Last Updated: 03/03/20 | March 3rd, 2020
Beautiful and historic, Prague is one of my favorite cities on the continent.
And I have a long history with it.
It was my first stop on my first trip around the world (all the way back in 2006).
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) and is 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 – Prague is huge and it can take some time to get around. 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:
Best Hostel for Budget Travelers: PLUS Prague
Best Hostel for Solo Female Travelers: Sir Toby’s Hostel or Sophie’s Hostel
Best Hostel for Families: PLUS Prague or Old Prague House
Best Hostel for Digital Nomads: Little Quarter Hostel or Travel & Joy
Best Hostel for Partying: MadHouse Prague
Best Overall Hostel: Sophie’s Hostel
Want the specifics of each hostel? Here’s my comprehensive list of the best hostels in Tokyo:
Price Legend (per night)
- $ = Under $10 USD
- $$ = $10-20 USD
- $$$ = Over $20 USD
1. 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 finishings, soft beds, clean bathrooms, and showers with incredible water pressure. The downstairs bar is always lively, the hostel run 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 140 CZK ($6 USD).
Sophie’s Hostel at a glance:
- Great place to meet people
- Organizes lots of activities and events
- Delicious breakfast buffet
Beds from 174 CZK ($8 USD).
2. Little Quarter Hostel
Located between Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, this hostel is in one of the nicer neighborhoods of 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 peple
- Laid-back vibe
- Privacy curtains so you can get a decent sleep
Beds from 213 CZK ($9 USD).
3. Travel & Joy
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.
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 220 CZK ($10 USD).
4. Hostel DownTown
If you’re looking to party and socialize, this is one of the best hostels in Prague to do it. It offers free city and castle tours, talent shows, pub crawls, cooking classes, beer pong, and more. It also has communal dinners a few times a week. Ask for a spot on the fifth or sixth floor, as you’ll have a great view of Prague.
Hostel DownTown at a glance:
- Party hostel so it’s easy to meet people
- Organizes lots of events (pub crawls, cooking classs, walking tours)
- Regular communal dinners
Beds from 243 CZK ($11 USD).
5. Hostel Santini Prague
This hostel is one of the most beautiful in Prague. It’s in a baroque building that dates back to the 17th century. There’s even a piano (something you don’t usually see in a hostel) in the lobby. Located just below the Prague Castle, it has lots of character, offers a free breakfast, and has quiet and spacious and well-lit rooms.
Hostel Santini Prague at a glance:
- Laid-back and quiet atmosphere (not a party hostel)
- Free breakfast
- Clean and well-kept interior (feels like a hotel)
Beds from 308 CZK ($13 USD).
6. Old Prague Hostel
Just a three-minute walk to the Old Town Square, this popular hostel is one of the most central in the city and always full so it’s easy to meet people. Try to get a bed on an upper floor, as the nightclub below is noisy all night. The dorms are bit cramped, though, but the breakfast is free and includes sandwiches, cereals, milk, and coffee. You stay here for the location and the social scene.
Old Prague Hostel at a glance:
- Great place to meet people
- Convenient central location
- Free breakfast
Beds from 308 CZK ($13 USD).
7. Hostel One
This is one of the poshest hostels in town, with three locations. Guests get a free homemade dinner each night and can join in on organized activities, including drinking games and walking tours. The hostels are clean and have lounges with TVs, Netflix, and PlayStations or Nintendo 64s. They are on the more expensive side, but you’re paying for super soft beds, modern amenities, and all those events! There are age restrictions (typically 18 to 36), so check before booking a bed. The locations are called:
Hostel One at a glance:
- Organizes tons of activities (walking tours, drinking games)
- Great place to meet other travelers
- Lots of fun ammenities (Netflix, video games, TVs)
- Míru – The newest Hostel One in Prague is located in the Nám?stí Míru neighborhood. There are a ton of bars, restaurants, and markets nearby, and the city center is just a 15-minute walk. Beds from 313 CZK ($14 USD).
- Home – Hostel One Home is right in the center of town. It’s a party spot! Beds from 365 CZK ($16 USD).
- Prague – This hostel is in the Žižkov district, with the most nightlife and dining options concentrated in one area than anywhere else in Prague. The Old Town is a 15-minute walk. Beds from 313 CZK ($14 USD).
8. 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! It’s really a madhouse here! The décor includes very cool murals. 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. Don’t come here if you want to sleep and not party!
The MadHouse Prague at a glance:
- Lively party hostel
- Organizies tons of activities
- Super easy to meet people
Beds from 500 CZK ($22 USD).
9. Old Prague House
This centrally located hostel has comfy beds and pillows, and best of all, you get your own bed (no bunks). There’s a great courtyard terrace to relax in. It is family friendly too. Discounts are often offered when you book directly, but they sometimes require a three-night minimum.
Old Prague House at a glance:
- Relaxing courtyard for hanging out and meeting people
- Single beds only (no bunk beds)
Beds from 517 CZK ($23 USD).
10. The RoadHouse Prague
This property is the newer, 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.
The RoadHouse Prague at a glance:
- Social atmosphere so it’s easy to meet people
- Privacy curtains so you’ll get a decent sleep
- Organizes lots of activities and events
Beds from 600 CZK ($26 USD).
11. Sir Toby’s Hostel
Sir Toby’s Hostel is friendly place to stay, with super fluffy pillows and comfortable beds. 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. It’s also one of the cheapest hostels in Prague!
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 171 CZK ($7 USD). Single private rooms are from 1,177 CZK ($50 USD).
12. 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 104 CZK ($5 USD). Twin private rooms are from 1,014 CZK ($45 USD).
The city of Prague is filled with countless hostels (OK, maybe not countless — Hostelworld lists 140). 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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Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner or Momondo to find a cheap flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. Start with Skyscanner first though because they have the biggest reach!
Book Your Accommodation
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Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
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