Valparaíso to Chile is like what Cinque Terre is to Italy. Well, kinda. Roll with me here.

Colorful hilltop homes of every shade perch in scattered rows and mingling port-side neighborhoods make up Valparaíso’s distinctive landscape flavor.

Valparaíso might just be the most colorful town on earth!

Chile is fast becoming one of South America’s most heavily backpacked countries. Now for the most part, Valparaíso and Chile as a whole is relatively safe to travel in.

That said, there are some sketchy areas of Valparaíso where I would NOT book a hostel.

That is exactly why I wrote this no-stress guide to the best hostels in Valparaíso for 2020!

Get all the insider tips you need to find the best-priced hostels in the safest areas of the flamboyant Chilean city.

By the end of this hostel guide, you will know exactly which budget options are best suited to your own individual tastes.

You can book with confidence knowing that we have put in the research to help you stay safe and save some cash whilst you are traveling in Valparaíso!

Now let’s get right to it…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Valparaíso

Best Hostels in Valparaiso
Welcome to my in-depth guide to the best hostels in Valparaiso!

The 10 Best Hostels in Valparaíso

If Valparaiso isn’t on your backpacking Chile list yet, you’ll definitely miss out. The charming and unique city is a little hidden gem! To be able to start exploring, you’ll need to be well-rested. The best way to recharge is to stay at one of these amazing hostels.

Overall Best Hostel in Valparaíso – Planeta Lindo

Planeta Lindo best hostels in Valparaiso
The reviews are in! – Planeta Lindo is the best hostel in Valparaiso!
  • $$
  • Bar
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • 24-Hour Security

This is a strong contender for best hostel in the WORLD let alone best hostel in Valparaíso. 2020 could be the year you visit this absolute gem of a hostel, with its great location, huge lockers (it’s a big deal), very high standards of cleanliness as well as a great selection of common areas – there’s a bar, and a lounge, and a rooftop terrace with some pretty amazing views. Back to that cleanliness though, seriously: the beds and showers, everything, it’s all super clean. And that makes a big difference. What also makes a big difference though is the team who run it, not only are they V friendly, like-minded people, they’ve also created one hell of a base for you in Valparaíso.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Valparaíso – Nómada Eco-Hostel

Nómada Eco-Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
If you’re looking for a good balance between having your own private space and also the ability to socialize, then Nómada Eco-Hostel is the best hostel for solo travelers in Valparaiso.
  • $$$
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • BBQ
  • 24-Hour Reception

This is a recommended hostel in Valparaíso for people travelling on their own. Nómada Eco-Hostel is famed for its barbecues, V social affairs which are always a great time for chatting to fellow guests and staff – especially when there’s a few beers chucked into the mix for good measure. The other common area at this Valparaíso backpackers hostel is the dining room, a cosy space where you can chat to new friends over the FREE breakfast that gets served up at Nómada. It’s a tad pricey, but feels like it’s for a good cause: they’ve got an International Sustainability Certification having reduced their carbon footprint by 5% in 2015.

Best Cheap Hostel in Valparaíso #1 – Mitico Hostel

Mitico Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
  • $
  • No Curfew
  • Heritage Building
  • Common Room

Mitico Hostel is cool because it’s in this renovated 100-year-old building with all the fixtures and fittings that make it feel like the sort of place you should definitely be staying – big windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, you know. But it just so happens to be the cheapest hostel in town, making it a prime choice for a budget hostel in Valparaíso. The modern but basic decor of this place doesn’t quite match up to how it probably looked in its heyday, but that was then and this is now – and Mitico is still a great find.

Best Cheap Hostel in Valparaíso #2 –Hostal Casa Aventura

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If you’re looking for another one of the best cheap hostels in Valparaiso, Hostal Casa Aventura is your next best bet.
  • $
  • Heritage Building
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Breakfast

Another top hostel in Valparaíso, another heritage building, amiright? But Hostal Casa Aventura does it with more of a… let’s say rustic air. The rooms look the part, but they’re pretty spartan. That’s ok though – and in fact some people will love the minimalism at work in this Valparaíso backpackers hostel. However it doesn’t feel very backpackery – there aren’t really any common areas to speak of (except where you eat breakfast), and the dorms are intimate 4-bed affairs, but if you want a private room experience in a basic but solidly decent setting, this is where to go.

Best Cheap Hostel in Valparaíso #3 – Escarabajo Hostel

Escarabajo Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
Escarabajo rounds of my list of the best cheap hostels in Valparaiso. A truly great low-cost option if the other hostels are booked out!
  • $
  • Terrace
  • No Curfew
  • Self Catering Facilities

A chilled atmosphere, comfy rooms, nice location up in the hills – there aren’t many bad things to say about this youth hostel in Valparaíso. Escarabajo a great place to stay, and it’s even more worth it when you discover the price, which is a right bargain. Actually that location is make or break for some people: it’s on one of Valparaíso’s hills – Cerro Bellavista – and the atmosphere here is calm and unhurried, with plenty of traditional bars, restaurants and cafes to check out in the local area. This is one for those who wanna get lost in the real life of a place.

Best Hostel for Couples in Valparaíso – La Joya Hostel

La Joya Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
Modern. Chic. Classy. La Joya Hostel is the best hostel for couples in Valparaiso.
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • 24-Hour Reception

Well, La Joya Hostel is cool, stylish, hip, trendy, modern – all the words that describe a thought-out, really well designed hostel. Staying here feels more like staying in a boutique hotel (and is sorta expensive, though that’s relative to other hostels in town), but because of that it’s probably the top hostel in Valparaíso for couples – some of the rooms are even designed with couples in mind. But yeah, it’s all so well done. Possibly the coolest hostel in Valparaíso, if not South America (really). As if it wasn’t sick enough there’s a free breakfast involved – feat. freshly baked bread might we add.

Best Party Hostel in Valparaíso – Guesthouse Espacio 420

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Sometimes a good party is where it’s at. Guesthouse Espacio 420 is the best party hostel in Valparaiso.
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self Catering Facilities

*airhorns!* It would be the hostel that put ‘420’ in its name that ends up being the best one for a party, wouldn’t it? But seriously the brilliantly named Guesthouse Espacio 420 is a youth hostel in Valparaíso that, whilst not in the best area, is still a fun place to stay. There’s a ping pong table here that gets a lot of use, as well as a rooftop terrace where you can meet other international guests and have a good time. That’s sorta what you’re here for, isn’t it? Other than that: clean, cool art, nice vibe. And the staff are awesome, too.

Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Valparaíso – Casa Lastra Hostel

Casa Lastra Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
Casa Lastra might cater a bit to flashpackers, but it is certainly the best hostel for digital nomads in Valparaiso due to the nice work space and fast wifi.
  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Heritage Building

As far as a Valparaíso backpackers hostel goes, Casa Lastra Hostel is a slice of luxury. Sure, that may be reflected in the price, but when you’re on the road for lord knows how many months or years you could do with NOT staying in grubby surroundings. Plus as a digital nomad you’re earning, so you can afford to splash out a little, right? At Casa Lastra the environment is both fresh and historical – we’re talking a building from 1909, here. Add to that cleanliness, good Wi-Fi (it works in bed – major plus), free breakfast, and other goodies, and we got another contender for best hostel in Valparaíso on our hands.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Valparaíso –  Hostal Po

Hostal Po best hostels in Valparaiso
Hostal Po is a Valparaiso classic and my top pick for the best hostel with a private room in Valparaíso…
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Common Room
  • Rooftop Terrace

Nice and central, Hostal Po sits in a great location (minutes away from Plaza Anibal Pinto), but is also a recommended hostel in Valparaíso because it’s like, a ‘classic’ hostel. It’s got nice communal areas, spacious rooms, a rooftop terrace, and a decent little free breakfast that includes fruit, eggs, marraquetas (Chilean bread), jam and butter. To be honest, there’s nothing immediately outstanding about Hostal Po, but one thing does shine: private rooms in Valparaíso backpackers hostels are relatively expensive, but at Po these are really good. It’s also painted by local artists, which is actually a really nice touch. An added benefit is that is close enough to some of the city’s main attractions anyway.

Things DO go missing sometimes…

lock iconPsst! 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!

More Best Hostels in Valparaíso

Muffin Hostel

Muffin Hostel best hostels in Valparaiso
Formerly a brothel, Muffin Hostel is another great spot to stay if you don’t let your imagination run too wild about what use to go down in here.
  • $
  • Cafe
  • 24-Hour Security
  • No Curfew

Why is it called Muffin Hostel? Not entirely sure to be honest. If it helps, allegedly this building housed a brothel back in the day. Which of course has no bearing on it now: today this is a Valparaíso backpackers hostel that’s highly recommended. It’s all great inside, with a rooftop terrace (there are four cats and a BUNNY to make friends with here) and common room, and a place to make your own food too. That’s called a kitchen. The sea is just a few blocks away, where you’ll find a pier and a small beach, and maybe catch sight of sea lions. There’s also an authentic street market very close by. Remember that Valparaíso is a UNESCO city so be sure to take in all of the lovely cultural treasures that make this city what it is.

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What to Pack for your Valparaiso Hostel

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

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

1. 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!

Luggage Travel Lock

2. Padlock: Unless the thief literally spends hours to figure out the code (he won’t), this three-digit padlock is going to keep your stuff safe. It’s great for keeping the zipper of your backpack secured or your locker properly closed. This basic and very flexible padlock saves you from having your essentials stolen. Definitely a must-have for every backpacker!

AR Towel

3. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?

Universal Adapter

4. Universal Travel Adapter: This universal travel adapter charges your devices in (pretty much) every country – definitely a lifesaver when travelling around the world. The plug also regulates the power output depending on which device you’re charging. No more fried hair dryers or electric razors!

Active Roots Water Bottle

5. 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.

Travel Pocket Soaps

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 Valparaíso

Well my friends, that’s all I got: we have come to the end of my guide to the best hostels in Valparaíso for 2020!

Now that all of the options are on the table, you can book your hostel with the certainty of knowing exactly what to expect. That was the goal of this hostel guide anyway!

Valparaíso is a cool city with plenty of fun to get into. It really has some of the most epic graffiti and street art to be found anywhere on earth.

I hope this guide has given you the ability to book your hostel stress-free so you can spend more time planning awesome things to do, and less time thinking about where you’re going to stay.

Still feeling unsure about which hostel is right for you? Too many options on hand?

The advice I typically give is to just book my top pick for the best overall hostel in Valparaiso: Planeta Lindo. Can’t go wrong with that choice eh? Sorted.

I hope your Valparaíso backpacking adventure is an awesome experience! See you down the road…

Planeta Lindo best hostels in Valparaiso
A stay at Planeta Lindo is always bound to be a good time…

Travel Safety Tips for Valparaíso

Don’t forget to sort your travel insurance! Chile might be safe, but you’ll never know. We’ve put together a roundup of the best travel insurance for backpackers – check it out here, or if you’re low on time, get a quote from World Nomads now, our favourite travel insurance provider.

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More Epic Hostels in Chile and South America

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

Planning an epic trip all across Chile 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 Valparaíso has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your backpacking adventure.

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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