Most people are elsewhere when it comes to Poland, but the old city of Gdansk has a lot going for it too. Complete with incredible old architecture, poppin’ nightlife, great food, and great shopping, this port city on the Baltic Coast has been reconstructed after being bombed out in WWII.

You can wander around admiring all the stunning buildings (reconstructed or not), snapping pics of all the colourful house fronts, and generally soaking up the atmosphere of a lesser touristed Polish city.

But, if it doesn’t get as many visitors as more famous places in Poland, does it even expect backpackers are gonna be making their way there? Are there places to stay here that aren’t hotels or guesthouses? Do hostels exist?

Yes. Hostels exist in Gdansk. And we’ve done the hard work and sorted through the best hostels in Gdansk to make it easy for you to find the hostel that suits you most.

So hold tight, here we go with Gdansk’s top hostels!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Gdansk

Best Hostels in Gdansk

The Best Hostels in Gdansk

Know where to stay in Gdansk already? If the answer is no, this will be the first thing you need to figure out before booking a hostel. Choose your location according to the hotspots you want to explore. No need to end up miles away, just because you didn’t do your research!

Best Overall Hostel in Gdansk – Grand Hostel

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Grand Hostel is our pick for best overall hostel in Gdansk
  • $$
  • Games Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Cable TV

This top hostel in Gdansk has a GREAT central location – being set inside a 15th-century building in Brama Swietojansky, close to the main sights of the city. Its rooms overlook the river and it’s close to a load of pubs and stuff. Suits us.

The cool modern design of this place features big windows, parquet floors, crisp white sheets, all that sorta stuff, plus there’s plenty of space to meet other peeps staying here – like in the communal kitchen. Definitely the best overall hostel in Gdansk.

Best Party Hostel in Gdansk – High 5 Hostel

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High 5 Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in Gdansk
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Bar

The completely popping atmosphere here makes this Gdansk backpackers hostel a literally perfect place to meet new people and hang out with ’em once you’ve met ’em. The best party hostel in Gdansk also features a busy bar next door, complete with courtyard and drinking that goes on till the early hours.

Staff are polite here and speak really good English (always helpful). It’s also a quick walk into the city’s old town, meaning not only museums and galleries but also loads of bars and restaurants.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Gdansk – Mama’s and Papa’s 

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Mama’s and Papa’s is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Gdansk
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Games Room
  • Cable TV

As you might be able to tell from the name, this Gdansk backpackers hostel is a super warm and welcoming place to stay. The staff here will really treat you like family with some proper good Polish hospitality.

The kinda hostel where the owners will greet you by name and dish up a big ol’ free breakfast whilst chatting to you about travel advice, we’d say that it’s definitely the best hostel for solo travellers in Gdansk. Naturally, it attracts a friendly crowd of travellers, making it easy to meet ‘n’ mingle.

Best Cheap Hostel in Gdansk – World Hostel

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World Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in Gdansk
  • $
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Free Breakfast
  • Games Room

If you’re looking to save money whilst you’re in Gdansk, then don’t you worry: just have a look at World Hostel. Right in the city centre, this budget hostel in Gdansk may be simple but the rooms are clean and offer good value for money.

First off at this best cheap hostel in Gdansk there’s a free breakfast (also featuring good free coffee) and it’s super close to the train station, meaning getting in and out of town is pretty easy too.

Best Hostel for Couples in Gdansk – Midtown Hostel

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Midtown Hostel is our pick for best hostel for couples in Gdansk
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Bicycle Hire
  • 24 Hour Security

Clean and quiet, this is a nice lil’ place for you and your partner to hang out whilst you’re visiting the city. And what’s more, it’s pretty cute and stylish when it comes to design too – we reckon it’s one of the coolest hostels in Gdansk.

But it’s also the best hostel for couples in Gdansk because of its beautiful dorms (if you fancy staying in a dorm that is) and its big private rooms, which would definitely suit a backpacking couple looking for a lil’ more luxury than usual. Great location, too.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Gdansk – Slowgate Hostel

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Slowgate Hostel is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Gdansk
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cable TV

This Gdansk backpackers hostel is a modern and simply stylish place. They also advertise themselves as 100% vegan, if that’s your thing. And as you might have guessed already, it ain’t a place for partying…

But that does help make it the best hostel for digital nomads in Gdansk. The quiet atmosphere really helps when it comes to getting some work done on your lil’ laptop. Plus the dorm beds are spacious and private here, always a plus for someone backpacking long term. Bit pricey though.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Gdansk –  4-friend’s Hostel

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4-friend’s Hostel is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Gdansk
  • $$$
  • Late Check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Book Exchange

Nestled literally in the heart of the old town, this is the best hostel with a private room in Gdansk. Why? The rooms are BIG, the beds are LARGE, they’ve got nice lil’ seating areas and big windows that overlook the city.

And what’s more, this recommended hostel in Gdansk is set in a beautiful heritage building and the interiors reflect that – with a few modern twists, which make it possibly one of the coolest hostels in Gdansk too. And if you wanna take private to the next level, there’s an apartment you can hire here, too.

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More Best Hostels In Gdansk

Haven’t found the right hostel for you yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got more coming your way!

La Guitarra

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La Guitarra
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room
  • Cafe

With views of the old harbour and boasting a mean central location, La Guitarra is in an old building with period features and all that sorta stuff. High ceilings, big windows, you know the drill.

The interiors are… pretty funky. And they’re themed around… can you guess? That’s right, famous guitarists! Jimi Hendrix et al adorn the walls of this top hostel in Gdansk, which is fun (ish). Plus there are musical instruments for people to play – if you like that sorta thing. But best of all the staff are super nice and help create a nice vibe.

Moon Hostel

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Moon Hostel
  • $$
  • No Curfew
  • Games Room
  • Communal Kitchen

Moon Hostel is a pretty simple place to stay. There are fun colour pops all over the place though, and an easy-going atmosphere that makes it a chilled Gdansk backpackers hostel. AND it’s only a mere 1 min walk to the old town.

This recommended hostel in Gdansk has a really good kitchen to use, plus a lounge complete with a PlayStation and other time-consuming fun stuff like that. It’s set in a charming townhouse, too, which is especially great if you like charming townhouses.

Old Town Hostel Gdansk

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Old Town Hostel Gdansk
  • $
  • Early Check-in
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cable TV

Can you guess where this hostel is located? Yep, right in the old town – close to cafes, bars, clubs, and all the other nightlife things that you can expect in the centre of a city. Fun.

It’s a pretty basic offering if you want somewhere to sleep that’s literally in the middle of the city. It’s low budget, so that’s great for anybody who really is on a super shoe-string budget.

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What to Pack for your Gdansk Hostel

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

Travel Pillow

1. TRTL Travel Pillow: Nothing is worse than a sleep-deprived and grumpy backpacker. Do yourself a favour and get some decent rest with this comfortable TRTL travel pillow. The ergonomic design (fancy!) makes it possible to sleep upright, which can be a real struggle with normal neck pillows. Having this cool pillow makes long bus rides or flights way more enjoyable – and who knows, maybe you’ll even be looking forward to it next time. If so, leave those guys a good review.


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.

Luggage Travel Lock

3. 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.

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4. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

Travel Pocket Soaps

5. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: The Sea to Summit multipurpose soap leaves are the perfect hygiene travel companion. The individual, Leave-no-Trace-certified strips are great for keeping your hands clean before you eat in that dodgy but delicious restaurant. There are also little strip packs for laundry, shampoo and shaving.

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 Gdansk

So now you know all about the best hostels in Gdansk.

There are actually a lot of places to stay in this cool Polish city, so we reckon you’ll easily be able to find something to suit you.

And the range of Gdansk backpacker hostels on offer is pretty good too – from simple and homely, to pretty dang cool, there’s a lot of budget – and a lot of style – going on in this city. A lot of the hostels are even set in beautiful heritage buildings, too.

But if you can’t choose somewhere? Don’t worry!

We get ya. So for an easy option, we’d suggest booking a bed at Grand Hostel: the best overall hostel in Gdansk.

All that’s left to do is get packing for an amazing time in this cool city!

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Travel Safety Tips for Gdansk

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More Epic Hostels in Poland and Europe

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

Planning an epic trip all across Poland or even Europe 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 Gdansk 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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