Hostels are the new budget hotel alternative. In fact, when it comes to convenience, atmosphere and value for money, hostels have the upper hand. With an increasing number of properties offering private rooms, it’s never been easier to find family-friendly hostels.
Staying in a hostel, families will not only save money on room prices. If you are travelling with a baby, hostel self-catering facilities make everything that little bit easier. You can store things in the fridge, whip up some baby food and sterilise bottles with ease. The guest kitchens also enable you to prepare packed lunches, quick breakfasts and snacks. Hostels are geared up for budget travellers so be sure to quiz staff on cheap things to do and restaurants with baby changing facilities.
If you are worried about noise a great tip for finding suitable family accommodation is to read guests’ reviews. If they describe a lively atmosphere with nightly activities, the hostel might not be an ideal place to stay if you are travelling with kids. The hostel might clearly state that it is ‘not a party hostel’ in the description, so this indicates a suitable atmosphere for children.
Be aware that not all private rooms or family rooms are en suite so check this out before booking. If you don’t mind a shared bathroom, this compromise can often save you some money. It is also worth checking in advance if the hostel can provide cots for babies.
Check out our top 5 Family Friendly Hostels in Europe
Danhostel Copenhagen City, Denmark
This family-friendly hostel is totally geared for children with a TV room, table tennis and cycle hire on offer and families can sleep in the private four and six-bed en suite rooms. With views of the skyline and the harbour, it’s only a 10 minute walk to the popular vintage Tivoli amusement park.
Villa Saint Exupery Gardens, Nice, France
Located in a quiet and safe residential area, families can book private en suite rooms at this charming converted monastery. There are plenty of activities on offer to keep the children happy including canyoning, sailing and horseback riding. The hostel offers a free baby sitting service and parents can enjoy some much needed time to themselves on a free city tour.
Palace Hostel Schlossherberge, Vienna, Austria
This hostel offers family en suite rooms and great facilities for children including a nice garden, a kids’ corner, board games, volleyball, mini golf and table tennis. Set in green and leafy surroundings, families can hire bikes and spend the day exploring the area.
Lisb’on Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal
Located in the historical centre of Lisbon, this hostel offers family rooms and provides a free breakfast, free cots and baby highchairs. While the children play in the games room, or run around in the 150m garden, parents can enjoy fantastic views of the river from the 100m terrace.
Lolhostel Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
This new and beautifully designed hostel is just 10 minutes from the old island of Ortigia in a traffic-controlled part of town. Even larger-than-life families can find rooms here with private en suites varying in size from three to eight beds. Breakfast is free and includes freshly baked croissants. Alternatively, parents can use the fully equipped kitchen to prepare food with a supermarket just 50 metres away. After a busy day of sightseeing, kids will like the TV lounge and games room.