When traveling to Bratislava, a true adventure-seeker should seriously consider staying at one of Bratislava’s six best hostels.

Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, is nestled along the mighty Danube River along Hungary and Austria’s borders. This beautiful city is surrounded by the Little Carpathian mountains, which are excellent for hiking and backpacking. It also has many nearby vineyards to explore, as well as forests to bike and hike.

This tourist destination is well known for its lively cafes and bar scene. When looking to experience the centuries-world charm, head up to the famous Bratislava Castle that overlooks the Danube and old-town Bratislava.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at the six best hostels to stay in the city. To get the most out of a visit to Bratislava at incredibly affordable rates, these six hostels are a traveler’s best bet.

Hostel Blues

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Hostel Blues is famous for an extremely friendly vibe while being welcoming to travelers. It features a decor that’s boutique-inspired and brings in live concerts to the scene on a weekly basis.

Get involved with one of their organized beer tours, film nights or cooking classes. Any of these options are great ways to socialize with other visitors and meet new people. The common room features comfortable sofas and the kitchen boasts a large flatscreen television to watch while you share meals with the people you’ve met.

Best of all, the bar is open 24 hours every day.

Hostel Blues is in the heart of downtown Bratislava and only an hour away from Vienna by train. Here, travelers can choose private rooms, female-only rooms or mixed dorms for their stay. For larger groups of travelers, Hostel Blues has a six-bed flat with a terrace overlooking beautiful Bratislava.

Grab a book from the book exchange, engage in a foosball tournament or grab one of their many guitars and start entertaining the group. When a traveler stays at Hostel Blues, they feel like family.

Wild Elephants Hostel (Best Party Hostel)

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

This hostel is so much more than a great location with an inexpensive bed. They truly offer experiences in and around Bratislava that are difficult to match.

Wild Elephants Hostel has a team of volunteers that are experienced backpackers in the area. It’s their job to involve travelers in a wide array of fun and exciting activities throughout the city, as well as cook amazing dinners and take everybody out for a night on the town, experiencing all of the best venues Bratislava has to offer.

For travelers looking for a fancy, newly furnished, overly-professional stay, this isn’t the place to go. But for open-minded travelers looking to stay with people who love what they do, this is one of the best places to meet new people in Bratislava and have a great time.

This famous hostel is in the heart of old town Bratislava, located on the second floor of a historic building that’s over 200 years old. For travelers expecting an elevator, don’t expect that at Wild Elephants Hostel. Instead, expect to stay at a hip hostel with:

  • Walls filled with art
  • Big banana room
  • Spacious and comfortable common areas
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Designated and comfortable smoking area
  • Foosball table

Wild Elephants Hostel is a great option for the adventure-seeking traveler.

Patio Hostel

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Patio Hostel is known to be Bratislava’s most popular hostel. Nearly 7,500 reviewers, averaging an 8.8 out of 10, surely aren’t all wrong about this location.

This hostel features a range of room offerings for any traveler, including private rooms, shared dorms and shared and private bathrooms.

When it’s time to head to old town Bratislava, it’ll be only a few minutes’ walk from the hostel. When travelers stay here, they quickly realize that they won’t require the use of public transportation or taxis to get where they want to go. All of Bratislava’s key attractions, restaurants, clubs and pubs are seemingly around the corner from Patio Hostel.

The staff here are well-informed on the area and well-spoken in English. They’re known for being easy-going, and all are natives to the area.

Meet new people in the common room, the in-house bar or in the garden. 

Patio Hostel also features:

  • Free computers with lightning-fast internet
  • Free laundry, including ironing
  • Free bike room and luggage storage
  • Bike rentals
  • No curfews
  • Discounts for restaurants and pubs that are nearby

A traveler can’t go wrong staying at Patio Hostel.

Hostel Brickyard

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Hostel Brickyard is located in Bratislava’s city center and is close to Hlavna Stanica (Bratislava’s main train station). The city’s historic center is only a short walk from the hostel.

Hungry travelers can walk to a nearby grocery store in about two minutes, and there are many cafes, restaurants and bars within a short walking distance.

Hostel Brickyard’s kitchen is fully equipped and available to use for any guests at any time. Not sure what to do while visiting Bratislava? The staff here is well-versed in the best places to go for fun, inexpensive dining and the best sightseeing in the area.

The backyard at Hostel Brickyard gives travelers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy relaxation time while getting up more energy to explore everything Bratislava has to offer. There is no curfew.

Room options include twin rooms, double rooms, private rooms with three beds, and dorms featuring four, six or eight beds. All private rooms feature large bathrooms.

Hostel Folks

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

Rated a 9.4 out of a possible 10, Hostel Folks brings travelers a genuine hostel experience without diminishing the quality of sleep.

The location of this hostel is nearly perfect. It’s located at the edge of the downtown pedestrian zone, which makes it the ideal place to stay for exploring Bratislava and sightseeing around the area.

Travelers will find St. Michael’s Gate directly across the street, which will lead them into the historical center. This also leads to the heart of Bratislava’s famous nightlife.

For travelers looking for adventures that are off the beaten path, they won’t need to look more than a few hundred yards away. Talk to the staff about the best places to go when looking for a unique adventure. They’ll point you in the right direction.

Staying options include private double rooms, triple or quadruple rooms, beds in their female-only dorm or beds in larger mixed dorms.

When it’s time to socialize, they ultra-large common room has everything a traveler needs, including Playstation 3 with complimentary games and a huge flatscreen television.

Hungry? The fully-equipped kitchen has everything you’ll need to put together meals with other travelers.

Art Hostel Taurus

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**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (May)

This hostel is the perfect family-style place to stay that successfully combines the hostel experience with concepts of a traveler’s best bed and breakfast experiences.

Located right in Bratislava’s historic city center, you’ll be woken up by the aroma of freshly ground and brewed coffee while listening to the laughter of fellow travelers and friends.

Every room at Art Hostel Taurus is climate-controlled and features a private bathroom. No bathroom sharing here! The kitchen brings a lot of surprising charm while cooking your favorite meals. What’s even better is that free breakfast is served every morning.

Stay at One of the Best Hostels in Bratislava

It’s hard to go wrong with any of the six Bratislava hostels covered in this article. Each one offers its own unique experience that you’ll remember for years to come. When visiting Bratislava and staying in one of its fine hostels, travelers enjoy inexpensive comfort while getting the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and interesting locals. By staying at one of these six hostels, a traveler will also enjoy a unique experience that no traditional hotel can offer.