Ah, Corfu… A genuinely beautiful gem of an island in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of Greece, this ex-British-owned paradise is littered with choice hiking, sparkling beaches, great food – plus an infamous nightlife courtesy of lads on tour central, Kavos.
But with all that beauty – and all that bar crawling – where should you even stay in Corfu? Do you WANT to go to Kavos and party? Or do you want somewhere more chilled?
Don’t worry! We’ve sorted it for you with this, a list of the best hostels in Corfu, with a few self-catered apartments and budget hotels thrown in for good measure.
No matter if you want a quiet one or a mad one, there’s a hostel in Corfu for you. Let’s go!
Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Corfu
- Best Overall Hostel in Corfu – Angelica’s Backpacker’s Hostel Corfu
- Best Party Hostel in Corfu – The Pink Palace Hotel and Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Corfu – Sunrock
- Best Hostel for Couples in Corfu – Madalena’s Backpackers Hostel and Studios
Best Hostels in Corfu
Best Overall Hostel in Corfu – Angelica’s Backpacker’s Hostel Corfu
- Laundry Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Wow. You really couldn’t ask for a more friendly or helpful family to stay with than these guys. At this family-run Corfu backpackers hostel, they will literally do all they can to help you and make you feel at home. Serious 11/10 vibes here.
So obviously this is our choice for the best overall hostel in Corfu. It’s on the outskirts of a town called Sidari, a bus ride away from Corfu town. It’s not ‘traditional’ hostel vibes at this place, but instead very chilled, cute vibes that’ll have you falling in love with Corfu, for sure. They do have a small swimming pool too.
Best Party Hostel in Corfu – The Pink Palace Hotel and Hostel
- Swimming Pool
- Never Boring
Well, well, well. Infamous as one of the best party hostels in the world let along the best party hostel in Corfu, the brilliantly named Pink Palace is more like a huge hotel resort than a hostel. But it definitely has party hostel vibes: think booze cruises, happy hours, drinks by the pool, beer pong… The list goes on.
There are loads of activities at this cool hostel in Corfu – stuff like kayak safaris, quad bike safaris, cliff diving. There’s also a big ol’ free breakfast to dispel those terrible hangovers you’ll probably get here. Oh – and did we mention the bar is open 24 HOURS A DAY. For the full effect, go in high season.
Best Cheap Hostel in Corfu – Sunrock
- Bicycle Hire
- Tours/Travel Desk
If you’re travelling long, or even short, term and you really need some value for money, then here is the top hostel in Corfu for you. Serious here: this place really will help you save those pennies. All the better for getting on with exploring the island, right?
Why’s it so good? There’s free breakfast and a free 2 course (yes, TWO) dinner every day. That’s what we’re talking about. So needless to say this is the best cheap hostel in Corfu. It also offers traditional mudbaths – great, and the local transport goes on until surprisingly late.
Best Hostel for Couples in Corfu – Madalena’s Backpackers Hostel and Studios
- Bicycle/Scooter/Car Hire
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Free Airport Shuttle
This one really feels like the opposite to the usual mad drinking and party scene that goes on in the Greek islands – Corfu included. So couples looking for a bit of quiet time will love this place. It’s chilled, it’s got soul, it’s relaxing, the rooms are nice… etc.
At this best hostel for couples in Corfu, there’s also a big swimming pool, free airport shuttle, the beach is a 35 min walk, but there’s also bike and car rental making the island easy to get around. Then again it’s an ideal location for hiking and exploring. A very chilled Corfu backpackers hostel.
Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!
Best Budget Hotels in Corfu
So… there may not be a whole load of choice when it comes to a classic style Corfu backpackers hostel, but don’t worry. There are plenty of options when it comes to staying on this chill (and fun) island pretty cheaply. That’s down to a great selection of budget hotels in Corfu. Here are a few of the best…
Want to stay in the party district or maybe somewhere more laidback? Decide on where to stay in Corfu before booking your hostel.
- Private Bathroom
- Free Toiletries
When it comes to being close to the beach, Hotel Costa is pretty much ON the beach: it’s a 1 min walk away. The rooms are pretty basic but decent enough, and there are nice lil’ extras like free toiletries, hairdryers and private bathrooms – just like a REAL hotel, wow.
It’s in the town of Ipsos, which was known a few years ago as THE party place but that’s pretty much changed now and it’s a more chill kinda place to stay. There is still nightlife here though, making this budget hotel in Corfu a good balanced option.
- Balcony With Sea View
- Air Conditioning
Featuring very nice studios and apartments – some of ’em even have decent sea views from their balconies – this budget hotel is set in Benitses. If a fishing village vibe is your thing, then you’ll love this town. The owners match the town since they’re really friendly, too.
The rooms themselves are pretty much boutique style, though a lil’ bit standard, but feature great facilities like air-con, kitchenettes, TVs, plus more. It keeps you comfy and lets you keep the costs down, which sounds alright to us!
- Soundproofing (lol)
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
Wanna party? This budget hotel in Corfu is a decent choice. It’s in Kavos, party central itself, and the resort itself is pretty close to the infamous strip. So you can be necking shots in no time if that’s what you feel like doing.
It’s great for a budget hotel in Corfu since opportunities to save money are everywhere, or mainly in the kitchenette which is great for rustling up a hangover breakfast – or a drunken snack at 3 AM. There’s a pool here too, great for a lazy day chill.
- Looks More Expensive Than It Is
- Sun Terrace
- Air Conditioning
A little bit more upmarket than a few other budget hotels in Corfu, these apartments are really nice inside (and out). Timber ceilings, tiled floors, tasteful wooden furniture, a general cutesy/traditional decor means it feels pretty high-end.
But it’s only a teensy more pricey than most hotels on this list. We’d say it’s the best budget hotel for couples in Corfu – the sense of luxury and seclusion is strong here, we gotta say. The beach is a 5 min walk away at Palaiokastritsa, a pretty dang beautiful place.
- Private Bathroom
- Garden View
Another budget hotel in Corfu that’s set in bustling Kavos, Hebes Studios is super cheap but also super good. All rooms have little terraces, they’re self-catering, and whoever does the cleaning is doing an amazing job, seriously.
Being in Kavos, well, you might get a few people staying in the same place who are there to go WILD – maybe you are too! But just bear that in mind. Anyway, lively stuff is just a few mins walk away. Most of all it’s very cheap.
- Newly Built
- Walk-In Shower
- Outdoor Fireplace
So you really wanna splash out? Here’s a great budget hotel in Corfu for you then. Well, we say splash out, but it’s really only fractionally the most expensive on this list. But the property is BRAND NEW and looks real stylish – possibly the coolest budget hotel in Corfu. Ain’t for partying though.
It’s pretty beautiful. Another solid option for couples or if you’re backpacking and fancy a ‘splurge’ (honestly not that expensive). For a super chill place, this hotel should be on your radar: the nearby beach of Astrakeri is a 3 min walk away and is hardly ever what we’d call busy.
What to Pack for your Corfu Hostel
We don’t often travel without these essentials.
1. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: You’ll have some pretty sorry roommates – it happens from time to time. These noise-canceling earbuds help mitigate the damage. The comfortable and ergonomic design won’t hurt your ears while sleeping no matter how long you keep them in. Increase the quality of your sleep by listening to some relaxing music at night or just enjoy the silence.
2. Power Bank: Probably one of the most important travel accessories – a decent power bank. Charging your phone up to 5 times in a row, the Anker Power Bank is a true lifesaver on long adventures or bus rides. Slick looking, handy and not too big, it easily fits in even the smallest travel bag or your pocket. Charge 2 devices at the same time with the double USB port.
3. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Your toothpaste is lost in the depths of your backpack again? You won’t have this problem with the Active Roots Toiletry bag. The bag is made from a durable, water-resistant material, which can be a lifesaver on long travels. Super cool bonus: for every purchase, the company donates to an environmentally-friendly charity – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
4. Universal Travel Adapter: Not every country has the same electrical plug style, so carry along a universal travel adapter. You’ll want one that covers varying voltage levels, has protection from power surges, a fried laptop is not fun, and enough ports so you don’t have to spend all day individually charging your devices.
5. 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).
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 Corfu
That was that, the best hostels in Corfu. Not that many actual hostels, but it’s still possible to stay here really cheaply!
And that’s down to the massive array of budget hotels in Corfu. Seriously: there are loads. But we’ve gone through and found the cheapest (and the best) to help you keep to your budget.
A load of them are actually self-catering studios or apartments, meaning you can keep the costs down even more – and feel like you’ve got a bit more privacy than a hotel, too.
But if you’re still having trouble deciding, that’s ok. Just go for our top pick for the best overall hostel in Corfu, Angelica’s Backpacker’s Hostel Corfu, and have yourself a merry time.
Want to find the absolute best places to stay in Greece? Be sure to check out this awesome post on the best hostels in Greece.
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Over to you
By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Corfu has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!
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