The capital of Colorado, Denver has a lot going for it. The big, bustling city is full of creativity, great restaurants and nightlife. There is always something to see and do – and ALWAYS somewhere to drink in the Mile High City (named for something other than what you’re thinking about).

With 300 days of sunshine a year, whether or not you’re in town to party, or visiting to soak up a little of the arty culture, you need to know the best place to stay in Denver for your big trip.

Don’t worry yourself spending hours online trying to research the best place in the city to suit your needs – we’ve done all of the work for you!

Check out our list of the best hostels in Denver and you’ll have your accommodation sorted in no time.

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Best Hostels in Denver
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Welcome to the ultimate guide to the best hostels in Denver, Colorado

Best Hostels in Denver

These hostels are some of the very best places to stay in Denver.

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    Overall Best Hostel in Denver – Ember Hostel

    Ember Hostel best hostels in Denver
    Ember Hostel is our pick for overall best hostel in Denver
    • $$
    • Communal Kitchen
    • Hot Tub
    • Daily Maid Service

    This really is the overall best hostel in Denver for backpackers. We mean, they’ve got a hot tub, what more could you want? But seriously, this is a cool Denver hostel with a fun vibe to match. The hostel is actually a real life mansion that has been converted into dorms and private rooms, with a shared kitchen and massive communal space. Staying here is like living in a reality TV show, but it’s real. The shared bathrooms are marble and wood, and the dorm beds feel very private and clean.

    Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Denver – 11th Avenue Hostel

    11th Avenue Hostel best hostels in Denver
    11th Avenue Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Denver
    • $
    • ATM
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Laundry Facilities

    As a solo traveller, you’re probably looking for a top Denver hostel that has a nice, friendly atmosphere as well as somewhere where you feel safe. Well look no further, this hostel is the best hostel for solo travellers in Denver because of it unbelievably friendly and helpful staff and a warm atmosphere. It’s also close to the city’s vibrant nightlife, so you can head out with your new hostel mates for a night out, but still feel safe on the walk home.

    Best Party Hostel in Denver – Hostel Fish

    Hostel Fish best hostels in Denver
    Hostel Fish is our pick for best party hostel in Denver
    • $$
    • Hostel Bar
    • Elevator
    • Nightclub

    Looking for the best party hostel in Denver? Well, you’ve found it. There isn’t much not to like if you are in the city to party. There’s beer pong, a beer terrace and a bar selling beer… pretty much everything is to do with beer.

    If you can tear yourself away from the hostel bar, they offer a free pub crawl around the drinking establishments in the surrounding streets. This place is actually a top hostel in Denver not just for partying, but also because its dorms are clean and comfortable too.

    Best Cheap Hostel in Denver – Stuart St BNB

    Stuart St BNB best hostels in Denver
    Stuart St BnB is the best cheap hostel in Denver
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Luggage Storage

    If you’re looking for a laid back, no frills, cool Denver hostel then this place is a great choice. Located a little outside the city, but still in easy reach of the city sights, staying here isn’t about partying but saving money.

    The owner isn’t around a lot of the time, and there are those typical laminated signs all over the place telling you what to do and what not to do, but it’s cheap, safe and clean. Don’t forget about the free brekkie too!

    Stuart St BNB is one of our favourites in Denver but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

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    Best Budget Hotels in Denver

    For when you’ve had enough of sleeping in a room with other people who snore, if you want to starfish in the middle of a big double bed for yourself, or maybe you just want to stay in a room with a little more privacy, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of the best budget hotels in Denver and find your ideal place to stay.

    Comfort Inn Central

    Comfort Inn Central best hostels in Denver
    Comfort Inn Central
    • $$
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Free Breakfast

    What more could you want from one of the best budget hotels in Denver? They have a big outdoor pool, a hearty free breakfast and huge bedrooms. You get a lot for your money with this place. Ok, so it might be a little old and tatty around the edges… but it IS clean and really convenient. The staff are nice, and they will help you arrange a taxi to the airport and direct you to nearby restaurants. Both important.

    Off Broadway BnB

    Off Broadway BnB best hostels in Denver
    Off Broadway BnB
    • $$
    • Big Free Breakfast
    • Bicycle rental
    • Communal Kitchen

    A little bit like a hotel, a little bit like a hostel, we can’t help but like this top Denver Hotel. Choose to stay in one of the best budget hotels in Denver and treat yourself to a huge comfy bed, en suite bathroom and a massive American style breakfast in the morning. No simple cup of tea and a slice of toast here – think stacks of pancakes, bacon, juices and eggs. There are lots of restaurants and bars in the surrounding area too, so you can just carry on the eating into the night.

    Radisson Hotel Denver

    Radisson Hotel Denver best hostels in Denver
    Radisson Hotel Denver
    • $$$
    • Big Free Breakfast
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free City Transfer

    As IF this top Denver hotel in wouldn’t be on our list of the best budget hotels in Denver! It’s a great all round choice and would suit a lot of different types of travel needs. Ok, so it might be a little more expensive than others in town, but with the price comes a massive breakfast buffet (BUFFET!) as well as a city shuttle and a gym! There’s even an outdoor pool to use which is great for unwinding in and cooling down on hot days.

    Quality Inn

    Quality Inn best hostels in Denver
    Quality Inn
    • $$$
    • Big Free Breakfast
    • Fitness Centre
    • Disabled Access

    You know that when a hotel has the word quality in its name that it must ooze quality, right? Right…? Well this top budget hotel in Denver might not be the Ritz, but it is rather nice. They have a wide selection of room types on offer, most of them pretty big and all of ’em are comfy and clean. Don’t worry about getting stuck for somewhere to eat – there are a whole load of restaurants and shops nearby to keep you busy.

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      What to Pack for your Denver Hostel

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      Why you should travel to Denver

      Did you find the perfect, coolest, best budget hostel in Denver for you? There really is a top hostel in Denver to suit everyone’s needs which means you can spend your time planning your trip and not worrying about where you are going to stay.

      And the round up of best budget hotels in Denver should have you covered if you want to stay somewhere with a bit more privacy and service.

      But, if you find it hard to make a decision and even after you have read the best budget hostels list your head is still in a spin, it’s ok. There’s always our best overall hostel in Denver – Ember Hostel, which should be perfect for your stay.

      Now you’ve got your accommodation sorted – you’d better start packing!

      Ember Hostel best hostels in Denver

      FAQ about Hostels in Denver

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

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      Over to you

      By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Denver 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!

      Heading just down the road to Boulder or prefer to stay out of the big city, check the great Boulder hostels out too.

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