The buzzy resort town of San Sebastian in the Bay of Biscay is all about beautiful beaches and delicious dining. Framed by lush mountains and with an old town that’s positively overflowing with interesting architecture, the Basque city has a lot to offer its many visitors.

But with such a popular city comes the expense of staying close to the top sights. Hotels close to the beach and the Old Town can be pretty pricey.

There’s nothing to worry about though – we’ve solved the problem of price with our list of the best hostels in San Sebastian.

So now you can choose the best hostel in San Sebastian to suit your needs. You’ll be on the beach drinking a cocktail in no time!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in San Sebastian

Best Hostels in San Sebastian
This is our epic insider guide to the best hostels in San Sebastian

Best Hostels in San Sebastian

Best Overall Hostel in San Sebastian –  A Room In The City

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A Room In The City is our pick for best overall hostel in San Sebastian
  • $$
  • Cafe
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • No Curfew

This hostel has to be the best overall hostel in San Sebastian, not only does it offer great value beds but the location is really close to the top sights around the town. Super close to the beautiful beach and a ten-minute stroll to the Old Town, there isn’t much NOT to like about this place.

Well organised and maintained, the staff at this San Antonio backpackers hostel take their jobs seriously and will be more than happy to look after you and tell you all about the best places to eat (and drink) nearby.

Best Party Hostel in San Sebastian – Usturre Hostel

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Usturre Hostel is our pick for best party hostel in San Sebastian
  • $$
  • No Curfew
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Games Room

Situated close to the top location in the city if you want to spend your evening in the city’s bars, this is easily the best party hostel in San Sebastian. Ok, so they might not arrange big hostel parties and late night drinking games, but the streets surrounding the hostel are lively and full of people having a good time late into the night.

No curfew means you can roll in at any time you please, which is good because nobody likes getting locked out. For when you want to make yourself some hangover food, or a much-needed coffee, there are TWO communal kitchens for guests to use.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in San Sebastian –  Koba Hostel

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Koba Hostel is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in San Sebastian
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Cafe

Travelling alone? You won’t need to worry about things to do or where you should hang out if you stay at this top hostel in San Sebastian. This place is properly cool as well, located inside a renovated old car workshop and the dorms are the ultimate in comfy.

The beach is literally a stroll away, or you can just unwind in the chill atmosphere of the common room. The staff are always on hand to be endlessly helpful and to tell you all their local recommendations at our top pick for the best hostel for solo travellers in San Sebastian.

Best Cheap Hostel in San Sebastian –  Balea Hostel

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Balea Hostel is our pick for best cheap hostel in San Sebastian
  • $
  • Common Room
  • Laundry
  • 24 Hour Security

We hate to say it, but San Sebastian ain’t cheap. You’re gonna be hard pushed to find a top hostel in San Sebastian that fits into a tight budget. This hostel, however, is located around a twenty-minute walk from the centre of the action and offers very affordable rooms and dorm beds.

Surrounded by parks, local streets, cafes and coffee shops, choosing to stay here might mean a bit more of a walk to the beach, but you get to soak up a bit of the local life. The staff are on hand to make sure everyone staying there is well looked after. The rooms might be small, but if you’re looking for the best cheap hostel in San Sebastian, this is it.

Best Hostel for Couples in San Sebastian –  Downtown River Hostel

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Downtown River Hostel is our pick for best hostel for couples in San Sebastian
  • $$
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Cafe
  • Laundry

Staying in this recommended hostel in San Sebastian is perfect if you’re on a trip with your other half. A relaxing, calm atmosphere means plenty of space to unwind after a busy day of exploring the city, or just lounging on the beach, this really is the best hostel for couples in San Sebastian.

You can sleep in a dorm room, or (more likely for a couple) a private room, and stay in the centre of the action, where you can walk to the top sights and places to eat around town.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in San Sebastian Koishi Hostel

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Koishi Hostel is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in San Sebatian
  • $$$
  • Restaurant
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Luggage Storage

Being a digital nomad can be tricky at times, and finding the right place to stay can make all of the difference when it comes to working. We’ve chosen this place as the best hostel for digital nomads in San Sebastian as it has tons of clean, quiet spaces with tables where you can get your head down and get some work done.

There is a communal kitchen so you can make yourself the all-important cup of coffee to get the work flowing, and plenty of things to do and places to eat in the nearby streets to keep you entertained once all the work is complete.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in San Sebastian –  Green Nest Hostel Uba Aterpetxea

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Green Nest Hostel Uba Aterpetxea is our pick for best hostel with a private room in San Sebastian
  • $$$
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Restaurant

Wowza, the private rooms in this place are amazing. The best hostel in San Sebastian with a private room for sure, huge floor to ceiling windows means you can wake up to incredible views and the rooms are flooded with plenty of natural light too.

Located inside the picturesque Ametzagaña Park, staying here means being surrounded by greenery and nature. There’s even a mountain viewing terrace. A communal kitchen means you can make yourself snacks and an onsite restaurant for good meals too.

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Surfing Etxea

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Surfing Etxea
  • $$$
  • Bar
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Surfing equipment rental

Staying close to the beach doesn’t always have to be about sunbathing all day, this recommended hostel in San Sebastian is all about the chilled surfing atmosphere. With a load of equipment to hire and surf lessons on offer, you’ll be out hitting the waves into time.

The accommodation itself is top class. There’s a great sociable atmosphere and everything is kept super clean. If you wanna party, this might not be the place for you as there is a no alcohol rule… but if good vibes and days at the beach are your thing, this is one of the best hostels in San Sebastian.

San Fermin

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San Fermin
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Cafe
  • Communal Kitchen

Brightly coloured, cheerful and fun, you won’t get bored if you book this top San Sebastian Hostel. Right in the heart of the Old Town, the streets surrounding this place are full of places to eat and interesting sights. The location is the BEST if you feel like hit up the towns many bars.

The rooms themselves are a little small but you’ll be spending all of your time out and about exploring anyway. Staff are always on hand to help you out, and you can keep to your travel budget by cooking meals in the communal kitchen.

Pension Aia

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Pension Aia
  • $$$
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Luggage Storage
  • Cable TV

Looking for a hostel that has a little more privacy but still a fun hostel atmosphere? This B&B offers private rooms in a really beautiful house. The owners are extremely warm and welcoming, and if you have any problems they will be more than happy to help you out.

One of the best hostels in San Sebastian with private rooms, it may not be a true hostel BUT the location is incredible. A short walk to the beach, as well as the Old Town, this really is a top place to stay in San Sebastian.

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What to Pack for your San Sebastian Hostel

Here’s some gear our editors take hostelling.

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1. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Quick-drying, lightweight, super soft and compact – the Active Roots Microfiber Towel is essential for every backpacker. No need to use the scabby towels your hostel may or may not provide! Use it for drying off, as a yoga towel or even as a picnic blanket – the options don’t stop here. Made of antibacterial material, you don’t have to worry about your towel starting to smell unpleasant either after lots of use.

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2. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds: These simple earbuds will help you out. Keeping out most of the surrounding sounds, you can either choose to listen to some relaxing music or no sound at all while falling asleep. This can be a life-saver in some unexpected party hostels. Make sure you’re well-rested for the next adventures!

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3. 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.

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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6. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: When dirtbagging around the globe, hygiene sometimes comes a bit short. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap can wash your hands, clothes or anything else, wherever you are. The soap strips are dry and super thin but dissolve in contact with water, so you can even take it easily through security in a carry-on.

Why you should travel to San Sebastian

See, we told you we had the best places to stay on a budget in San Sebastian, and the wide choice means you can find the best one for your trip.

There are even hostels that are just a few minutes from the beach, others which are super low budget – and there’s even one inside the city park!

And, if you’re still struggling to make up your mind on the coolest hostel in San Sebastian for you, just go ahead and pick our Best Overall Hostel in San Sebastian – A Room in the City

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Travel Safety Tips for San Sebastian

Enjoy your holiday – and eat loads of tasty food: San Sebastian’s food is totally tasty.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in San Sebastian 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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