Comfortable accommodation doesn't have to be expensive. Here's a review of five great budget-friendly hostels in down town Sarajevo.
Locals probably remember that 10 years ago there were only a few good hostels in Sarajevo. All the other were either too expensive for budget travelers or too far from the city center. Fortunately, those days are behind us as many locals have recognized the popularity of this type of accommodation among young travelers.
It's well known that hostels are much more than a simple place to sleep at, but also a place to meet other people and make friends with other travelers, especially if traveling alone. Nowadays, the Sarajevo city center offers a variety of different smaller and and larger capacity hostels for everyone's taste and budget.
For this list, I chose five centrally located, clean, budget-friendly and charming hostels in Sarajevo. Here they are:
Located on the hill just above the Sarajevo's main pedestrian street, Doctor's House is more than just a hostel - it's literally a house, a home for travelers! It has a great view from their two terraces, it’s cheap (around 10 euro per night) and it's also located in a safe neighborhood.
You will love their bunk beds inspired by train bunks - they have the curtains and 'in-bunk' lights for that much needed feeling of privacy in shared hostel rooms. Owners and staff are friendly and helpful, and according to reviews, Doctor's House is one of the top choices for young and on-budget travelers coming to Sarajevo.
Adress: Pehlivanuša 67, Sarajevo 71000
'Franz Ferdinand' is a thematic boutique hostel located in the very center of Sarajevo. Inspired by the Sarajevo assassination, the event that led to beginning of the First World War, this hostel teaches its visitors a lesson in history in an innovative way.
The hostel is situated in a huge old apartment with high ceilings and every single one of its 12 rooms is named by a person or a certain event related to the day that forever changed the world as we know it today. They offer breakfast, city tours and you can even rent a bike right at the reception. Franz Ferdinand is another good recommendation when it comes to hostels in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Adress: Jelića 4, Sarajevo 71000
Located in the heart of the city, just 650 ft (200 metres) from Sarajevo's pedestrian zone, Balkan Han is another budget friendly and popular hostel in the city center. It's not a big place – it can only accommodate 50 people at its full capacity.
There are 6 rooms (5 dorms, one private), big garden and a common room where guests can get drinks and snacks or simply hang out with each other. Just like the hostel reception, the common room is open 24/7 and equipped with computers and video projector for movie nights. Prices for the night are from 10 to 15 euro, there is Wi-Fi everywhere and you can check in anytime you want.
Adress: Dalmatinska 6, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 71000
More info: https://www.facebook.com/HostelBalkanHan
If you're a fan of hostel accommodation, Vagabond could easily steal your heart! Another (very) centrally located hostel in Sarajevo that offers not only a place to stay, but also a dozen of various services and tours, from city sightseeing to different adventure trips and events such as mountain hiking, skiing, rafting, horse riding, shopping and many more.
Vagabond is placed in the central pedestrian zone of Ferhadija Street, not more than few minutes of walk from historical Baščaršija. It's very clean and quiet, with spacious double and quadruple bedrooms and fresh and airy common room.
Adress: Ferhadija 21, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kucha is a new boutique hostel in Sarajevo, designed by young architects and local designers. It's located in the Old Town Sarajevo and overlooks the oldest square and fountain in the city. Equipped with private doubles and 6-bed dorms, big terrace and free Wi-Fi everywhere, this hostel is within a short walking distance from the center of the city and all the major attractions.
It is very affordable (around 10 do 15 euro per day), and there is also a breakfast available for a price of 4 euros additionally per person. The good news is that Kucha has its own private parking space which is quite rare to find with centrally located hostels in Sarajevo.
Address: Zaima Šarca 24, Sarajevo 71000
Note: This is not a paid or sponsored article and expresses the author's personal opinion about the best budget hostels in Sarajevo.