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Hostels for women

Our verdict:

A hostel is one of the best ways to see a city on a budget, so for women travelling solo, the option of female-only dorms and hostels is perfect. Hostels are much more sociable than hotels, and many enjoy central locations. Some have rooftop bars, free drinks and even art installations, so you certainly won’t be slumming it.

Recommended company: Hostelbookers

Funky dormswifi access in all hostelsGreat locationsIstanbul

Hostelbookers says

If you feel excited but daunted by the prospect of a city break on your own, check out our collection of hostels – we have a huge choice, many of which are particularly well suited for female travellers travelling on a budget.

  • budget city centre accommodation
  • perfect for solo females

All offer dormitory-style accommodation in a friendly hostel in a great location – some hostels are for women only whilst others have female-only dorms. It’s a great way to meet fellow travellers, if you want to, and hostels offer some of the best value when it comes to city breaks.

Here are some of our top recommendations in Europe. Bob’s Youth Hostel may be fairly basic but we like its colourful art installations and there’s a 20-bed female-only dorm and central location. The Oasis is a cool female-only floor at St Christopher’s Inn Canal in Paris, while the Orient Hostel in Istanbul has a fantastic rooftop bar as well as a female-only dorm.

When it comes to location, L’Imbarcadero in Venice is hard to beat – some dorms have a view of the Grand Canal and it’s right by a water bus stop.

In Budapest, there’s a female-only hostel – Anadin Female Hostel – that prides itself on its peaceful atmosphere and cleanliness.

If you’re heading across the pond, we have some top recommendations in North America. For example, top up your tan on the sun deck at Deco Walk Hostel in Miami or fill up on the free pancake breakfast at the Canadiana Backpackers Inn in Toronto.

Check out our recommendations for female-friendly hostels in Europe and North America.

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