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Best Hostels in Milan

Our picks for the best hostels in Milan, Italy. The ultimate list of the best places to stay in Milan when traveling on a budget.


Milan is the fashion capital of the world and business capital of Italy… so it’s not quite a top destination for budget travelers — which is why there are only a handful of good hostels in Milan. That’s why we’ve sorted through the city’s approximately 25 hostels to find the best hostels in Milan.


Milan Hostel Guide
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Average Price For A Bed

A bed in a highly-rated hotel will cost anywhere from about €20-€50/night with an average around €30/night. The cheapest hostel you’ll find will cost around €11/night but the quality most-likely won’t be great. NOTE: These are “high-season” prices — off-season prices will be 20%-30% cheaper. Also, prices are often a little more expensive on Friday and Saturday nights than on weeknights.

Check HostelWorld to get exact prices for your dates.

More Milan Hostel Tips

  • Cheap Beds & Good Hostels Go Early: Hostel prices are fairly standardized in Milan but the quality can vary quite a bit. The best options do get booked up quickly — especially in the summer.
  • Check Location: Most hostels in Milan are centrally located but there are a few located outside the city. Milan does have a good subway and tram system to help you get around quickly.
  • Private Rooms: Private rooms in hostels can be expensive. In fact, they’re sometimes as expensive as a hotel room.
  • Weekend Rates: Expect to pay an extra on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • City Tax: The City of Milan requires that all travelers over 30 must pay €2/night for a city tourism tax. But don’t let them charge you if you’re under 30 (some hostels are sneaky).
  • Check-In Times and Cleaning Times: Many hostels have late check-in times (around 2 pm-4 pm) but nearly all will let you store your bags if you arrive before check-in.
  • New To Hostels? Check out our Hostels 101 Guide to learn everything you need to know about finding the perfect hostel.

Milan’s Best Hostels 

Hostel Ranking Criteria
  • Overall Quality: We take a holistic look at the hostel to see the positives and negatives. Our goal is to find amazing hostels that are still affordable.
  • Location: Most hostels we list will be centrally located.
  • Price: We try to filter out the super expensive hostels to help find the best price to quality ratio.
  • Vibe/Atmosphere: Every hostel has a personality. Some are party hostels and some are quiet. We try to note the atmosphere so you can find a place to stay that matches your travel style.
  • Past Guest Reviews: Every guest has a different experience so we look at the good and the bad. We suggest you take a few minutes to read prior reviews.

We encourage you to check out HostelWorld to do a bit of searching yourself.

NOTE: All prices listed below are the cheapest option available during the busy (i.e. expensive) season. Prices will often be 20%+ cheaper during the slower seasons.

Ostello Bello Grande

best hostels Milan - Hostel Otello Bello Grande

Ostello Bello Grande won the Best Large Hostel award in 2017 and it receives a ton of amazing praise from past travelers. It’s easy to see why people love it here — the staff is great, the atmosphere is lively and great for meeting other travelers, the hostel is modern and clean, and there is plenty of indoor and outdoor places to hang out, and there is a big kitchen. And there is free breakfast, free dinner, a free welcome drink, free towels, free city tours… you get the picture.

Ostello Bello

Best Milan Hostels - Ostello Bello

Ostello Bello is the slightly smaller sister hostel to Ostello Bello Grand and it’s another world-class hostel that receives rave reviews. You can’t go wrong staying here. It has all the same features of the other hostel (great staff, lively atmosphere that’s great for meeting other travelers, plenty of indoor and outdoor places to hang out, a big kitchen, free breakfast, free dinner, a free welcome drink, free towels, free city tours…) but it’s literally in the center of Milan.

Madama Hostel & Bistrot

Best Milan Hostels - Madama Hostel

Madama Hostel & Bistrot is a great hostel with a friendly atmosphere. They offer a free breakfast and supper. The hostel is clean and the beds are comfortable. They also have a bar/bistro that’s very popular with locals — the neighborhood isn’t touristy so you’re definitely surrounded by Milan citizens. It’s a quick subway or tram ride into the center of town or you can walk (about 30 minutes). However, the bar and neighboring nightclub can be loud at night so you’ll want earplugs.

Queen Hostel

Best Milan Hostels - Queen Hostel

Queen Hostel gets great reviews about the friendly staff and the fun atmosphere — there is also a bar on-site with cheap drinks. It’s located in a non-touristy neighborhood that’s only about a 15 to 20-minute walk to the center of town. Ohh, and there is a free simple breakfast.

MEININGER Milano Garibaldi

Best hostel Milan - MEININGER

Meiniger Milano Garibaldi is a new modern hostel with excellent amenities. The beds are comfortable, the hostel is super clean, the rooms are roomy, there is a bar and there’s a self-catering kitchen. That said, this isn’t a very sociable hostel so it’s most likely not the place to meet other travelers. But it’s a great choice if you want a clean, comfortable, quiet and inexpensive place to sleep. Also, it is a bit outside the city center but the subway is right outside the door so you’re in the center of town in just 10 minutes.

Hostel Colours

Best Milan Hostels - Colours Hostel

Hostel Colours gets overall average reviews but we mainly put it here because it has a few beds that go for about 21 night. It wouldn’t be our first pick but it’s a good deal if you can score one of the cheap beds. Koala Hostel is another fairly cheap but kind of run-down hostel if you’re pinching pennies.

Atmos Luxe Navigli

Best Milan Hostels - Atmos Luxe

Atmos Luxe Navigli is a new hostel that’s already getting a lot of love for its almost “boutique hotel” vibe. The facilities are nice (great showers, compatible beds, and a kitchen) and the staff really takes care of you. It’s in a fun neighborhood that’s outside the touristy part of town. It’s a quiet hostel so it’s not very social but it’s a good place if you want a nice rest.

Babila Hostel

Best Hostel Milan - Babila Hostel

Babila Hostel is a modern hostel that’s smack dab in heart of Milan. The staff is super friendly and they offer you a free drink on arrival. The beds a comfortable, the showers are nice, there is a rooftop lounge, a small gym, and there is an excellent free breakfast.


Here are some helpful links to articles that we think you’ll find interesting if you’re staying in hostels and traveling around Europe on a budget.

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