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Affordable Cool Hostels in Europe That Are Worth It!

By Travel Savvy

Hostels are becoming the most popular alternative to staying in hotels. They're usually well-situated near popular sites or near city centers, and are cost efficient, allowing you to spend more on cultural excursions, dining and tours. From Sweden to Greece, we've rounded up some of the coolest hostels across Europe that are worth the money you'll save.

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Jumbo Stay

Jumbovägen 4, 190 47 Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden


You'll have no trouble sleeping on the plane when you lodge at Jumbo Stay in Stockholm. This converted jumbo jet, originally built in 1976, has all the luxuries of a modern home but offers guests a unique experience, complete with views of the Arlanda landing strip, opportunities to walk along the left wing observation deck, and the option of booking the cockpit suite. Each of the 33 rooms on the aircraft fall into one of three categories -- dorm room, standard room, or suite -- so that you have the option to choose one that suits your personal style and needs. Hostel guests also have access to a cafe and bar. Prices range anywhere from $52 per night for a four bed dorm room to $217 per night for a spacious double-bed room with an en suite. 

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78 King's Cross Rd, Kings Cross, London, England


One of the more interesting hostels in Europe, Clink78, is housed in a historic courthouse that's right in the popular King's Cross neighborhood -- a buzzing cultural quarter and London's main transport hub. Clink78's rooms are converted prison cells, and the courtroom-turned-parlor is a perfect place to meet up with other hostelers. Guests can even enjoy live music, DJs and drinks at ClashBAR, named after The Clash who stood trial in the courthouse back in 1978. Prices range anywhere from $21 per night for a mixed dorm room to $83 for a private room or a 'prison cell' room for 1-2 people.

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Hostel Ruthensteiner

Robert-Hamerling-Gasse 24, 1150 Wien, Vienna, Austria


Hostel Ruthensteiner, which opened in 1968 as first independent backpacker's hostel in Vienna, continues to impress for less. World travelers have enjoyed the hostel's unique lush gardens, public music instruments, cozy bar, lounges and fully equipped kitchen. This hostel also acts as a cultural hub with revolving art exhibits and occasional live music. Ruthensteiner is perfectly located to tour the city's rich history, as it's just a 5 minute walk away from the Westbahnhof train station. Furthermore, the hostel is just around the corner from Vienna's longest and most lively shopping street, Mariahilferstrasse. Consult their site for pricing.

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Eastern Comfort

Mühlenstrasse 73, 10243 Berlin, Germany


Located between two of the city's busiest districts -- Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain -- Eastern Comfort is moored on the east side of the Spree River with nearby connections to tourist attractions in Mitte and West Berlin. This floating hostel has 25 cabins on three decks that all equipped with their own en suite. Guests are also invited to enjoy breathtaking city views at the ship's Floating Lounge, which serves beer, cocktails, coffee and snacks. If you're traveling in a group you can pay as low as $18 per night for a dorm cabin and shared bathroom, or $108 for a 4-person private cabin. 

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Karterados, post Box 39, Karterados 847 00, Greece


Located on the picturesque island of Santorini, Caveland is a complex of cave houses and terraces that was originally home to an 18th century winery. Today, guests from across the globe book their stay at Caveland for the modern amenities and amazing views of the island. Visitors can take a dip in the swimming pool and stroll the gardens filled with lemon, pomegranate, orange, pear, vanilla and pistachio trees. The hostel is also only a five minute drive to Fira Town, the beautiful capital of Santorini. 


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