, a rooftop terrace, and a bar (great for making friends as we all know) – for all that, Rivera Hostel is pretty much a bargain. It also comes as a recommended hostel in Cordoba thanks to its amazing location in a very popular neighbourhood, close to pretty parks, places to eat and drink, as well as Cordoba’s hotspots. We’re in!

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What to Pack for your Cordoba Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

Active Roots Water Bottle

1. Active Roots Water Bottle: Hostels are increasingly meeting backpackers’ demands for potable (drinkable) water. Now is better than ever to start traveling with a reusable water bottle! Aside from cutting down single-use plastic, The Active Roots stainless steel water bottle will also keep your favorite beverage hot or cold all day long and it’s sized perfectly to fit an entire bottle of wine. ‘Nuff said.

Powerbank

2. Power Bank: Showing up to a new city, after a 14-hour bus ride, with a dead phone and no directions to your hostel is a half-awake, messy nightmare. Putting a good power bank in your pack is the best and easiest way to keep your important electronics charged up for those long travel and sightseeing days.

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3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: The Active Roots Toiletry bag keeps all of your bathroom essential items organized instead of flowing around your backpack. Having everything handy and accessible in one water-resistant bag is a bathroom lifesaver. This toiletry bag also helps from being that embarrassed person walking back to the dorm room, in a towel, to grab forgotten shampoo.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

4. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: Noise in hostels… is a thing. Your bunkmate coming in late, motorbike traffic just below your window, construction on the property or the round-the-clock rooster that seems to follow you to every f*cking hostel. Having a way to escape the noise while you sleep makes for a well-rested morning. Noise canceling ear-buds are a great solution, just put on your favorite artist or load a quick Netflix episode to fall asleep too.

Luggage Travel Lock

5. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.

Headphone Spltter

6. Headphone Splitter: Don’t be those awkward people sharing one earbud on the bus, as you show off your in-depth music knowledge to your new friend. A headphone splitter is a great item to bring traveling, it works fantastic on those long bus rides or easy dorm Netflix nights when you want to relax and connect with someone.

Why you should travel to Cordoba

There you have it my friends: the ultimate guide to the best hostels in Cordoba for 2020!

I am happy to say that now you can book your hostel with confidence based on your own needs and preferences as a backpacker.

Cordoba is a super fun city full of exploration and adventure potential.

My hope is that with the help of this guide you can make the most of your time backpacking here by sleeping cheap and sleeping comfortably.

If you are still on the fence about which hostel you should book, no worries.

When in doubt, I typically recommend just booking my top pick for the best overall hostel in Cordoba: Onas Hostel & Suites. Best of luck on your travels!

Onas Hostel & Suites best hostels in Cordoba, Argentina
Onas Hostel is our top pick, and the obvious choice if you just want to stay somewhere amazing…

Travel Safety Tips for Cordoba

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Worried about your safety while traveling in Argentina? Then check out our dedicated guide here, which is full of useful tips and tricks.

More Epic Hostels in Argentina and South America

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Cordoba.

Planning an epic trip all across Argentina or even South America itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

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

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