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This list contains the best hostels and hotels I experienced on my travels. Only top rated and totally recommendable accommodation made it into the list which means I wouldn't include a hostel or hotel I couldn't recommend to a good friend.
Most of the listed options offer private rooms and a good standard – be it budget or luxury, all of them offered a great value for the money I spent. The list gets extended and updated regularly with new exciting places to stay! If the city you're traveling to is not listed head over directly to Booking!
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Bosnia & Herzegovina
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Freddys Hostel/B&B – Actually Freddys is more a Hotel which is very well located. The breakfast is quite basic, the rooms are clean and come mostly with bathroom ensuite. There is also free WiFi. Altogether probably the best option if you are heading to Tirana!
Hostel Massimo – A brand new, modern Hostel right in the centre of Sarajavo with breakfast and free WiFi. The rooms are very nice as well as the staff which has a lot of recommendations on sights and restaurants if needed.
In this country you get good value for the money you spend – therefore I often stayed in nice Hotels for great prices!
Canape Connection – located in the heart of Sofia, very nice staff and good vibe!
Lozenetz Hotel – last time I stayed there I got a very good deal as they have special offers regularly if you book early. This 3 star hotel is located next to the center and comes with average breakfast but nice and helpful staff.
Premier Thracia Hotel (Best Western) – good 4 star Hotel in the center of the city with modern rooms.
City Hotel Plovdiv – one of the best hotel options in Plovdiv: modern rooms, breakfast and good prices.
Momini Dvori – a great hotel with modern rooms, perfect location, friendly staff and a good restaurant.
Euphoria Hotel & Spa – new hotel in a calm surrounding with a relaxing spa (sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi, massage..) and modern rooms.
Hotel Orlovetz – possibly the best option in Gabrovo with modern rooms, helpful and friendly staff
Laguna Beach Resort & Spa – new Hotel a bit out of Sozopol with a nice Pool and own beach. Good fit for families!
- Varna / Kavarna
Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort – one of the best Hotels of the country with an impressive location. Also non-golfers are able to enjoy this small paradise directly at the white thracian cliffs with private beach and a rich breakfast selection. Moreover it's a comparably cheap 5 star resort.
- Veliko Tarnovo
Yantra Hotel – the best view in town (to the fortress), swimming pool and Spa with relaxing honey massage
Safestay Hostel – opened in 2012 it comes with a fresh design and curtains on their bunk beds.
Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka – have you ever stayed in a prison? Here you can as this 4 Star Hotel is indeed a former prison but much more comfortable for sure. Moreover it is well located to discover Helsinki by foot. Only the WiFi is a bit instable due to the thick walls, but the breakfast is great!
Hostel Domus Academica – one of the cheapest options in summer! This Hostel offers dorms as well as privates with bathroom ensuite. It is located 12mins from the central station and also has a sauna. Unfortunately no WiFi (but cable in the rooms) and no breakfast (you can buy but I don't recommend it).
Best Western Hotel Rantapuisto – this 3 star Hotel is located in a very calm surrounding of the archipelago of Helsinki and has an own beach, kayak rental service and a sauna. A perfect place for some relaxed days in the nature close to Helsinki.
- Kasnäs / Kimito
Saaristokylpylä Kasnäs Skärgårdsbad – if you like to discover the archipelago sea in the south of Finland with it's 50.000 islands this is the right place for you. The Hotel complex (3 stars) consists of numerous modern equipped bungalows with free Wifi, an own swimming pool, sauna and a beach with jacuzzis.
Hotel Sea Front – located in the very south of the country, only a short drive away from Hanko this 2 star hotel offers a great view. Modern rooms, free WiFi and great breakfast!
Smart Place Hotel & Hostel – good located right next to the Gare du Nord, good value for Paris!
Aletto Hotel & Hostel Kurfürstendamm – a brand new boutique hostel with one of the best breakfast buffets!
PLUS Hostel – one of the coolest Hostels in town: super stylish and an own swimming pool!
Barnacles Hostel – Top location in Temple Bar, friendly staff and cozy living room.
Times Hostel Camden Place – cheap and well equipped.
B&B Dell'Orso located in a calm sidestreet in the center of Bologna. Modern rooms with WiFi and breakfast in a nearby Café included. Good deal!
Savoia Hotel a great 4 star Hotel right at the beach front of Rimini with a nice view and an own beach section.
The Yellow Hotel & Hostel – good location, great parties, modern, own restaurant; the privates are located in the annex building and therefore very calm!
Unity Hostel – very well located Hostel with helpful staff, breakfast and WiFi. Dorms as well as privates for good prices and a great atmosphere!
Gallery Hostel – by far one of the best hostel experiences in Europe: lovely breakfast, modern, super friendly staff. Moreover I guess a Hostel which offers wine tasting and dinner is hard to find!
Melia Hotel (Luxury) –
a 4 star hotel which deserved each one of them!
Invictus Hostel – the staff is very friendly and you get a free glas of wine as a welcome drink. I like Porto! :)
ArkaBarka Floating Hostel – a floating hostel right in the green part of the city on the Danube river. Beside free WiFi, sauna, sun terrace and breakfast you can also rent bikes for free! Dorms as well as privates. Awesome!
- Novi Sad
Hotel Centar – like the name states this 4 star Hotel is located right in the center of the old town. Very modern equipped rooms, rich breakfast selection, free WiFi and comparably cheap.
Hipstel Hostel – cozy, stylish and luckily located in a calmer area of the city, near Casa Mila.
Casa Gracia – also very stylish and good located, moreover this hostel offers events and guided tours.
Hostal Centro Sol – top location right next to the central square “Puerta del Sol”, nice rooms and cozy atmosphere.
Equity Point Hostel – the best option for Girona, high standard, roof terrace and friendly staff.
- La Gomera
Jardin Tecina (Luxury Resort) – pure luxury, beautiful located and perfect for everybody who wants to go for a splurge. We used it as a starting point for our trekking tours on the island but also to treat ourselves after our graduation.
Portus House (B&B) – right in the center of the cool Karaköy, good breakfast and lovely staff.
SUB Hotel (Designhotel) – also in Karaköy and very stylish, own restaurant and a big breakfast selection.
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- Buenos Aires
Sabatico Hostel – great atmosphere, relaxed, sympathetic staff, jacuzzi, and best breakfast in BA.
Milhouse Hostel (Partyhostel) – ideal for party lovers! Offers a lot of entertainment and activities.
Florida Hostel & Hotel – big hostel located right in the city center. Recommendable for couples and groups.
Hostel Achalay – Usually you don’t expect much if it comes down to food in a hostel. Pablo is a great character and an awesome chef: be it the homemade bread for breakfast or a delicious Asado for dinner
Mate Hostel – small but awesome: nice people, pool table and comfy DVD corner.
- El Calafate
I Keu Ken Hostel – probably the best hostel in the very touristic El Calafate, great view!
- El Chalten
Aylen Aike – This hostel rocks like no other in South America! The Aylen Aike is the meeting point for hikers and climbers (booking upfront highly recommended!), Sebastian is a big fan of Rock’n'Roll music and has a big selection of music DVDs to choose from.
Casa del Pueblo Hostel – lovely hostel, homemade bread for breakfast.
La Lechuza – At the end I stayed almost 6 weeks and became good friends with the owners Juan and Javiera. Both are great in connecting their travelers by introducing them to each other, moreover the hostel is a meeting point for friends – therefore you easily get in touch with locals at the bar
La Posta Hostel – At the end of the world a lovely, family owned hostel where you’ll meet like minded adventurer and backpacker is waiting for you: the La Posta in Ushuaia offers a great atmosphere as well as friendly service.
Utama Hotel (Budgethotel) – good breakfast and comfort for Bolivia, moreover they offer free fruits and refreshments in the Lobby.
- La Paz
Wildrover Hostel (Partyhostel) & Hotel – Ok, a party hostel should also be part of this list as you should experience this at least once if you’re going on a long-term trip like this. The Wild Rover offers a good light version regarding the accommodation as they have privates and with that you can party hard but relax afterwards.
El Refugio – The hostel has a great common area with a chimney and helps you organizing your trips individually – be it the volcano, rafting or the nearby hot springs. Also suitable for couples as there are nice privates waiting for new guests.
- Puerto Montt
Rocco Casa Hostel – located just a short walk from the port and the bus terminal, friendly staff.
- Puerto Natales
Yagan House Hostel & Hotel – a hostel which feels like a comfy hut in the mountains – this might be the best description one can find for the Yagan House: a wooden house, a comfy couch, a chimney and an open kitchen turn it into an eco Lodge. The privates are able to compete with hotel standards.
- Puerto Varas
- Punta Arenas
La Estancia Hostel & Hotel – relaxed and good located with lovely breakfast.
Bellavista Hostel – nice location in a great part of the town: Bellavista.
- San Pedro de Atacama
Hostal Rural – good rooms and nice designed with hammocks in the backyard.
Casa Volante Hostal & Hotel
- Villa O Higgins
- Termas de Chillan
M-I Lodge – great Hotel with excellent cuisine!
Milhouse Hostel & Hotel – a good choice for different reasons: located in the center, breakfast with fruits included, restaurant to order food for fair prices and the option to have a private room.
1900 Backpackers – located in the centre of Lima and with that close to the historical sights of the city. Smypathetic and helpful staff, tour operator has it's office in the Hostel to organize you tours in Peru.
Inkas Rest Hostel – the sympathetic Alfredo is well connected and knows families who live on Taquile island – a unique option to go for an authentic island tour!
- Colonia del Sacramento
El Viajero Hostel – comfy and the perfect place for a relaxed stay in Colonia.
Splendido Hotel (Budget) – very good located and hip designed.
- Punta del Este
La Lomita del Chingolo (B&B) – a nice garden with a comfy sofa and barbecue located in one of the calmest spots of Punta del Este – nevertheless only a 10min walk away from the beach.
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