Once devastated by war, Sarajevo is now a cosmopolitan city booming with many things to see and do. As this capital city increases in popularity, more and more accommodations are popping up all over the place. So to make sure you are not staying in a dump we have listed the best hostels in Sarajevo for you below.
Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Sarajevo
- Overall Best Hostel in Sarajevo: Balkan Han Hostel
- Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Sarajevo: Haris Youth Hostel
- Best Cheap Hostel in Sarajevo: Hostel City Center Sarajevo
- Best Hostel for Couples in Sarajevo: The Doctor’s House
- Best Party Hostel in Sarajevo: Hostel Franz Ferdinand
Only 300 meters from Latin Bridge you’ll find the award-winning Seven Heavens. The owner Stefan will welcome you with open arms, and his staff prides themselves on offering you an affordable accommodation in an excellent location. Since you’ll be in an ideal location, it’s a great idea to start your stay in Sarajevo with their free walking tour to get a glimpse of all the best places to explore. The friendly staff is always nearby to help with anything you may need, so you can guarantee you’ll be well taken care of when you stay at Seven Heavens.
Balkan Han Hostel
If you’re looking for an oasis in the heart of the city, then Balkan Han tops the list of the best hostels in Sarajevo. Their beautiful garden is the perfect place to chill out and relax while still being less than 200 meters from Ferhadija Pedestrian Street. Chairs, hammocks, and benches decorate their lovely garden where you can enjoy a barbecue and outdoor cinema. After you’ve chilled out in the garden, head to the bar for your favorite drink and to meet new friends. The host, Ivan, is more than happy to personally show you around and point out his favorite local spots. Balkan Han Hostel is top notch, and will make you want to come back to Sarajevo over and over.
Hostel Residence Rooms
Get ready to experience the best of the best when you stay at Hostel Residence Rooms. Housed in a building more than 100 years old and located in the historic Baščaršija area, Hostel Residence Rooms is geared toward young travelers looking for a nice home away from home. This isn’t your typical hostel, as they truly want you to feel at home. Head to the music lounge where you can enjoy some tunes or try your hand at the piano. Relax with a book in their reading lounge or catch a film in their TV/DVD room. They also have a kitchen you can use, so you’ll have all the comforts of home at Hostel Residence Rooms. With all they have to offer, Hostel Residence Rooms always highlights the list of the best hostels in Sarajevo.
Travellers Home Hostel
Just a few steps from the Miljacka River, you’ll find an old, historic Austro-Hungarian building now home to the Travellers Home Hostel. This recently renovated boutique hostel has all of the modern comforts and conveniences you need, like a new kitchen and huge bathrooms. The friendly and humorous staff at Travellers Home are not there just to point you in the right direction when looking for something to do in Sarajevo, but to also keep you laughing! Their sense of humor will keep you smiling every second of your stay here. Sarajevo is always full of life, and the staff at Travellers Home Hostel want to make sure you experience the best of it while having a comfortable and affordable stay.
If you’re looking for a unique learning experience throughout your time in Sarajevo, then War Hostel is where you ought to stay. War Hostel is nothing like your typical hostel, as the family who runs it is committed to giving you a historically accurate simulation of war-torn Sarajevo. The walls are decorated with authentic war newspapers and you will sleep on a bomb shelter bed with a real military blanket. The activities and tours are specifically designed to give you real-life war experiences. War Hostel is not the place for everyone, but if you do stay here, you’re sure to learn a lot and leave with many stories from true war survivors.
Hostel and Guesthouse Rose
Only a five-minute walk to the Old Town, Hostel and Guesthouse Rose puts you in a great location and offers you the most thoughtful staff you’ll find. You may even be treated to tea and cake when you arrive :) The staff really go above and beyond to make sure you have a great stay in Sarajevo, so never hesitant to talk to them. As for the rooms, though they are on the smaller side, they all have an ensuite and balcony/terrace access. As you finish your evening with a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the town centre, you’ll know exactly why Hostel and Guesthouse Rose is one of the best hostels in Sarajevo.
Hostel Franz Ferdinand
From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll know why Sarajevo’s best rated boutique hostel is Hostel Franz Ferdinand. Their super comfy beds at an affordable price are only a couple of the things that make it one of the best hostels in Sarajevo, but they offer so much more. After you start your day with their complimentary breakfast, make sure to check out all the tours they have to offer… the Siege of Sarajevo tour with Alen is a must. Once your back from a great day of exploring, end your night with one of their pub crawls or indoor parties. Whether it’s your first hostel stay or your hundredth, you can’t go wrong with Hostel Franz Ferdinand.
The Doctor’s House
Behind the Sarajevo Cathedral you’ll find a doctor you actually want to visit, The Doctor’s House :) Cat, the owner, is a world-traveler who has created a cozy hostel with all the services you could want. To help you make a positive impact on the local economy, Cat can connect you to everybody from craft makers to farmers. The fully-stocked kitchen makes for a great place for you to share meals with your new friends. Though a bit far from the center, about a 10-minute walk, you can guarantee a quiet night’s sleep and you won’t have to worry about being surrounded by tourists.
Haris Youth Hostel
After trekking up the hill, you’ll be rewarded with a free drink and a warm welcome from the legendary host, Haris. Haris is the president of the Balkans Best Hostels network and his hostel has been one of the best hostels in Sarajevo since its founding over 15 years ago! Previously a bomb shelter during the war, their basement bar offers homemade rakija and beer on tap. Every Sunday there’s an all-you-can-eat barbecue that will knock your socks off. Offering great views of the city, Haris Youth Hostel will be the cherry on top of your stay in Sarajevo.
Hostel City Center Sarajevo
If you’re looking for a relaxed hostel in an excellent location, Hostel City Center Sarajevo is calling your name! To help with your cardio, you will have to climb several flights of stairs, but once you arrive you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the living areas and your comfy bed! If you are a smoker, you don’t need to worry about constantly going up and down those stairs as they have a designated indoor smoking area just for you! After a good night’s sleep, you can enjoy the free breakfast and eat as many eggs and as much muesli as you want before starting your day. For a great value in an even better location, look no further than Hostel City Center Sarajevo.
Whether you’re coming for the summer film festival or for some extreme winter sports action, any of the best hostels in Sarajevo will be the perfect base for all your adventures.
This list is based on our personal experiences and/or reviews online. If you own a hostel in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina that you would like to add to this list, email us at contact(at)roadaffair(dot)com with the subject: Best Hostels in Sarajevo.