Friday, 19 Apr 2019

The best hostels in Mumbai

How to find the best hostels in Mumbai for your trip

Ready to take on India’s biggest city? For many backpackers, Mumbai is the starting point for exploring this incredible country. It’s a city of opposites – modern skyscrapers, swanky nightclubs and celebrity culture contrast with religious temples, ancient traditions and sprawling slums. Mumbai is mad, confusing, and definitely not for the faint hearted. But if you’re willing to embrace it, you might just fall in love!

Mumbai is such a huge city that you could spend weeks exploring it. The majestic Gateway of India monument is a must see and a great place to start. Sharpen your haggling skills at the countless bazaars around the city, where you can shop for jewellery, spices and souvenirs, as well as tasting some of the world’s best street food. No trip to the home of Bollywood would be complete without catching a movie – head to the cinema or go straight to the heart of the industry at Film City. Beneath the city’s surface, you’ll discover green neighbourhoods, hipster bars and an amazing arts scene.

Mumbai has an intense energy like nowhere else. The streets are constantly abuzz with cars, rickshaws, vendors, dogs, cows and people – LOTS of people. This means finding an amazing hostel for your stay in Mumbai is essential. It’ll provide a welcoming escape from the chaos – just what you’ll need to recharge, before heading back out to tackle this megacity ?.

Read on to discover the best hostels in Mumbai for every type of traveller!

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Best hostels in Mumbai for solo travellers

A solo trip through India is a life-changing experience for newbie explorers and seasoned travellers alike. It’s the OG backpacking destination that keeps us coming back year upon year, with so much to discover that it can seem overwhelming – especially for solo travellers. But no fear – they can stay in one of these Mumbai hostels for a solid base to explore from, full of potential BFF’s and in-the-know staff!

Cohostel

 

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You’ll find this hipster hangout in the stylish suburb of Bandra amid street art, boutique shops and a cosmopolitan nightlife scene. Its best feature is the bohemian rooftop terrace, which by day sees guests practising yoga and meditation, and of an evening turns into the perfect social spot to chill and mingle over bottles of Kingfisher. There are board games to break the ice, as well as a cosy reading corner in case you need to work (or just want to bury your face in your travel guide.)

Hostel highlights:

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Café

? Address: 43 Chapel Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

? Neighbourhood: Bandra West

? Nearest station: Bandra railway station

Book your stay at Cohostel now

The Social Space Hostel Mumbai

best hostels in mumbai - The Social Space Hostel Mumbai

Solo travellers flock to this fun Mumbai hostel for many reasons, but top of the list is its friendly atmosphere – it’s all in the name! When they’re not socialising in the common areas, our lone wanderers love jumping onto one of the hostel’s group outings, like tours of the Dharavi slum or Mumbai’s famous cinematic areas. The hostel is located in an exciting neighbourhood that’s well connected to the rest of the city, so you’ll have no problem exploring. Head out alone or with new hostel mates – gotta love that solo traveller flexibility!

Hostel highlights:

  • Games nights
  • Café
  • Outdoor terrace

? Address: Jankidevi School Road, SV Patel Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061

? Neighbourhood: Andheri West

? Nearest station: Versova metro station

Book your stay at The Social Space Hostel Mumbai now

Bombay Backpackers

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This hostel is a sound choice if you’re looking to meet a diverse range of travellers – one reviewer says that ‘it was flocking with backpackers from all over the world’. It’s in a buzzing part of the city, surrounded by bars and with a market just over the road. Their funky themed dorms are styled after Mumbai’s transport services – there’s a red bus dorm, a yellow taxi dorm and a tuk-tuk dorm!

Hostel highlights:

  • Amazing free breakfast
  • City tours
  • Book exchange

? Address: 1 Uttam Jeevan, LBS Road, Kurla West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400070

? Neighbourhood: Kurla West

? Nearest station: Kurla railway station

Book your stay at Bombay Backpackers now

 

Best hostels in Mumbai for couples

If you’ve got a special someone, experiencing Mumbai is something you’ll want to share with them. The home of Bollywood glamour, vibrant colours, world-class sunsets and delicious food – sounds pretty romantic to us. These chic hostels ensure a cosy couple-friendly stay with all the usual social perks included.

Zostel Mumbai

best hostels in mumbai - Zostel Mumbai

Just one look at Zostel and you’ll be hooked. It’s totally stunning, with a Bollywood themed rooftop lounge that’s seriously Insta-friendly – your grid is about to be overrun with #couplegoals. There’s a common area full of games and a café, not to mention speedy Wi-Fi and hot showers (two things you’ll appreciate if you’ve been in India a while – if you know you know). The hostel tours also happen to be extremely romantic – art galleries and sunsets over the Arabian sea? You better have that ring at the ready ?.

Hostel highlights:

  • Tasty food
  • Laid-back neighbourhood
  • Amazing staff

? Address: Karotra Niwas, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059

? Neighbourhood: Andheri East

? Nearest station: Marol Naka Railway Station

Book your stay at Zostel Mumbai now

Namastey Mumbai Backpackers

best hostels in mumbai - Namastey Mumbai Backpackers

This 100-year-old cottage was recently converted into a traveller’s haven with zen vibes – if you’re in touch with your chakras you’ll want to Namastay here ?. Hang out in the front yard around the huge jamun tree where your bunkmates will be playing games and soaking up the sun. It’s in the affluent community of Pali Hill, where you can treat your significant other to a fancy cocktail while you try and spot the celebs.

Hostel highlights:

  • Online gaming room
  • Free breakfast
  • A/C in every bedroom

? Address: Panjwani Cottage, 76, Pali Village, Pali Mala Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

? Neighbourhood: Pali Hill, Bandra West

? Nearest station: Bandra railway station

Book your stay at Namastey Mumbai Backpackers now

Hostel Mantra

best hostels in mumbai - Hostel Mantra

Tucked away in a peaceful green oasis, Hostel Mantra will provide sanctuary after a day exploring the craziness that is Mumbai. It’s in a non-touristy area with loads of local delights to explore – particularly nightlife, which you can make the most of on one of the hostel’s bar crawls. They’ve got common areas to suit everyone – you can sunbathe in the garden, chill out on the roof or stream live sports on the big screen. Couples love their private rooms with en-suites – cosy AND budget-friendly!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Movie nights
  • Dharavi tours

? Address: Bungalow no. 87, Janki Devi Public School Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053

? Neighbourhood: Andheri West

? Nearest station: Versova metro station

Book your stay at Hostel Mantra now

 

Best party hostels in Mumbai

Mumbai’s nightlife scene is the biggest and most varied in India – from glitzy clubs to underground bars and ultra-cool live music venues. How do you pick the one that’s right for you? Easy. Just get started in one of these party hostels and see where the night takes you!

Horn Ok Please Hostel

best hostels in mumbai - Horn Ok Please Hostel

In the hostel’s own words: “if you’re looking for a place to party your rocks off, this is it!” It couldn’t be easier to make friends and have a wild time in this lively Bandra hostel. Their nightly (beer-fuelled) events have a habit of ending in karaoke, so start practising your signature song now! Travellers are full of praise for the amazing staff, who not only provide the best insider travel trips, but also keep the atmosphere buzzing with games and events. They can’t wait to meet you!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Café
  • Amazing location

? Address: 22 D Monte Street, Santosh Nagar, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050

? Neighbourhood: Bandra West

? Nearest station: Bandra railway station

Book your stay at Horn Ok Please Hostel now

Locomo Hostel

 

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Locomo is known for its huge rooftop terrace with astounding views – you’ll feel like more of a baller than a backpacker when you’re popping bottles (well, beer caps) overlooking the city. They take their guests for karaoke nights at one of the chicest bars in town – where they’re treated to discounts – as well as pub crawls, family dinners and street food tours. Back in the hostel there are ping pong tables, a super comfy games room and a café to provide that much-needed hangover munch.

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Mini-gym
  • Speedy Wi-Fi

? Address: 2nd Floor, Krishna Villa, Monghibai Road, Vile Parle East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400057

? Neighbourhood: Vile Parle East

? Nearest station: Vile Parle railway station

Book your stay at Locomo Hostel now

 

Best hostels in Mumbai with private rooms

There’s no denying that Mumbai can be intense. Every now and then you’re bound to crave a bit of personal space, total silence and a bathroom that you can stay in as long as you like without a queue forming outside the door. That’s where these hostels come in. Escape the chaos in your own room, then join in the fun in the common areas.

Backpacker Panda Colaba

 

best hostels in mumbai - Backpacker Panda Colaba

You really can’t beat the location of this hostel: slap bang in the middle of Colaba’s most famous attractions. Choose to explore them at your own pace or join one of Backpacker Panda’s walking tours for an in-depth look around with a local expert guide. When you get back, relax in the common area where there’s table football, musical instruments and plenty of books to swap. At night you’ll get the best of both worlds – party on the roof until you’re ready to turn in to your very own peaceful sanctuary. Ahhh…

Hostel highlights:

  • Awesome atmosphere
  • Rooftop yoga
  • Fantastic staff

? Address: 15 Walton Road, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001

? Neighbourhood: Colaba

? Nearest station: Churchgate railway station

Book your stay at Backpacker Panda Colaba now

Basti

best hostels in mumbai - Basti

This hostel describes itself as ‘an ancient oasis for the new age nomads’. Intrigued yet? You should be. Despite being in one of the most hectic cities on earth, Basti aims to pay homage to rural India, with rooms themed after unique Indian villages. They provide a free home-cooked Indian breakfast every morning, complete with a cup of chai, that you can enjoy on the roof terrace while you decide what to do with your day. If you’re stuck, one of Basti’s daily tours is always a wise choice!

Hostel highlights:

  • Speedy Wi-Fi
  • Board games
  • Fully equipped kitchen

? Address: Krishna Kunj, Main Avenue, Avanti Society, Santacruz West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400054

? Neighbourhood: Santacruz West

? Nearest station: Santacruz railway station

Book your stay at Basti now

 

Best of the rest Mumbai hostels

These hostels are too fabulous to be tied down to just one category, but we couldn’t finish without shouting them out.

Qubestay Airport Capsule Hostel

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If you need a place to rest your head close to the airport, look no further than Qubestay. Not only convenient but also ultra-modern and spotlessly clean, Qubestay has independent cabin style rooms as well as capsule dorms, so privacy is guaranteed. There’s a quiet workstation with free Wi-Fi for all you digital nomads, and you can even fill up on a free buffet breakfast for added brain power!

Hostel highlights:

  • Quirky cabins
  • Book exchange
  • On-site café/restaurant

? Address: Arma Residency, Kherani Road Sakinaka, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400072

? Neighbourhood: Andheri East

? Nearest station: Sakinaka metro station

Book your stay at Qubestay Airport Capsule Hostel now

Mumbai Staytion

best hostels in mumbai - Mumbai Staytion

There’s plenty to love about Mumbai Staytion – the cosy atmosphere, vibrant interiors and gorgeous balconies for a start. But what sets it apart from the rest? We’ll hand it over to one of our reviewers:

“Fantastic place to stay, nice and clean, beds comfortable and with good facilities. But what really makes it special are the guys who work there, they will go out of their way to make sure your trip is enjoyable, whether it’s ordering food in for you, getting hold of a SIM card, exchanging money, booking buses or even taking you somewhere to get your beard and hair trimmed!”

Wow – you don’t come across hosts like that every day!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Book exchange

? Address: Leena kunj, Makwana Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059

? Neighbourhood: Gamdevi

? Nearest station: Marol Naka metro station

Book your stay at Mumbai Staytion now

Backpacker Panda Appetite

best hostels mumbai - Backpacker Panda Appetite

Another awesome hostel from the Backpacker Panda chain. This one’s located in Andheri East, surrounded by local restaurants and world-famous Indian street food, as well as being just steps from a bustling market. Expect laid-back vibes, story swapping and community spirit. There’s a shared kitchen, games area, clean dorms and stylish privates. Be sure to take in the views from the tranquil roof terrace, where you’ll also be able to join in with group yoga sessions. You’ll leave here with new friends and a much-improved downward dog!

Hostel highlights:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Board games
  • Amazing staff

? Address: 186 New Andheri Link Road, Bhagat Singh Colony, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059

? Neighbourhood: Andheri East

? Nearest station: Chakala metro station

Book your stay at Backpacker Panda Appetite now

Which one of these top-notch hostels will you visit on your India backpacking trip? Let us know below!

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