10 Great Flashpacking Hostels in Europe
The term “flashpacking” is used to describe the type of backpacker that is commonly found in higher end hostels around the world. Flashpackers tend to enjoy the atmosphere of a hostel, but enjoy some of the comforts more commonly found in hotels. Flashpackers are often interested in WiFi access, security and a warm shower. You’ll typically find flashpackers carring a digital camera, an iPod, a laptop and an iPhone or BlackBerry along with all of the associated cords and adaptors. While I could stay in a cheap hotel, I often prefer the atmosphere of a hostel, especially if I’m traveling alone.
If you’re a flashpacker traveling around Europe this summer, here are 10 great flashpacker hostels:
Barcelona – Mambo Tango Backpackers Hostel: At the Mambo Tango, you will find a very cozy setting where the staff is warm and welcoming. The location is great with only a 5 minute walk to La Ramblas and a 10 minute walk to the beach. One of the safest and most relaxed hostels around, you’ll appreciate the air conditioned rooms during the sometimes sweltering heat of the summer.
Valencia – Purple Nest Hostel: Located in the heart of Valencia’s city center, the Purple Nest Hostel is located just a few minutes walk from some of the city’s most interesting cultural and architectural sights and is well connected to the beach. The easy, laid-back atmosphere includes a very helpful staff to help steer you to the sites and sounds of Valencia. It’s also very close to the hippest nightlife and some of the traditional tapas bars.
Lisbon – Lisbon Lounge Hostel: The Lisbon Lounge Hostel, located in the most historical part of Lisbon, is clean and has a very cool atmosphere. Created for travelers in search of style and quality, its location is perfect and the staff are very helpful. It’s also close to the bus, tram and subway. It is located in Bairro Alto which is a popular night life area. It is also close to the train station where you can catch a train to the visit the nearby beaches.
Berlin – EastSeven Hostel: The EastSeven Hostel is the ideal place for travellers seeking a comfortable hostel in central Berlin. Conveniently located between the hustle and bustle of Mitte and charming Prenzlauer Berg, the EastSeven Hostel is surrounded by cafés, restaurants and bars. It is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz, the heart of Berlin, as well the famous Mauer Park flea market.
Prague – Czech Inn: Located close to city center, the Czech Inn is an ideal base to explore Prague. Its modern design, luxurious amenities, and exceptional cleanliness make Czech Inn one of Prague’s best-rated hostels. Housed in a beautifully restored 19th century building, Czech Inn offers a variety of rooms from dorms to apartments and free WiFi is available in the cafe.
Krakow – Greg Tom Hostel: At the Greg Tom Hostel in Krakow, they really bend over backwards to make you feel welcome. Thought of by many as one of the best hostels anywhere, the breakfast is a huge spread unlike anything else and there are 3 kitchens filled with round-the-clock snacks and drinks. The beds are comfortable with duvet covers and the staff will help organize anything you need.
Rome – The Yellow: The Yellow is a good place to stay in Rome and is very easy to find and near to Termini train station. It has everything one would reasonably expect and the staff is renowned for going out of the way to make your experience one that you’ll remember. They offer a free laptop hire that is pretty cool and you can also take the laptop to the bar next door.
Paris – Oops!: Recently opened in September 2007, Oops! has comfortable rooms with showers and toilets ensuite. Oops! features designer decor, free WiFi and air conditioning. Located a stone’s throw away from the Metro stations Place d’Italie and Les Gobelins, visitors can stroll through Mouffetard, Chinatown and the Latin Quarter with numerous cafes, bars & restaurants, parks and galleries.
London – London House Hotel: One of London’s more popular budget accommodation spots, The London House Hotel offers great value in central London. It is located minutes away from the High Street of the Bayswater area where you can find lots of different ethnic restaurants and coffee shops. It’s also close to the fashionable Notting Hill district and Portobello market and is just minutes away from Hyde Park.
Dublin – Globetrotters/The Townhouse: Ideally situated just a short walk from O’Connell Street, the hostel building itself is very famous. Once the home of famous poets and playwrights, the owners have gone to great lengths to restore the buildings so that the hostel still maintains the character of years gone by. There is a very friendly atmosphere here and the house is open 24 hours a day all year round.