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Monday, July 17, 2006

Family-Friendly Hostels

Family-Friendly Hostels
Though hostels used to be lodgings for single or small group travellers; many have evolved to welcome families as well. Many hostels are now having family rooms to cater to the needs of travelling families. Families may wish to consider staying in the hostel as a great option as it offers dormitory rooms with 3 or more beds. Though facilities in the room can be as simple as just a bed, tables and clothes hanger; shared facilities may include a kitchen and a coin-operated laundry (washer and dryer). Depending on the length of your stay, certain hostels do offer long stay discounts. However, do note that not all hostels accept very young children in their premises. Other services which hostels may provide include:
  1. Hot showers
  2. Book exchange
  3. English Newspapers
  4. Lockers in dormitories
  5. Luggage storage service
  6. Soft drinks and beer vending machines
  7. Satellite TVs with English news channels
  8. Up-to-date local information
  9. Free linen, blankets and towels
  10. 24h reception
  11. 24h fully equipped kitchen
  12. Laundry
  13. Travel Desk, to plan and book your trip
  14. High speed internet
  15. Pool table
  16. Games room, books, magazines
  17. Free pick-up services
We have collated a list of family-friendly hostels. These are hostels which have a thought for young travellers. Their good services range from having a family room, discounted rate for children or family packages or simply welcoming children ! The following hostels are listed here as resources. They are not reviewed by us. They are listed here for free. We do not charge them a fee or a commission. For reservations, Hostelworld provides on-line secured bookings. We regret that we are not able to list all the hostels or may have missed out some. You can obtain more information of the hostels at Hostelworld ! Select the hostel that you like to view and look out for the words 'Children Friendly' at the list of facilities provided. Before you commit your bookings, you may wish to read some tips ...
Enjoy your stay and have a nice vacation !

  1. Central City Backpackers - Hobart
    Cheap and Cheerful in the Absolute Heart of Hobart. We have a great atmosphere, large lounge, huge kitchen and comfortable rooms. Our friendly staff can help with advice, tours, information and directions. We will become your home away from home.
  2. Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel, Adelaide
    Located in the heart of Adelaide’s backpacker precinct with a shuttle bus service conveniently located near the hostel. It is only a minute’s walk to all major city tourist attractions
  3. Glenelg Beach Hostel, Adelaide
    Adelaide's Premier Backpacker Resort and winner of the South Australian Tourism Awards for 1998, 1999.
  4. Adelaide Central YHA, Adelaide
    The Adelaide Central YHA hostel is located in the heart of the city overlooking picturesque Light Square.
  5. Moreton Bay Backpackers, Brisbane
    Moreton Bay Backpackers is located only 50 meters from the water's edge, closest hostel to Brisbane's beaches.
  6. Valley Verandas, Brisbane, Brisbane
    With FREE BREAKFAST, FREE PARKING, FREE PICK-UP, a small friendly environment in a quiet residential area all within walking distance of the main sites and sounds of Brisbane.
  7. Brisbane City Backpackers, Brisbane
    City Backpackers is located in Brisbane city centre, just 400mts from the Roma st main bus & train terminal. Great 4 & 7 night deals
  8. Valley Backpackers
    A five to ten minute walk to the city center.
  9. Brisbane Manor Hotel, Brisbane
    Fridge in EVERY room, fully equipped kitchen, lounge and BBQ; a supermarket nearby.
  10. Brisbane's Homestead, Brisbane
    Free pick-up from the airport (2 nights min stay), VIP/YHA cards excepted 1$ discount. Great 7 night deals Free pick-up from Roma st bus & train terminal.
  11. Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort, Brisbane
    The 2nd closest hostel to the Brisbane Transit Centre (less than 5 minutes walk); features state of the Art security with a digital monitored camera system, 24 hour security and Night Management, and electronic swipe card access for every Guest Room.
  12. Ocean Beach Backpackers, Perth
    Every room has a private bathroom and is fully made up with linen and quilt. Some have ocean views and all are cleaned daily.
  13. Billabong Backpackers Resort, Perth - One of Perth's newest hostels and the only on in Western Australia to recieve a 4* rating from AAA Tourism.
  14. Comfort Hostel, Perth
    Brand new, clean, spacious and friendly backpackers near the airports.
  15. The Witch's Hat, Perth
    Clean linen and hotel quality beds, air conditioning in every room and a new high speed internet cafe.
  16. Sundancer Backpackers Resort, Perth
    Right near the famous Fremantle Markets, Bathers Beach, Maritime Museum & Sailing Boat Harbour; Family Rooms
  17. Coolibah Lodge, Perth
    Comfortable rooms, air-conditioned and close to bus and train stations.
  18. Ocean Beach Backpackers, Perth
    Every room has private bathroom - Lots of Single, Double & Family Rooms.
  19. Globe Backpackers and City Oasis Resort, Perth
    Kitchen is open 24/7 and is fully equipped with 4 stove tops, an oven, grill, toaster, kettle, cups, plates, crockery, pots and frying pans. Two large fridges, a freezer compartment and an area to store groceries. Free breakfast, free rice with dinner and free tea and coffee.
  20. Hay St. Backpackers, Perth
    Within 1 minute to supermarket, two large fully equipped kitchens, cosy lounge with Foxtel TV, laundry facilities and spacious bathrooms.
  21. The Shiralee Hostel, Perth
    Single, double, twin, and multi bedded (4, 6) rooms which all come with FREE BREAKFAST.
  22. Scarborough Backpackers, Perth
    Has an outdoor swimming pool, entertaining and bbq area, tour desk, intenet access and communal kitchen and lounge/dining area.
  23. Palms Bed & Breakfast, Perth
    Located in Warwick, 11 kilometres north of Perth city centre. within walking distance of the railway station and is less than five minutes walk from a large shopping and entertainment complex. Rooms are serviced daily. Breakfast is included in the room rate.
  24. The Emperors Crown, Perth
    Clean, spacious, comfortable and affordable backpacker accommodation just 200m from the Perth Railway Station. Facilities include two television lounges, one with a large format plasma screen, a modern kitchen with free gas barbecues and easy access for the disabled.
  25. No.1 Tamar Street Backpackers Hostel, Tasmania
    The most central hostel being 2 blocks from the Bus Station.
  26. Andys Backpackers, Tasmania
    Choice of family, double, twin or single rooms and small dormitoriesfree airport pickup in backpackers shuttle
  27. St Arnaud, Melbourne
    All rooms have a fridge, TV, microwave & Wifi access. a fantastic kitchen with included breakfast.
  28. Urban Central, Melbourne
    Each room has a maximum of 4 beds complete with air-conditioning/heating, and large personal lockers. Ensuited double rooms are also available. free breakfast,free all day tea & coffee, free rice & pasta, free linen & towel.
  29. Pint on Punt, Melbourne
    Single, double, twin and dorm rooms at an affordable price. All prices include free breakfast; five minute walk from Melbourne's lively St Kilda.
  30. Hotel Bakpak Melbourne - City centre location puts Melbourne at your doorstep. Maps are available from reception. Walking tours can be arranged. The Queen Victoria Market (Australia's largest market), selling everything from fresh food, clothing, crafts and souvenirs is a one minute walk from the hostel.

New Zealand

  1. YHA Christchurch City Central, Christchurch
    Full facilities including two fully equipped kitchens, a pool table and information service
  2. YHA Rolleston House, Christchurch - centrally located along the tram route and opposite the Arts Centre
  3. New Excelsior Backpackers, Christchurch - full kitchen & laundry facilities, communal TV lounge with Sky TV, internet access and a reading room.
  4. Coachman Backpackers, Christchurch - New modern facilities - kitchens, showers/ensuites and fully made up rooms
  5. Lantana Lodge International Backpackers, Auckland - 10mins walk to the city centre
  6. YHA Auckland International in Auckland - located just five minutes from the heart of Auckland, large fully equipped kitchen
  7. Freemans lodge - A well-known 100-year-old hotel located just outside Auckland's CBD
  8. City Lodge, Auckland - Quiet leafy central city location. An easy walk to Auckland's Skycity Casino and Queen Street.
  9. Ponsonby Backpackers, Auckland - a small hostel centrally located in Auckland
  10. Newzealand Backpackers, Auckland - Low cost hostel in the city. Large double room and every single room got double beds
  11. Pentlands Backpackers, Auckland - close to supermarkets, banks, cafes and the walks on Mt Eden.
  12. BK Hostel, Auckland - 1 minute walk to Backpackers Car Market, Supermarket, Shops, Banks, Movie theatres, Bars, Restaurants and many other attractions.
  13. YHA Queenstown Central Formerly McFees in Queenstown - clean, comfortable rooms have ensuite, TV and tea/coffee facilities
  14. Cactus Jacks Backpackers, Rotorua - situated in the centre of town
  15. Base Backpackers - Rotorua - 5 minutes to bus stations, All dorms and ensuite bathrooms are cleaned daily and beds made with fresh linen.


  1. Sakura Hostel Asakusa, Tokyo - The brand-new hostel coming up in July, 2006 at the heart of Asakusa, the historic center of Tokyo
  2. Tokyo Backpackers, Tokyo - free 24hr shower rooms, computers with free Internet access (plus an extra cable for your laptop computer), fax, cable TV, washing machines, dryers and lounge area to relax.
  3. Ryokan Kangetsu, Tokyo - traditional Japanese hotel with Japanese-style hospitality at a very reasonable fee
  4. JGH Tokyo, Tokyo - a traditional Japanese sweet home with Tatami-room
  5. Oak Hotel, Tokyo - single, twin, double, and shared rooms available for backpackers and there are also rooms suitable for families.
  6. Homeikan, Tokyo - the authentic Japanese 'Ryokan' at a reasonable price.
  7. Ryokan Ryumeikan-Honten, Tokyo - ryokan hotel at the foot of the hills of Ochanomizu.
  8. Andon Ryokan, Tokyo - Budget Boutique Ryokan (traditionally styled Japanese hotel) Visually and aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior, both which are designed by an award winning architect value for money quality and service all staff speak fluent English and let's not forget... they can all whip up delectable breakfast for you.

Eastern Europe

  1. Aston Hostel. Hostel in Cracow - Poland
    Best Accommodation in downtown Cracow. Noclegi Kraków
  2. Fortunal Hostel, Budapest
    Family room available and family City Break packages available.
  3. Hostel U Melounu - Prague
    The 'U Melounu' Prague hostel is a 'cheap hotel' open all year round with 24 HOUR RECEPTION. We provide accommodation in Prague for individuals backpackers, school s groups, couples or families.
  4. Old Prague Hostel
    The Old Prague Hostel is a backpacker's accommodation in Prague, in double up to eight bedded rooms, or in a suite for five persons.We will provide you with a complete backpacker’s experience when staying in our charming cheap hotel.
  5. Prague Hostel Rosemary - cheap accommodation in Prague
    The Rosemary Prague hostel is a 'cheap hotel' open all year round, RECEPTION - OPEN FROM 7 A.M. TILL 11 P.M. We provide accommodation in Prague for individuals backpackers, school s groups, couples or families.
  6. Greg-Tom Hostel - THE BEST SITUATED HOSTEL in Krakow
  7. Orange Hostel Krakow - situated just between the two most vibrant parts of the city - The Old Town Market Square and Jewish Kazimierz.
  8. Dizzy Daisy Hostel Krakow - situated in the very centre of Krakow just minutes from all of the city’s main tourist attractions
  9. Greg-Tom Hostel the 2nd - THE BEST SITUATED HOSTEL in Krakow
  10. Nathan's Villa Hostel Krakow - located in Krakow's old town, less than 100 metres from Wawel Castle
  11. Hostel Center Krakow - situated in St. Gertrude’s Street, only 200 meters from the Market Square - the heart of Krakow’s Old Town.
  12. Premium Hostel - located next to one of the most important streets of the centre makes it accessible by anyone who wants to reach it from the Bus/Railway Station, Airport
  13. Good Bye Lenin Hostel Krakow - free bed linen and pillow, free internet access, free breakfast, laundry-service a fully equipped kitchen, a breakfast/chill out room

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Western Europe
  1. Balmers Herberge Interlaken - nestled between to large lakes, at the foot of the Alps!!!
  2. Funny-Farm - All rooms have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including the Jungfrau.
  3. Youthhostel Boenigen IYHA - right at the shore of Lake Brienz and is in the middle of stunning natural surroundings.
  4. River Lodge - on the river shore of the 'Aare', opposite the Interlaken-Ost railway station, next to the centre of the village
  5. Mountain Hostel Grindelwald - located directly between the Jungfraubahn train station and the Männlichen cable car station
  6. Youthhostel Grindelwald modern bedrooms and practical facilities for groups and families have now been added.
  7. The Globetrotter Inn Edinburgh - roughly 15 minutes from Edinburgh's Waverley train station and 15 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport.
  8. Argyle Backpackers Hotel - cheap comfortable accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh
  9. Edinburgh International Hostel - only 2 minutes from the famous Royal Mile
  10. Cowgate Tourist Hostel - Situated in the city centre in the heart of the historic old town, 10 minutes from train and bus stations
  1. Holiday In Korea Hostel
    Holiday in Korea Hostel is located in Jongno and there is a large shopping area within walking distance. They are located near many forms of public transport. Holiday In Korea Hostel is the best accommodation for all traveler who travel to Korea

United States
  1. Grand Canyon International Hostel
    The Grand Canyon International Hostel is centrally located in historic downtown Flagstaff, just one block from the Amtrak Station and 5 blocks from the Greyhound Station. We welcome travelers of all ages. Children 8 and under who are sharing a bed with an adult stay FREE. Those 9 and older will pay full price for a dorm bed or $10.00 for a rollaway bed in a private room. child-friendly.
  2. H.I. Boston Downtown - downtown Back Bay area, which includes some of the best museums
  3. The Prescott International Hotel and Hostel - clean bathrooms 'en suite' and a/c in every dorm room
  4. H.I. Chicago - a new 500 bed hostel offering guests safe, clean, quality accommodations near major attractions and public transportation
  5. Palm Lakefront Resort & Hostel, Orlando - Getting to the attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld and Wet-n-Wild is all accessible by public bus
  6. Swiss 1291 Hostel, New York - located on 5th and Broadway between Times Square and Central Park in the heart of Manhattan
  7. The Wanderers Inn, New York - located on the exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan.
  8. Vanderbilt YMCA - All major tourist attractions are easily accessible.


  1. Backpackers Youth Hostels Budapest - Budget Accommodation in Budapest is an information service - based in Budapest Hungary - for backpackers, hostel guests and all budget travellers. Make your direct booking online to our youth hostels, 3 star hotels or apartments at exclusive discount rates.
  2. 1BigHostel provides you with complete travel services offering a range of accomodation in Central and Eastern Europe.
  3. Vancouver & Island Hostels - C&N Backpackers
    C&N Backpackers offers hostel and budget accommodation in Vancouver, Tofino, Ucluelet and Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada.
    The infopoint for Summer and Winter Hostels in Budapest, Hungary
  5. offers backpackers the most comprehensive directory of independent hostels located all over the world. Browse our selection of hostels in the world's largest cities and top off-the-beaten track locations.
  6. Mellow Mood Hotels & Hostels: Hotel, Hostel, Apartment in Budapest - Hungary
    Mellow Mood Ltd. operates a range of hotels and hostels in Budapest and offers reservation and accommodation service: hostel, apartment, hotel in the centre of Budapest.
    Hostel Guide- Worldwide hostel databasewith reviews, photos, and contact info.
  8. Scottish Youth Hostels Association
    Family friendly youth hostels in Scotland. Your family will sleep in a comfortable bunk-bedded room with bed linen and duvets provided. Many family rooms also have en suite facilities. All our Hostels have great self-catering facilities, including microwaves. child-friendly.
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At 9:39 PM, Sara Gross said...

Nomads Industry, Melbourne
Located in the central city, with the Queen Victoria Market just out the back door, Nomads Industry is Melbourne's one and only 'flashpackers' hostel. Offering style and comfort to travellers on a budget, Nomads Industry features private rooms and dormitory rooms, all with linen and lockers. Enjoy a FREE evening meal every night, relax in front of a film in the cinema lounge, and always feel at ease with security card access. With in-house internet and international telephone access, luggage storage facilities, 24 hour reception, and a host of friendly staff, Nomads Industry will make your stay in Melbourne a breeze.

At 11:05 AM, Golden Gate Council said...

HI-San Francisco Downtown
Centrally located in downtown San Francisco, this hostel is mere steps away from Union Square, museums, shopping, Chinatown and numerous tourist attractions. Free Wi-Fi, linens, towels and breakfast. Fully stocked kitchen, 24 hour reception and 4-bed rooms at $23-26 per person. Visit

At 11:15 AM, Golden Gate Council said...

HI-San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
This hostel's located in peaceful upper Fort Mason, with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and limited parking. On-site Cafe is open all day, and fully stocked kitchen and laundry facilities are available. ADA-wheelchair accessible. Extremely competitive rates. Please visit

At 11:54 AM, Golden Gate Council said...

HI-Redwood National Park
Recently named as one of the "Top 5 Hostels" in the USA and Canada by Lonely Planet, this restored pioneer home is located in the Redwood National Park. A fully equipped kitchen, free linens, and on-site laundry and parking make this an excellent, affordable base camp for your outdoor adventure. Adult rates are $20/bed and kids 17& under stay for only $10/bed...but the ocean views and short hike to old-growth redwood groves are priceless.

At 2:02 PM, Golden Gate Council said...

The Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International
The Golden Gate Coucil is a nonprofit that owns and operates nine Hostelling International hostels in both urban and natural settings in Northern California. This site provides detailed information on each hostel, community programs run by the council, and reservations.


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