Best backpacker hostels in Krakow

Krakow in Poland is arguably the most rewarding city to visit in the Eastern European country. Krakow claims to be one of the most amazing cities in Europe and is home to the Wawel Royal Castle – the first declared a World Heritage Site in the world in 1978. Krakow is an ideal destination for party lovers and attracts people from all over to discover its lively party scene.

Backpackers looking to really enjoy the best atmosphere of Krakow should consider staying in the three hostels Greg & Tom in Krakow (called Party Hostel, Hostel Beer House and Home Hostel). Greg & Tom Hostel are located in and around the old town and offer very different atmospheres depending on the level of preference for each party.

Hostel Greg & Toms Beer House

“Greg&Tom Hostel is one of the first hostels in Krakow and one of the most awarded in Poland.”

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The largest and busiest of the three Greg & Toms hostels is Greg & Toms Beer House Hostel. It is located inside Krakow’s Old Town Walls, in the heart of the Old Town. It is just 2 minutes walk from the central square and is surrounded by the festive life of the city.

  • Hostelworld.com ranking: Superb 9.5/10 on over 6,000 reviews

Greg & Toms Beer House Hostel is more than just a hostel, it’s a party in itself. The hostel actively promotes a hostel vibe with a party scene every night.

An excellent buffet breakfast is included in the reservation, as is dinner. It’s not just a cheap and tasteless dinner. They offer a superb buffet style dinner worthy of a 4 star restaurant. Guests must register for dinner by 5:00 p.m., then everyone is invited. They cater to those with dietary requirements (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free).


  • To eat lunch: Great buffet breakfast included
  • Having dinner: Superb restaurant dinner included
  • Beer: Included with dinner
  • Strokes: A free shot before the pub crawl

The food they serve comes straight from their restaurant downstairs (also Greg & Toms). Bought alone in the restaurant, dinner could cost something close to the cost of a night in the dorm. To kick things off Greg & Toms Party Hostel offers unlimited free beer throughout the meal. Talk a lot!

After dinner, it’s time for a free drink, then it’s who’s up for a pub crawl. They offer pub crawls every night of the week (and the first hour of drinks is free).


  • Pub Crawls: Every night of the week
  • Cost: Pub Crawl is 60 zloty, or $ 15.00

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Greg & Toms Youth Hostel

Greg & Toms Party Hostel is located in an old part of town adjacent to the Old Town and about a 5 minute walk from Beer House Hostel.

The inn offers a different atmosphere. While the common area of the Beer House hostel is located in a bright room with 4 floors overlooking the old town, the Common Space of Party Hostel is located in the basement underground. The hostel is smaller and perhaps a bit more intimate. For those looking to host their own private party at the hostel, this is the hostel of choice.


  • To eat lunch: Great buffet breakfast included
  • Having dinner: Superb restaurant dinner included

It’s hard to party into the wee hours at other hostels for the sake of neighbors and sleepers. But since Party Hostel’s hangout area is underground, you can party as much as you want. The hostel also offers the same free bonuses as Beer House Hostel – a great breakfast, dinner and the evening pub crawl.

  • Pub Crawls: Every night of the week
  • Cost: Pub Crawl is 60 Zloty or $15.00

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Greg & Toms Home Hostel

Located 2 minutes walk from the old town and next to the train station is the Home Hostel. Home Hostel is much cooler and ideal for those who don’t want to party all the time. They have more private rooms and the atmosphere is friendly and intimate, but less festive.

  • To eat lunch: Great buffet breakfast included
  • Having dinner: Superb restaurant dinner included

Like the other two hostels, half board is included (breakfast and dinner). Dinner is of the same quality as the other two hostels and meets dietary requirements (although the beer and free shot are normally absent). Everyone is asked if they would like to go on the pub crawl.

  • Pub Crawls: Every night of the week
  • Cost: Pub Crawl is 60 Zloty or $15.00

In the three hostels, the staff is extremely friendly and will help everyone. On a more somber note, Krakow is also the camp tearing the gateway to Auschwitz concentration – they will help you to make a visit or take the bus to get there.


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