Dog-Friendly Hostels

Posted by Billy Francis

Hostels give people and pups the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and stay in popular destinations for a more affordable rate than a hotel. These cheaper alternatives for sightseers are home to common areas inside and out that offer people from all walks of life the chance to make friends, talk about their adventures, and share travel tips. Bring your best friend along with you to get the conversation started at these affordable pet-friendly hostels around the world.

The Crash Pad Hostel

Chattanooga, TN
“We’re staying here, right?” Photo by @natashawaltersyoga

Named for the protective padding used by rock climbers, The Crash Pad Hostel aims to help grow Chattanooga as the ultimate outdoor destination by providing outbound hounds and their daring owners a place to stay near all the action. The Hemingway Suite is the pet-friendly option at this hip downtown hostel. Located above the lobby, this spacious apartment features a private kitchen, private bath, and room for six to sleep comfortably. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the grassy grounds, as long as they are cleaned up after. For off-leash fun, head next door to Play Wash Pint, a dog park bar with self-service wash stations for easy cleanup after a day on the trails.

The Crash Pad Hostel welcomes dogs in The Hemingway Suite for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

The Spot Cosy Hostel

Cluj-Napoca, RO
“Let’s get cosy!” Photo by Facebook.com/TheSpotCosyHostel

Pups backpacking around Europe can stop for a few nights at The Spot Cosy Hostel in the unofficial capital of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca. Bram Stoker may have given the Romanian region a spooky backstory as Dracula’s birthplace, but this hasn’t scared off travelers from visiting to soak up the incredible architecture, Carpathian Mountain scenery, and rich history. Book a basic twin room for you and your pooch and you’ll receive use of a shared bathroom, kitchen, free coffee and tea all day long, and a great outdoor space for walks before bed. The hostel’s very own dogs have been known to give visitors a guided tour of the grounds. Four-legged travelers who need a break from walking can join their owners on trams throughout the city, so hop on at nearby Uzinei Electrice tram and enjoy the ride.

The Spot Cosy Hostel welcomes dogs to stay for free.

Gram’s Place Hostel

Tampa, FL
“It’s not Gram’s Place, it’s mine!” Photo by Facebook.com/GramsPlaceTampa

Pull up and check in for a much-needed rest at Gram's Place Hostel in Tampa on your next Gulf Coast road trip. All are welcome, including well-behaved dogs, to stay at this serene hostel in historic Tampa Heights. Private rooms feature en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, access to a kitchen, and superfast internet so you can see why Tampa ranks as one of the best pet-friendly cities for remote workers. After work, head outside to the relaxing patio deck and listen to your own tunes on the outdoor sound system while you soak in the jacuzzi under the shade of trees. Walk your dog along the “Stairway to Heaven” pathway and through the tree canopy to a rooftop platform known as “The Crow’s Nest,” which has panoramic views of the neighborhood.

Gram’s Place Hostel welcomes dogs to stay for free.

Treasure State Hostel

Bozeman, MT
It looks like we’re double booked, but a treat might help you get a room.” Photo by @treasurestatehostel

Treasure State Hostel is a cute, locally-owned lodging in downtown Bozeman that offers travelers on a budget an affordable place to stay in Big Sky Country. Owner Nina’s two dogs are full-time employees at the hostel, and volunteers are free to stay and help out with their own four-legged travel companions, like Butters, former receptionist and employee of the month. Single rooms and budget bunk rooms with hardwood floors are available for guests with dogs. If you want to explore the city, embark on a short walk from the hostel to nearby Peets Hill/Burke Park, where Fido can roam off-leash along pet-friendly trails.

Treasure State Hostel welcomes dogs for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night.

Selina Hostels

Multiple Locations
“Pool “pawty” in full swing!” Photo by @selina

If Fido aspires to be a world traveler, he may want to consider Selina Hostels. With 145 destinations across five different continents, the company offers places to stay everywhere from the Amazon jungle to the heart of New York City. Lounge by the pool with your pooch at Selina Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica, stay at Selina Catahoula Hotel near Lafayette Square in New Orleans, or hang at a hipster hotspot in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, UK at Selina NQ1 Manchester.

Selina welcomes dogs for an additional fee of $2-10 per pet, per night. Guests may also be required to pay a $100 pet deposit at check-in.

The Wanderlust Hostel

Gunnison, CO
“Are you joining us?” Photo by Facebook.com/TheWanderlustHostel

Described as a “bed between adventures,” The Wanderlust Hostel in Gunnison makes guests feel right at home. Bring your dog to stay alongside you in a private room with access to a communal kitchen, living area, and grassy fenced backyard. Fido can hang out with the hostel hound, Wanderpup, who’ll give him the scoop on all the local hotspots to sniff out. If you don’t feel like cooking, grab a slice of pie and enjoy it on the pet-friendly patio at Gunnison Pizza Company.

The Wanderlust Hostel welcomes dogs for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night.

Tubo Tulum Hostel

“This place reminds me of the tunnels at the dog park.” Photo by @tubotulum

Enjoy a well-rounded experience at Tubo Tulum Hostel in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the Caribbean Sea. This unique hostel utilizes discarded concrete tubes as rooms for guests to stay in, just like giant versions of the tunnels at the dog park. Well-behaved pups can sleep inside tubes, too. Relax in the communal tropical garden together under the shade of a tree canopy, cook up a feast for your newfound friends in the large kitchen, clean up in the communal showers and bathrooms, and then curl up for the night on the double mattress in your private tube for the night.

Dogs are welcome to stay for free at Tubo Tulum Hostel.

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Banner photo by Facebook.com/TheSpotCosyHostel.