Traveling To Chennai On A Budget? These Hostels Are Accepting Guests

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Beautiful lessons in history, a breathtaking view of the Bay Of Bengal, the best of silk and temple jewellery and food that will hit all the right spots, Chennai has that (and we feel really proud about it) and plenty more to offer. Which is why even the humidity and linguistic barriers (if you don't know Tamil) doesn't stop travellers from flocking down to this bustling metropolis.

If you're on your way to experience the magic of this city blending old with new but don't want to spend a bomb on accommodation, we suggest you check into any of these hostels. Although few in number, we bet these will make your stay a lot more interesting, especially if you're travelling solo. Ready to explore? 

Disclaimer: All the hostels in this list are following the required safety guidelines with regular disinfection of premises and staff health checks. Going out to communal spaces, however, can still put you at some risk. We recommend you undertake all safety precautions in terms of facial masks and ample social distancing.

Zostel Chennai

Located in Teynampet, close to major city landmarks, Zostel Chennai has everything you need in a backpackers hostel. Cosy with a mixed, A/C dorm room setup as well as private rooms, socialise and make new friends here while exploring Chennai. There's free WiFi, lockers, 24x7 reception, a common hangout area, a rooftop cafe, laundry and breakfast too. You can also order in from nearby restaurants. They accept card payments too. 

Read more here. 

Price: INR 799 per person, per night. 

Madras Backpackers

If you're keen on staying close to the beach, this is your hostel. Located in Thiruvanmiyur, you can check into dorm rooms here - they're simple looking and you can choose between mixed as well as female-only ones. The locality is quite peaceful with no loud horns or traffic jams to disturb you. Amenities include free Wifi and breakfast. You can make your tea or coffee too. They also provide laundry, bicycle parking, housekeeping, luggage storage and late check-in. 

Price: INR 555 per person, per night. 

For less-crowded beaches to check out in Chennai, click here. 

Hostel 11 Chennai

Another property close to the beach (this time it's Elliott's Beach), Hostel 11 Chennai in Besant Nagar is also a hot place to stay at. The locality is perfect as you not only get to explore the beach life but also gorge on amazing street food, seafood and also explore lovely boutiques and stores. There's free Wifi, air-conditioning, lockers, elevator, a common room to hang out with other guests, housekeeping, laundry and 24-hours security as well. They have separate 6-bed female and male dorm rooms. 

Price: INR 611  per person, per night. 

Get a complete hood guide for Besant Nagar here. For the best beaches to see in Chennai, click here. 

Red Lollipop Hostel Chennai

A mix of convenience and comfort, Red Lollipop is a wonderful backpacker’s hostel located near Marina Beach, which means it’s not too far from other Chennai hotspots either like T Nagar, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Express Mall, Ramakrishna Math and more. Their facilities include free WiFi, A/C mixed and female dorms, spacious locker, security cameras, TV Room and a comfortable common area to engage with other guests. Private suites are available too. 

Price: INR 495 onwards per person, per night. 

Backpackers Inn

Known to be offering South India’s first AC capsule bunk bed, Backpackers Inn in Royapettah is a short walk away from one of Chennai's most popular malls, the Express Avenue Mall. Facilities include a 24-hour front desk (knows English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu), free Wifi, a personal & a storage locker, common rooms that are loaded with board games and free breakfast. Know more here.