Backpacker’s Guide to Where to Stay in Prague

Prague is known worldwide as one of the most amazing cities in all of Europe. It is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and one of the most important cities in European medieval history. For many, the austere buildings and the graceful river that runs through the city make it one of the most romantic places to visit. It is also famous for its beer and it is a city where beer flows like water.

Prague is characterized by Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, and some of its main attractions are Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, libraries that look straight out of Harry Potter , and more. Prague is one of the best cities in Europe for backpackers and has a range of excellent hostels. Some hostels are more laid back, while others feel the vibe of Prague as a party destination.


Hostel ELF – Prague

Hostel ELF is a great choice for backpackers looking for a place to stay in Prague. It is located just a few tram stops from the old city center and only 5 minutes walk from the central bus station.

The hostel has a great vibe and even has a seasonal barbecue three times a week. The hostel offers communal dinner once a week, games on different nights of the week, and pub crawls (the hostel area also has one of the highest bar densities in town). It also offers a selection of dorms and private accommodation.

One of the hostel’s big talking points is its park-like terrace.

  • Best Feature: Garden-like terrace
  • Kitchen: Independent kitchen for guests
  • Evaluation: 9.2 “Superb” out of over 3400 reviews on Hostelworld.com
  • Breakfast: Not included
  • Private: From $75.00
  • Dormitories: From $21.00


Note that there’s an age limit for people over 40 staying in the dorms — but they’re welcome in the private rooms.

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Clock Inn Prague

The Clock Inn is located a short walk from the old town and has a small bar near reception. It’s in a historic building with plenty of space on the top floor.

On the top floor, one will find common rooms ideal for digital nomads or students as well as an excellent roof terrace with superb views of Prague’s Old Town. However, sometimes the entire top floor is rented out for private events and is therefore closed to hostel guests without compensation.


The Clock Inn dorms are very spacious and there are plenty of shared bathrooms on each floor. They also have a selection of private rooms and dorms.

It is also a kind of party hostel. So it’s a good option for those who want to explore the nightlife, but not so much if you’re in the dorms and looking to go to bed early.

  • Best Feature: Roof terrace with several lounges
  • To note: Sometimes the roof is rented privately
  • Evaluation: 8.8 “Fabulous” from over 130 reviews on Hostelworld.com
  • Private: From $65.00
  • Dormitories: From $21.00

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Sir Toby Hostel in Prague

For those looking for a more relaxing and quieter stay in Prague, stay at Sir Toby’s Hostel. It is easily accessible by tram from the old town and offers a more relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Described as authentic and humble, Sir Toby’s even has a great basement bar with lounge seating. Imagine staying in a hostel with a brick cellar pub with beer tasting!

Sir Toby’s offers private and dormitory accommodation and lovely outdoor seating in the back. The hostel also has a large kitchen. They also have a good breakfast for a nominal extra.

  • Best Feature: Authentic brick cellar pub
  • Evaluation: 9.1 “Superb” out of over 7,000 reviews on Hostelworld.com
  • Private: From $48.00
  • Dormitories: From $15.00


Prague Czech Inn

Czech Inn is located just outside the old town, but it is one of the most amazing hostels in the whole city. Czech Inn has a large basement bar with happy hours as well as a theater stage for live music, shows, and stand-up comedians.

They have very large dorms (including 36-bed cave dorms), private rooms, apartments, premium dorms, mixed dorms, male-only dorms, and female-only dorms.

The common area is also a cafe with a work area where guests can work or relax. The Czech Inn building is remarkable in itself. It is a large and charming old building in Prague with a large basement lined with bricks (with the theater, the bar and a large dormitory in the basement).

There is a small private kitchen for guests (dorms and premium apartments have their own kitchens).

The staff are very helpful and try to help anyone with planning their stay in Prague or just getting their bearings.

  • Best Feature: Brick Cellar Pub with Theater Stage
  • Evaluation: 8.8 “Fabulous” out of over 8,000 reviews on Hostelworld.com
  • Private: From $80.00
  • Dormitories: From $15.00
  • Premium dorms: From $25.00