My 6 Favourite Hostel Experiences

Hostels are such a great option for a safe and inexpensive accommodation. If you’re a solo traveller, they’re a great choice for getting to meet new people and to get to know the area.

Throughout my travels so far, I’ve experienced some incredible hostels (and some questionable ones – I’ll save those for another day…). These hostels seemed to go above and beyond what’s expected of your run of the mill hostel, and they honestly made my trip so much better. So I thought I’d share my top 6 hostels from my travels around the world…

Haka Lodge (Auckland, New Zealand)

Location: 373 K Road, Auckland City Centre

Room Booked: 7 Bed Mixed Dorm

*Image from Hostelworld App*

Haka Lodge is pretty popular with solo travellers.

Each bed in their dorm rooms are like individual ‘capsules’ with a curtain, mini reading light, socket and storage area, as well as a large storage area under the bed for your luggage. This really helps you close off for the evenings and gives you a peaceful night’s sleep!

The kitchen is pretty big and clean, as were the toilets. The staff were always on hand, and they organise lots of tours which you can join!

Haka Lodge is maybe a 5 minute walk from the centre of Auckland, making it a perfect location for exploring the city!

Favourite Feature: the beds. Having that little curtain to block yourself off whilst your sleeping made a world of difference!

Ivory Towers Backpacker Lodge (Fox Glacier, New Zealand)

Location: 33 Sullivans Road, Fox Glacier

Room Booked: Standard 6 Bed Mixed Dorm

*Image from Hostelworld App*

This hostel was am-a-zing. Fox Glacier is located right next to Franz Josef, but is much quieter compared to its popular neighbour. Although we visited in the off season, we absolutely loved our time at Ivory Towers.

Every room was spotless, there’s free WiFi, a spacious kitchen and communal area with a roaring fire (perfect if you’re visiting in winter), and even a movie room! The staff here were super friendly, and allowed us to check in early too! The walls are dotted with cute motivational posters, and there’s even a big chess board and hot tub outside!

Favourite Feature: the movie room! Picture the scene: a snowy evening, curled up watching Lord of the Rings with a hot chocolate and some cookies. Does life get any better?

Hostel Van Gogh (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Location: Van de Veldestraat 5, Amsterdam

Room Booked: 6 Bed Female Dorm Room – Ensuite

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Hostel Van Gogh was perfectly situated for our stay in Amsterdam. Its less than a 5 minute walk from the museum sector of the city, so it feels like you’re in the city centre with a traction of the noise!

They have luggage storage available which seemed really secure, and also mini safes in the dorm rooms for all your important personal items.

The beds were super comfy, linen was clean, and the ensuite was spotless – our room had a power shower which was even better!

During our stay, we were assigned a bed which meant there was no arguing over who got top or bottom bunk! I love the option of having a female only dorm, there’s been countless times where I’ve been travelling solo and it almost feels a bit safer being able to choose a female only dorm.

Favourite Feature: it’s location! Being so close to the city centre for a relatively cheap price made this the perfect accommodation!

City Break (Belgrade, Serbia)

Location: Beogradska 41, Belgrade

Room Booked: Standard Twin Private (Shared Bathroom)

*Image from Hostelworld App*

City Break is just a 20 minute walk from the very centre of town. This means we were able to have a great night’s sleep every night! It’s got such a homely feel, and the staff are incredible! They honestly make you feel like part of the family as soon as you arrive!

Although the kitchen is a little small, it’s still a great space to cook, and the little living room is so cute!

Again, this hostel was really clean. Although there’s no air conditioning, our twin room did have a fan which helped tonnes in the evenings when we were trying to sleep.

The only negative thing I could say about City Break is the amount of stairs you have to climb to reach the hostel. When you’re weighed down with a suitcase it can be a bit of a pain but as long as you take your time it’s totally manageable!

Favourite Feature: the staff! We were made to feel so welcome, and every time we headed out for the day or we came back home, they always checked in on us and asked us about our day. It really is the small things that make the difference!

Mosaic House (Prague, Czech Republic)

Location: Odboru 4, Prague

Room Booked: 4 Bed Mixed Dorm – Ensuite

*Image from Hostelworld App*

Mosaic House was snazzy. The room was really high tech, with loads of energy saving technologies in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Our room was pretty spacious, the bathroom was spotless (the shower was amazing), and the atmosphere was great! The hostel is split into two buildings, one with the accommodation, common area and bar/restaurant, and the other is a kitchen and laundry room.

The hostel is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Prague, and we loved the fact that it felt so secure and there was always plenty of staff around if we ever needed anything!

Favourite Feature: the bar and communal spaces. It just had an incredible atmosphere, and we spent a couple of evenings chilling and playing cards with friends we made in the hostel.

Finlay Jack’s Backpackers – YHA (Taupo, New Zealand)

Location: 20 Taniwha Street, Taupo

Room Booked: Deluxe 8 Bed Mixed Dorm (Ensuite)

*Image from Hostelworld App*

Just a short walk from centre of Taupo, this YHA Hostel has everything you could ever need. Their deluxe rooms (or at least the room we stayed in) are all single beds (yay for no bunk beds).

They have large indoor and outdoor communal areas which are kept spotless, as well as a huge kitchen filled with pots, plates and every utensil you could ever need.

As the hostel is a little out of the centre of town (5-10 min walk max), its relatively quiet at night time meaning you can get a good night’s sleep!

Favourite Feature: the spacious bedrooms and big ensuite bathroom. It was such great value for money, and I loved not having bunk beds!

And there you have it! My 6 favourite hostels from my travels so far!

Have you had a great experience at a hostel? Leave us a comment and share your favourite place to stay!

Charley x

Published by Charley

Hi! My name is Charley and welcome to my little travel blog! After visitng South Africa in 2016, I caught the travel bug and have since been to 20 countries, ranging from New Zealand to Ukraine! Undaunted Adventure is a travel blog full of tips, tricks and my favourite memories. Hopefully they'll give you some inspiration to travel and to give you some hints of where to go! Roam Free - Travel Undaunted.

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