Our list of top-rated hostels with a cool extra kick that will spicy your happy hour game up
Meeting points for many generations of young travellers, hostels are killing the game right now and when summer comes the rooftops of the most popular destinations fill up to the brim with backpackers and locals alike looking for a fun night out. Hostels are no longer makeshift accommodations which give up quality services in the name of cheaper prices. They have turned into real social networks where you can meet new people and share personal experiences... without the screen of your smartphone getting in the way! We're talking about 5-star hostels but with low rates to fit the budget of the youngest travellers too.
Once summer comes along these hostels' rooftops - some equipped with a swimming pool as well like PLUS Hostels in Florence - become one of the most crowded meeting point of the city they're located in, manily thanks to the general chill atmosphere, the many events planned by the hostel team and the ever-present happy hours. You can't spend your holidays in Milan (Italy) without trying out one of Ostello Bello's famous get-together or leaving Athen without having spent a night on AthenStyle's rooftop with the Partenone right behind you. Same goes for Abrham Hostel in Tel Aviv, facing the sea and surrounded by the characteristic skyscrapers where the nightlife truly comes to life.
We have picked for you our favourite hostels with the best rooftops ever, known by travellers from all over the world. Our selection criteria? Quality of services, excellent reviews and attention to details.
AthenStyle is the best choice for an unforgettable stay in the Greek capital. A luxury hostel right in the center of the Monastiraki district with a panoramic rooftop overlooking the Acropolis. Enjoy the exclusive view of the Partenone seated on a comfy sofa with a drink on hand and chat the night away with other locals and your fellow backpackers. The interiors are as cool as the outside view: each room of the AthenStyle has been decorated by young local artists with different subjects and styles, giving each area a very unique vibe. A special feature of the hostel, besides the splendid terrace, is the presence of the cinema room.
- Prices starting from € 16.00
PLUS Hostel Florence is the first 5-star hostel in Florence and it has kept its excellent reputation thanks to hotel worthy services, a splendid rooftop overlooking the historic center of Florence, a swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, a panoramic bar terrace and a fitness area! As if that wasn't still enough, the location of the hostel is simply perfect; in a few steps you can reach Florence's main tourist attractions such as the Accademia Gallery, the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Palazzo Medici and Piazza del Duomo. The Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi are also within easy reach in less then 10 minutes. Each room has its own private bathroom with shower, television and air conditioning. And if you're a girl and need that touch of extra comfort, don't worry: there's an entire floor reserved exclusively for female travallers, the Plus Girls Only. The inner restaurant, wide and welcoming, offers a special all Italian "a la carte" menu for dinner and a healthy buffet breakfast in the morning, "all you can eat" style!
- Prices starting from € 28.00
Kabul Backpackers Hostel in Barcelona has a beautiful rooftop with a bar that offers happy hours in the evening. From up there, through the large protective glass windows, you'll be able to see glimpses of the most beautiful monuments of the city, seeing that the hostel is located near the most famous neighboorhood of the city, Las Ramblas. The overall style is minimal and informal and all the sofas are made using recycled pallets. But that's not all. To welcome you to the most entertaining Spanish city of all times you'll be gifted with a cold beer at your arrival; what a way to start your trip!
- Prices starting from € 18.00
You can't miss The Banda Rooftop Hostel's terrace, and it's not only because it's literally part of its name! Located on the top floor of the huge building, its eclectic style surely doesn't go unnoticed with large sofas and wide sunshade drapes interwined with white atmospheric lights. The view is, of course, outstanding, especially at night when the Cathedral stuns with its illuminated façade. The hostel kitchen is equipped with every utensil you could ever need to cook your meals and you'll be able to enjoy free use of the computers and board games as well. The hostel staff also organizes walking tours with English-speaking guides who will take you to the heart of the historic center between clubs and dance floors where flamengo is practiced.
- Prices starting from € 25.98
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Magnificent hostel with stunning rooftop overlooking the sea. Tensile structures, colored drapes, hammocks, deckchairs, bars, greenery everywhere: welcome to Sunset Destination Hostel! The pool is the undisputed star of the rooftop, surrounded by synthetic grass where you can cool off on hot days. The Sunset Destination Hostel is located in the heart of Lisbon, close to all the historical monuments and the nightlife area. It has a fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining room. The hostel staff offers guided tours and creative activities for guests.
- Prices starting from € 28.40
The roof terrace is the ideal place to sunbathe, relax or have a hostel group barbecue! At the bar you will find excellent beers and tables with very convivial wooden benches. In summer it's easy to come across a small inflatable pool to escape the heat of the roof: you can chill in the water with your friends till the sun comes down... but maye wear a bikini instead of going in fully clothed? The Nomads Brisbane Central boasts much more than an ideal location in the city center; it's considered an authentic part of Brisbane's history as it is housed in one of the few historic buildings of the area. Inside, you'll find everything a backpacker could want: TV room, laundry room and a kitchen!
- Prices starting from € 15.12
The hostel is located in the center of Malaga and was built in 1920. It was renovated in 2015 and its terrace offers an impressive view of the Alcazaba castle and Alcazabilla main street. The modern terrace is paved with outdoor wood and backlit glass and has many seats for aperitifs. The large and spectacular bar counter is the undisputed protagonist of the warm Andalusian evenings. Alcazaba Premium Hostel is a hostel with high quality standards, so much so that it can be considered a true "Boutique Hostel". The interiors have been fully renovated but still preserve that "old" charm that make the hostel pretty cool and unique. Perfect for a romantic trip, it also offers solutions for families or groups thanks to the versatility of its rooms.
- Prices starting from € 20.00
Wombat’s City Hostel is a design hostel in Berlin that will leave you speechless for a variety of reasons but, above all, it's very central (a stone's throw from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz stop and Alexanderplatz) and all rooms (shared as well!) have a private bathroom. The jewel of the hostel is certainly the wonderful WomBar, a panoramic bar located on the seventh floor of the building, where all the backpackers like to unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
- Prices starting from € 22.00
Enjoy the cultural and social life of Catania right from its beating heart! Ostello degli Elefanti is located in a 17th-century building in the picturesque Baroque center of Catania, at the foot of the majestic Mount Etna. The hostel's strategic location will allow you to visit the entire historic center on foot with its typical markets and many churches and palaces. Immerse yourself in the history, art and culture of this city and don't forget to get a taste of the world famous Mediterranean cuisine!
- Prices starting from € 20.00
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You'll find Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv right in the heart of the city, just 50 meters from the lively Rothschild Boulevard in the small neighborhood known as the Electric Garden. From the hostel you can walk to the beach, Old Jaffa, the Florentine district, to the Levinsky market and all major attractions of the city. If you want to get a killer tan while enjoying yourself with your friends, than you definitely have to climb up to the rooftop! Braham Hostel's fantastic bar is open every day, with weekly events, including some pretty amazing live concerts from local musicians. The relax area has an intimate atmosphere and the common kitchen is perfectly equipped.
- Prices starting from € 20.63
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The Safestay Hostel in the Spanish capital was built in an elegant 19th-century building and it can be considered Madrid's coolest and most modern hostel. Guests will find everything they could want: relax, quietness, comfort, lots of people to meet and a festive atmosphere. The heart of the hostel is its large rooftop completed with a new bar, where you can enjoy tasty aperitifs with Madrid skyline right in front of you. Safestay Hostel is a high-end but definitely inexpensive hostel located near the Castellana, Sol, Gran Via, Chueca and Fuencarral. For its guests it organizes free daily tours of the city and provides a cinema room.
- Prices starting from € 21.00
Ostello Bello enjoys the best location you could wish for in Milan: right in the city center, a stone's throw from the Duomo and all points of interest in the city, in the heart of nightlife and shopping. The perimeter of the terrace is surrounded by small hedges and there are numerous hammocks for relaxing and BBQ. Guests can meet in the various common areas of the hostel, where they will find TV, musical instruments, books (book crossing) and games (ping pong, subbuteo, calcetto, etc.). There is also a common kitchen with a super equipped garden.
- Prices starting from € 44.29
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