So you’re thinking of heading to Sarajevo eh? Or maybe you’ve booked flights to Bosnia already, and now you’re wondering where you should stay. Well, if you looking for a quick guide on the best Sarajevo hostels, you’ve come to the right place.
That was hostels, with an ‘S’ between the O and T. Sure hostels are OK, but Sarajevo hostels are some of the best I’ve stayed in and so I would thoroughly recommend looking into this form of budget accommodation when visiting the Bosnian capital.
Sarajevo Hostel #1 –> Franz Ferdinand Hostel
It’s been almost 24 months since I visited, but Franz Ferdinand is still one of my favourite hostels to date.
Acting on a tip off from @theblondegypsy, I arranged my initial 2 nights in Sarajevo with the guys at Franz Ferdinand. This place was a great base from which to explore Sarajevo for the first time, before catching the train to Mostar.
Few cities have made such an immediate impression on me as Sarajevo, but considering this was my first time solo backpacking in a number of years, and then climbing the hills surrounding Sarajevo to discover the now abandoned bobsleigh track from 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, definitely had something to do with it. Street Art + Sport = happy Neil.
Within the hostel itself, I loved the design, the pod type bunk beds and the common room area. The breakfast (included) was also pretty good, as was the wifi connection.
Being January when I visited, the hostel was a little on the quiet side, but I still met a few cool people, and the staff were really great with me, even arranging for me to be picked up from the airport.
I would more than happily stay here again.
Sarajevo Hostel #2 –> Hostel City Center Sarajevo
Now Sarajevo hostel #2 did exactly what it said on the tin, Hostel City Center Sarajevo was very much located in the city center. Always a good thing in my book!
Much like the Franz Ferdinand hostel, it provided a great base from which to carry on my exploration of Sarajevo, having returned to the capital from Mostar. Such exploration included visiting the secret 800m long tunnel under the airport runway which allowed the Bosnian people to survive the siege on the city from Serbia, and FINALLY making it to the mountains to partake in a spot of snowboarding on the Olympic mountain of Jahorina.
Again this hostel had a lovely common area and kitchen. There were computers, but they were a little aged, but the wifi still worked fine. The bunks were more traditional metal framed bunks vs the pod style, but were still comfy. Maybe the one thing that let City Central down was the stairs up to the hostel, which is kinda of a loft conversion hostel. No fun lugging a backpack up those stair, but hey I only had to do it once, so no major biggie.
Hmmm, if I had to choose.
Well travelling solo or as a couple I think I would go with Franz Ferdinand. As a solo traveller, I loved the pod bunks, and intimate common room area. The reception/travel desk was also great!
If I were to return with my better half, I would also have no problem (quite the opposite) staying in one of the lovely looking private rooms.
However on the other hand, if I was visiting Sarajevo with a bunch of mates, I think I might plump for the City Center hostel, purely because of the large common room and kitchen spaces.
Either way, both hostels were great.