It’s hard to beat a good hostel. The crazy characters you encounter there, the communal vibe, some cost next to nothing and the point blank fact you will never be lonely. Ever. The other hard fact is that sourcing the best hostels isn’t always the easiest. I am sure you have all heard a hostel horror story or stayed in one that you would much rather erase from memory. I feel you!
It takes hours of dedicated research and trawling through reviews but often the best way is to take advice from someone who has already stayed in the hostel. Are you looking for the best hostels in Croatia? Namely Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar? Save yourself the hours scrolling online and take my directions below:
Cicada Hostel- Split
We had booked into Cicada hostel in Split for a two night stay but enjoyed the cosy comforts and the outstanding hospitality so much that we ended up staying for three nights ( I never usually extend my stay so you know this place is pretty special).
Ivana the owner lives upstairs over the hostel and was honestly like our Mammy for the whole stay. She had teas and coffees for us upon arrival at the hostel and advised us the best bars and places to eat in Split.
For such a small hostel the attention to detail is second to none. The hostel opened in 2014 and features a 4 bed dorm and a 10 bed dorm (that’s it) Cicada feels more like a small home rather than a hostel. There are separate bathrooms for males and females and cable television in the living space.
It’s also in an ideal location, being a short 10 minute walk from the Old town. I would highly recommend his hostel for those looking for more of chilled vibe than party hostel when coming to Split. The girls and I both agreed this was our favourite hostel on the trip.
We booked into the 4 bed dorm through hostel bookers, see here for prices.
Hostel location: Hrvatskih iseljenika 8A, 21000 Split.
Bonus- Free cap parking directly outside the hostel
Old Town Hostel- Dubrovnik
This boutique hostel is located in a 1500’s building right in the heart of the bustling Old Town. This hostel is probably the most expensive one we stayed in during our time in Croatia but then again nothing comes cheap in Dubrovnik, as we were quick to discover.
What I loved the most about this hostel was the common area, where all the travelers gathered day and night trading stories and top tips for sight-seeing in Dubrovnik. Be prepared to encounter lots of Games of Thrones fans here.
Things to note about this hostel- WIFI only works in the common area, which was a little frustrating and the rooms have no air conditioning (only fans) which I know could be a big no-no for some of you if travelling in peak summer time.
If you are not a fussy traveller and just want somewhere to lay your head after a day discovering Dubrovnik, then Old Town Hostel is a great choice.
We also booked through hostel books, so check availability here
Hostel Location: Od Sigurate 7 – Dubrovnik
Downfall- No free car parking near the hostel as obviously the hostel is located within the walls of the old city which is a UNESCO site.
Tequila Bar Hostel- Zadar
Another top notch hostel with a real homely (only has 6 rooms) feel located in the historic core of all that’s happenings in Zadar. Our room was honestly the cutest little space, perfect for us four girls and offering a great volume of space (plenty of room for activities). Tequila Bar is designed in Old Dalmatian style, showcasing the old style world of majestic architecture.
Taking the hostel name into account there is a tequila bar located underneath the hostel that always has drink specials on for those who stay in the hostel.
Once again we booked our stay through hostel bookers and details can be found here
Hostel Location: Ul. fra Šimuna Klimantovića 1, 23000, Zadar, Croatia
Other things to note about hostels in Croatia
- City tax is not added on when you book your stay in most of these hotels, it is around 7.00 a night.
- If you are driving (like we were) make sure to check with your hostel where the nearest free parking area is as we got stung with a nice parking fine outside the hostel in Zadar. If you do happen to get landed with a ticket, make your way to the local police station and explain your situation to try get the fee wavered (a casual wink or two always helps).
So there you have some of the best hostels in Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar to book for your trip to Croatia. Of course hostels aren’t the only choice on the menu so if hotels or villas are more to your liking then this accommodation guide will be an excellent help.
Let me know in the comments below or across on my social channels if you are heading for Croatia soon and where you plan to stay?