Cheap Hotels For Backpackers

in Best Places To Backpack,Europe

florence boboli gardensFor anyone planning a purse-friendly backpacking trip around Europe, keeping costs down is a priority. However, this doesn’t mean sticking to hostel dorms with communal bathrooms. The increase of cheap hotels, in addition to the rising costs of many hostel chains, means that it’s possible to get a hotel room at the same price as a dorm. So it’s easy to travel in comfort in some of Europe’s best cities, without breaking the budget!


Being the city of chic fashion, art, and stylish cafes, one might believe that Paris is beyond the budget of your average backpacker. However it’s easy to get by on little. There are plenty of free attractions around, and pricier sights like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame are actually best appreciated from a distance anyway! Get around on one of Paris’s Velib hire bikes for just €1.40 a day. Accommodation is also budget friendly thanks to low-cost Paris hotels like the Hotel Iliade Paris XVIII, in the popular Montmartre district. Rooms cost as little as £23 per person per night (based on two people sharing) and come with a TV and ensuite bathroom.


A historic city which simply oozes art, Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, thanks to its extensive collection of churches and monuments. While must-see art museums like the Uffizi, or the Accademia Gallery charge between €9-11 entry, you can couple these with free attractions – like the lavish Boboli Gardens, which offers incredible views over Florence. Meanwhile, you’ll be definitely able to save some money on your accommodation. The Bonciani Hotel in the central Duomo region is housed in a traditional 16th century Florentine palazzo. For about £20 per person per night (based on two sharing) you can enjoy an air-conditioned private guest room with TV and ensuite.


dubrovnikDubrovnik sits on the Isthmus land bridge, and is a rustically scenic, culturally rich city. The beautiful walled Old Town on the edge of the sea is the focal point of most tourists, given its amazing warren of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Its historic links and well-preserved turrets, towers and walls have also seen it listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not surprisingly then, most of the hotels within the Old Town are quite pricey, but you can stay nearby – and close to the beach – for very little. The Hotel Kompas on the Lapad Peninsula offers an indoor pool, sauna, gym, and games room among other amenities. With two people sharing a room here costs as little as £21 per person per night.


Portugal’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the world, meaning plenty of historic sights to be discovered and explored, such as the 16th century Belem Tower and nearby Jeronimos Monastery. There are also some fantastic museums, including the beautiful Museu do Azulejo (the museum of tile mosaics) which offers pretty examples of Portuguese traditional art. Lisbon’s long summers and mild winters mean you can expect decent weather any time of year you visit. Whenever you choose to go, book a private room at the Residencial Horizonte Hotel in the town centre, for as little as £17 per person including breakfast, for two people sharing. What’s more, the hotel is also conveniently next to a tram stop, making it easy to get around.

Amsterdam by Peter RiveraAmsterdam

Wander the canals of the Jordaan district and take in the old, narrow canal-houses along the way. It’s well worth hiring a bicycle for the day and cycle through Vondelpark, 120 acres of beautiful gardens and waterways. A great option for lunch is to stop in at one of the many cafes specialising in Dutch pancakes, which are inexpensive but extremely tasty. The Thorbecke Hotel Amsterdam has twin and triple rooms with private bathrooms: a twin room costs £24 per person, based on two sharing, and even includes breakfast. On Sundays there is an art market in the square directly outside the hotel – a great opportunity to enjoy new art, and do some people-watching.

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