As Bangalore receives more and more young professionals, expats and travelers each year, hostels are popping up across the city, providing modern spaces that are geared towards offering authentic and social experiences for their guests. Most of the hostels are kitted out with chic dorm-style rooms, and perks like free breakfast and WiFi are also available. In addition, they are conveniently located near the main attractions and easily reachable via different forms of public transport. Here’s our pick of the best hostels in Bangalore, India, many of which are perfect for those looking to mingle and meet fellow travelers and like-minded souls.
Located in the neighborhood of Indiranagar, the Backpacker Panda is within close walking distance to some of Bangalore’s best pubs, including Toit Brewpub and Loft 38. Unsurprisingly, this is the property that prides itself on its lively atmosphere and is set up so that you can relax after a night in the town. Dorms and private rooms with air conditioning and ensuite washroom, a colorful seating area with board games, free WiFi and secure lockers are some of the other perks guests can expect at the Backpacker Panda.
Offering a relaxed and cozy vibe, the Little Blue Window Hostel is a great place for tourists and backpackers looking for a safe, clean place to make their home away from home. The hostel provides rooms with single and double beds, free WiFi, projector screen for movies and live sports screening, and a shared kitchen for those who wish to prepare their own meals. There’s also a terrace and lounge area, where fellow travelers can congregate and socialize.
The perfect location for those hoping to explore Bangalore, this hostel is conveniently located near the must-visit attractions of the city, including Cubbon Park, Bangalore Palace, and Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, among others. There are many accommodation options to choose from at Locul.Uptown, ranging from six and four-bed and mixed dorms that are perfect for group travelers, to private rooms with a queen bed that is suitable for couples. If you’re a solo female traveler, you can rent a bunk bed in its double six-bed women’s dorm. You can hang around with other guests in the common room, or lose yourself in a book from the hostel’s library. Also, every reservation here comes with free breakfast, WiFi access, and yoga sessions.
Address: 40, Abshot Layout, Sankey Cross Road, Vasath Nagar, Near ITC windsor manor circle
Badminton equipment Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Cashless payment available Postal service Currency exchange Free WiFi First aid kit available Breakfast takeaway containers
Zostel is one of the renowned hostel chains in India, and its Bangalore outpost is located in the coolest neighborhood of Indiranagar. It features female-only and mixed dorm rooms with bunk beds, bedside lamps, and a storage facility. Some dorms have a contemporary shared washroom as well. There’s also an air-conditioned common room and a rooftop lounge area that are perfect for mingling. Be sure to seek out the amiable staff, who are more than happy to advise you on local hotspots to visit.
With a communal vibe and it’s bang-on location close to the major attractions of the city, Tribe Theory Startup Hostel is a perfect place for travelers who want to explore the city and are eager to meet new people. The hostel has a women-only dorm with eight beds, and two mixed dorms fitted with 8 or 10 bunk beds and a seating area. It also features several social spaces, including a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city’s skyline and a common area for dining, working and small meet-ups. Free WiFi and a kitchen are also available.
Tribe Theory Startup Hostels Koramangala
Address: No. 395 Koramangala
Located in the heart of the lively neighborhood of Koramangala, Cuckoo Hostel is just as warm and welcoming as it is Instagrammable. Eco-friendly practices are high on the agenda, making this a great option for those looking for sustainable living. Expect to see beddings made of old industrial packaging, energy-efficient electrical appliances and free breakfast, which is prepared using greens and veggies sourced from the hostel’s terrace garden. Rooms range from mixed dorms with four or six beds complete with reading lights to a stylish private room. There is also a library, a jam room, and a common room, where guests can relax and meet new people during their downtime.
Address: No. 561 17th A Main 6th Cross Koramangala 6th Block
Shared kitchen All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized WiFi Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Express check-in/check-out Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Badminton equipment Library
Transit Dorms is one of the best hostels for backpackers with separate male and female dormitories fitted with bathroom, wardrobe, free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Added touches such as a lounge area, terrace with gorgeous city views and an in-house restaurant enhance its reputation, as does its excellent location in Koramangala with close proximity to several great cafes, restaurants, bars, and brewpubs.
AAO Hostel is a homey hostel that offers four and six-bed mixed dorm rooms and a four-bed female-only dorm, each of which is outfitted with all the essentials and a balcony. There are several additional amenities here that make it stand out from the crowd, such as an interactive common room, board games, a terrace and a full-fledged kitchen where you can cook your meals. Another big plus is its location, right in the heart of buzzing Koramangala and easy to get to the city icons like Cubbon Park and MG Road.
Manana is a cozy home turned hostel that offers vibrant dorm rooms for up to eight people to stay in. Due to its location in Koramangala, many of the city’s popular restaurants and bars are nearby, making it perfect for anyone who is eager to discover the city’s nightlife during their stay. From a practical point of view, guests get access to the kitchen, free WiFi, washing room and games room.
Address: 648/H, 1st Main Road, Binnamangala, Hoysala nagar, Indiranagar,
Price: from 3 USD
Single-use miniature toiletry bottles (including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser, hand soap) Special diet menus (on request) Soundproof rooms Pub crawls Live music/performance Adult only Bicycle parking 24-hour security
If you’re looking for a party-centric place to stay, Electric Cats Annexe in the lively Indiranagar is a great option. The hostel has one private room for those who prefer more privacy, while its other lodgings are dorm-style, with coed and separate female and male options. Some have rooms have air conditioning, while others are simple without air conditioning. It also has a rooftop terrace, which is a perfect place to relax, sunbathe, party and mingle with fellow travelers. There is no kitchen on the premises, but there are cafes and pubs nearby to keep guests social and satisfied.
Electric Cats Annexe
Address: 594, 1st Floor, Jeevan Bheema Nagar Main Road
Hostels to suit all needs and budgets
Whether you want to stay close to the main attractions of the city or are looking for a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle, there is an accommodation option to suit you in Bangalore. Check out our above list of the best hostels in Bangalore, India and take your pick.
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