Last Updated: 1/11/24 | January 11th, 2024
Since that original visit, I’ve returned dozens of times, even leading tour groups there. I’ve watched it become increasingly popular with travelers and expats and more cosmopolitan with each passing year.
Now, this international city is one of the most visited in Europe (go in the spring or fall to avoid the overbearing crowds), with tons of incredible things to see and do. Because of the amount of visitors that the city gets, it is now home to an outsized number of hostels, given its small size.
Over the years, I’ve stayed in dozens upon dozens of hostels here. There are a lot of things to consider when selecting a hostel. The top four when picking the best hostel in Prague are:
- Location – Pick a place that is central to the sites and nightlife you want to see. All the hostels listed here are in central locations.
- Price – In Prague, you really get what you pay for, so if you go with a really cheap one, you’re probably going to get a hostel that is small, cramped, and doesn’t offer great service.
- Amenities – Every hostel in the city offers free Wi-Fi, and most have a free breakfast, but if you want more than that, be sure to do your research to find the hostel that best meets your needs.
- Staff – All the hostels listed here have amazing staff. They are super friendly and knowledgeable. Even if you don’t end up staying at one of the places listed below, be sure to look up reviews to ensure you end up somewhere where the staff is helpful and friendly. They can make or break a hostel!
To help you plan your trip, here is my list of the hostels in Prague that I like the most. If you don’t want to read the longer list below, the following hostels are the best in each category:
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Prague:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under 250 CZK
- $$ = 250-450 CZK
- $$$ = Over 450 CZK
Onefam has three fun, social hostels in Prague and they are some of the poshest hostels in town. Guests get a free homemade dinner each night and can join in on organized activities, including drinking games, movie nights, and walking tours. There’s always a lot happening at Onefam hostels, making them a solid choice for solo travelers. You get a lot of value here.
The hostels are all clean and have lounges with TVs, Netflix, and PlayStations or Nintendos. They are on the more expensive side, but you’re paying for super soft beds, modern amenities, and all those free events so they’re definitely worth the price if you want a more comfortable stay and are looking to meet lots of other travelers. Just note that there are often age restrictions on staying here (typically 18 to 45), so check before booking a bed.
Onefam at a glance:
- Organizes tons of activities (walking tours, drinking games, beer tastings)
- Great place to meet other travelers
- Lots of fun amenities (Netflix, video games, TVs)
The three Onefam locations are:
- Míru – The newest Onefam in Prague is located in the Námestí Míru neighborhood. There are a ton of bars, restaurants, and markets nearby, and the city center is just a 15-minute walk. Beds from 389 CZK.
- Home – Onefam Home is right in the center of town. It’s a party spot! Beds from 600 CZK.
- Old Town – This hostel is in the Old Town area of the city, with all of Prague’s landmark attractions just steps away. Beds from 378 CZK.
2. Sophie’s Hostel
This is my favorite hostel in Prague. It is an upscale hostel (and a sister property of the awesome hotel Miss Sophie’s). The rooms have modern furnishings, soft beds, clean bathrooms, and showers with incredible water pressure. The downstairs bar is always lively, the hostel runs lots of events, and the staff is super helpful and knowledgeable. When booking online, be sure to add the breakfast buffet. It’s well worth the extra 150 CZK (or 200 CZK for the hot brunch option).
Sophie’s Hostel at a glance:
- Great place to meet people
- Organizes lots of activities and events
- Delicious breakfast buffet
Beds from 237 CZK, private rooms from 996 CZK.
3. Little Quarter Hostel
Located between Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, this hostel is in one of the nicer neighborhoods in Prague. The rooms are clean, and there are privacy curtains for the dorms (always a nice touch) as well as spacious lockers. There’s a roof patio and great views from the top-floor rooms. You can sometimes get discounts when you book directly at the hostel’s website. In contrast to most of the hostels in town, Little Quarter offers a calm, non-partying atmosphere.
Little Quarter Hostel at a glance:
- Rooftop patio makes it easy to mingle and meet people
- Laid-back vibe
- Privacy curtains so you can get a decent sleep
Beds from 598 CZK, private rooms from 1,656 CZK.
4. Travel & Joy Backpackers
This new hostel in Prague is close to everything. It’s family owned, so they know a lot about the city. There’s also a yummy traditional Czech restaurant on-site. If you’re here in the summer, check out the great new terrace. This is also another low-key hostel, so stay here if you aren’t looking to party but rather want something small and intimate.
The beds are basic bunks with thin mattresses and no curtains, but the rooms are clean and spacious and there are lockers and reading lights.
Travel & Joy at a glance:
- Chill terrace for meeting people
- Restaurant on-site (with delicious food)
- Convenient location in the heart of the city
Beds from 399 CZK, private rooms from 1,418 CZK.
5. Hostel DownTown
This is one of the best hostels in Prague for travelers looking to party and socialize. DownTown offers free city and castle tours, talent shows, pub crawls, cooking classes, beer pong, and more. There are communal dinners a few times a week, a daily buffet breakfast (150 CZK), and a fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals. Ask for a spot on the fifth or sixth floor, as you’ll have a great view of Prague.
The bunks here are basic metal ones but the mattresses are thick enough to get a decent sleep (there are no privacy curtains, however). But the rooms are spacious and some have single beds instead of bunks.
Hostel DownTown at a glance:
- Party hostel so it’s easy to meet people
- Organizes lots of events (pub crawls, cooking classes, walking tours)
- Regular communal dinners, daily breakfast
Beds from 595 CZK, private rooms from 1,748 CZK.
6. The MadHouse Prague
If you want to meet people and are looking for a party, this is the best hostel in Prague to do that. This place really lives up to its name — it truly is a madhouse here! The décor includes very cool murals, giving the hostel a very unique feel. The knowledgeable staff organize events for all guests (every night) and can also help you find cool daytime activities around town. It’s super popular and one of the best social hostels in the city.
The beds here don’t have curtains but the mattresses are comfy and each bed has its own light and electrical outlet. There is a two-night minimum stay. Don’t come here if you want to sleep and not party!
The MadHouse Prague at a glance:
- Lively party hostel
- Organizes tons of activities (like nightly dinners)
- Super easy to meet people
Beds from 700 CZK.
7. The RoadHouse Prague
This property is the newer and quieter sister property of MadHouse Prague. The staff is great, as is the location (close to Charles Bridge). It’s social, but not wild. The beds are large and comfy, and there are privacy curtains and huge drawers for your things. The staff organizes activities each day, which might include tours or festivals. Be sure to join the group for family dinners — they’re incredible. There’s also a fully equipped, modern kitchen for making your own meals.
The RoadHouse Prague at a glance:
- Social atmosphere so it’s easy to meet people
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Organizes lots of activities and events
Beds from 750 CZK.
8. Sir Toby’s Hostel
Sir Toby’s Hostel is a friendly place to stay, with super fluffy pillows, comfortable beds, and a guest kitchen. This hostel is located in the Holešovice neighborhood, outside the city center, so it’s a more local and chill neighborhood. If you want to experience Prague outside the busy center, this is the spot for you. Sir Toby’s also has a free walking tour that’s pretty good.
While the beds are comfy and have privacy curtains (and lockers), keep in mind that some are three-beds high (instead of the standard two).
Sir Toby’s Hostel at a glance:
- Organizes daily walking tours
- Located in a laid-back neighborhood far from the tourist crowds
- Super affordable dorms
Beds from 290 CZK, private rooms from 1,120 CZK.
9. PLUS Prague
PLUS Prague is another hostel located in Holešovice, but this one comes with an added bonus of a swimming pool and sauna. I really like this place, especially in the summer, since they have a huge outdoor courtyard. It also has a huge common area/dining hall, a decent restaurant, and spacious rooms. Think of it as a mini-motel for travelers but nicer and more social. I still talk to the people I met here.
PLUS Prague at a glance:
- Huge courtyard makes it easy to meet people
- Free pool and sauna
- Restaurant on-site makes it easy to mingle and hang out
Beds from 187 CZK, private rooms from 680 CZK.
10. Hostel ELF
Hostel ELF is located just a short walk from the main train station in the alternative Zizkov district filled with bars, restaurants, and street art galore. The hostel itself fits right in with the bohemian nature of the area, with unique murals covering the walls both inside and out.
This is a very social hostel, with many organized events, including free barbecues three times a week, movie nights, and free walking tours. Even when there’s not anything official happening, it’s very easy to meet people in the welcoming common areas, including the cool outdoor shaded patio. There’s a cheap buffet breakfast (60 CZK), free coffee/tea, and a fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own food.
Hostel ELF at a glance:
- Buffet breakfast
- Lots of organized social events (free BBQs, free walking tours)
- Large outdoor patio
Beds from 610 CZK, private rooms from 1,738 CZK.
The city of Prague is filled with countless hostels, which is great as you have a lot of options to choose from. But rather than spend hours searching for the perfect place to stay (because who wants to end up in a dump?), use this list of best hostels in Prague, based on years of experience, to set you in the right direction!
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