I spent a month in Europe—here’s where I stayed

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Last updated March 20, 2024.

It feels like just the other day that I was packing my carry-on for a month-long trip to Europe. A month has already passed. Like that, my Euro-workation is over and I’m back home in my apartment. I definitely missed my bed, home office, and the comforts and routines that I’m used to, but I can’t help but reflect on everywhere I stayed during my last month.

If you work remotely or you’re the nomadic type, you know how hard it can be to find a place that’s comfortable, in a good location, and has the digital infrastructure you need to stay connected and keep things moving workwise. While I made sure to make time for play, new food, and seeing new things, I spent a lot of time in the following places and even published some work from them, so they get my approval. And who knows—maybe I’ll return to some of them one day!

Where I stayed during my month in Europe

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Canopy by Hilton London City

Canopy by Hilton London City (London, England)

This exquisitely designed hotel is a short half-mile walk from the iconic Tower Bridge and some amazing food and shopping. What’s great about Canopy is how easy it is to get around town—the Aldgate bus station is just outside the hotel, and the Aldgate Underground Station is just across the street. A stay at the hotel also comes with complimentary bike rentals (their Canopy Bikes) if you’d rather use your legs that way.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - My hand at Canopy by Hilton London City
I was really jetlagged and had an incredible nap.

More amenities include room service, concierge, and WiFi in all the rooms. Since it’s a Hilton hotel, you can download the Hilton app to check in early and get a digital key to access your room. There’s a restaurant and cafe in the lobby called St. Clare Coffee and Bar, and it has plenty of space if you want to work. You can also enjoy nice views from Florattica Rooftop, Canopy’s rooftop bar.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Bunk Amsterdam

Bunk Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Bunk Amsterdam is a cool hotel-hostel fusion of a concept located in super trendy Amsterdam-Noord. It’s one metro stop from Amsterdam Centraal, the largest railway station in all of Amsterdam, making travel throughout the city a breeze. Bunk Amsterdam has two types of accommodation for you to choose from: rooms or pods. Their rooms range from smaller ones for two people, to larger rooms suited for families or groups of up to five people. The pods come in singles for solo travelers or doubles for couples or folks who could use the room. I could’ve used the room, yet I opted for a single pod the weekend I was there. I still found them to be comfortable.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Me at Bunk Amsterdam
My first capsule experience. I was really happy to be there.

Because coworking is part of the theme at Bunk, the WiFi is excellent and there’s plenty of dedicated space to get work done. An on-site restaurant and bar are open throughout the day and fairly late at night. A stay here doesn’t come with breakfast but you can add it to your stay or pay once you’re there. Random, but one of the bartenders told me they have cake available and you can order some at any time, even if the bar and restaurant are closed. Good to know.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Stylish Manchester Airbnb

Stylish, modern Airbnb in Salford (Manchester, England)

I wanted a week to chill, visit loved ones, and do laundry and some work during my trip. A cozy apartment was a nice breather from staying in a few different places and a great way to prepare for the three upcoming hostel stays I had. This Manchester apartment fit the bill. What drew me to it was the comfort and location. It’s located in trendy Salford, just minutes from Manchester City Centre and not too far from Old Trafford, the AO Arena, and Manchester Victoria Station, where you can take the metro.

The apartment has top-notch decor and everything you can think of, from kitchen supplies and dishes to towels, soap, and lotion in the bathroom. The TV came with Netflix and the WiFi was fast with no issues. The host, Anthony, was a pleasure to deal with and quick to answer any questions I had. There’s a coffee bar in the lobby, a gym on the first floor, and a terrace on the rooftop. There are some convenience stores and a café and restaurant just a block or two from the apartment if you need food or groceries in a pinch.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Space Night Hotel

Space Night Hotel (Berlin, Germany)

Space Night Hotel is a hostel like no other—it has a space theme! It’s dark, and you’re greeted with screens playing clips from space, and a huge astronaut. Plus, all the pods are space-esque and feel like a spaceship. The hostel has both single and double pods. It’s conveniently located in the Mitte district of Berlin, and a short walk from bus and metro stops like Spittelmarkt and Stadtmitte, so it’s easy to get to things you want to do.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Me at Space Night Hotel

Space Night Hotel is short on amenities and doesn’t have a dedicated coworking space, but I did like that the showers and toilets were in one room rather than separate areas. They have a storage room for you to put any luggage that doesn’t fit in your assigned locker. There’s a pharmacy, kebab shop, and café/bakery on the first floor where the hostel is, and they’re open till the evening. And Lidl and Rewe are just a quick stroll if you need more food or groceries.

Nearby attractions include Checkpoint Charlie, a popular crossing point between West Berlin and East Berlin during the Cold War, and Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, where you can find the Berlin Cathedral and the famous Pergamon Museum. I went to see the Berlin Wall Memorial from here, and it was about a 15-20 minute trip to get there.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Hyve Hotel

Hyve Hotel (Basel, Switzerland)

Hyve Hotel has a lovely location in the heart of Basel. It’s a quick 10-minute walk from Basel SBB, their rail station (and Europe’s largest border station), and, because it’s a Basel-registered hotel, it comes with a free BaselCard so you can explore the city and enjoy discounts, including free public transportation.

I spent a weekend here and really liked the environment. Check-in was easy because they use Goki, an app that lets travelers check in and get digital keys before you arrive at your place of stay. And there’s plenty of space for chilling and coworking. Their reception area is also a café where you can enjoy meals, snacks, and drinks throughout the day. There’s even a kitchen with dishes, equipment, sinks, and stoves if you want to cook your own food.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Hyve Hotel slip-ons
They give each guest complimentary slip-ons, which I loved. They were great for getting to and from the shower room.

I stayed in a capsule pod and those are four pods in a room. There was only ever one other person staying in the room with me, so it still felt pretty private throughout. The showers and toilets are pretty small and private as well, with two showers and two sinks in the shower room and two toilets in the bathroom. There’s also a sink in the room so you don’t have to go far to wash your hands or freshen up a bit.

There’s plenty to see and do nearby, including hot fondue and white wine with the locals at Schafeck and shopping at Clara, but you’d be fine not leaving the area because Hyve is a social hub hosting plenty of travelers, remote workers, and events to participate in.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - St. Christopher's Inn London Bridge

St. Christopher’s Inn – London Bridge (London, England)

This hostel was the liveliest out of all the hostels I visited on this trip, and it’s the one that got me interested in the capsule hostel concept back in 2018. That’s why I had to check them out. St. Christopher’s Inn has many locations throughout London and other parts of Europe, but this is the only one with capsules or pods.

It was the UK’s first capsule hostel when it launched in 2018. It’s located in buzzing Southwark and has so many options in terms of things to see, eat, and do. It’s a short walk to the London Eye, the Shard, Tower Bridge, and Borough Market, London’s biggest food market. It’s also got two tube stations nearby—Borough and London Bridge.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Me at St. Christopher's Inn London Bridge

The pods have Japanese-inspired beds fitted in the capsules, plus USB ports, mood lighting, artwork, and curtains for privacy. There’s a chill lounge on the third floor, as well as two washing machines and two dryers. Soap is available for £1 from the reception desk if you don’t have any. You can add breakfast to your stay during booking or pay for it at the restaurant when you get there—just know it’s a little pricier if you choose to wait.

I didn’t eat at the restaurant but enjoyed drinks and socializing at Belushi’s during the AFCON Final between Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. It’s a super busy street so there’s all sorts of food to satisfy your cravings. I had a lovely meal with a nice view at the Shard and a yummy fish curry at Silka.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Millennium Hotel Gloucester Kensington London

Millennium Hotel Gloucester Kensington London (London, England)

This Millennium Hotel has more of a tourist feel because it’s in a lively part of Kensington. The restaurants immediately surrounding it were super busy and full of people like me, Americans, so I didn’t really eat at them. Gloucester Underground Station is directly across the street from the hotel though, so hopping on and finding something with more of a local or not-so-crowded vibe is easy to do. I love the location of this hotel because the location’s perfect if seeing the big attractions London is known for is what you’re trying to accomplish, which I was. Buckingham Palace is just 1.8 miles away.

Everywhere I stayed in Europe - Millennium Hotel Gloucester Kensington London

The decor’s a bit on the dated side, but I still found the rooms and beds to be pretty comfortable. I was in a suite with an office and plenty of space to work, but working from the bar in the lobby was just as productive. I didn’t have any food here, but they have three different restaurants and room service that’s available until 11 pm—you have to order by 9:30 pm though. The restaurants on the street are open late, and you can order late-night eats with Uber Eats or Deliveroo, too.

Have you stayed at any of these places? Share any capsule recommendations you may have below—I’d love to check them out!

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