3 Best Hostels in Kings Landing, Croatia – Sea Views inside the Walls of Picturesque Old Town Dubrovnik

3 Best Hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia
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We’re excited that you’re planning a trip to Croatia – it’s beautiful! To kick start your planning process, we bring you the 3 best hostels in Dubrovnik.

Get ready for pristine beaches, Gothic architecture and truly awesome Dubrovnik hostels.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Hostel Angelina Old Town – one for solo travellers
  2. Petra Marina – great for female solo travellers + backpackers
  3. City Walls Hostel – top pick for couples

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Solo travellers, party hostel lovers (check out our party hostels in Dubrovnik guide) and backpackers will surely love this handpicked selection. Some people might say, this is the guide to the best Kings Landing hostel Dubrovnik has to offer.

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This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

In search of 5 Star Hostels? Sorry but there isn’t currently one in Dubrovnik. However, you can have a look at our 5 Star Hostel Swanky Mint Hostel in Zagreb.

Make sure you read our big guide to 24 best hostels in Croatia, including our own itinerary (and a few more gems!)

Good to know: We also have detailed guide about the best yoga retreats in Croatia.

Quick Introduction to Dubrovnik Hostels

Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 6€ up to 35€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Dubrovnik starts from 29€ up to 80€ per night.

The seasonal difference is huge here. And it also makes a big difference if you stay in the Old Town or outside.

This is a rough average to give you an idea. The summer is always much more expensive. As prices always depend on season and holidays. We always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost at the place you are planning to book.

Dubrovnik City Tax: Be aware that the 1.33€ tax is not included in the booking price of any of the hostels mentioned in this article. It’s a requirement to pay this on arrival so make sure you have enough extra coins when you check in.

Hostel Location: Dubrovnik is actually more than the famous Old Town. Yet, this is exactly where the magic happens. We recommend staying inside the Old Town. It is much nicer. You can wake up early to have the city for yourself (before 8am) and at night you can enjoy live music in the pubs and eat out until late at night.

Game of Thrones: Yes, Dubrovnik is huge for GOT fans. You will see a lot of statues, masks, merchandise, souvenirs…even as non-GOT fan, it is quite cool to see. As a GOT fan, you can either join a paid GOT walking tour or do a self-guided tour on all Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik.

The hostels downtown are more pricey, but 100% worth it. A good investment in your experience!

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The 3 Best Hostels in Dubrovnik are…

Without further ado, let’s delve in and check out the coolest hostel Dubrovnik has to offer…

  1. Hostel Angelina Old Town – one for solo travellers
  2. Petra Marina – great for female solo travellers + backpackers
  3. City Walls Hostel – top pick for couples

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Hostel Angelina Old Town
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Petra Marina
🥳 Party Hostel:Old Town Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: City Walls Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hostel Angelina Old Town
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: City Walls Hostel
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Love Dubrovnik Hostel

1. Hostel Angelina Old Town (rooftop views + spacious rooms)

Located inside the city walls, Hostel Angelina Old Town leaves you feeling as if you’re staying inside a castle.

And as mentioned, we highly recommend staying inside the walls, the Old Town – UNLESS you are coming with a car. (If so, read our section of parking in Dubrovnik.)

This 400 year old building boasts a lovely terrace overlooking the red roofs of central old town Dubrovnik. It’s certainly the best view the city has to offer!

Book Hostel Angelina Old Town here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel Angelina Old Town one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most importantly, the rooms here at Hostel Angelina – Old Town Dubrovnik Southern are cosy, air-conditioned and comfortable.

Whether you opt for a mixed dorm or private room you’ll love the…

  • Homely, cosy vibea
  • Sturdy wooden bunks
  • Ready-made beds
  • Reading light + plug
  • Available lockers

The staff love to make their guests feel welcome by arranging social activities such as sunset tours, cliff jumping and kayaking.

Yes, cliff jumping. It’s the thing to do in Croatia!

If you’re looking to chill, enjoy some downtime in the lounge area. Or the terrace of course.. we just wanted to mention it again!

There’s also a handy fully-fitted kitchen to prepare that all important meal after a day of exploring.

Good to know: groups are accepted at a maximum of 8 people. This is to maintain the sociable atmosphere of the hostel.

Hostel Angelina Old Town is the coolest hostel in Dubrovnik for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Small groups
Book Hostel Angelina Old Town here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel Angelina Old Town one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

2. Petra Marina (dorms with balcony sea view)

We’d like to introduce to you a cosy family run hostel that offers dorm accommodation with a balcony and sea view. Welcome to Petra Marina.

That’s right; this hostel is perfect for backpackers looking to meet people in a more intimate setting.

Although there are no private rooms here, the mixed and female dorms more than make up for it.

The interior is bright, the lockers big and the sunset views can be enjoyed from the comfort of your very own terrace!

Book Petra Marina here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hostel Petra Marina one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia Hostel Petra Marina one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The two bathrooms, one male and one female, come with complimentary soap which is always welcomed when you realise you’ve forgotten yours.

As for the common area, it just to happens to be on a rooftop! The views extend even further up here to the Dubrovnik harbour.

A few important bits:

  • No curfew
  • Reception open 8am – 10pm
  • 10% off nearby restaurant for all guests
  • Private airport transfer available

The Old Town of Dubrovnik is 30 mins away, with a handy bus stop right across the street from Petra Marina. Within 100m is a supermarket, ATM, cafe and restaurant.

Petra Marina is the best hostel in Dubrovnik for:

  • Female solo travellers
  • Backpackers
Book Petra Marina here

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Hostel Petra Marina one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

3. City Walls Hostel Dubrovnik  (Quiet location, homely vibe)

City Walls Hostel is an award winning hostel inside the walls of Old Town Dubrovnik.

It’s easy to see why when you see the lovely bright rooms with heaps of space and modern touches.

Once you’re done exploring the three floors, the staff will be eager to point you towards a secret swimming hole and nearby famous cliff-side bar.

Book City Walls Hostel here

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This honestly feels more like a shared house than a hostel. The staff are caring and the decor has that home-from-home feel.

Opt for a 4 or 6 bed shared dorm, or splash out on a cosy double with a sea view.

Read: Room Types – What are the Differences?

You’ll be glad to know linen is included as well as lockers, air-con and reading lamps.

The ground floor consists of a kitchen (free breakfast, tea and coffee) and a cute common area – the perfect gathering space.

Note that the reception is open until 10pm each day.

Do the staff a favour and let them know if you plan on arriving after this time.

Although in the heart of the Old Town, City Walls Hostel is located in the quiet part away from all the noise, but still close to the necessities such as bars, restaurants and shops.

City Walls Hostel is the best hostel in Dubrovnik for:

  • Couples
  • Friends
Book City Walls Hostel here

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City Walls Hostel one of the best hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Best Hostels in Dubrovnik for Solo Travellers?

Come on then solo travellers, let’s have a look what Dubrovnik has to offer you.

The overall best hostel for solo travellers in Dubrovnik has to be Hostel Angelina Old Town.

In case you missed it before; there is a rooftop with awesome views and seriously spacious rooms.

The arranged activities are a sure fine way of meeting people and the dorms are designed to get people talking.

If you’re a female solo traveller, we cannot recommend Petra Marina enough.

The intimate setting is safe and welcoming, with a female-only dorm and bathroom for that added comfort.

Oh and how can we forget the awesome private terrace in each room – the views alone are worth staying here for.

Best Party Hostel in Dubrovnik?

Ready to find Dubrovnik best bars or gay bars in Dubrovnik? Well, we think you should find a hostel first.

We’ve gone that extra mile to find you a wonderful party hostel in Dubrovnik. We just know you’re going to love this one!

Old Town Hostel is super fun and unique, thanks to the vast array of activities on offer. Including:

  • Bachata dance lessons
  • Pancake day w/ Nutella + bananas
  • Middle East hookah hour
  • Emergency Hat Party (inc. disco ball, music + party hats)
  • Moonlight nature walk

Other great ways to meet people is by joining a walking tour of the Old Town and a day swim tour with cliff jumping.

The accommodation offers mixed dorms, a large common area and kitchen.

Although there is no bar on-site, the local nightlife is just around the corner.

Book Old Town Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Old Town Hostel one of the best party hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Cheapest Hostels in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And certainly, you can find cheap hostels in Dubrovnik.

Yet, we think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


Usually the price is not that much different, but in Dubrovnik it can actually make a big difference. Like 10€ or more even.

We said this already, but again: we think you should stay in the Old Town. It adds much more fun and value to your Dubrovnik trip. Seriously.

Dubrovnik is one of the few towns we recommend staying in the center.

The city is packed during the day. And it clears when the sun sets. Therefore, you can have the city almost for yourself in the morning when you stay in the Old Town.

The same goes for the nightlife; you can enjoy it much more when you do not need to take a 30 minutes bus back to your hostel.

The first time we traveled here, we stayed outside. We spent quite some time in transport, than actually exploring. That was kind of annoying. You can learn from our mistake.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find where to stay in Dubrovnik on a budget.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Dubrovnik
  2. Order the listing by price

It is as simple as that.

Here’s our guide how to book hostels on Hostelworld.

Yet again, make sure you check all the other costs like breakfast or extra transport. The list above highlights our top hostels in Dubrovnik, we will stick with them since you can expect a fun quality stay here.

Here is a map of Dubrovnik (below) to show you the actual size of the city – and the Old town only.

For going to the Old Town from Gruz port Ferry international, you need to take one of the following city buses: no.1A, no.1B, no.3.

A bus ticket for one ride costs roughly $2. A day bus ticket costs roughly around $4.40.

Always check the updated rates.

Also, there is a difference if you buy the ticket inside the bus with the driver or at the kiosk.

You can see the size of the city is much bigger.

BUT: Only the Old Town is the absolute beautiful part you want to visit. The rest…well, skip it and better go to places like Korcula Island.

You see, this is why we insist on the old town and staying central. Skip that mistake and enjoy the actual Old Town! Here is a map of Dubrovnik Old City.

Where to stay in Dubrovnik first time? The full size on a map

More Dubrovnik hostels worth a mention

Have you thought about where’s the best place to stay Dubrovnik? We have listed the best of Dubrovnik Croatia! Yeah, you read that right. The hostels listed above are our personal favorites.

We know that three might not be enough for you so here are more Dubrovnik Croatia hostels.

These can be valid and cool options. Some are even cheaper. Have a look at:

  • Dubrovnik Backpackers Club
  • Hostel Free Bird
  • Hostel And Rooms Ana
  • Love Dubrovnik Hostel

Dubrovnik Backpackers Club

Dubrovnik Backpackers Club is another hostel in Dubrovnik that you should consider.

It is like a home away from home. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the staff are so nice. The hostel is owned by wonderful family who works hard to make guests satisfied.

Facilities are super clean and common areas are welcoming. Nice and quiet at night and easy to access all the great sights of the city using the public transport.

Perks at Dubrovnik Backpackers Club:

  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Location: Located in Mostarska. 10 min away by bus from the crowds of old town, with bus stop just outside and next to some of coolest beaches in town in 10-15 min walk.

Book Dubrovnik Backpackers Club here

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Dubrovnik Backpackers Club

Hostel Free Bird

Interior is clean and modern. Hostel Free Bird is so relaxing as it is. The rooms are spacious and has air conditioning. The beds are comfortable. The facilities are sparkling clean everyday.

Staff are so nice and helpful with booking excursions for travelers. Cheaper than hostels in old town and looks better than other hostels in the area.

Perks for Hostel Free Bird:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Towels included

Location: Located in the centre of Dubrovnik, about 500 m away from the Main Bus Station and 2 km from the UNESCO-protected Old Town of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport is located within 22 km.

Book Hostel Free Bird here

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Hostel Free Bird

Hostel And Rooms Ana

Hostel And Rooms Ana is an Old Town hostel Dubrovnik has to offer. They provide budget accommodation Dubrovnik backpackers! It is nice, right?

You can choose from their dorm rooms or private room. Staff are welcoming and so accommodating. The only problem is that they are new the bell tower, so if you are a light sleeper, make sure that you have an earplug.

Perks at Hostel And Rooms Ana:

  • Free City Maps
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Security Lockers
  • Free WiFi

Location: Located in the old town, 9 minute drive from Ferry Port. It is 27 minute drive from Dubrovnik airport.

Book Hostel And Rooms Ana here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Hostel and Rooms Ana Old Town Dubrovnik

Love Dubrovnik Hostel

You are going to love it hostel! Love Dubrovnik Hostel is cozy and decent. It looks very clean and if you are looking for hostels to stay in Dubrovnik, you must try this one.

Staff are helpful in any way possible and they can arrange your transportation to beaches. So, I guess you won’t be needing Dubrovnik beaches map.

Common areas are great for hanging out and meeting new souls.

Perks at Love Dubrovnik Hostel:

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry

Location: Love Dubrovnik Hostel is set in Dubrovnik, 300 m from Porporela Beach and 300 m from Banje Beach. The property is around 500 m from Buza Beach, 2.4 km from Ploce Gate and 2.8 km from Orlando Column. Onofrio’s Fountain is 3 km from the hostel, while Pile Gate is 3 km away. The nearest airport is Dubrovnik Airport, 19 km from Love Dubrovnik Hostel.

Book Love Dubrovnik Hostel here

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Love Dubrovnik Hostel

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Read: Step-by-Step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Dubrovnik best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand, ask questions, and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app.

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Dubrovnik with a car –  Where to park in Dubrovnik?

There is 4 main ways to travel to Dubrovnik. By plane, by bus, by ferry and by car.

Let us talk about the car.

If you think you can park your car in the Old Town Dubrovnik, you may also think you can park your car in Downtown Venice Italy; not gonna happen!

Sorry for the confusion: PARKING in the old town is NOT possible. Forget that!

You will need to park outside the old town.

Dubrovnik is actually much bigger than the Old Town. The city stretches even more North.

You see it in the Dubrovnik map Old Town we added above.

There are in the North is less visited, and this is where you can park in Dubrovnik your car – even for free.

The area around Lapad is a good neighborhood to park your car, even for free. You can then take a public bus to the city center and relax.

Cannot find a free parking in Dubrovnik?

Then try the parking at General Hospital Dubrovnik. It is a public parking and it costs 10€-15€ per day.

Check the map below, we marked the parking area for you.

Smart to know: If you were planning to park your car near to Old Town, you should get ready to pay  around 10€/ hour in the Zone 0. This zone is a small carpark just outside of the Old City gates and is the most expensive public parking in Dubrovnik.

For that 10€ per hour, better get a delicious Pizza, seriously. Here’s a guide to parking in Dubrovnik.

Backpacking Croatia and How Long to Stay

We have already covered this several times: The Old Town is the #1 reason you are here for sure.

It is absolutely gorgeous, no doubt.

There is even beaches and numerous day trips offered to go around the area.

However, we recommend visiting the Old Town only and then head out to the islands. Dubrovnik is beautiful, yes. The beaches can be great too, but they are not the absolute best in the country; obviously.

The rest of the country will be even more impressive in terms of beaches, landscape, people and food – and less pricey and touristy.

Our recommend for an itinerary in Croatia would be starting in Dubrovnik for 2 days and then take the ferry to Korcula Island.

You will have less tourists, enjoy a richer and more authentic food culture and can kick-back enjoying the island-life. At Korcula you can go snorkeling, take a bike around, and visit many museums too.

After Korcula, it is time to hit Hvar Island.

It is probably the most famous Croatian island and in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast. Here you can either dive into the fun nightlife or keep exploring the beautiful landscape.

As for cool hostels in Hvar, we have to recommendations:

  1. Cast Away Eco Village Campsite – with amazing sea views and far from the city of Hvar
  2. For staying in Hvar City: The White Rabbit Hostel; perfect for solo-travelers

After Hvar, you will add Split to your bucket list. Another city with a rich nightlife and lots of culture.

The journey continues. To keep it simple, here is our backpacking itinerary for Croatia:

  • Dubrovnik – 2 days
  • Korcula – 2 days
  • Hvar – 2-3 days
  • Split –  2 days (read the guide to best hostels in Split)
  • Trogir – 1 day/ night
  • Primosten – 1 day
  • Krka National Park – 1 day (this is the national park you can actually swim!)
  • Zadar – 2 days (stay at Boutique Hostel Forum)
  • Senj – 1 day (a former town run by pirates back in the day)
  • Plitvicka Lakes National Park – 1 day
  • Zagreb – 2-3 days (stay at the 5 Star Hostel in Zagreb and kick-back and rewind)

Again, check the map below. There we put the itinerary for Croatia.

Our Favorite Hostels in Dubrovnik put on a map + sights

On the map below you will find all of the best hostels in Dubrovnik pinpointed, as well as some must see sights including:

  • Old Town City Walls of Dubrovnik – you can walk around the walls
  • Lokrum
  • Stradun
  • Fort Lovrijenac
  • Vrata od Pila
  • Dubrovnik cable car to Fort Imperial
  • Get Lost in the Old Town
  • Dubrovnik cable car

There are more activities and tours to consider, such as:

Pssssst: Fancy some great food, a good restaurant? Go with “Spagheterria Toni”. Fantastic food, reasonable prices. We marked it in the map below for you.

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Renting a car in Dubrovnik

Many people who land in Dubrovnik, decide to rent a car and drive to Mostar, or Montenegro…

It is a good idea to get a rental car if you need flexibility and you have the budget.

To get the best deals, check out Discovercars, they compare the prices of the different rental companies in a click so you can get the best deal instantly.

Flights to Dubrovnik?

Flights to Dubrovnik are very easy to find. You can find many direct flights from Warsaw, Frankfurt, Barcelona and many more.

The Airport is South of Dubrovnik, and there is regular buses bringing you to the old town.

especially when planning for backpacking Croatia, it is a good idea to start in Dubrovnik. It is located at the very Southern point of Croatia. That is very convenient for planning your trip further North. Add Korcula to your list and go for some island hopping.

Anyways, back to the flights to Dubrovnik.

We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.

Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Skyscanner

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More Epic Hostels in the Balkan Area

We hope by now you have found your answer to where to stay in Dubrovnik on a budget. We have created even more handy hostel guides, so you can focus on your travels instead of researching your hostels for hours.

The first one you should check out is our guide to the 24 BEST hostels in Croatia.

We cover following destinations:

NEW: best hostels in Sarajevo and best hostels in Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Find all 5 Star Hostels in Europe right here – with one click.

Also, watch out for our guide about the best hostels in Mostar.

Over to you

Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Dubrovnik guide.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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