If you are heading to Tehran and want to stay on a tight budget don’t think for a minute that you have to sacrifice comfort and style. There are many amazing accommodation options for the budget traveler, ranging from family-run and very cozy to buzzing with life, culture, adventure… Read on to find out about the 8 best hostels in Tehran.
- Tehran Heritage Hostel
A great option in Tehran is the Iran Heritage Hostel. This newly built hostel (2018) is clean and super modern, with amazing privacy features in the dorms, such as curtains around the beds and safety deposit boxes. Room offers vary from private to dorm to yurts in the garden. What the heck is a yurt? A circular tent! Prices are very reasonable – 10-bed dorms start at €10, private yurts are €22, private rooms with an ensuite are €37, and family rooms for 4 people are €59.
2. Iran Cosy Hostel
If you are staying in Tehran, check out the Iran Cosy Hostel. It is family-run, super clean and comfortable, and conveniently located in the center of the city. The building is an old house that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Ask about discounts if you are staying at least three days!
3. Hi Tehran Hostel
What more can you ask for than a clean, comfortable, friendly, AND environmentally conscious hostel? Well, a movie night of course!
Every Tuesday and Saturday enjoy Iranian movies and socialize with the other guests. Prices range from €5 per night for a bed in a dorm, to €23 per night for a family room.
4. See You in Iran Hostel
This hostel is very much a community experience. There is a café that hosts cultural events, bringing people together for events such as workshops, talks, movie nights, art exhibitions, jam sessions, and book launches. The hostel offers a variety of great spaces from common areas to dorms to private rooms.
The sleeping areas are simple, stylish, and clean. And the common areas will surely entice you to hang out and soak up the culture and have some great conversations. Make sure to peruse their website, not only is it filled with great information, it is inspiring! Rates vary from €5 in the dorm to €34 for a deluxe private.
5. Cedar Hostel
If you like a cozy friendly atmosphere, then the Cedar House is for you. There are only four rooms, two private ones for €30 per room which sleeps three, and a male and female dorm that sleeps four,and costs €10 per person.
The café here only serves organic food and you won’t be disappointed! The website tells you everything you need to know, even includes the café menu, and has an up to date blog that will definitely provide some insightful tips for planning your travels in Iran.
6. Kargadan Hostel
So why should you stay here when there are so many great hostels in Tehran? Because the staff is super friendly and the price is right.
You will feel like you are staying in someone’s home and being hosted by people who care! And the rates are amazing! You can get a private room for 2 for as little as €13, or a bed in the dorm(equipped with a privacy curtain, locker, and electrical socket) for under €5. Oh ya, and all the reviews say the breakfast is delicious. The Kargadan Hostel doesn’t have a website but you can book through HostelWorld, and check out their amazing photos on Instagram.
7. Vono Hostel
The Vono Hostel is for the adventurous types. Not to say you have to be adventurous to stay there, but if you are, then they offer some great tours that will appeal to every type of outdoor enthusiast. Located centrally in Tehran this hostel has character, friendly staff, and is a great place to meet other travelers. The founders are a group of travelers who are interested in adventure, mountaineering, backpacking… you name it, they’ve done it.
Each room is aptly named such as the Cycling Room, and the Ski Room and has hand-painted art on the wall to reflect the theme. The rates range from €8 for a bed in the dorm, to €25 for a larger private room. The best part of this hostel is the great tours you can book on-site, or from their website.
8. Zee Hostel Culture House
Who wouldn’t want to stay at a place where the rooms are called Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire? The vibe will no doubt be good. To add the ambiance, there are live music shows most nights, giving guests a taste of different types of music. And as an added bonus, this hostel offers one thing that no other hostel does… an in-house recording studio! There are 5 rooms, including a mixed dorm, a female dorm, and 3 private rooms. The dorms are €9 and €10, and the other rooms range from €25-€40 depending on size.
As you can see, Iran has many options for budget tourists, and you don’t have to sacrifice style, friendliness, or modern conveniences such as wifi and air-conditioning. You can even choose according to your passions – music, adventure, being socially and culturally aware or just chilling. If you have trouble with a hostel website, check out this user-friendly site, HostelWorld where you can book most hostels in Iran.
If you are staying in Tehran, please note that you can pick up your DaricPay Iran Travel Card at one of our partner hostels –any of the ones listed above, or one of these ones below.