Time Out New York composed a list of the best and cheapest hostels. Ljubljana’s Hostel Celica is at the top of the list. It used to be a prison facility but it has been redesigned and transformed into a hostel. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide and digital media publisher declared Celica to be ‘the most modern hostel in the world’.
Hostel Celica – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Do not be deterred by shady-looking graffiti on the walls of the frontal side of the building since it used to be a military prison. Hostel Celica is within walking distance from the train station and the rooms are clean and cozy – you can even request to stay behind bars in a prison cell and it will make you feel like sleeping in a Buddhist temple.
Rates start at around $23.50 per person per night; for more information visit souhostel.com
Hostel Split Mediterranean House – Split, Croatia
With the exception of bunk beds and shared bathrooms, this hostel (with a beautiful Mediterranean courtyard) feels like home. Maybe the reason for this lies in the fact that the owner, Elda, who lives in the hostel, acts like Mom. She makes sure you eat your meals, make it to ferry on time, and lends you her computer if you need the Internet. The Hostel has air-conditioning, which means a lot in the summer.
Rates start around $17.50 per person per night; for more information visit hostel-split.com.
Hostel Miran – Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
At first glance, this hostel doesn’t look like much, but once you meet Miran you’ll ignore the elementary accommodations and courtyard sink that is used for teeth brushing and laundry. Miran will pick you up at the train station and walk you to the hostel where he lives with his parents, his wife and a small child. Try and get him to tell you about his wartime experience, and the best local restaurants.
Rates start around $14.50 per person per night; for more information visit hostelworld.com
Nathan’s Villa – Sighisoara, Romania
Nathan’s guests have created a sort of a cult and some of them visit only to spend a few days in the hostel. The rooms are clean, and it feels like a college dorm with hospitable and pleasant staff. In addition to Sighisoara, there are four Nathan’s hostels in Poland.
Rates start around $14.50 per person per night; for more information visit nathansvilla.com.
Home Made Hostel – Budapest, Hungary
The most important thing about this hostel is that there are no bunk beds. Apart from that, the atmosphere is very homey and the kitchen fantastic. The staff are always at your service and the bathrooms clean.
Rates start around $18 per person per night; for more information visit homemadehostel.com.
Hungary is not geographically in The Balkans, so I do not write about it here. If you want to know more about it, here is a great post written by my friend Miss Tourist, that I have found super useful! http://misstourist.com/budapest/