Hostels aren’t just for footloose backpackers, they’re also a great option for families looking for somewhere stylish and budget-friendly. *
Fun Cafe and Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand
Fun Cafe and Hostel in Bangkok
The Bangkok based Fun Cafe and Hostel combines Scandinavian aesthetics, English country house interiors and Thai design to create an eclectic hostel, perfectly suited to international families. Playful fabrics (they’ve got a fondness for gingham) and low-furniture in the shared lounge offer a relaxing, child-friendly space and parents appreciate the hostel’s 24-hour helpdesk.
Star Wars Hostel in Moscow, Russia
Star Wars Hostel in Moscow
The Star Wars Hostel in Moscow is full of adventure and quirky nods to its namesake. Guests are greeted by a welcome desk designed to look like a film clapperboard and Darth Vader themed street art decorate the walls. In the dorm rooms, pop art stormtroopers guard the sleeping bunks, while the light switches give the option to choose either the Light Side or the Dark Side. Other themed rooms include a Lego room, Alice in Wonderland and a La La Land room, decorated with yellow umbrellas.
NETIZEN in Saint Petersburg, Russia
NETIZEN in Saint Petersburg
The Saint Petersburg NETIZEN hostel is full of small, artfully arranged nooks for guests to curl up and open-plan shared spaces for more outgoing visitors. Bright colours contrast with natural materials – you will be tempted to steal their envious collection of coffee tables – and help create multiple environments, often in the same room.
Namaste Hostel in Tbilisi, Georgia
Namaste Hostel in Tbilisi
Tbilisi is becoming increasingly popular among all kinds of travellers. Families in particular love the local insights offered by the Namaste Hostel staff. Whether it’s finding a restaurant that does gluten-free meals, organising a visit to the imposing Narikala Fortress, or just finding a spot to relax after a delicious evening meal, this New Age hostel is a great place to start exploring the Georgian capital. If all you want to relax after a day of exploring the city, you can settle with your book in the sun terrace and nibble on snacks from the kitchen.
Aquarela do Leme in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aquarela do Leme in Rio de Janeiro
The sea views and proximity to Sugarloaf Mountain make staying at Aquarela do Leme a visual feast, and the hostel has incorporated the drama of the surrounding scenery into its design. Much like the multi-shade take on a chandelier in the entrance way, neutral tones prevail and are accented with bright pops of colour. Simple, clean-lined furniture and geometric patterns create a peaceful, stylish atmosphere throughout the hostel and its roof terrace.
Maverick City Lodge in Budapest, Hungary
Maverick City Lodge in Budapest
The recently refurbished Maverick City Lodge has an entire wall covered in post-it notes from past guests, offering fabulous reviews and local insight for travellers visiting Budapest for the first time. Many of the notes are left by parents, praising the supportive staff and the stylish home comforts on offer throughout the building.
Xizhu Garden Inn in Chengdu, China
Xizhu Garden Inn in Chengdu
The only thing pet-loving families need to know about this hostel is that it has the cutest, fluffiest, cloud-like dog in all of Chengdu. But for those who require a bit more information before booking: the Xizhu Garden Inn also has a roof garden, panda-themed decor, pool tables and dim sum making classes.
Yeah Barcelona Hostel in Barcelona, Spain
Yeah Barcelona Hostel in Barcelona
The fantastic location of Yeah Barcelona Hostel is more than enough to recommend it to families who want to explore the city. Only a 10-minute walk from La Sagrada Familia, this stylish hostel is a great base for families with young children in need of regular naps and it’s also well set up to cater to teens and parents.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top hostels endorsed as ‘family-friendly’ by travellers.