The idea of staying in a messy, loud hostel might seem like a thing of the past — best kept for the backpacking days of your late teens and 20s.
However, a “hostel” is simply “budget-friendly accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience.” While to be considered a hostel it must have the option of a dorm room, most offer private rooms as well — and instead of messy and loud, some can actually be pretty luxurious.
Business Insider teamed up with hostel booking site Hostelworld and its HOSCAR ranking of the best hotels in the world to discover where you’ll find the most luxurious hostel in every European country for under £40 ($54).
Scroll down to see each one — as well as what it will cost you and what you can expect — in alphabetical order.
The following nation states and cross-border countries are not included in the list: The Åland Islands, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Monaco, San Marino, Svalbard, Ukraine, and Vatican City.
ALBANIA: Stone City Hostel, Gjirokaster.
Situated right in the heart of the old town of Gjirokaster, Stone City Hostel is close to the best sights, including a castle and communist bunker.
It boasts a huge roof terrace with brilliant views of the castle, a shaded garden with fruit trees, and is also next to the best coffee bar in town.
ANDORRA: Mountain Hostel, El Tarter.
If the outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi aren’t enough to tempt you, Andorra’s eco-friendly Mountain Hostel is perfect for mountain sports and activities like skiing, snowboarding, freeride, freestyle, and ski touring in the winter season, and mountain biking, hiking, and trail running in summer.
The hostel uses solar energy and is also bike-friendly, offering cyclists a security box, padlock, workshops with tools, and a bike wash area.
ARMENIA: Kantar, Yerevan.
Located in the very centre of Yerevan, just a minute’s walk from the Republic Square, this cosy hostel has dorms for four to eight people or private bedrooms with balconies.
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