No longer aimed at just backpackers, hostels are more appealing than ever.
Why hostels are the best option for a bargain European break
Anyone who's taken a gap year or backpacked across continents has probably stayed in a hostel at some point along the way. Cheap and cheerful, these simple properties accommodate millions of travellers on a budget, making it possible to explore exotic destinations without racking up a big bill.
No longer just aimed at students, in the past few years hostels have upped their game. Facilities have improved, rooms benefit from greater privacy, and the interior design could match some of the trendiest hotels.
And as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, hostels present a much more economical option for a holiday. Try some of these European options for a stress-free short break this year.
A&O Hostel Rotterdam, Netherlands
On a mission to reduce its ecological footprint, A&O wants to become the first CO2 net zero European hostel chain by 2025. Even better for eco-conscious travellers, the location of this branch - a 10-minute walk from Rotterdam Centraal train station - makes it ideal for Eurostar connections from London St Pancras.